Razer Launches The Thresher Ultimate: An Xbox, PS4, And PC 7.1 Headsetby Brett Howse on June 13, 2017 9:00 AM EST
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This morning at E3, Razer is announcing a new product in their lineup, targeting the console market, with the Thresher Ultimate wireless headset. This is a 7.1 Dolby surround gaming headset, offering several features to help it in the console market, but still working with PC gaming.
They will be offering versions for both the PS4 and the Xbox gaming systems, with a color scheme to match those consoles trademark colors. The PS4 version will offer blue accents, and the Xbox version will be Xbox green, and both can also be hooked to a PC through standard audio cables.
One of the main differences between the Thresher Ultimate and other Razer headsets focused on the PC is the charging stand, which also provides a more powerful 2.4 wireless signal to provide a connection range of up to 40 feet, which should help with the typical console gamer sitting further away. Razer’s PC based wireless headsets charge over a USB cable, and only offer a small wireless USB adapter and would not be able to get this kind of range.
The headphones have 50 mm drivers, and are available with cooling-gel infused ear cushions to help with comfort on longer gaming sessions. Razer rates the drivers for 12 Hz to 28 kHz, and combined with the Dolby Headphone technology, these should deliver good sound quality for a wireless headset. The headset weighs in at 408 grams / 0.89 lbs, and the unidirectional boom mic is fully retractable into the ear cup when its not needed. Razer estimates the battery life to be up to 16 hours, with a 4 hour charging time.
Although these are targeted to console gamers, the charging stand is something that any PC gamer would appreciate as well, since it makes the process of storing the headphones and keeping them charged much easier than Razer’s other headsets that use micro USB connectors for charging, although these do offer that connection for charging as well.
The Thresher Ultimate is available for pre-order now for $249.99 USD, and will be available worldwide in July.
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voodoobunny - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link$249.99? Seriously? That's more than the XBox One they would go with!
Stuka87 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - linkDecent 7.1 headsets are not cheap. If the audio is even close to other headsets in that price area, then they are not a bad buy.
Samus - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - linkThe Steelseries Siberia 800 cost $249.99 so these are inline with those.
And Steelseries makes a $329.99 headphone set.
Good wireless headphones aren't $50-$100.
NoPunAllowed - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link"Razer Launches The Thresher Ultimate: ***An*** Xbox, PS4, And PC 7.1 Headset"
Usually I don't nitpick because it's whatever, but this is in the title.
SpartanJet - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - linkIts a shame these companies make these great headsets and put them on the 2.4Ghz band where there is already so much on there like bluetooth and wifi plus most other proprietary wireless tech. Thats why I used to go with Astro because their headsets were on the 5.8Ghz band which I believe only had those old wireless telephones which nobody owns anymore to compete with. I think they recently switched to 5.0Ghz with their new headsets which is disappointing as well.
It really affects sound quality and battery life when they shove everything under the sun on the 2.4Ghz band.
Gasaraki88 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - linkAmen. I have an Astro heatset also.
MattMe - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - linkThe most concerning thing for me here is this:
"Razer rates the drivers for 12 Hz to 28 kHz".
Maybe Razer do market them at that, but considering human hearing is generally considered to be between 20Hz and 20Khz, are they actually just plucking numbers out the air? Why would you bother, even if it were possible, to create headphone that attempted to generate frequencies that low. Id' be interested to know an what db that range is possible.
cwolf78 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - linkBy your logic no one would need a subwoofer.
lazarpandar - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - link12hz is actually not very low, 10hz is standard for large, expensive headphones like these. If they were quality they'd go down to 5hz, although 28khz is quite high.
pashhtk27 - Tuesday, June 13, 2017 - linkI can't believe I'm actually reading comments on Anandtech talking about frequency range specification of headphones!!
But then I realize they are comments on a 'Gaming Headset'. *shrug*