Meet the Razer Orca, a neon green behemoth-sized pair of headphones. Sure, it sure looks rad on the outside, but does it deliver in terms of audio and comfort? Hit the jump to find out:
First off, the Orca feels surprisingly comfy to wear for extended periods of time. You can chalk this up to ample-sized headphones lined with velvet (or whatever it is) covering padding around the rims. The underside of the headband also has a covered foam lining for the top of your head, or your nape, should you choose to wear it that way. The Orca is also a deceptively light pair considering its relatively large size. Its PVC build with fewer other things weighing it down helps this. You’ll have to be careful not to put too much stress on the plastic, though, as looks like it’s not built for a lot of physical punishment.
Aesthetics and ergonomics aside, the Orca sounds really good. Of course, we tested it out with a bunch of games and a whole lot of music. The first thing we noticed with the Orca is that it’s not a very loud headset, and that’s a good thing. Most cheaper headsets will blast out audio and/or brain-melting bass with little disregard for the users’ ears. The Orca dials it down and focuses more on clarity and clean sounds.
Bass-heavy game soundtracks like that of Street Fighter III: Third Strike and most of the later Tekken games sound awesome through the Orca. I’d like to put specific emphasis on Third Strike in particular as it still stands as one of the most bass-heavy games I’ve played. Soundtrack notwithstanding, the entire game’s sound design makes use of a lot of bass and rumbling, and listening to the game through the Orca is a joy.
Even if you’re not into gaming, the Orca is a dependable pair of headphones for music. Going on my previous point about clarity, the Orca dials down loudness levels to the point where different tracks/layers in a song are a lot more distinguishable. It also delivers a decent amount of clean sounding bass while still managing to be comfortable, making it suitable for wearing on long haul trips. We’ve tried dialling up the volume really high and it still didn’t hurt our ears.
All in all, the Razer Orca headset is a fine and dandy piece of work, and it sounds just about as good as it looks. Just be sure to handle it with care.
- Street Fighter III: Third Strike
- Tekken 6
- Monster Hunter Portable 3rd
- Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2
- Left 4 Dead 2
- Up Dharma Down – Bipolar (album)
- Led Zeppelin – Mothership (album)
- Rush – Leave That Thing Alone
- Janelle Monae – Tightrope (feat. Big Boi)
- Guilty Gear XX Sound Alive (album)
- E.S. Posthumous – Arise
- Aranda – It Ain’t Easy