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Razer BlackShark V2 Review

Razer had tremendous success with their original BlackShark model; it was, at the time, considered by many the favorite for gamers. It is no surprise, then, that the follow-up to their flagship headset has been highly anticipated. 

Razer has no doubt taken note of the rise of a whole legion of competitors in this field in recent years. The modern gamer is completely spoiled for choice when it comes to gaming headsets nowadays. Razer, therefore, while having a great reputation and legacy to back them, will still have to deliver quite an experience to retain the title. 

So, let’s go a few rounds with the champ in my in-depth Razer BlackShark V2 Review…

Razer BlackShark V2
Our rating:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

Design and Build

The Packaging and carry bag for the V2’s are good indicators that no expense was spared. As for the design itself, they nailed it. The new BlackShark has a strong aesthetic connection to its ancestor and therefore has a no-nonsense look. 

The stripped-down aviator look has been resurrected with a modern makeover. The stitching on the leather head-strap is perhaps the most endearing tip of the hat to the past. That being said, it is impeccable stitching. The matte black paint job almost makes the V2’s look like they’ll absorb light in a dark room. The materials all look quality, spot-on job there. 

However…

Two downsides in the design, though, do immediately strike me. The wire mechanism for adjusting the headset is not the easiest to adjust. It has the inclination to slip instead of slide and therefore makes achieving balance a bit hard. The exposed neon-green wire, while looking great and even retro, does give cause for concern. It might easily be damaged, and the jumpy wire mechanism doesn’t help either!

Other than that, though, it’s smooth sailing, baby…

Hands down the most comfortable gaming headset that money can buy. Once you do get them adjusted, it makes it seem as though they were custom-made. 

The memory phone cups fold over your ears and makes them feel like they’re in their own little sound booths. The sponge covering the membrane is so thick that you cant feel the titanium covers beneath them when applying pressure. The weight is so close to perfect that it makes no difference. 

Do you know how you tell a good pair of headphones? 

You forget you’re wearing them. That’s certainly the case with the new V2’s. I even did a test with glasses, and they still sit for hours with no discomfort. The volume and mic mute controls are easy to reach and have a solid smooth feel to them. The V2’s come with a gorgeous ultraflex braided cable. The boys over at Razer even decided to throw in a selection of five color schemes so that no one feels left out!

Functionality 


Coming into the next round of this review, the V2’s just keep racking up points. Let’s talk turkey! 

7.1 surround sound is delivered by Razer’s Triforce 50mm drivers at 64 bits, thanks to the dedicated USB soundcard. You can also just go direct using the 3.5mm jack but believe me; you’ll want the 7.1 surround emulation, more on that later, though. 

All options covered…

Setup of the soundcard is fast and easy, and the software is where you can really get tweaking. The THX software allows for access to a very versatile ten-band EQ system for the mic and your music, respectively. You can create and save sound profiles and play with the spatial audio. 

The cardioid mic may have the mechanical look of the previous model, but I’m willing to forgive this. The material allows for regular use but remains sturdy and, best of all, is completely detachable when not needed, making these one of the most versatile gaming headphones you can buy. 

Sound Quality


As far as emulated surround sound in gaming headphones, users overall have been skeptical. Razer, however, has done nothing short of nail it! The sound is truly huge, and the stage is filled with depth. Things can be heard as truly separate, and the illusion of distance is absolutely fantastic. 

Doing a test in Battlefield with a friend determined that I was able to pick up the noise of a friend’s footsteps and jump at a distance of 20 ft! As far as creating a fully omnidirectional sound experience, this is it, as far as I’m concerned. 

Crystal clear…

As far as the sound quality itself, the hits just keep on coming. The noises are visceral, subtle, and utterly clear. Music is immersive and epic. Across the entire spectrum, the V2’s perform spectacularly with rich and thumpy lows that almost feel physical. The highs are clear and full of richness, and overtones in a whisper can be heard from any direction. Beautiful clarity is the simplest term. 

Volume testing showed that wonderful driver at work. Even with the V2’s blasting me at full volume, there is a wondrous lack of even the tiniest bit of distortion or shimmer. The titanium membrane covers fitted to the V2’s means no rattle and exquisite noise. And we haven’t even gotten to the software! 

Exactly as you want it…

The EQ options allow for wondrous tweaking to suit your every need and are definitely worth spending some time on. As I’ve said before, the emulated surround sound is superb, and hopefully, updates will enhance the feature in the future. 

The cardioid mic does at first leave a bit to be desired in the clarity department, but with a little bit of tweaking using the EQ, you can make anyone sound like Batman. The passive noise cancelation works well to block out room sounds and so on but don’t type too hard on the keyboard. For its sheer simplicity of use and top-notch quality of sound, I will say the Razer V2’s are the best sounding headphones for gaming.

Razer BlackShark V2 Review – Pros and Cons

Pros

  • They look and feel great
  • Excellent build quality
  • Many color scheme options
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Very personalized sound options
  • Detachable mic
  • Exquisite sound quality
  • Not too expensive 

Cons

  • Annoying wire mechanism for adjusting the headphones
  • Exposed wire design might get easily damaged

Need more superb Gaming Headphone options?

I’m not sure why, because the BlackShark are superb, but it’s good to know what else is available, so take a look at our comparisons of the Best Gaming Headset, the Best Xbox One Headsets, the Best Nintendo Switch Gaming Headsets, the Best PC Gaming Headsets, the Most Comfortable Gaming Headsets, the Best Razer Gaming Headsets, as well as the Best Wireless PlayStation 4 Headsets you can buy in 2023.

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Razer BlackShark V2 Review – Conclusion

The final round of my review of the Razer BlackShark V2 has come to an end, and it’s a win by Knockout! 

The V2’s have proven more than capable of maintaining the Razer Legacy, and that great pedigree has once again bread a champion. The V2’s look, feel and fit great. Once you get past the iffy wire adjustment mechanism, they’re almost an extension of your head. The materials and build quality are testaments to Razer’s willingness to go the distance. 


The V2’s are simple to set up, and the software is easy to understand and use; plus, a detachable mic means they won’t look weird when you’re taking a walk and whistling to tunes. 

As for sound quality, the V2’s simply stand head and shoulders above the rest. The 7.1 surround emulation by Razer is unmatched and totally worth it. The 50mm driver does an excellent job of putting the titanium membrane covers through their paces, and even then, the V2’s don’t break a sweat. I’m going to go ahead and call it, The Champ is back, baby! For any serious gamer looking for headphones, look no further. 

The Final Score is a nine out of ten.

Happy gaming.

5/5 - (38 votes)
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About Corey Hoffman

Corey is a multi-instrumentalist who has played in numerous bands over the years, some good, some not so good. He has also written countless songs and recorded five albums in professional studios across America. Today he is a hobby musician but still loves the guitar after over 15 years of playing.

He considers his writing as a way to share what he has learned over the decades with younger generations ad always can't wait to get his hands on the latest gear.

He lives just outside New York with his wife Barbara and their two German Shepherds, Ziggy and Iggy.

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