Razer’s Barracuda and Barracuda Pro gaming headsets are the latest additions to the company’s range, focusing on a dual wireless connection (2.4GHz through a USB-C adapter and Bluetooth) and high-quality sound. Active noise cancellation, velvety leatherette ear cushions (instead of more breathable woven fabric), and a built-in THX Achromatic audio amplifier are among the features that differentiate the Pro apart from the lower-priced Barracuda (as well as the higher-priced Barracuda X) models.
Beamforming microphones with noise cancellation replace the detachable boom mic on these new versions (the Barracuda X and numerous other Razer headsets have 40mm drivers). If you need to switch between two devices at once, Razer is promoting their SmartSwitch Dual Wireless capability, which claims to be able to connect to two devices simultaneously. Even if the excellent new Arctis Nova Pro Wireless by SteelSeries plays music from two wireless connections simultaneously, I prefer Razer’s technique (albeit not necessarily unique) since it is more likely to operate.
Even though Razer’s gaming headsets have made them a household name, they still have a long way to go before competing in the high-end headphones market with the likes of Sony and Bose. I was impressed by the 2020 Razer Opus headphones, which had a solid build quality and unexpectedly decent sound for the pricing point. ‘ Even more, effort appears to have gone into the Barracuda Pro from Razer. A bio-cellulose driver was used, which the manufacturer claims can “decrease harmonic distortion.” With larger speakers, a dedicated amplifier, and what appear to be superior controls, I’m eager to dive in and discover if they’re worth the price.