Decide between the Razer Kraken and Kraken Tournament Edition

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Best answer: If you mainly play on a console, download the Kraken, if you mainly play on PC or play on both, take the Kraken Tournament edition.

Two very similar headsets

As the two most recent headsets from Razer in this family, the Kraken and Kraken Tournament Edition are very similar – not only in terms of design, but also in terms of hardware, sound quality, microphone quality and comfort.

With both you get custom-made 50 mm drivers, large, slow-foaming ear cups with a cooling gel in it and a better-than-average frequency range. They both offer high quality sound with excellent clarity and are comfortable enough to wear for hours without getting tired.

Both even have a 3.5 mm connection, which means that you can play on a console or PC. So how do you choose?

An important difference

The Kraken Tournament Edition comes with an additional USB audio controller that the regular Kraken does not have. The controller can only be used with a PC and has been optimized by the Razer Synapse 3.0 application for Windows 10.

In addition to standard audio control and mix adjustments for game / chat audio, the USB audio controller gives THX Spatial Audio to your games. It is not exactly the same as virtual surround sound, but it is a similar idea. It is fully customizable, but it offers you a full 360-degree sound phase that can be a game changer in some games, such as Battle Royales or FPS titles such as CS: GO.

All details and clarity of the normal sound are preserved, so you really get a sense of direction when you wear it. Because it is adjustable, you can also set other priorities for direction in the software.

If you mainly play on a console, you cannot use this. Instead you have to connect your headset with the 3.5 mm connection, which in fact turns it back into the regular Razer Kraken.

PC, console or both?

If you are a console-only, the Kraken has everything you need, and most importantly, everything you can get from the more expensive Kraken Tournament Edition on your Xbox, PS4 or Switch.

If you mainly play on a PC or an equivalent mix of both, the Kraken Tournament Edition is worth the extra $ 20 investment to get that USB controller with THX Spatial Audio. You can use it as a regular Kraken with your console, but get the benefits of the USB controller when you switch to the PC.

For console

Razer Kraken

Best choice for console players

The Razer Kraken needs little introduction and the latest model is perfect for console and just to listen to your favorite songs.

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