Razer Kraken Ultimate vs Razer Kraken Tournament Edition: Which One is Worth Buying?

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This is the review of the comparison between the Razer Kraken Ultimate and the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition. Both of these headsets come around the price range between 100-120 dollars. Both of these headphones have different features. To know which one is worth buying go to the detailed review.

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Razer Kraken UltimateRazer Kraken Tournament Edition
Good sound quality.
Robust software. “Underglow” lighting looks pretty neat.
THX Spatial Audio is a decent software-driven surround.
Excellent sound.
Versatile design.
Smart amp.
Reasonable price.
Somewhat expensive. Ridiculously large.Potentially buggy software.
Too big for easy transport.


BrandRazer Razer
ModelKraken Ultimate Kraken Tournament
Headphones Form Factor
Headphone Technology
Sound Output Modestereostereo
Frequency Response20 Hz12 Hz
Sensitivity112 dB109 dB
Impedance32 Ohm32 Ohm
Diaphragm2 in
Microphone Operation Modeuni-directionaluni-directional
Response Bandwidth100 Hz100 Hz
Sensitivity-38 dB-42 dB
Audio Controlsmicrophone on/mute, volume controlmicrophone on/mute, volume
ControlsVolume control, microphone on/mute, THX Spatial Audio on/offVolume, microphone on/mute
Width6.90 in7.60 in
Depth7.68 in6.76 in
Height3.94 in3.86 in
Weight13.76 oz11.36 oz
FeaturesSurpassing traditional 7.1 surround sound, this gaming headset produces positionally-accurate audio in a 360-degree sphere for more realistic audio depth. This heightens your awareness of your surroundings and allows you to locate opponents with greater precision, even before they’re within sight—ideal for avoiding flanks and setting up your own ambushes.

Built to produce a more natural sound curve, these expertly tuned drivers deliver super-clear sound and punchy bass that make for a more immersive and life-like soundscape, perfectly capturing every auditory detail to enhance this surround sound headset’s effectiveness.

To ensure absolute clarity when relaying information to your squad, the headset’s retractable microphone is powered by active noise-canceling technology that detects and nullifies noise as you speak. Using this process, it’s able to effectively cancel out sounds such as the hum of your PC rig or cheering tournament crowds—making your voice even clearer.
Get total control with the USB audio controller. Turn on THX Spatial Audio for increased immersion, control both volume and bass levels, and even configure the game / chat balance. All of this at your fingertips – for gaming audio that is always perfectly customized for you.

Go beyond traditional virtual surround sound. THX Spatial Audio* breaks the boundaries of defined 5.1 and 7.1 channel surround to deliver seamless 360 degrees positional audio for a more natural and lifelike experience. It also adds depth to the experience by simulating sound both above and below you for incredible gaming immersion.

Never experience your game audio overpowering team communication again. The Game / Chat Balance option lets you fine-tune the right balance of what you hear. Or simply leave it in the middle for a standard mix.

Equipped with large custom-tuned 50mm drivers, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition provides a wide soundscape, from subtle footsteps sneaking up behind you to climactic explosions that blow you away. This clarity in range and deep, punchy bass is crucial in creating a lifelike immersive experience.

The cooling gel-infused ear cushions reduce heat build-up, while the soft cloth and leatherette combination provides both comfort and sound isolation. Hidden indented eyewear channels eliminate pressure from glasses. The headband features an incredibly comfortable ultra-soft padding, allowing you to game for hours and forget that it’s even there.

With its 3.5mm audio jack, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is cross-platform compatible – works with with your PC, Mac, PS4, Xbox One, Switch or even mobile devices.

Detail review:


Razer Kraken Ultimate

We all know Razer makes a ton of gaming headsets for different platforms that have a wide variety of features. This specific headset comes in around 120 Dollars.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is an upgrade from the normal Kraken headset. It has the USB audio controller which gives you some extra options and accessibility for audio controls.

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Razer Kraken Ultimate

This headset looks similar to the rest of the lineup of Razer gaming headsets. You get nice circular earcups that sport faux leather on the headband and on the ear cups. The Razer logo on each ear cup lights up with multiple lighting effects that can be programmed through the Razer Synapse software.

You get all of your controls on the left ear cup along with the microphone, which felt extremely flimsy for me and not put together really well. I thought it was going to fall off sliding it in and out of the headset. Also on the left ear cup, you get the button for the surround sound, which mixes up the channels on the headset’s 50-millimeter drivers. For gaming, it’s not too bad but when listening to music definitely makes you guys turn that off.

You can connect this to your pc through the four foot USB cable which in my opinion should have been at least six feet in length because four feet is not enough for gamers. For the price, I feel like this is a great headset. For me, it is a bit bulky and it does feel a bit on the cheap side with its flimsy microphone and the plastic all over the ear cups.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The headset itself comes with the full audio controller which you can mess around with your game volume or chat volume. It does have the eyewear channels, so if you are somebody that wears glasses or likes to wear glasses while gaming it has the channels on the headset on the cushion. It would be friendly for those of you that wear glasses. The gel around the ear cups are supposed to be cooling gel-infused, it’s ergonomically designed. It does have 50-millimeter drivers.

You’re gonna get the headset itself with the braided cable and on the end of that cable, you have your three-and-a-half mm jack. At first glance the outer shells of the headset are plastic, you have the Razer logo there on the side of the ear cup. The ear cups are plastic, it’s big too and it has like the little grille. The band does have soft-touch mesh at the part that touches your head and then a Razer logo on the top. The headband is pretty flexible so no need to worry that it will break.

You have two color options with these headsets the black one and the green one. In my opinion, the black one looks better than the green one. You do have a pull-out mic there which is completely flexible and if you’re not going to use it, you can obviously just leave it in. I do have to mention that you have to fidget with the mic a little bit to keep it inside. With some headset, you just have to flip them up while with the Razor’s, in order to get the microphone in you have to push it and it’s a little awkward.


Razer Kraken Ultimate

The ear cups are large and circular, they look like soft circles equipped with cooling gel, and memory foam. Because the headset ear cups are so large you get a nice even weight distribution, so the headset doesn’t feel too heavy in those longer gaming sessions.

This headset is really comfortable and I really like the design of this headset and the way it fits. I’ve been using it for a month but it feels like I’ve been using it for a couple of months because it’s such a solid and comfortable headset.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The ear cups themselves have a nice material. That is their cooling gel, that’s on the outside there and it’s all black. The adjusting rod is metal and it has little measuring markers on it. So, you can adjust how big or small you want them to fit in your head. The headset is pretty flexible too and it does have the clamping force to fit in your head perfectly.

It is very comfortable. I had no issues with comfort. Most of the time my ears get very hot using headsets like this because there’s not much ventilation. The gel on the inside of the headset there is very underrated and I think Razer should definitely market that a little bit better. Still, it does work quite well and my ears, my skin, and the area around my ears did not get as hot as some other closed-back headsets do.

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Razer Kraken Ultimate

This doesn’t have a 3.5-millimeter audio jack. You can go ahead and use this headset with your PS4. However, Razer is targeting this headset mostly for pc gamers. When you do go ahead and connect this headset to your PS4, you can’t control the audio from the audio wheel that’s on the left ear cup, you have to go ahead and control the audio through your PlayStation, which is rather annoying. If Razer is targeting PC gamers with this headset, then I completely understand there is no reason to go ahead and do that. That way, if you are wondering whether you can use this headset on your PS4 or not, you can use but just make note that you have to control that audio through your PlayStation, not through the headset.

In the Razer Synapse software, you can play with the sound. You get your volume adjustment through which you can raise it or lower it, you get your stereo and surround sound there on the right side that you can go ahead and set up, you can play with the mixer there, you have your spatial audio and it’s got different outputs there, you get OBS Calibration of your headset there and you can set different profiles too.

Then you get into the enhancement part in the software that is where you can set and unset that bass boost, then voice clarity you can turn that on or off, and your sound normalization. Then you have your equalizer that is where you can play with all the settings and there you do have those presets for your game, movie, music, and for customers. So, you can set these how you want for your headset.

Then you do have your mic settings there in the software, where there is the mic volume, mic sensitivity we can turn that on and off, and also you can adjust it a little bit whether it’s high or low however you need. You do get the preview of the mic there and then you have those active enhancements over there, the active noise cancellation, volume normalization, and vocal clarity. You can also customize that color lighting you get on the ear cups on the sides of this headset in the software.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The inline control itself has its own cable, so if you combine both this cable plus the cable with the headset, you’re gonna have plenty of lengths. On the other end of the inline controller cable, you obviously have the USB which has nice little green touch thereby Razer. This inline control cable is also a braided cable. On the inline control, you can see the volume up and volume down and a quick mute right there which is nice to have right on your desktop next to you.

As well as you have a base control volume up and down, and on the other end, you can control the chat volume compared to the game volume in the inline control. There’s also a spatial audio button. The spatial audio is a kind of a version of surround sound and knowing where things are in the game and it’s all done through software. This headset works with your consoles, it works with your PC, it’s just going to work with everything that you need it to work with and so it’s universal, which is nice.

Inside the Razer Synapse software, you can actually create a Razer Synapse account that way it saves all your profiles. You have your audio section, there you can put it in stereo, you can put it in surround sound, and then you have the controls for volume up and down in the inline controller and it is very handy being able to have this audio controller. That is one huge benefit to have in this product. You can control your audio with up and down as well as a quick mute, I tested that and it worked great and the light goes red there on the inline controller when it is muted. Also, you are able to control your game/chat balance. I really love it when they give you these options.

The second tab in the software is the mixer what this allows you to do is to customize your audio. If I want Google Chrome to be in surround sound but not my video game then I could choose what is in surround sound, what is not, and turn the whole thing on and off from these. Then you have the enhancements there in the software which are just some tweaks to the voice clarity as well as the sound normalization. Next, you have the equalizer, this allows you to set up things for games, movies, music, you have different options which are preset for you and then you can make a custom one over there.

The last option therein the software is the microphone options in which you can turn your microphone on and off through the software, you can change the volume louder and all the way down and then there lastly you can control the mic sensitivity, this setting allows you to remove unwanted background noise if you have too much background noise you can lower or raise the sensitivity based on your situation. You also do have a sidetone option, you can turn it on and off. This allows you to monitor your voice by which you can hear yourself while you speak. That is nice because if you have a closed-back headset sometimes it’s hard to tell how loud you’re talking or how soft you’re talking.

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Razer Kraken Ultimate

When I was testing out these headsets I did the keyboard clicking test to check how well the microphone doesn’t pick up keyboard clicks, when the keyboard is about a foot and a half away. This microphone is picking up the keyboard clicks. Obviously, I don’t expect it to be as good as the Astro A50, or the Corsair Virtuoso, or even the Hyperx Cloud Orbit, but for this price range, you’re gonna have to play with that noise gate, that suppression, and a couple of the other tools, that you can go ahead and adjust in the Synapse software, that lets you play around with that microphone quality. This was the test with the microphone sensitivity off and the equalizer of the Razer Synapse software.

When the microphone sensitivity mute button was on it’s still picking up the keyboard clicks. Obviously, it picked them up a little bit more, when the noise gets opens up when I start talking. But when compared to before the microphone sensitivity is on, feels like it picks them up a little bit less. It sounds like in discord when you’re streaming, when you’re playing Call of Duty Warzone, and when you’re talking to your friends and other players in party chat. Honestly, for its price range, I’d say it’s probably one of the best microphones. This microphone quality is actually really good at this price range.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

I used this headset for roughly a week and a half, I’ve been using it for the phone calls and then obviously some gaming using discord and things like that and I’ve had zero issues with the mic clarity. As a matter of fact, a couple of people ask me what headset I was using because they said it sounded pretty clear. I’ve never been a big fan of the Razer microphones in the past but with this one, I have to mention it’s really good and clear. I really liked it and I had zero complaints with it.


Razer Kraken Ultimate

This headset definitely offers some strong bass which I absolutely love. If you aren’t one of those people that really like bass, you have to go ahead and adjust that in the equalizer. I know this headset kind of leans more towards the base side of the spectrum, so it does sound a lot better when you adjust the equalizer. When you are listening to music and if you’re not that type of person that likes bass, make sure you go ahead and adjust that in the equalizer.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The sound quality is good and the bass is punchy. You can adjust the sound quality with the Razer Synapse software by the equalizer and the presets available there. I’m actually really surprised at how well this headset handled games like Apex and Call of Duty Warzone. It’s easy to hear enemy footsteps and what’s going on around you when you’re approaching enemies, also while hearing where the action is going off into the distance. I am really impressed with the sound quality of these.

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In my opinion, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is worth buying than the Razer Kraken Ultimate because the Tournament Edition does have a better sound quality and better mic quality than the Ultimate and it does come with the inline controller which the Ultimate doesn’t have and I am the fan of the inline controller. 

Expert Reviews of Razer Kraken Ultimate:

By ThinkComputers
Razer added active noise canceling to the microphone, which does a pretty good job of canceling out unwanted noises. The other change is that you get RGB lighting on the headset itself, which looks pretty cool.

By nag.co.za
The Razer Kraken Ultimate sits firmly in the gaming headset sub-genre for peripherals, with RGB-forward design aesthetics and questionable sound quality to match. While definitely an improvement on previous iterations of the Kraken, there still isn’t…

Bottom LineThe Razer Kraken Ultimate wired gaming headset brings powerful bass, programmable lighting, and an excellent microphone to you…

By TechRadar
With an excellent upgrade to an already excellent headset, Razer has made a gaming headset that can keep you comfortable even in the longest gaming binges.

By Craving Tech
As a wired, USB gaming headset, Razer Kraken Ultimate offers great gaming experience: THX Spatial Audio, great microphone clarity and quality with active noise cancellation option, full RGB lighting, comfy thick cushion, and a good length of USB…

Expert Reviews of Razer Kraken Tournament Edition:

The Razer Kraken is an extremely comfortable headset, but suffers from poor sound quality from both the microphone and the speakers. While they may be built to be worn for long periods of time, they’re unfortunately not compelling enough to take your eSports skills to the next level.

By Thinkcomputers
When we started this review we wondered if the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition could stand out in the $99 gaming headset crowd, which is where many gaming headsets sit. After spending some time with the Kraken Tournament Edition we feel that it does….

By PCmag
Razer’s Kraken Tournament Edition gaming headset delivers strong bass performance and capable simulated surround sound for…

The inclusion of THX audio makes the Razer Kraken Tournament edition a real step forward for Razer and it’s a device that sounds as good as it…

By Gameaxis
The Razer Kraken: Tournament Edition certainly is a solid set of headphones. High quality construction, crystal-clear audio, a plethora of customisation options, comfort… everything you’d usually expect from a Razer accessory.Usually.Although the…