Razer teams up with THX for Barracuda Pro headset

The THX factor...

by Ian Collen

Razer has launched a new family of Barracuda headsets, with the Pro model boasting the first inclusion of THX’s Spatial Audio and Achromatic Audio Amplifier (AAA) technologies in such a product.

Of course, the fact that Razer bought up a sizeable chunk of THX a few years ago probably put it at the front of the queue, but it does give the Pro an interesting edge over the company's other new arrivals; the Barracuda and the “refreshed” existing Barracuda X model. Although Razer made its name, and still is a major player, in the gaming market, the new Barracuda headsets needn’t be strictly geared for gamers – but you can be sure they’ll be very well-catered for with these new arrivals.

The inclusion of THX technology certainly adds an extra dimension to the Barracuda Pro; almost literally with its Spatial Audio adding to a more dynamic and immersive audio experience. THX AAA adds a built-in amplifier for improved power output, dynamic range, and signal-to-noise ratio. Plus, it also helps the headset to offer lower harmonic distortion, which “minimises fatigue when listening at higher playback levels… this results in crisp, clear audio for enjoying movies, music, and gaming.”

Razer teams up with THX for Barracuda Pro headset
All three new arrivals come with Razer's SmartSwitch Dual Wireless tech to swap between two devices on the fly.

The Barracuda Pro also features Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) to let you focus purely on the action in front of you, and boasts Razer’s SmartSwitch Dual Wireless. This enables the user to connect two devices, using 2.4GHz wireless and Bluetooth 5.2, making it easy to hook up the likes of your PC and phone and seamlessly interchange between them. They’re also packing new TriForce Bio-Cellulose 50mm drivers, dual integrated beamforming noise-cancelling microphones, and, of course, all the perks of the Razer Audio App.

Commenting on its arrival, Chris Mitchell, head of the PC Gaming Division at Razer, said: "The Barracuda Pro is the hybrid headset that does it all. Whether it’s your main gaming setup at home or your favourite music playlists on the go, the Barracuda Pro combines the fuss-free convenience of lifestyle headphones along with the high-performance gaming features you'd expect in a Razer gaming headset, to create a no-compromise experience, packaged in a sleek, premium design.”

The new ‘base’ Barracuda headset also comes with THX Spatial Audio, SmartSwitch, and a single noise-cancelling mic, plus there’s added support for 3.5mm analogue inputs. They use 50mm TriForce Titanium drivers and “delivers detailed and punchy sound, bringing movies and games to life”. The refreshed Barracuda X also has SmartSwitch functionality and, while the cheaper option of the three, it still boasts 7.1 surround sound support with 40mm TriForce drivers, and actually boasts the longer battery life of the collection – at 50 hours a charge over its sibling’s 40 hours.

Razer teams up with THX for Barracuda Pro headset
Although Razer has a strong presence in the market, the Barracuda headsets needn't just be for gamers.

The Razer Barracuda Pro, Barracuda, and Barracuda X are all available now, priced at £249 (€269 / $249), £159 (€169 / $159), and £99 (€99 / $99) respectively. You can find out more on all of them on the Razer website. It will be interesting to see, or hear, how the THX tech adds to the company’s typically impressive portfolio, and also how well these ‘gaming’ headsets translate into varying film and music use cases. Let us know what you think!

SOURCE: Razer / THX (via press release)
IMAGES: Razer

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