What you need to know
- Razer announced the BlackShark V2 and BlackShark V2 X gaming headphones.
- The headphones have passive noise cancellation and use cardioid microphones to reduce background audio.
- The BlackShark V2 costs $100 and the BlackShark V2 X costs $60.
Razer announced the Razer BlackShark V2 gaming headphones today. The headphones feature Razer TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers, a Razer HyperClear cardioid microphone with USB Sound Card, and "advanced passive noise cancellation." The Razer BlackShark V2 headphones are available starting today for $100.
Razer designed the BlackShark V2 to deliver clear audio to gamers through the cans of the headphones. They feature titanium-coated diaphragms, which when utilized by the TriForce Titanium drivers can separate audio frequencies. This allows individual tuning of the high, low, and mid ranges.
The headphones support THX Spatial Audio that's compatible with stereo, 5.1, and 7.1 sources. The feature models a world with audio that brings a 360-degree audio soundscape that helps immerse players into games. For example, you could hear where an enemy was without seeing them first.
The microphone of the BlackShark V2 is a HyperClear Cardioid Microphone with USB Sound Card. The microphone is designed to pick up a focused area, rather than picking up sounds from every direction. This reduces background noise for people on the other end of your voice chat. The USB Sound Card allows you to use advanced microphone controls for more refined tuning, including Mic Boost, Voice Gate, Volume Normalization, Microphone Equalizer, and Ambient Noise Reduction. The USB Sound Card only works with Windows 10 PCs.
While the headphones don't feature active noise cancellation, they do feature passive noise cancelling. This comes courtesy of the "plus leatherette-lined foam cushion," which according to Razer forms a seal around a player's ears. The headphones feature breathable memory foam to help them not retain a lot of heat.
The headphones support THX Spatial Audio Game Profiles, which allow people to listen to game audio with two different modes, THX Environmental Mode and THX Competitive Mode. The feature launches on August 6 and currently supports 18 popular titles, including Apex Legends, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, and Valorant.
The BlackShark V2 headphones uses a 3.5mm audio jack connection, so they work with any device with a jack, including the Xbox One, PS4, Nintendo Switch, many mobile devices, and many PCs.
If you're on more of a budget, Razer also announced the Razer BlackShark V2 X headphones. They use a non-titanium version of the Razer TriForce 50mm Driver and don't have a USB Sound Card. They do feature the same HyperClear Cardioid Mic and advanced passive noise cancellation. They're available starting today as well and cost $60.
The links for the Razer pages don't appear to be live yet, but should go up at some point today.
These gaming headphones cancel out background noise by creating a seal around your ears. They also have a cardioid microphone to deliver clear audio in voice chats. Their audio is powered by TriForce Titanium driver.
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