This isn’t Razer’s first foray into the world of audiophiles, so it’s not a surprise to see a new set of high end cups for this holiday season.  From the spec sheet blow I’m liking the size of the drivers, the swappable cable, and the fact that they used aircraft aluminum to keep them light.   See for yourself while we head towards the December release date.

CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, software and systems, today announced the launch of its new top-of-the-line headphones: the Razer Kraken Forged Edition.

Crafted with ear cups that are machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum and finished with a matte texture, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition is carefully hand-assembled, ensuring the build quality matches the premium looks and guts.

Razer’s renowned audio engineers spent countless hours fine-tuning the Kraken Forged Edition’s 40 mm bass-heavy drivers to perfection. As a result, the neodymium pair work in unison with the headphone’s acoustic chambers and isolated closed ear cup design to deliver booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs for sound that’s optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming.

With plush leatherette ear cushions lining the ear cups, a fully adjustable headband and a lightweight, foldable design, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones are designed for extended use.

The Razer Kraken Forged Edition also includes a swappable cable with an in-line microphone, giving users the versatility to easily convert it into a headset for gaming or telephony.

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“These are the best headphones on the market for both music and gaming, period,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “We’ve made some incredible audio products in our time, and I’m proud to say that we have taken another huge step forward in terms of audio quality in a pair of headphones with phenomenal fit and finish.”

For more information about the Razer Kraken Forged Edition, check out www.razerzone.com/Kraken-Forged.

Price: U.S. $299.99 / EU €299.99

Availability:

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Worldwide – December 2013

Technical Specifications:

HEADPHONES

Drivers: 40 mm Neodymium Magnets
Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
Impedance: 32 Ω at 1 kHz
Sensitivity @ 1 kHz: 100 dB ± 3 dB
Input Power: 30 mW
Approximate Weight: 390 g

MICROPHONE

Frequency Response: 50 – 10,000 Hz
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 60 dB
Sensitivity (@ 1 kHz, 1 V / Pa): -38 dB ± 3 dB
Pick-up Pattern: Omni-directional

GENERAL FEATURES

Machined, aircraft-grade aluminum
Custom-tuned 40 mm neodymium magnet drivers
Hand-assembled
Comfortable, versatile form factor
Closed ear cup design for optimal sound isolation
Foldable ear cup design
Hard carrying case for portability
¼-in. audio connector included
Swappable cable system with included in-line microphone cable

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Audio Usage: Devices with 3.5 mm or ¼-in. audio jack
Audio + Microphone Usage: Devices with 3.5 mm audio + mic combined jack
(Compatible with Apple iPhone®, HTC®, BlackBerry®. The Razer Kraken Forged works well with smart phones and laptops that come default with a 4 pin TRRS audio + mic combined jack. Razer cannot guarantee performance for use with third party splitter cables.)

For more information about the Razer Kraken Forged Edition, please visit www.razerzone.com/Kraken-Forged.