The differences largely come down to audio quality. The Barracuda Pro (pictured above) tops the line with 50mm “TriForce Bio-Cellulose” drivers, a THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier, THX Spatial Audio and hybrid active noise cancellation. The regular Barracuda opts for ‘plain’ titanium 50mm drivers while shedding the amplifier and ANC. The revised Barracuda X (below), meanwhile, is now more of a conventional gaming headset. While it sticks to more modest 40mm drivers and doesn’t include any THX features, you’ll get a detachable cardioid microphone, a 3.5mm wired option and 7.1-channel surround audio.
Last year’s Razer Barracuda X headset was good for low-latency wireless audio for your console or Android phone, but it wasn’t really useful for anything else. This time, though, it won’t be an issue. The business has released new Barracuda, Barracuda X, and Barracuda Pro headphones that have Bluetooth and smart device switching, among other features. They work with iPhones and almost any other device, and you won’t have to switch connections manually if a phone call interrupts your gaming session. The Barracuda X has a battery life of up to 50 hours, while the other two versions have a battery life of up to 40 hours. If latency is an issue, you may still use Razer’s exclusive 2.4GHz wireless connection.
All three headsets are available today. The Barracuda X starts the range at $100, while the standard Barracuda and the Pro will respectively cost you $160 and $250. Razer is clearly pivoting the line, then — these are less gaming accessories and more competition for conventional mid-range and budget headphones.