Gaming Headsets
Arctic vs Razer

USB Gaming headsets

Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 31.01.2011
Manufacturer: Arctic
Product Group: Audio
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When it comes to gaming peripheral, it tends to be the mice and keyboards that get most of our attention. The audio side of things, however, is also very important for the overall gaming experience, and this time we decided to have a look at two gaming headsets. One of these comes from Razer and uses a more traditional stereo setup, while the other is made by Arctic and packs 5.1 surround sound. Both of them are connected via USB and also have a microphone for interaction. Now lets have a closer look at the competitors and see how they compare.


Gaming Headsets Arctic vs Razer - USB Gaming headsets

Razer Banshee


Gaming Headsets Arctic vs Razer - USB Gaming headsets

  • Volume & Mic Control Buttons on the Headset
  • APM-Lighting System
  • 8 preset EQ
  • Detachable Microphone Boom
  • Braided 2,1 m USB Cable
  • Dimensions: 183mm(L) * 90mm(W) * 200mm(H)

  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32Ω at 1kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): >102dB at 1 kHz
  • Drivers: 50 mm, with neodymium magnets

  • Frequency Response: 100 - 10,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity (-42 dB ± 2dB @1kHz, 1V/Pa)
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: >58 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional

The Banshees come packed in a flashy and weirdly shaped box where they are nicely at show. At the back there are the specifications and features. The Banshees are part of the StarCraft II product range, which also covers a mouse and keyboard.

The feature set boasts a detachable microphone, 8-preset equalizer, advanced lighting system and built-in controls for the volume. The technical details look very promising, the frequency response for the 50 mm drivers is stated at 20-20 000 Hz, but without further information this data is better taken with a grain of salt.




Gaming Headsets Arctic vs Razer - USB Gaming headsets

Bundled with the headphones comes the detachable microphone, a couple of Razer-stickers, and short flyers about Razer products.

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