We enjoy looking at the different offerings from Razer, so we’re checking one of their headsets for today’s Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review.
The Barracuda Pro is a gaming headset from Razer that sells without a boom mic. Quite interesting since it’s considered a gaming headset, and we know how essential this element is for gamers.
Just looking at it, the Barracuda Pro appears more similar to products like Sony’s WH-1000XM5 than gaming headsets. It’s packed with features offering comfort, solid ANC, plus a simultaneous dual-wireless system.
It appears as a notable headset, but is it worth purchasing as gaming peripherals? Continue reading our Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review since we’re sharing our one-week experience with it. We’ll discuss everything related to its features, specifications, design, performance, etc.
First up in our Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review is the product’s packaging and its contents. Once it arrived, we immediately started unboxing the product. We loved how Razer packed their headset, plus its box gave off a premium vibe and appeal.
Like typical headset packages, it displays an image of the Barracuda Pro along with its features, name, and Razer’s branding. There is other information related to the product on the box’s rear, which you can refer to whenever necessary.
Inside the box are the Razer Barracuda Pro and a carrying case. It has a wireless dongle and a charging cable that are both Type-C, plus a Type-A to C adapter.
Lastly, the box also includes a product information guide.
Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review – Design and Functionality
The Barracuda Pro sports a robust design with several notable features present. Many of these features are common to the company’s line of headsets. So if you utilise Razer’s products, the headset’s features will be familiar to you.
The headset’s design is primarily plastic though its headband mainly consists of stainless steel for rigidity. To add more comfort, Razer included tons of cushioning to the headset.
It isn’t the most breathable pair you can find, but the leatherette ear pad wraps bring some airflow. This element helps keep the Barracuda Pro from getting too hot for comfort.
We, of course, checked each headphone for our Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review. They tilt up/down to give you a custom fit for added comfort.
It’s easy to adjust the product’s size, so you won’t have to worry about hair getting stuck between its mechanism.
And because of its form, the headset stays firmly in place without clamping down on your head uncomfortably. Moreover, Razer included a high-quality carrying case, though keep in mind that it’s more on the bulky side.
Again, the classic boom mic is gone on the Barracuda Pro. It’s the most notable change in the headset’s overall design. Instead, the company replaced it with little slots along the earcups’ front edges.
Its design layout is necessary to hide the Barracuda Pro’s integrated beam-forming microphones.
Controls and Connectivity
The headset has a few controls located on the rear of its earcups. These let you manage the product on the fly. The headset’s left earcup has a volume wheel, one microphone-mute button, and a power button.
A button for adjusting the product’s ANC or active noise-cancelling feature is on the right earcup. While writing our Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review, we noticed the headset’s buttons were easy to press. It’s all thanks to their texture and placement.
However, people may get confused with the functions of the button that adjusts ANC. Aside from this, it also works by enabling Bluetooth connectivity when holding it down. And since it can link to a 2.4GHz USB-C dongle, it becomes an excellent product for gaming.
You can choose between AAC and SBC codecs; however, you won’t find options for wired playback. Why? Because Razer decided to remove the headphone jack in this area.
Also, the headset features the company’s SmartSwitch Dual Wireless system that connects to the USB-C dongle. It also links to a different device using Bluetooth.
Key Features of the Razer Barracuda Pro Headset
Is this product better than Razer’s previous iterations? We’ll discuss its key features in our Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review to see if it’s a product worth purchasing.
Razer SmartSwitch Dual Wireless
The SmartSwitch is a convenient feature that lets you toggle quickly and seamlessly between Bluetooth and 2.4GHz devices. So when using the Barracuda Pro, you can automatically take calls from a Bluetooth device while gaming. Once the call ends, you can return to your game audio with just one press.
Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation
When gaming or listening to music, there are times when you want zero interruptions. Shut out all distractions at home or on the streets with the Barracuda Pro’s noise cancelling technology. It detects and blocks incoming noise, and you can adjust its strength by 10-levels.
Enable the ambient mode if you need to stay alert and aware of your surroundings while listening to music. It allows external sounds to enter and be audible while wearing the headset.
THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier
The THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier offers the highest fidelity audio. It has a powerful integrated amplifier offering the maximum dynamic range for pure and clean sound with ultra-low distortion.
The Barracuda Pro’s dual hidden microphones have high-level noise suppression customised for indoor and outdoor use. With micro-electro-mechanical systems or MEMS technology, they’re more resistant to noisy environments and mechanical vibrations.
Razer TriForce Bio-Cellulose 50mm Drivers
The new TriForce design uses an organic compound for elevating acoustics. With the thin bio-cellulose diaphragm, the Barracuda Pro delivers clear, natural sound with deep, impactful bass and less distortion.
THX Spatial Audio
THX Spatial Audio provides advanced 7.1 surround sound with the ultimate positional accuracy. This feature makes your game audio more immersive while giving you a competitive advantage.
Writing our Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review allowed us to learn more about the headset’s specifications. It has a 20Hz-20kHz frequency, an impedance of 32Ω (1kHz), and 96dBSPL/mW@1KHz (HATS) sensitivity. Also, its Razer TriForce Bio-cellulose driver is 50mm.
The earpads use pressure-relieving memory foam to increase comfort when wearing the headset. Additionally, Hybrid ANC is present on the Barracuda Pro.
The mic on this headset is a dual-integrated MEMS beamforming noise-cancelling type with a 100Hz-10kHz frequency response. It sports an omnidirectional pick-up pattern, plus a mic sensitivity of -38 ± 1 dB (@1KHZ).
The Barracuda Pro uses a USB-C wireless 2.4GHz connection. Though if you prefer going wireless, you can use it with Bluetooth 5.2.
It weighs 340g then its inner earcup is 62 x 42mm.
You can connect your headset to the computer using the USB-C 2.4GHz or Bluetooth 5.2 connection. On the Playstation, it connects via USB-A to C 2.4GHz. The headset also works with Android or iOS smart devices since it supports USB-C or Bluetooth 5.2 connections.
Lastly, the Barracuda Pro comes with a 2-year warranty from Razer.
Hands-on with the Razer Barracuda Pro Headset
Before writing our Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review, we decided to use the headset for more than a week. We wanted to see if it performed as good as claims to know if it’s worth the purchase.
More customisation options and features are available via the Razer Synapse software. Here, you can adjust the 10-band equaliser and enable THX Spatial Audio simulated surround sound. It’s available for free download on PC.
You can also adjust the equaliser via the Razer Audio app on Android and iOS mobile devices. In the app, you can choose from different presets for the Barracuda Pro.
There’s a low-latency gaming mode when using it with Bluetooth and the Do Not Disturb option. You’ll find it once connected via a USB transmitter.
The headset’s audio sounded solid when we played a variety of games. It also had a great sound when we used it for audio and entertainment purposes.
It had a wide and modest soundstage, making the spatial audio from games easier to hear. We weren’t caught off-guard by the sounds of enemies approaching despite them coming in all directions.
The headset is capable of powerful-sounding bass, specifically when we used EQ presets that boosted lows and highs. Switching on the Bass Boost function further enhanced the headset’s powerful bass.
We increased the volume to unsafe levels, and thumping sounds surprisingly didn’t distort audio.
Music benefitted greatly from the Music EQ settings. Sculpting promoted resonance in lower frequencies and string texture on higher frequencies from guitar plucks.
Default EQ settings sounded full but lost some of their crispiness from the sound of strings. We consider the beamforming noise-cancelling mics very good, but they weren’t something we’d consider excellent.
In games, calls, and video chats, everyone we spoke to sounded clean, and no one had any complaints. Even while outdoors, the Barracuda Pro minimised wind noise, which was great.
The Barracuda Pro’s active noise cancelling is one of its major selling points. Although it wasn’t as powerful as other headsets, it was impressive in eliminating most external noise.
Because of this ANC feature, we successfully ignored the AC’s loud hum. Conversations of other people were also inaudible while audio was playing on the headset. When we disabled ANC, the Barracuda Pro delivered notable passive noise isolation.
Razer Barracuda Pro Headset Review Summary
The Barracuda Pro is one of the new impressive headsets today. It’s a well-designed product with durable construction and comfortable padding, making it perfect for long gaming hours. It has innovative features like active noise cancelling, THX Spatial Audio, and beamforming microphones.
This headset delivered high-quality audio during our tests. It worked well for gaming and music, making it easy to recommend.