The Razer Blackshark was a favorite headset of mine for quite some time thanks to its aviation-inspired design. Hold onto your seats as the new Razer Blackshark V2 is out and, while it no longer boasts the aircraft style, it does offer some serious features and sound quality. In terms of its outward appearance, the Razer Blackshark V2 is rather simple with a dark gray/black frame and black padding. There are two green Razer logos on the headphones which are equipped with some Chroma RGB lighting and there is a volume control knob on the left ear cup along with a (removable) flexible boom microphone. The Razer Blackshark V2 version comes with its own USB sound card and this is what enables the THX features.
The new Razer Blackshark V2 offers some serious features – thanks, in part, due to its partnership with George Lucas-created THX. The biggest of these is the THX Spatial Audio technology. This virtual 7.1 surround sound solution allows gamers to customize their soundscape and get the best sound possible. It’s pretty darn amazing when in use and switching back to regular headphones afterwards is jarring… Razer BlackShark V2 users can also use THX Game Profiles as well, which are pre-made audio profiles for a variety of games, with more to come. Of course, the Blackshark V2 is compatible with Razer’s Synapse control suite and there is where you can tweak and adjust all your sound settings and profiles. The whole GUI used in this process is easy to navigate and attractive to boot, which is never a bad thing.
Also in the new Razer Blackshark V2 is Razer’s new Triforce Titanium 50mm drivers, which includes a patented design with separated ports to project high, mid, and low-level sound, mimicking a tweeter, speaker, subwoofer all in one unit. Is it perfect? No. But, it is very – VERY good. And how does all this technology stack to create an aural experience? Very well, and the Blackshark V2 provided outstanding audio quality for every game I played with it – from shooters to flight simulations. The THX music mode also provides excellent audio when jamming out to your favorite tunes. Additionally, the Razer Hyperclear Cardioid microphone has some very good audio quality and advanced, passive background noise cancellation. It has a flexible boom so you can orient the microphone wherever you wish. Making it even more flexible is the fact that you can remove it from the headphones if its not needed. Making the Razer Blackshark V2 even better is its padding. I could wear the headset for hours and never get any pain or pressure points. This is a terrific set of headphones for when endurance is needed – whether its at a tournment or just listening to music all night while doing homework.
The Razer BlackShark V2 is compatible with both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One game consoles. All you have to do is plug it in and you’re off to the races. Something that is worth mentioning is that the audio quality degrades somewhat in this mode as you do not have access to the USB sound card or the THX Game Profiles, modes, etc. However, it is still a fine headset for console use.
Making things even better is its $99 dollar price tag which, when considering the inclusion of the USB sound card, is a good value for the money. Simply put, the Razer Blackshark V2 gaming headset is comfortable, affordable, and it sounds great. The only thing which would drive my 9.3 score to a full 10 out of 10 would be wireless capability. Razer’s wireless headphones are outstanding, so I know they could put that technology in place with the Blackshark V2.