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Razer Nari Ultimate THX Spatial Audio HyperSense Technology 2 4GHz Wireless Audio Cooling Gel Infused Cushions Gaming Headset Works with PC PS4 Xbox One Switch Mobile Devices

Last Updated: 15 Apr 2019 (Refresh Now)
5.6
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Sound Quality
 30
thx, spatial, surround sound, eq, haptic
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Sound quality sounds the same as my old 25$ headset.  ...  "
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" ...  I saw alot of 3 and 2 star reviews here complaining about the sound, and yeah the out-of-box sound settings are garbage. ... You can try it in movies, it definitely does give everything a more spaced out sound, but it messed with the audio quality too much for me to use it. ... There is a slight degradation in sound quality as with any virtual surround, but it really does wonders for the positional audio, especially in battle royale type games. ... It is straight up garbage, my friends said it sounds like I'm underwater, and I can hear it too when I listen to it through windows. ... Here are my sound settings: ... THX Spatial Audio: Surround Sound for games, Stereo for everything else ... Enhancement: All off, except for Haptic Intensity set to 70 (the other enhancements just put filters on the sound and distort it, as is usually the case with these things) ... Make sure you have any other windows spatial sound options turned off, and any other software providing EQ settings or enhancements (like the ones through windows) turned off if you had them on. ... This makes a pretty warm, bassy sound with a decent bit of treble, how I like it ... UPDATE 3/16/2019: So I've found that if you use the headset through the wired mode, the sound quality on the headphones themselves is the same, but the mic sounds amazing, much better than any of the past headset microphones I've had.  ...  "
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" ...  Sound quality is unique. ... It's the best sound out there for bassy headset enthusiasts.  ...  "
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" ...  The sound was just okay. ... surround sound was great. ... the sound is great .  ...  "
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" ...  The surround sound on these Razer Nari Ultimate's isn't great either. ... I turned off surround sound on my Astro's long ago and never cared to turn it back on because everything sounded so much better than with surround sound off, the same is true for my new Razer headset, but the sound is somehow even better. ... Small background ambient details sound clearer, environments sound more alive. ... Maybe it's because the headset does a better job at drowning out the background noise in my real world?  ...  "
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" ...  Sound quality is comparable to the Steelseries Arctis 7.  ...  "
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" ...  The haptic feedback is really cool and really immerses you into whatever you're listening to.  ...  "
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" ...  On one hand, the sound quality was very good, rivaling the Bose QC 25s.  ...  "
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Comfort
 28
head, comfortable, razer, wear, nari
+64%
-36%
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" ...  Awesome build and comfort.  ...  "
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" ...  It is the most comfortable headset I've had, and that's saying alot since I had the Cloud 2s. ... The ear cups are also huge, nice, and deep. ... You can also adjust the strength of the haptics.  ...  "
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" ...  If you want a good headset I highly recommend the Razer Nari Essential and even more, I recommend anything made by Razer.  ...  "
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" ...  Could it rattle your head and still be comfortable? ... These are possibly the most comfortable cans I've ever worn, and the battery life is solid, if not spectacular. ... In the end, I feel like this is a $30 headset with a $170 feature.  ...  "
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" ...  The ear cups swivel up, down, left, right to make a secure fit over your ear, and they also feel comfortable when you wear them off your ear or partially over your ear. ... The padding on the ear cup is very soft, i'm surprised it even makes as good of a seal as it does on my ear but it's pretty good at silencing the rest of the room when I've got them on.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall, the sound quality is good (when NOT using THX) and the headset is pretty comfortable to wear.  ...  "
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" ...  It will be hot in ur ear fast  ...  "
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" ...  They fit well and feel quite comfortable with even weight distribution, though there is no mechanism to ‘lock’ them into place so they don’t pass the shake test unless I’m wearing a beanie. ... Just be aware that if you reach down to pick up your controller or something from the floor, these might slip from the comfy position and potentially fall off your head. ... This headset may not be the best for $200 but I absolutely love the gimmick of having what feels like a subwoofer strapped to my head.  ...  "
Gaming
 23
game, games, immersive, gamer, haptic
+74%
-26%
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" ...  The haptic feedback is mind blowing especially in FPS games.  ...  "
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" ...  I played a few games of call of duty with these and I can tell you that when you are in the game, you can hear everything around you without an issue.  ...  "
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" ...  Turning the setting lower makes it much more subtle and makes it acceptable for my games.  ...  "
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" ...  Some people hate the mic, but it works well enough and is decently clear for myself, the casual gamer. ... It really does change everything and feels so much more immersive in gaming so it is worth the extra $$$ in my opinion.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything about this headset is fine as far as gaming headsets go. ... Basically imagine the rumble feature on your controller rumbling at all times and at almost the same intensities for an entire game session.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm talking games like Black Ops 4 or Battlefield 5 where it really helps to know which side footsteps or gunfire is coming from.  ...  "
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" ...  They are the best with games.  ...  "
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" ...  The cooling gel is a nice plus for long gaming sessions. ... I find that I need to recharge them in between each gaming session but for the most part they do last.  ...  "
Software Platform
 14
windows, synapse, razer, beta, synapse 3 software
+21%
-79%
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" ...  This isn't the hardware's fault, but the Synapse 3 software that you have to install to use it. ... The software teams blames the hardware team and vice-versa.  ...  "
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" ...  The most disappointing part was the fact that they released a $200 set of headphones that only work with a BETA version of software that the rest of my Razer gear does not work on.  ...  "
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" ...  Not to mention Razer support will make you jump through hoops with software fixes (that you have probably already tried) for hardware problems.  ...  "
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" ...  On to the software part. ... Little did i know there is no longer any support for it other then legacy software forcing you to buy new products.  ...  "
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" ...  The mute/un-mute seems to work fine (in terms of windows recognizing the input mute and synapse recognizing it's muted), but un-muting it results in no audio being detected.  ...  "
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" ...  And with Synapse app -- there are so many stupid settings I cannot figure out the one to fix it.  ...  "
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" ...  Apparently, the software is causing all kinds of issues for other Razer devices, so before you purchase, make sure to check out potential pitfalls there.  ...  "
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" ...  trial and error(mostly error) .  ...  "
Headphones
 14
headset, headsets, sound quality, wireless, wired
+71%
-29%
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" ...  I upgraded to these from another pair of wireless headphones, the sound is great and I don't get the cut outs I was getting with my other pair.  ...  "
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" ...  It's the best sound out there for bassy headset enthusiasts.  ...  "
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" ...  You can either use it as a wired headset (which you can buy for a cheaper price) or a wireless headphone.  ...  "
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" ...  Sound quality sounds the same as my old 25$ headset.  ...  "
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" ...  I'm changing my rating to four stars because i love these headphones.  ...  "
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" ...  I really like these headsets.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall a fantastic headset.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall, the sound quality is good (when NOT using THX) and the headset is pretty comfortable to wear.  ...  "
Battery Life
 13
hours, battery life, lasts, charge, haptic
+62%
-38%
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" ...  Battery 2 ends in 3 hours.  ...  "
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" ...  Build quality and battery seem good. ... Battery lasts around 11 hours with everything off, and that time shortens as you use HyperSense and increase the brightness on the decals (which I just turn off cause I don't even get to see it anyway).  ...  "
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" ...  Battery lasts several ~4 hour gaming sessions before a charge is needed. ... about 12+ hours with haptic enabled.  ...  "
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" ...  As much as I do enjoy using this pair of headset, i gotta say the battery life is pure garbage, though this is probably the only complain I have.  ...  "
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" ...  Hopefully the battery lasts longer than the one in my cell phone.  ...  "
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" ...  My only complaints with them are the battery life (getting 7 hours) and the sound quality which is still pretty good, but not near the quality of audiophile headsets which you can get for the same price, although remember this is a gaming headset.  ...  "
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" ...  It charges fast and lasts long  ...  "
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" ...  And it’s not beeping to tell me the battery is low bc it happens throughout the entire life of the battery.  ...  "
Build Quality
 11
frame, build quality, headset, plastics, flexible
+64%
-36%
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" ...  The frame seems to be a durable quality.  ...  "
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" ...  As for the material, its a combination of metal and this very flexible, rubbery feeling hard plastic. ... Never really felt anything like it, but good and sturdy.  ...  "
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" ...  Awesome build and comfort.  ...  "
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" ...  But that's where the good ends.  ...  "
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" ...  The material and build quality for this headset was amazing.  ...  "
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" ...  Still give it a 5 star because of the comfort, sound, and build quality.  ...  "
Price
 8
worth, money, tag, hypersense, 200
+88%
-13%
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" ...  What really makes it though is the HyperSense, and I can definitely say that its worth the extra price.  ...  "
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" ...  Low quality sound for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  You can easily get better sounding headsets for less than a quarter of the price.  ...  "
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" ...  Used responsibly, the Hypersense haptics feature is well worth the money in my opinion.  ...  "
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" ...  $200 price tag  ...  "
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" ...  Combine all that with the massive 200 dollar price tag and I feel like I just got mugged.  ...  "
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" ...  I was on the fence about the Nari Ultimate but bought it on a whim as a money splurge because I liked the idea of the haptic feature and the THX flavor.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 8
wireless, pc, headset, razer, haptics
+50%
-50%
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" ...  the headset will not stay connected to PC.  ...  "
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" ...  My biggest complaint however is that you can only change the settings of the haptics on a computer.  ...  "
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" ...  WIRELESS DOES NOT WORK WOTH XBOX!  ...  "
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" ...  IF you want to use this peripheral as a wireless headset, YOU CANNOT.  ...  "
Controls
 7
eq, synapse, razer, mute, windows
+43%
-57%
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" ...  It doesn't sound that good for users on the other end from the response of my teammates, it likes to mute itself sometimes?  ...  "
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" ...  The switch's volume OSD even works with the Gold - not correctly, but it does move up and down even though the absolute position is wrong.  ...  "
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" ...  The mute/un-mute seems to work fine (in terms of windows recognizing the input mute and synapse recognizing it's muted), but un-muting it results in no audio being detected.  ...  "
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" ...  Apparently, the headset has no way of hard resetting the presets that are saved to it, so once one goes and changes ANY settings for the headset while using it wirelessly (which is the point of being wireless) THE MIC STOPS WORKING.  ...  "
Apps
 7
surround, app, windows, thx, synapse
+14%
-86%
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" ...  Not to mention Razer support will make you jump through hoops with software fixes (that you have probably already tried) for hardware problems.  ...  "
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" ...  And with Synapse app -- there are so many stupid settings I cannot figure out the one to fix it.  ...  "
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" ...  I shouldn't have to completely reinstall windows and then have to re-download everything onto my computer because of a software issue after a windows update.  ...  "
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" ...  It worked for about 30 sec and then beep boop and spinning wheel on the app in synapse.  ...  "
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" ...  The software teams blames the hardware team and vice-versa.  ...  "
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" ...  once i got in to the games and had all the software set up, if the game does not support 5.1 or 7.2 surround.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 7
weeks, headset, pair, nari, months
+29%
-71%
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" ...  The first one broke after 30 days while the second one broke after a few days.  ...  "
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" ...  they will not RMA a defective product.  ...  "
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" ...  I have purchased two of these now and both go defective after restarting my computer.  ...  "
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" ...  I have now had to return the replacment headset as it was defective as well.  ...  "
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" ...  So after messing around with it for a couple weeks . ... trial and error(mostly error) .  ...  "
Call quality
 7
hear, teammates, voice chat, underwater, talking
+57%
-43%
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" ...  It is straight up garbage, my friends said it sounds like I'm underwater, and I can hear it too when I listen to it through windows.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a Blue Yeti for dedicated voice.  ...  "
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" ...  Since I started using the Nari, I have noticed an incredible increase in my ability to hear exactly where the enemy is.  ...  "
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" ...  Other people told me the mic made sound like I have a nasal voice.  ...  "
Volume
 6
play, loud, playing, low, level
+33%
-67%
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" ...  It would just play a loud popping/ crackling noise.  ...  "
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" ...  The gamechat volume is broken.  ...  "
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" ...  I found the volume knob to be rather scratchy (electrically noisy) and flaky (the left and right levels wouldn't come up at the same time) so I see Razer's usual levels of QC are in play with this product. ... In order for it to feel overbearing, the volume must also be turned up to an overbearing level.  ...  "
Features
 6
settings, haptic, features, worth, money
+83%
-17%
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" ...  If you don't like messing with settings too much, this feature might annoy you.  ...  "
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" ...  What you're probably curious about is the haptic feature.  ...  "
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" ...  Used responsibly, the Hypersense haptics feature is well worth the money in my opinion.  ...  "
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" ...  The vibration feature is gimmicky, but it is a neat gimmick.  ...  "
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" ...  Right out of the box I didn’t need to change any of the auto settings.  ...  "
Fit
 6
ear, wear, fit, cups, swivel
+67%
-33%
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" ...  The ear cups are also huge, nice, and deep.  ...  "
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" ...  defiantly money well spent i love the coolant gel in the head phone every time i put them on i feel relaxed, but the best feature is the BASE!!!  ...  "
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" ...  Audio is crisp, Fit is fine ect.  ...  "
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" ...  The ear cups swivel up, down, left, right to make a secure fit over your ear, and they also feel comfortable when you wear them off your ear or partially over your ear. ... The padding on the ear cup is very soft, i'm surprised it even makes as good of a seal as it does on my ear but it's pretty good at silencing the rest of the room when I've got them on.  ...  "
Bass
 5
synapse, mids, audio, vibrations, shooters
+80%
-20%
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" ...  The sound is crystal clear, loud, and immersive, all while providing the best bass I've ever experienced.  ...  "
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" ...  This makes a pretty warm, bassy sound with a decent bit of treble, how I like it  ...  "
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" ...  The bass is great and there are plenty of customizations to be made in Synapse 3 (forever beta).  ...  "
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" ...  You can adjust the bass boost and all the audio profiles you would need to, using the Razer Synapse app, and it makes using this thing a breeze.  ...  "
Charging
 5
lasts, charging, headset, headphones, charging cable
+40%
-60%
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" ...  The headphones don't hold a charge and gives you a warning sound when it needs charging.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery life is terrible, and you can't use them while they're charging (even though you're supposed to be able to).  ...  "
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" ...  The first one did not want to charge, and the second one ... Cons: First order arrived and the headset would not charge.  ...  "
Noise Cancellation
 4
background, job, cancellation
+75%
-25%
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" ...  They are comfortable and cancel all outside noise.  ...  "
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" ...  Maybe it's because the headset does a better job at drowning out the background noise in my real world?  ...  "
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" ...  I had noise cancellation .  ...  "
Frequencies
 4
settings, vocals, razer, mids, bass
+75%
-25%
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" ...  This makes a pretty warm, bassy sound with a decent bit of treble, how I like it  ...  "
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" ...  With the right EQ the sound quality is great, so make sure to tinker around and find your personal favorite settings, not just complaining about default settings.  ...  "
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" ...  First of all I gotta say I never managed to get the EQ to sound true or have that good mid range without sounding a little hollow.  ...  "
Cables
 4
wireless, wire, port, nari, headphones
-100%
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" ...  I also tried using the port on the switch itself just for kicks (using an adapter cable), that didn't work either.  ...  "
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" ...  For this product to work with xbox, you have to buy a 3.5mm jack and plug it directly into the controller.  ...  "
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" ...  I can have the cable connected continuously and it still seems to go out .  ...  "
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" ...  Instead, I got wireless headphones or use with a wire, which defeats the purpose of them being wireless.  ...  "
Cooling
 4
cooling, nice, like, gaming, feel
+100%
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" ...  The cooling gel is a nice plus for long gaming sessions.  ...  "
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" ...  I was skeptical about the "cooling gel" padding but it's the real deal.  ...  "
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" ...  Pros: Love the cooling feel and the cups.  ...  "
Ports
 4
xbox, wirelessly, usb ports, usb port, usb dongle
+50%
-50%
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" ...  I tried every USB port on the dock including disconnecting my ethernet adapter to use the USB 3 jack on the rear, no go. ... I also tried using the port on the switch itself just for kicks (using an adapter cable), that didn't work either.  ...  "
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" ...  For this product to work with xbox, you have to buy a 3.5mm jack and plug it directly into the controller.  ...  "
Network
 4
range, good
+75%
-25%
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" ...  The wireless range is short, but consistent.  ...  "
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" ...  Good wireless range.  ...  "
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" ...  Great wireless connectivity with more than ample range.  ...  "
Returns
 3
return, replacement, also, support, set
-100%
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" ...  I am returning it for a refund. ... I am also returning the other set that I ordered this afternoon for myself.  ...  "
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" ...  I sent it back.  ...  "
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" ...  I also asked for a replacement from Amazon and the replacement unit has the exact issue!  ...  "

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