Gaming vendor Razer has launched a brand new headset at Gamescom 2013: the Razer Kraken 7.1 Surround Sound USB Gaming Headset.
Built off the same platform as the analog Razer Kraken Pro headset, the Kraken 7.1 USB gaming headset features 7.1 virtual surround sound and an enhanced digital microphone.
The headset simulates a 360-degree surround sound experience "usually achievable only by incorporating more than one positional speaker driver in each ear cup". It uses Razer´s Synapse 2.0 unified configuration software, allowing gamers to tweak each surround sound channel, boost bass levels and balance incoming voice audio.
The digital microphone promises "crystal-clear" voice chat with better frequency response, sensitivity and signal-to-noise ratio than a standard analog microphone. It also has a mic mute button and an LED indicator that shows when the mic is active.
The Razer Kraken 7.1 has 40mm neodymium magnet drivers and a retractable microphone hidden in the left ear cup when not in use.
It's priced at $99.99 in the US and €99.99 in Europe, and is available now.
“As we continue to develop and build on our software front, we´re able to add more and more capabilities to our products," said Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. “With its superior software capabilities, unrivaled sound quality and comfort, the Razer Kraken 7.1 is the definitive USB surround sound headset for PC gaming."