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Razer releases the Kraken — two of them, in fact

Razer is expanding its Kraken headset line, adding two versions — the Kraken Pro V2 and Kraken 7.1 V2.

Both models feature a new design that focuses on comfort and durability. The headband frame is now unibody aluminum, which Razer says reduces weight. The cushions are larger, too, which should increase comfort and better seal the user’s ears, blocking outside noise. The Kraken V2 is designed with specific attention to those who wear glasses, as the new cushioning has “special inmold channels” designed to reduce strain placed onto glasses when they’re wore underneath the headset.

To improve sound quality, both models feature new custom-tuned 50 millimeter drivers, an upgrade from the 40mm drivers in the previous Kraken Pro. Razer says the drivers are “custom-tuned for balanced in-game audio and communications.” In other words, you should be able to clearly hear your friends screaming at you every time you do something dumb in your favorite game.

The Kraken Pro V2 and 7.1 V2 share the above features, but the 7.1 V2 differs in several important ways. As its name suggest, it supports 7.1 surround sound. Razer’s proprietary virtual surround sound technology allows customization of surround support — and important trait, because most games don’t support full 7.1 audio.

The 7.1 model also connects over USB, while the Kraken Pro V2 uses the usual pair of 3.5 millimeter headphone and microphone jacks.

That’s not all, though. The 7.1 V2 model also has an active noise-canceling digital microphone. The microphone on both models retracts, so it can be out of the way if you’re just listening to some tunes.

Both headsets work with PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, or Xbox One, though the latter may require an Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter.

Pricing for the Kraken Pro V2 starts at $80 in the United States, or 90 euros in Eurozone. The Kraken 7.1 V2 starts at $100 in the United States, or 110 Euros in the Eurozone. Both headsets are set for a full retail release sometime in October, and pre-orders for the Kraken Pro V2 are live starting … right now.

Kraken Pro V2 Kraken 7.1 V2

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