I hope this is the correct place to put this ! I have these thoughts/review over at Mystery Manor as well .
Well , here goes . I've never done this before, at least in this capacity, so bear with me .
My thoughts/review of the Razer Orca headphones .
I remember being in the market for a new sound card some time ago, & a review for the Razer Barracuda AC-1 sound card catching my eye . The more I read , the more I wanted one . My efforts to find one were fruitless mostly, the AC-1 was no longer being made, & had not for quite some time . I was fortunate enough to find one on Craigslist that was fairly inexpensive, so I jumped at the opportunity . Since then, I've been fortunate enough to become friends with someone that works for Razer, & I have outfitted my rig with Razer gear . I have 2 Razer keyboards, 3 mouse pads, 1 sound card , 1 set of speakers , & 2 mice . Each piece of Razer gear has proven to be excellent, not only in its' quality , but in it's functionality . The fact that Razer gear looks cool doesn't hurt either ! My new Razer Orca headphones are no exception .
The Razer Orca headphones, is the latest piece of gear in the audio area of Razer's arsenal . The Orca headphones were , in essence, made for those of us who listen to music , as well as play games . For those of us that play games on line, you're going to cry foul, because the orca headphones do not have a microphone attached . That suited me just fine, as I do not game online.The Orca headphones share a likeness in design to their "cousin" the Carcharias headphones . The similarities end there . The Orca headphones have a wider frequency range, which should make for more sensitivity . Also, the Orca headphones are green. A LOUD neon green ! I do not mean this in a bad way at all, it is exactly the sort of thing that I've come to expect from Razer: cool products that stand out !
Aesthetics aside , headphones should be built well, & sound great . The Razer Orca headphones are both built well, & they sound great ! The build quality first . The ear pieces are 40mm in size , which means , they are a full size ear piece, which should cover your ears quite nicely .The housing for the ear pieces and headband, are made of a solid plastic, it seems, that is quite sturdy . They are built to be used, & used for quite some time ! The ear pieces are lined with what seems to be crushed velvet . At least that's how it feels, because they are very comfortable ! The headband has a soft foam layer on it , that is also very comfortable . The day I got the Orcas, I had them on for over 3 hours, & I had no problems ! When I eventually removed them, I was just as comfortable as before I put them on . No ear or head pain whatsoever ! Well, some ear pain, but that was due to my choice of music . More on that a bit later . The ear pieces are quite adjustable, & will fit virtually everyone's head . The cable is made of braided fiber, which provides flexability, & does not compromise sound quality in any way . The cable contains a 3.5mm mini stereo jack, which is 1.2 meters long . In standard measurement, that's just shy of 4 feet long . The Orca also comes with a 2 meter (6ft 9in) extension cable . There's no need to worry about the cable getting in the way of your keyboard or mouse while you game ! With a 3.5mm plug, you can plug in to your computer's headphone jack, the front panel headphone jack, or your sound card's headphone jack, if you wish that . You can also use the Orca headphones with your ipod, portable cd player, dvd player, Nintendo ds, psp, etc . The Orca headphones can also be used on home stereos with a 3.5mm mini jack . For those stereos that use a 1/4 inch jack, you will need to make a quick trip to your local store for a 3.5mm to 1/4 inch adapter .
The packaging for the Razer Orca headphones, is standard for razer . What I mean is , Razer packaging is appealing . Ok, the packaging is damn cool ! I've kept every Razer box box that I could, the exception being my Tarantula keyboard, as I got it without a box . The box is black with a clear plastic window, so you can see what the Orca headphones look like . The box also lists all of the technical specs, along with a brief description from Robert "Razerguy" Krakoff (Razer co-founder & president) .Inside the box, is the Orca heaqdphones themselves , along with the extension cable, a COA , quick start guide, & a Razer sticker . At the end of this , I will post a couple pictures of the Orca headphones & box they came in .
Sound quality is what matters , & the Razer Orca headphones do not fall short in that area ! I listened to a few songs on my computer . I use Media Monkey, as I've found it to have the best overall sound quality . That is just me, what you use is entirely up to you ! I listened to a few songs, covering classic rock, metal, country, blues, & Christmas songs, all with the quality of at least 160kbpm . The higher the bit rate, the better . I listened to the following songs :
Alice In Chains : No Excuses
AC/DC : Rock And Roll Train
Tchaikovsky: Swan Lake
Trans Siberian Orchestra : Carol Of The Bells
Megadeth : Never Walk Alone
Dark Tranquility : Final Resistance
Dark Funeral : My Funeral
Metallica : Wherever I May Roam
Evanescense : Bring Me To Life
John Lee Hooker : Boom Boom Boom
Cab Calloway : Minnie The Moocher
Fear Factory : Fear Campaign
Children Of Bodom : Needled 24/7
Jason Aldean : She's Country
Jamie Johnson : In Color
Katy Perry : Hot And Cold (my daughter loves her !)
Pink : Don't Let Me Get Me
In every song I listened to , highs sounded like highs, mids sounded like mids . To me , the bass was just right , just the right amount of thump, not boomy at all . I could feel the bass , as well as hear it . If you close your eyes & consentrate on the music, you will better understand what I'm trying to say .
Now, the music is all well and good, but we're gamers as well, are we not ? I plugged my Orca headphones in, And played for about an hour each with Crysis, Dracula 3 : Path Of The Dragon , The Lost Crown , Icewind Dale , & Memento Mori . The sound was quite clear , I heard what I was supposed to hear . I could hear my enemies coming, & I could hear every background noise . Explosions sounded nice and large, like an explosion should . That creak on the stairs, sounded like a creak on the stairs . That creepy water drip, sounded like a creepy water drip . Hopefully, you understand what I'm driving at ! I was very happy with how the Orca headphones sounded in my games !
The Razer Orca headphones are available now, for $59.99 at the razer web site : www.razerzone.com . At the time I ordered my set, I got a $5 discount (not sure how that happened, but I'm not complaining !) , and free shipping . I am very pleased with my razer Orca headphones, they are built well, sound great, & are priced right ! For those of us out there, that are looking for a balance of great gaming & music headphones, you will be quite happy with Razer Orca headphones !
Hope you enjoyed this thought/review !
On a side note, I picked up my daughter from school the day I got my Orca headphones . I pulled them out of the box, she snatched them out of my hands, & ran in to her bedroom, saying "they're mine now ! " . Maybe I'll have to get her a set for Christmas !
Here are a couple of pictures :