17 November 2019

Razer Kraken Ultimate is the new premium gaming headset

Razer, the global lifestyle brand for gamers, has introduced the Razer Kraken Ultimate, a competitive gaming headset featuring pinpoint positional accuracy greater than 7.1 surround sound.

Source: Razer. The Razer Kraken Ultimate competitive gaming headset.
Source: Razer. The Razer Kraken Ultimate competitive gaming headset.

Powered by THX Spatial Audio technology and custom-tuned 50 mm drivers that produce a more natural sound curve, the Kraken Ultimate delivers a realistic, immersive soundscape that allows users to use any nuance in sound to their advantage.

THX Spatial Audio technology is an advanced positional audio solution that delivers pinpoint accuracy and greater than 7.1 surround sound. Producing sound in a 360-degree sphere allows for better awareness and heightened immersion during competitive gameplay. THX Spatial Audio optimises the unique sound design and engineering of every game and delivers a natural listening experience by adjusting its virtual speakers to match the audio source’s actual distance and location in-game. This can help to reduce brain and ear fatigue, as users are able to decipher where every sound is coming from instinctively, letting them stay focused longer.

Featuring custom-tuned 50 mm drivers, the Razer Kraken Ultimate produces powerful, detailed, super-clear sound and a punchy bass. Tuned to deliver a more natural sound curve, the resulting audio is the richest, most immersive, and lifelike within the Kraken line.  A new Discord-certified microphone and active noise cancelling technology further ensure crystal-clear team communication.

The Kraken Ultimate features aluminum and steel construction with cooling gel-infused ear cushions for lightweight durability and long-lasting comfort. Its ultra-soft padded headband with bauxite aluminum frame is well-equipped to handle the rigours of transport and extensive gaming. Cooling-gel cushions help reduce heat buildup and also contain hidden eyewear channels for gamers sporting corrective or blue-light glasses.

"We have built the Kraken Ultimate to address the needs of gaming audio at its roots,” said Alvin Cheung, Senior VP of Razer’s Peripherals business unit.

“Powered by THX Spatial Audio, its custom-tuned drivers deliver superior sound, housed in signature Kraken comfort. Combined with an active noise cancelling microphone for crystal-clear team comms, this headset has the winning edge that gamers are looking for.” 

The Kraken Ultimate also features highly visible backlit earcups powered by Razer Chroma, supporting 16.8 million colours and a suite of lighting effects controlled from within Razer Synapse 3.

Razer also introduced the Kraken X USB at the same time. This addition to the Kraken X family offers green earcup lighting and 7.1 virtual surround sound via its USB connection – all in a 275 g lightweight design, for all-day gaming comfort and immersion.

Razer Kraken Ultimate


● Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz

● Impedance: 32 Ω @ 1 kHz

● Sensitivity (@1 kHz): 112 dB

● Input power: 30 mW (maximum)

● Drivers: 50 mm, with neodymium magnets

● Inner ear cup diameter: 65 mm

● Connection type: USB Digital

● Cable length: 2 m

● Approximately 390 g

● Oval ear cushions: Designed for full-ear coverage with cooling gel, for sound isolation and comfort, now with Razer Chroma RGB underglow lighting


● Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz

● Signal-to-noise ratio: > 60 dB

● Sensitivity (@1 kHz): -38 ± 3 dB

● Pickup pattern: Unidirectional electret condenser microphone (ECM) boom

● Click-to-Mute function

On-earcup controls

● Analogue volume control wheel

● THX Spatial Audio on/off toggle

Audio usage: Devices with USB Connector

Audio + microphone usage: Devices with USB Connector

Razer Kraken X US

● Green earcup lighting

● Oval leatherette cushions

● 275 g

● Bendable cardioid microphone

● 7.1 surround sound on PC for accurate positional audio

● Custom-tuned 40 mm drivers


Razer Kraken Ultimate retails for US$129.99 (manufacturer's suggested retail price, MSRP)
Razer Kraken X USB is priced at US$59.99 (MSRP)