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Razer BlackShark V2 7.1-Channel Over-Ear Gaming Headset

MSRP 100 USDNEX score 71%

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Product Overview

Razer BlackShark V2 is a premium gaming headset that features all-new Razer TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers, HyperClear Cardioid Mic with USB Sound Card, advanced passive noise cancellation, and with THX Spatial Audio’s new Game Profiles feature.
The 50mm Razer TriForce Titanium drivers, thanks to their proprietary design with titanium-coated diaphragms, separate the audio frequencies and allow for the individual tuning of the high, mid and low ranges, resulting in clearer trebles, a rich midrange and powerful bass. They are complemented by THX Sptial Audio that delivers pinpoint accuracy and lifelike, immersive in-game sound that is compatible with stereo, 5.1 and 7.1 sources.
The BlackShark V2's HyperClear Cardioid Mic has been tuned for a more focused voice pick-up area, eliminating sounds from the back and sides for speech clarity. The additional USB Sound Card provides advanced microphone controls for even further tuning.
Using an ultra-soft breathable memory foam, the ear cushions also minimize heat build-up and perspiration, for comfort even in long, intense play sessions.
Razer also introduced the BlackShark V2 X which uses the non-titanium version of the 50mm driver and drops the USB DAC.

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Ratings

What we found**

Pros
  • Excellent sound quality with THX Spatial Audio and microphone settings
  • ThX Game Profiles allow you to tweak EQ settings for every game individually
Cons
  • A bit bulky for a gaming headset

What external reviewers found***

NEX score: 71% (not directly comparable across industries)
Pros
  • Good build quality
  • Great audio quality
  • Good mic quality
  • Excellent noise cancellation
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance
  • No wireless charging
  • Mediocre audio quality
  • Not as good as the cheaper V2 X
  • Bulky design
  • Not as powerful as its predecessor
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Specifications

Connectivity

Ports
3.5mm, USB

Construction

Cable
1.8 m / 5.91 ft
Drivers
TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers
Form Factor
Over-ear gaming headset
Headphone Type
Closed headphones, dynamic headphones
Material
Breathable memory foam Ear Cushions, Ultra-soft FlowKnit memory foam Ear Pads
Microphone
HyperClear Cardioid Mic

Dimensions

Size | Height
65 mm (Inner Ear Cup)
Size | Width
40 mm (Inner Ear Cup)
Weight
262 g

Function

Channels
7.1-channel
DAC
Via USB
Microphone Pickup Pattern
Unidirectional

Performance

Frequency Response
12Hz - 28kHz
Impedance
32 Ω @ 1 kHz
Microphone Frequency Response
100Hz - 10kHz
Microphone Sensitivity
-42 dB @ 1kHz V/Pa
Sensitivity
100 dB SPL @ 1kHz/Pa
Signal-to-Noise Ratio
60 dB (Microphone)

Production

Debut
2020-08

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3rd-Party Review Videos

External Reviews

cnet[1]

Sentiment Score 81%
Reviewers from cnet have found the following***:
The Razer BlackShark V2 is better in enough meaningful ways to make it worth spending the extra bucks. The V2's earcups use memory foam cushioning, but the V2 X's covers aren't breathable. Both models have analog jacks so you can use them with a multitude of consoles and systems.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Sleek, lightweight design
  • Excellent noise cancellation
  • Comfortable earcups
Cons
  • Not as good as the cheaper V2 X

digitaltrends[2]

Sentiment Score 78%
Reviewers from digitaltrends have found the following***:
The Razer BlackShark V2 and V2 X are both solid headsets with a good price tag. Both are very comfortable, have good mic and audio quality, and are easy to use. But the higher-priced V2 does everything slightly better. My biggest qualm exists in both headsets: The look.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable fit
  • Good mic quality
  • Comfortable design
Cons
  • Mediocre audio quality
  • Clunky design

laptopmag[3]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from laptopmag have found the following***:
The Razer BlackShark V2 provides expansive, detailed sound within its range. The headset's new 50mm Triforce drivers feature discrete tuning ports for high, mid and low tones. In competitive games like Valorant, it was easy to keep track of footsteps, other players' voices and gunfire.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Deep, detailed sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Great audio quality
Cons
  • Slightly scratchy ear cups

pcmag[4]

Sentiment Score 83%
Reviewers from pcmag have found the following***:
The Razer Blackshark V2 is an excellent wired gaming headset with a reasonable price. For $100, it offers good sound quality with simulated surround sound, a fantastic microphone, and a light, comfortable build. If you're looking for something on the more premium end, the Turtle Beach Elite 2 are bigger and more powerful.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality with simulated surround sound
  • Comfortable fit
  • Supports THX Spatial Audio
Cons
  • No wireless charging

rtings[5]

Sentiment Score 18%
Reviewers from rtings have found the following***:
The Razer BlackShark V2 are good for neutral sound. They can accurately reproduce thump and punch as well as vocals and lead instruments. However, sibilants like cymbals may sound a bit lifeless or dull. While they're comfortable and stable, their bulky over-ear design isn't very portable.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Comfortable and stable fit
  • Compatible with PC, PS4, and Xbox Series X via analog connection
Cons
  • Bulky design
  • Poor noise isolation performance
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users

tomsguide[6]

Sentiment Score 71%
Reviewers from tomsguide have found the following***:
The Razer Blackshark V2 provides vibrant, nuanced sound with a fantastic balance between channels. It's not quite up to the level of a pair of dedicated audio headphones, but it's much, much better than I expected from a $100 gaming headset. Over time, Razer will add game-specific soundscapes to Razer's Synapse software.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Excellent sound quality
  • Comfortable fit
  • Solid build quality
Cons
  • No THX profiles
  • Mic is not removable

tomshardware[7]

Sentiment Score 77%
Reviewers from tomshardware have found the following***:
The Razer BlackShark V2 is more versatile than its predecessor. It's the brand's first cans to use the Razer HyperClear Cardioid mic, which is detachable. The mic should be a welcome addition to your Discord chatting or conference calls. Razer's new drivers are also powerful, yet accurate.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Powerful audio performance with THX Spatial Audio
  • Comfortable fit
Cons
  • Not as powerful as its predecessor

trustedreviews[8]

Sentiment Score 75%
Reviewers from trustedreviews have found the following***:
Razer’s BlackShark V2 has a more sophisticated look characterised by its matte black and wired metal construction. The memory foam ear cups made them comfortable to wear for a prolonged period of time. Out-of-the-box surround sound is pretty good, but THX Spatial Audio just takes it to another level for music.
Find the original article here.
Pros
  • Well-balanced sound
  • Good build quality
  • Comfortable ear cups
Cons
  • Lack of padding

User Reviews

References

1. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 sub-$100 headsets help keep your head in the game. [cnet]. https://www.cnet.com/reviews/razer-blackshark-v2-preview/. 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
2. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Review: Premium headset, nice price. [digitaltrends]. https://www.digitaltrends.com/gadget-reviews/razer-blackshark-v2-review/. 2020-08-29. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
3. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Gaming Headset review. [laptopmag]. https://www.laptopmag.com/reviews/razer-blackshark-v2. 2020-09-08. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
4. ^ Razer Blackshark V2 Review. [pcmag]. https://www.pcmag.com/reviews/razer-blackshark-v2. 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
5. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Headphones Review. [rtings]. https://www.rtings.com/headphones/reviews/razer/blackshark-v2. 2021-08-24. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
6. ^ Razer Blackshark V2 review. [tomsguide]. https://www.tomsguide.com/reviews/razer-blackshark-v2. 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
7. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Review: Airy Feel, Quality Sound. [tomshardware]. https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/razer-blackshark-v2-gaming-headset. 2020-07-30. Retrieved 2021-03-22.
8. ^ Razer BlackShark V2 Review. [trustedreviews]. https://www.trustedreviews.com/reviews/razer-blackshark-v2. Retrieved 2021-03-22.

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