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Arctic vs Razer

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Author: Jouni 'Jipa' Vasama
Published: 31.01.2011
Manufacturer: Arctic
Razer
Product Group: Audio
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Gaming Headsets Arctic vs Razer - USB Gaming headsets
 

In use the banshees are very comfortable. They sure aren't the lightest headphones out there, but the design is so good they feel comfortable even when you wear them for longer periods of time. The sound quality is great. The Banshees are clearly aimed at gamers, but they also sound good enough for music. Really the only problem I have with the sounds is that there's simply too much bass. This can be helped to some extent by using the EQ on the driver, but really it's a shame the extra bass ruins the overall impression of the sound quality.

The P531's feel very different after the Banshees. Due to all the surround sound drivers the headphones are heavy, and overall the design just doesn't feel as comfortable as the Banshees. Atleast for someone like me who wears eye glasses the P531 start to feel uncomfortable in long use. In use the sound quality isn't as good as the Banshees, either. It's still good enough for most and in gaming it didn't bother me that much, but when listening to music the overall tone is just too muddym. For the price you just can't expect hifi-quality, but even considering the cost, the P531's are still somewhat underwhelming.



Conclusion

Razer Banshee

PROS 
  • Sensitive microphone
  • Comfortable
  • Controls
  • Sound Quality


CONS 
  • Excess bass
Award
Editor's Choice Award!
Arctic Sound P531

PROS 
  • Sensitive microphone


CONS 
  • Heavy
  • Controller hanging by the cable
Award
Silver Award!



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What's the verdict, then? It is a bit unfair to compare these headsets with each other, as one is stereo, one is surround and the price difference is pretty significant with the Razers costing almost twice the money. However, in my opinion both the comfort and use as well as the sound quality make the price easily worthwhile. The P531's, for the money in particular, aren't exactly bad, and there are some nice features such as the volume controls for each individual channel on the controller, but after any period of time they just got very uncomfortable. The Razers, on the other hand, remained comfortable after even hours of use and the sound quality didn't give any reason to switch back to using speakers, either.


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