Review: Razer Kraken E-Panda Hooligan Headphones
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“The very best headphones for live performing I have ever used!” - 5 Stars
Working in the radio industry has a few perks – one of which being that I get to try and test so really cool pieces of technology. However, if there is a single piece of technology that I can proudly say I am obsessed about more than any other, it’s the headphone.
As an audiophile, headphones are my key to satisfaction. An excellent pair of headphones can be the difference between Phil Collins’ drum solo sounding like a set of tins or the Gretsch drums Mr. Collins is synonymous for using in his chart topping single.
I have truly never seen a pair of headphones more beautiful than the Razor Kraken E-Panda Hooligan Edition headphones, which are coated in a sophisticated gold, perfectly contrasting the black ear pods and headband. As an on-the-go music listener and studio user, I can confirm that these headphones are perfectly suitable for both. They are designed to be versatile enough for studio use, whilst still being portable (with thanks to the easily adjustable headband and inwards folding ear pods). Design wise, the only negative is the fact that the lead is not removable or replaceable. Being restricted by a fitted lead is not abnormal, however I prefer removable leads whereby, if the lead breaks or it is not suitable to carry it around, I can simply detach it and either replace it or refit it later.
Fitting the headphones onto my head is also easy – with the soft cushion of the ear pods quickly moulding to my ear enabling me to quickly move onto the most important part of the headphone: the music.
The first test I conduct is the general music test, whereby I use Levels by Avicii (due to the fact that it is well-known for combining vocals, a deep bass sound and enough treble and medium for a fair test).
As the first beat of the song kicks in, I can quickly feel the deep bass technology implemented into the headphones. The bass in the Razer Kraken E-Panda Hooligan headphones is extremely strong, which may take a while to get used to, but it provides a music experience incomparable to any other headset. Compared to the treble and medium levels, the bass is probably a bit high, creating an invariable live feel with every song you play. But, to be honest, it sounds pretty great to hear Avicii perform live every time to press ‘play’!
The vocals are crisp and clear – every note and word is easily recognisable and there is no tininess or unwanted sound produced by the headset. The headphones are also noise removing – when playing another song whilst listening to the Avicii song I couldn’t hear anything. The sound quality these headphones deliver truly makes you focus on the music – hearing exactly what the artist intended you to hear at the time of recording.
Moving onto the drum test. As a drummer, this test enables me to test how the headphones actually play up to a live experience. The second I hit that bass drum it is very clear to see why Eric “E-Panda” Hernandez loves these headphones so much. At first, the bass is so strong that your head actually vibrates with every beat – but, after a few minutes, you quickly get used to the intensity of the sound and you stop vibrating.
There is no clipping in the sound – even at the bassiest of times – and, when playing live, the levels of treble, medium and bass perfectly compliment each other – making these the very best headphones for live performing I have ever used.
There is without a doubt that the Razor Kraken E-Panda Hooligan Editions will remain my favourite pair of headphones for a very long time. They out perform many of the competitors and the dynamics the headphones bring to any song really proves why E-Panda uses this pair of golden headphones when sharing the stage with the likes of Rihanna, Sting, Cee-Lo Green (Gnarls Barkley), B.o.B, Janelle Monae, Travie McCoy (Gym Class Heroes), Kanye West, the Far East Movement and his very own brother – Bruno Mars.
For more details be sure to visit: http://www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-kraken-e-panda-hooligan-headphones and pick up your pair today.
By James Gilmore