Razer Kraken Forged Headphones

  • Published on Nov 29, 2013
  • Razer's Kraken Forged Headphones are their first attempt to transition from "gaming headsets" more like "audiophile headphones". Let's see how they did on this first attempt!
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  • Bob Vila's Home Again
    Bob Vila's Home Again 4 months ago

    Update: Had mine for almost 6 years now and no issues. Best headphones I've ever owned. Great for gaming and having in the jam space.

  • Pandu
    Pandu 6 months ago

    Ah yeah. Good old cd driver days

  • mhn farmer
    mhn farmer 8 months ago

    old days....

  • The Lord
    The Lord 8 months ago

    at first i thought i cliked the wrong video and thought the video was a toy unboxing
    wtf is that intro xDddddDDddD

  • Tony Jara
    Tony Jara 9 months ago

    They dont last long at all... one malfunction and the other replacement from Razer broke off at the hinges.

  • JaviTheIdiot
    JaviTheIdiot 10 months ago

    Are these 7.1 surround sound?

  • NoBrainah
    NoBrainah 10 months ago

    After 20 min your head turns into a peanut

  • Cayden and Lizzy gaming
    Cayden and Lizzy gaming 11 months ago

    Now I’m buying some for $60 bucks

  • Phantumix
    Phantumix Year ago

    The cheesy intro omg

  • Trospher
    Trospher Year ago

    So basically the headphone is an overpriced razer kraken with just a bit tweaks on its comfort and looks but not in the sound quality...interesting.

    • Cheydrate
      Cheydrate 11 months ago

      don't forget the 4 years, it'd be a lot worse now

  • NoobyDaNoob
    NoobyDaNoob Year ago

    lol me watching in 2018

  • VeryZestyLemon
    VeryZestyLemon Year ago

    300$ razer went to far this time

  • Clint No
    Clint No Year ago

    I have some of these but the cord it broke

  • The Mask
    The Mask Year ago

    They can be used for Ps4?

  • eric
    eric Year ago

    razer cheaps out on their cables shit wont last even a year

    • Shadow Pringa
      Shadow Pringa 11 months ago

      eric mine are 4y old and still look as good as new

  • Helios Lung
    Helios Lung Year ago

    oh my god this intro. never seen it lol

  • SneakyBoy 1999
    SneakyBoy 1999 Year ago +1

    I don't even care how they sound....They look amazing...........hears the price..... F#ck XD

  • campbell johnson
    campbell johnson Year ago

    Old Linus is funny

  • Brandon vargas
    Brandon vargas Year ago

    Then you need to review Astro’s a50 xbox and pc edition they are extremely worth the price

  • Weasle 65
    Weasle 65 Year ago

    Today, the kraken headphones are: $75 US. Hmmmm.

  • Cesar Loaiza
    Cesar Loaiza Year ago

    Razer product... with a 300 dollar price tag? No way am raking the risk!

  • Willem
    Willem Year ago

    i've been using these headphones for about 4 years now (a week after they launched) and i am still amazed by the sound every day. IMO the best headset out here for the price they ask.

  • Eliane Gonzalez
    Eliane Gonzalez Year ago

    Bruh Just get a pair of sennheiser G4ME ONE or G4ME ZERO. They are considerably cheaper than this Good looking crap

  • Americansnek
    Americansnek Year ago


  • Will Kessner
    Will Kessner Year ago

    Lol the intro

  • W G
    W G Year ago

    That intro hurt me

  • Excalis Ogre lord

    I've got a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-AD500X Open Air Headphones, they are cheap and sound way better than what i've experienced with razer krakens.

  • Tiham Md
    Tiham Md Year ago

    That into 😂😂

  • Computer 5959
    Computer 5959 Year ago

    $50 now

  • Jo Par
    Jo Par Year ago

    @4.00 - no midrange - bloaty bass + $300 = as far from Audiophile as you can get. !!

  • Trinabh Paul
    Trinabh Paul Year ago

    my time machine broke .which year am i in

  • changed
    changed Year ago

    cheaper than beats

  • Yanuze
    Yanuze Year ago

    AhahAHahAHahhH i want ed oe t d ie

  • XeroVesk
    XeroVesk Year ago +1

    I got it today for my birthday and i love it

  • loopy gamer
    loopy gamer Year ago

    U can get these for £100 of Amazon now 😂😂

  • disadadi
    disadadi Year ago

    I don't personally like cans like that, since they exaggerate the base and have atrocious base quality. There the quantity overtakes the quality. Sure, I like base, but if it's just boomy crap it's not good.
    I use K712 Pro's and they have pretty nice low end with amazing texture and details compared to something like Kraken's.

  • Respawn_Point
    Respawn_Point Year ago

    For this price you can get much better headphones. I like the audio technica ath-ad900x. They sound better and are much cheaper!

  • Donacdum
    Donacdum 2 years ago

    Are these worth it at $150 i have a razer kraken chroma right now and i am looking for an upgrade.

  • trang kateloy
    trang kateloy 2 years ago

    How does one forge plastic?

  • avishek ghatak
    avishek ghatak 2 years ago

    are the more bassy than the regular krakens or are they less or are they the same?

  • Adam S
    Adam S 2 years ago

    found these for 80 is it worth it?

  • Rosamelano _
    Rosamelano _ 2 years ago

    I bought them for 75$ i think isn't that bad...

  • C1N3M4T1x
    C1N3M4T1x 2 years ago

    now you can get them for 94$ on bit electronix as B-Product :D like, someone buyed it and gave them back cuz he dont like them, never weared them, just iopened it :D

  • GongoTheGecko
    GongoTheGecko 2 years ago

    T H I C C

  • BH Prototyping
    BH Prototyping 2 years ago

    im ugrading from my razer blackshark 2.0 to these. ill be getting them in a few days.

  • UnknownPlayer
    UnknownPlayer 2 years ago

    "Aircraft grade aluminum" is the same aluminum the kitchen foil s made of...

  • Marvin Perez
    Marvin Perez 2 years ago

    These headphones sound trash pls dont buy dem my beats studio 2.0 sound waaaaayy betrr like da forges have crazy bass wit a amp but dey sound soo badd plss stay away from themm my 20 $$ ear buds sound betttterrrr

  • Tristan Bobo
    Tristan Bobo 2 years ago

    Okay so since you all are really butthurt about the quality of these headphones, I can tell you they are VERY high quality headphones. However, I bought these at a ridiculously low price of $85 (I bought them used on Amazon but the product is practically new and I really didn't notice any defects) I would not see myself buying these at $300 unless all other options were an absurdly higher price. I create EDM (Electronic Dance Music) tracks, kinda like the music Linus mentioned in here. While if you are producing more streamlined or natural music, these are GREAT for picking up really low sound signatures for things such as EQ'ing basslines or balancing out kicks. Or as he said, these can be used for gaming. I use these playing games such as Doom, which sound amazing with the booming high caliber rounds and the banging heavy metal in the soundtrack. Get these if you can find them at a low price like I did if you personally need a lot of bass in your sound signature but also like the certain look of these. But also consider researching your choice, I didn't randomly pick up these and just would've returned them if I didn't enjoy them. Make sure your choice is tailored to YOUR needs, not a quota mandated by the "audio snob" majority.

  • Migslayer101
    Migslayer101 2 years ago

    razer Krakens earned my distrust with their earlier versions, dont really feel like trying out a headset almost 3 times the cost for the internals to fail , good review though.

  • Scuttle
    Scuttle 2 years ago

    high tech Razer head phones or brand new Nintendo switch?

  • Brandon Nugent
    Brandon Nugent 2 years ago

    These headphones were definitely the best ones I have ever owned, with the understanding I have only ever owned these and some obscure pair from walmart. I eventually used them in a trade along with other stuff for a gaming rig, but I really wish I had them now that I work way more and music is just about the only real enjoyment I can afford both in time and money.

  • Lil Danklen
    Lil Danklen 2 years ago

    what was that intro

  • Bence Papp
    Bence Papp 2 years ago +2

    Lol, Linus's intro used to be this cringy? The new one is waaaay better

    • Shadow Pringa
      Shadow Pringa 11 months ago

      Bence Papp i prefer forged edition over v2, strangely, even in the term of comfort

  • Uh
    Uh 2 years ago +3

    I've never seen this old of an ltt video. And wow that intro is cheesy

  • Uh
    Uh 2 years ago +1

    I've never seen this old of an ltt video. And wow that intro is cheesy

  • Michael
    Michael 2 years ago

    I hate Skullcandy

  • Thefreedog56
    Thefreedog56 2 years ago

    I was disappointed by these. I wanted something that would be indestructible, but I broke them within 4 months. Luckily Razer has a good support staff and I was able to get them replaced. But now I find that the earcups start to fall off within a month of use.

  • Nugraha Triputra
    Nugraha Triputra 2 years ago +1

    Seeing the old LTT opening is so god damn cringey

  • DarkishLocket10
    DarkishLocket10 2 years ago +7

    I got these for 99$ on Black Friday and they are the best headphones ever

    • Shadow Pringa
      Shadow Pringa 11 months ago

      Sometimes i prefer kraken forged edition over sennheiser hd650

    • DarkishLocket10
      DarkishLocket10 2 years ago +2

      Mohamad Ismail you're correct, these are my second pair of headphones ever lol

    • Mohamad Ismail
      Mohamad Ismail 2 years ago +1

      YashGaming then you most have not used anything from audio technica or Sennheiser.

  • Gregor Watzinger
    Gregor Watzinger 2 years ago

    these are just the beats pro with razer's logo on them... :D

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  • Reviewski
    Reviewski 2 years ago

    That old intro! 😂

  • Peterj McGee
    Peterj McGee 2 years ago

    I've tried Razer products before I will stick with my Bose noise cancelling they're a lot better

  • Nicolas Cortez
    Nicolas Cortez 2 years ago

    I'll take my Sennheiser's thank you very much

  • DeVore
    DeVore 2 years ago

    Burn by KSHMR would sound so good

  • Atterov
    Atterov 2 years ago

    this is exactly what i was looking for, a gaming headPHONE, not set. I have a blue snowball mic and needed a solution for gaming without a mic.

  • Frederick Schneider
    Frederick Schneider 2 years ago

    I have been using these headphones for a couple of years now, and I have compared them to more expensive headphones such as Shure and Bose headphones, to HiFi turntable speakers (using a great audiophile turntable from the late 70's, a Technics turntable, with its compatible equalizer amp system), to more popular headphones such as Marshall over ear headphones and obviously, the worst of them all, Beats headphones, and they do a really great job as long as you can use an equaliser! Their base tuning is meant for gaming, but these headphones are capable of reproducing a better sound than most audiophile headphones! It turned out to be better than any speaker plugged into my Technics turntable! (With the 6.35mm adapter) Therefore, this video isn't that good. The build quality is great indeed, but these headphones get scratched so easily, we can hear most sound waves from the outside, they're not really closed headphones, sound does get through them and they get quite loose with time, but they're comfortable, I literally spend over 10 hours straight wearing them. It does hurt my ears when my glasses slide off, but they're the most comfortable headphones I've ever owned or tried. I believe comparing headphones is not the right way to tell whether sound is good or not. The best way to do so is to compare them to turntables since they reproduce natural sounds and not digital sounds (digital sounds are not full, many sound waves are missing.)

  • Max98
    Max98 2 years ago

    They're NOT anymore 300 $.
    Where I live, they are 140€ which is pretty costy... But is it worth it?

    • Max98
      Max98 2 years ago

      @Kechos 雪乃 鷹だ They're jealous

    • にゃあエイリアンMeowAlien
      にゃあエイリアンMeowAlien 2 years ago +1

      ATH M50X is a never bad recommendation for that price range indeed,I still cant understand those hater who dislike it

    • Max98
      Max98 2 years ago

      dankDoges. Yep

  • Zoltán Hüse
    Zoltán Hüse 2 years ago

    these vs siberia elites? trying to get an answer form somebody not a fanboy of either...

    • ahrdgi
      ahrdgi 2 years ago

      The choice here is based on whether you like aesthetics or not. If you're looking for sexiness, get the Kraken Forged. If you're looking for audio quality/more likeable sound signature, get the Elites.

    • _____
      _____ 2 years ago +4

      Elites but if ur gunna drop that money get a good pair of headphones from senhieser audio technical or akg and add a modmic

  • Kari Greyd
    Kari Greyd 2 years ago +1

    Stop spreading the burn in myth.

    • Daltonsky9
      Daltonsky9 2 years ago +1

      +Pyrotek45 Shut up ur stupid linus wouldent do it if it didnt work

    • Pyrotek45
      Pyrotek45 2 years ago

      carry on with your 10k diamond tipped ear cups and wire coating aux cable braided in ruby for more "smooth tones"

    • Pyrotek45
      Pyrotek45 2 years ago

      there's nothing to debate, it's a big bag of phony nonsense.

    • Pyrotek45
      Pyrotek45 2 years ago

      All these stupid ass terms, like "smooth" and "punchy", get real.

    • Pyrotek45
      Pyrotek45 2 years ago

      lol another pleeb believing in his own placebo.. carry on.

  • An xD meme
    An xD meme 2 years ago

    That fucking ukulele

  • Vegar - Perfect Discord

    I got these, the sound are great, but I can't get the mic to work.. My desktop only give me the choice for EITHER mic or Headset in the ASUS Realtek HD sound system. Anyone know what to do?

  • mclovin
    mclovin 2 years ago +1

    are they worth £125

  • Andrew Taplin
    Andrew Taplin 2 years ago

    Intro cringe!

  • TreeroyJ
    TreeroyJ 2 years ago +1

    This product is a waste of money IMO. The drivers, design, and sound quality is identical to the standard Razer Kraken which is under $100 just without the aluminium finish. $200 for some aluminium? Lol.
    They are great headphones but you can get the exact same ones for $200 less.

  • Fachmi Khoiruddin
    Fachmi Khoiruddin 2 years ago

    this better than steelseries siberia v3 prism ?

  • Hardcore Hardware
    Hardcore Hardware 2 years ago +2

    I'm getting some Hyper x Cloud 2's, these cost way to much.

    • Hardcore Hardware
      Hardcore Hardware 2 years ago

      @Jascha Joaquin Ponce

    • 7YrsPerHr
      7YrsPerHr 2 years ago

      They went down to $149.95 on Amazon.
      Here's the US link: www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00GWGZFK6/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=B00GWGZFK6&linkCode=as2&tag=linustechtips-20

    • Hardcore Hardware
      Hardcore Hardware 2 years ago

      @Stan Morgan
      Well the Clod 2's are red and black so it will compliment my setup.

    • George Goldberg
      George Goldberg 2 years ago +1

      If you really don't care about looks, just get the Takstar pro 80's, they're the exact headphones used for the Hyper x Cloud 2's.

    • Hardcore Hardware
      Hardcore Hardware 2 years ago

      Ok, thanks.

  • FeedTheGaben
    FeedTheGaben 2 years ago

    i want to like thees headphones but SIBERIA 800 and astro a50 are better sad

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  • Captain Vulgary
    Captain Vulgary 3 years ago

    I bought myself these and for me I think these are the best headphones I've ever had and maybe WILL ever have. (Btw this is my opinion on these)

  • Jon Reiner
    Jon Reiner 3 years ago +2

    if you're listening to pop though, you don't need audiophile headphones. you only really need it for real music with depth

    • Jeremy Clarkson
      Jeremy Clarkson 2 years ago

      @Mathew Yarcia Yes lol, for that a subwoofer is enough

    • Mathew Yarcia
      Mathew Yarcia 2 years ago

      Hip Hop? Seriously? Lmfao

    • Jeremy Clarkson
      Jeremy Clarkson 3 years ago

      No. As a person who listens jazz to deep house, and that builds speakers, I can confidently say that a good pair of headphones (and speakers) should sound good for every type of music you throw at them.
      Doesn't matter what type of music, well, apart from hip pop and shit like that

  • Bryan
    Bryan 3 years ago +1

    I'm waiting til graphene.

  • Michael G
    Michael G 3 years ago

    When Linus kicks the metaphorical bucket what will linus media be called? Luke media group?

  • Varun Narain
    Varun Narain 3 years ago

    Fuck this Sennheiser Hd 8 Djs ftw.

    • Jeremy Clarkson
      Jeremy Clarkson 3 years ago

      Fidelio X2 bass. Like subwoofers in your skull

  • Brobarb
    Brobarb 3 years ago

    You said the headphones doesn't have good sound when it comes to music with alot of vocals, but does that mean that the sound is actually really bad? Or does it mean that it just performs better when listening to dubstep with alot of bass and such.

    • Brobarb
      Brobarb 3 years ago

      @SquirrelGaming Alright, thanks. But I just wanted to make sure just in case, because I plan to buy a different headset. Audio Technica ATH-AG1X, they are in the same price range, but with a premium mic. I was thinking of buying the Razer Kraken Forged and then buy the Modmic 4.0 by Antlion, but it seems more practical to just pick up the
      ATH-AG1X, especially because of the "too much bass" issue with Razer Kraken Forged.

    • L!VE
      L!VE 3 years ago

      I don't know for this ones but for the Kraken Pro it's the "same". There's is too much bass. I've got also the Beats Pro and I've compared them and with these ones (Kraken) I can't hear clearly the voice of the singer and all the instruments in the music ... and if it's still the proven with the Forged, I would not recommend you to buy them but if you got a friend who has them, try them to be sure if you still want them or not :)

  • Cyaneyed
    Cyaneyed 3 years ago

    do a dt1770 pro review!

  • Nostril Thomas
    Nostril Thomas 3 years ago

    I really love this headset i have it personally there are no complaints about it except one thing its a pain when the ear cups come off and too put them back on very reccommened

    • Andreas Papadopoulos
      Andreas Papadopoulos 3 years ago

      I have the kraken for neon from when they were made (like 2 or 3 years ago) and I still use them. I love them

  • Bouvard C.
    Bouvard C. 3 years ago

    i could buy an xbox one for this price ;-;

  • HongYap
    HongYap 3 years ago +47

    but...can it play sound in gifs?

  • Eye Hates You
    Eye Hates You 3 years ago

    That intro song sounds like a diy vid's intro!!

  • Crash Tech
    Crash Tech 3 years ago

    Hey Linus I'm a kid who thinks wow 300 dollars so I got the each 4000 gaming headset can you do an unboxing of them

  • hazman n
    hazman n 3 years ago +1

    pewdiepie, u make the wrond desicion

  • OhHyphy
    OhHyphy 3 years ago +2

    They are $140 right now

    • Lone Wolf Radio
      Lone Wolf Radio 3 years ago

      +Dylan Bernier The M50x's are kind of muddy and drown out mids and highs after looking at the frequency graphs. Plus they are one of the most uncomfortable headphones ever and almost require a pad change. I don't think they are absolutely horrible but there are better alternatives out there like the Brainwavz HM5's or Beyerdynamic DT 770.

  • Griffin
    Griffin 3 years ago +2

    Came here from the Astro A50 wireless video mentioned in the Honest Answers video. Anyone else? :P

  • ///AmgFanboi74
    ///AmgFanboi74 3 years ago

    Fuck I hate the word audiophile. Unsubbed. Might buy these phones tho.

    • Jeremy Clarkson
      Jeremy Clarkson 3 years ago +1

      +leksasdf I'd really prefere "audio enthusiast"
      Being one myself

    • Griffin
      Griffin 3 years ago

      @leksasdf Did I ever say it did?

    • ///AmgFanboi74
      ///AmgFanboi74 3 years ago

      Does that take away my right to hate it being used?

    • Griffin
      Griffin 3 years ago

      @leksasdf Because it's a real word maybe?

    • ///AmgFanboi74
      ///AmgFanboi74 3 years ago

      Kinda cringy iunno. Most often mentioned along pseudo hifi products like these things.

  • Markus Webb
    Markus Webb 3 years ago +1

    Linus, I'd just like to say that I love your videos, and that I think they're great, and to keep being awesome.

  • GoldenLunchBox
    GoldenLunchBox 3 years ago

    They look a little boring!

    • Brandon Ho
      Brandon Ho 2 years ago

      Omar Hasan Looks < Quality

  • LiamTheManiac
    LiamTheManiac 3 years ago +3

    i feel like he's being paid too say all of this lmao

    • joke knight
      joke knight 3 years ago

      +LiamTheManiac I used to like him. Now im indifferent. Doesn't mean i won't watch a product review of his dumbass. Are you THAT stupid?
      When the GTX 1080 comes out ill watch his review. Just because i don't like him like i used to doesn't mean i avoid him like a plague. ROFL

    • LiamTheManiac
      LiamTheManiac 3 years ago

      you wouldnt just stumble upon this if you didnt like him anymore lmao

    • Aikairi
      Aikairi 3 years ago

      I'm pretty sure this year, you have watched a video from 2011-2014 before, haven't you? Same logic applies. Not everything you watch on RU-clip have to be new.

    • joke knight
      joke knight 3 years ago

      +LiamTheManiac Heh, okay kid.

    • LiamTheManiac
      LiamTheManiac 3 years ago

      i call bullshit

  • iFLIP★07
    iFLIP★07 3 years ago +1

    is it worth getting a cheap DAC for this headphone? I have it but Im not sure if its worth spending around $50 more for an amp

    • Caleb
      Caleb 3 years ago

      +iFLIP★07 that was directed at the guy above. As for the DAC. If you have the headset already, Id say yes. If you don't have the headset yet or its in its return date. Don't buy them, or get a refund. These headphones aren't worth the price.

    • iFLIP★07
      iFLIP★07 3 years ago

      Thanks! But Im not sure if it answered my question.

    • SyntheticEpiphany
      SyntheticEpiphany 3 years ago

      +Eli Sargent You are misunderstanding what a DAC is. There is no such thing as 'digital sound'; for any headphone, speaker, or earphone being driven by a digital device, what you are hearing is 'analog sound'. Music encoded in digital form, as ones and zeros must pass through a DAC in order to be converted to an analog signal which is then amplified and reproduced by your speakers. So the iphone, or your pc, or any device you can listen to music on, has a DAC built into it. Now when you buy a premium DAC, what you are getting is a product that does a better job of converting those digital bits into the signal, with a more accurate or pleasant reproduction of the original sound, but it is not giving you 'analog sound' where normally you would have 'digital sound'. Just a heads up for people because I have seen lots of confusion about this! :)

    • ludwigvan
      ludwigvan 3 years ago +2

      +iFLIP★07 no these headphones are trash and wont sound particularly better converted to analog

  • Willem
    Willem 3 years ago

    I have the razer kraken forged. i´ve had them for almost two years now. this guy (except for my love for razer products) mainly made me buy these, and i have been very happy with them, the best headphones i've ever had. he's telling you these things are comperable with headphones over a 1000 bucks and he's completely right. my message to you is, buy these. you won't regret it.