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 Pro is out and, while it no longer boasts the aircraft style, it does offer some serious features and sound quality. The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro is the wireless version of the Blackshark V2. In terms of its outward appearance, the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro is rather simple with a dark gray/black frame and black padding. Unlike the Razer Blackshark V2, there is no Chroma RGB lighting on the V2 Pro model. There is a volume control knob on the left ear cup along with a (removable) flexible boom microphone. The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro version comes with its own USB sound card and this is what enables the THX features. It also comes with a very soft cloth carrying sack so you can transport your headphones without scratching them.
The new Razer Blackshark V2 Pro 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. The THX Spatial Audio features two different sound modes:
- THX Environmental Mode – realistically places sound around you based on each game’s environment to maximize your immersive experience and transport you into the game.
- THX Competitive Mode – maximizes spatial awareness allowing you to better locate friend and foe relative to your position. This can give you an unfair advantage in combat scenarios
It’s pretty darn amazing when in use and switching back to regular headphones afterwards is jarring… Razer BlackShark V2 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 Pro 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 tournament or just listening to music all night while doing homework.
Its wireless capabilities proved to be bulletproof, and I could walk nearly all the way across my house without experiencing any sort of signal loss. I also got a lot of life out of the internal Blackshark V2 Pro’s battery. The stated spec is up to 24 hours of continuous use and I have no reason not to believe it. I haven’t charged this headset for several days and I am still listening to music and playing games with it.
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 Pro gaming headset is comfortable, affordable, and it sounds great. I meantion in my review of the Blackshark v2 that “The only thing which would drive my 9.3 score to a full 10 out of 10 would be wireless capability”. Well, I stand by my statement and find no reason not to award this headphones our highest possible score. The Razer Blackshark v2 Pro wireless gaming headphones are simply outstanding.