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Razer Kraken Tournament vs Nari Ultimate (2020): Which Headset Can Take Your Gaming to the Next Level?

The Kraken Tournament Edition and Nari Ultimate are two headsets Razer launched in 2018. Both deliver a decent experience, and each one has unique features that make them distinct from one another. The main selling point of the Nari Ultimate is its next-level immersion made possible by haptic drivers in the earcups. Meanwhile, the Kraken Tournament Edition stands out for offering quality surround sound at an affordable price point. We put the two side by side to see how these gaming cans compare to each other.

Razer Kraken Tournament vs Nari Ultimate Comparison Chart

ModelRazer Kraken Tournament EditionRazer Nari Ultimate
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition THX 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset: Aluminum Frame - Retractable...Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset: THX Audio & Haptic Feedback -...
PriceCheck Price on AmazonCheck Price on Amazon
Frequency Response12Hz – 28kHz20Hz – 20kHz
Drivers50mm50mm
MicrophoneRetractableRetractable
THX Spatial AudioYesYes
HyperSenseNoYes
Game/Chat BalanceYesYes
Chroma LightingNoYes
Connection3.5mm Audio Jack3.5mm Audio Jack, Wireless USB Transceiver
Wireless Rangen/a40 ft.
Battery Lifen/a8 hours (with Razer Chroma Lighting and HyperSense), 20 hours (without Razer Chroma Lighting and HyperSense)
Onboard ControlsUSB Audio Controller: Volume Control, Bass Control, THX Spatial Audio Toggle, Game/Chat Balance, Microphone Mute Buttonn/a
Ear CushionMemory Foam with Eyewear Channels, Cooling-Gel Layer, Heat-Transfer FabricHigh-Density Foam with Plush Leatherette, Eyewear Channels, Cooling Gel, and Heat-Transfer Fabric
Inner Cup Diameter54mm x 65mm56mm x 67mm
Weight0.71 lbs0.95 lbs.
CompatibilityPC, Consoles, MobilePC, Consoles, Mobile
Year of Release20182018
ColorsClassic Black, GreenClassic Black, Classic Black/Green

Design

The Tournament Edition sports the iconic Kraken look, while the Nari Ultimate rocks a polished and refined look.

Razer Kraken Tournament vs Nari Ultimate Design
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition (left) and Nari Ultimate (right) are available in limited color options, but both come in classic black.

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition stays true to the design and color scheme of the series. At that, it comes in the bright neon green that just about any gamer will recognize. If that’s not your thing, it’s fortunately available in black.

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Meanwhile, the Razer Nari Ultimate is solidly built and fitted with a unibody aluminum frame right above the headband. From the build quality to the design, it won’t leave you with any doubt that it’s premium.

For the record, both headsets have retractable microphones.

Features

The Razer Nari Ultimate makes you feel like you’re right in the action, thanks to its haptic drivers.

Razer Kraken Tournament vs Nari Ultimate Features
As far as notable features go, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition (left) has a USB audio controller and the Nari Ultimate (right) has haptic drivers.

Both the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition and Nari Ultimate feature THX Spatial Audio for accurate positional sound. That’s really helpful in competitive games. For instance, you’ll hear where your enemies are firing from and things like that. You can also balance game and chat audio to make sure that neither one drowns the other out.

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition sets itself apart from the pack with its USB audio controller. In fact, it’s what makes it really different from the likes of the Kraken Pro V2 or the reimagining of the classic Kraken. You can do a lot of things with it, such as balance game and chat audio and adjust volume and bass. You can also toggle the mic and THX Spatial Audio at a tap of a button.

This USB amplifier comes with a sticky pad on the bottom. Clearly, it’s made with desktop setups in mind. One downside to that is you can’t just rearrange your layout whenever you want. Once it sticks, it really sticks.

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In the case of the Nari Ultimate, Razer teamed up with the German company Lofelt to equip the headset with L5 haptic drivers. Combined with HyperSense, these provide feedback and take the whole immersion thing to the next level. You’ll get a sense you’re in the thick of the action and feel—as opposed to just hear—things like rumbling noises and other sounds you come across in your game.

On the aesthetics side, the Razer Nari Ultimate has Chroma lighting support. It’s an easy way to make it look even more snazzier in a snap. It has three modes: Static, Breathing, and Spectrum Cycling.

In addition, the Razer Nari Ultimate is also versatile in which it can be used with a wired or wireless connection. On a single charge, it can last up to 8 hours with Chroma and HyperSense on or 20 hours with them turned off. It has a working range of up to 40 ft. to boot.

Sound Quality

Both headsets can deliver decent bass and crisp voices with clarity.

Razer Kraken Tournament vs Nari Ultimate Sound Quality
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition (left) has a better frequency response range than the Nari Ultimate (right).

While both headsets can provide a decent gaming and listening experience, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition has a few advantages. Both have 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets, but the Kraken Tournament Edition has a wider frequency range. It goes from 12Hz to 28kHz. In contrast, the Nari Ultimate has a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz.

Made for gaming, the two can offer clear and crisp voices and pick up the smallest of details. But again, the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition has the edge here with its bass controls. That’s because you can tweak it to your liking. Not to mention that you have 17 levels to fine-tune it so you can tone down the bass if you think it’s too much. By the same token, you can turn it up if you think a little more oomph in the bass department is needed.

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It’s worth mentioning that the HyperSense feature on the Razer Nari Ultimate adds a lot to the bass. The combination works great not only for gaming but also for movie watching.

Comfort and Fit

Razer used cooling gel and heat-transfer fabric to make long gaming sessions more comfortable on both headsets.

Razer Kraken Tournament vs Nari Ultimate Comfort and Fit
The Razer Nari Ultimate (in photo) has an auto-adjusting headband for “fuss-free comfort,” so says the marketing blurb.

Razer added in cooling gel, heat-transfer fabric, and eyewear channels to both headsets to make them comfortable. While the Kraken Tournament Edition uses memory foam, the Nari Ultimate has a high-density foam with plush leatherette. You won’t have issues with them even during long gaming sessions, except for a slight ache maybe.

Just from looking at the two, you can tell they’ll fit large heads just fine. That’s both a good thing and a bad thing. To explain, the bad side here is that they can be too big for people with smaller heads. They might sag and sort of just hang on your head. The earcups won’t do their job either, which is to cup your ears. The eyewear channels will be useless, too, since they won’t be properly leveled anymore.

In short, if you have a large enough head, you likely won’t find any problems with wearing either one. The auto-adjusting headband of the Nari Ultimate is a hit and miss depending on head size.

Verdict

The features of the Razer Nari Ultimate make it somewhat of a unicorn in the headphones game.

The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition gets a lot of points with its wide frequency response range and USB audio controller. On the other hand, the Nari Ultimate deserves plenty of recognition because of its added layer of immersion and flexibility to go wired or wireless.

That said, it’s difficult to choose between the two, but we’ll have to go with the Nari Ultimate here. Besides being a quality pair of gaming cans, it provides a little something extra that’s unique and hard to find anywhere else.

Last update on 2020-08-08 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

Vincent Lanaria
Vincent Lanaria

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