Razer has packed the Barracudas with a lot of extra features, ones which make these headphones a gaming device instead of just a normal set of headphones with a different title. Because these headphones have surround sound and a subwoofer integrated there is a real big difference between these and a normal set of headphones.
Surround sound headphones are an ideal way to get the performance of a full speaker system but with the portability of headphones (and without bothering your neighbors). There are some serious tradeoffs- the price of these headphones makes them comparable to some pretty solid sets of 5.1 channel speakers and while the sound quality is good for headphones, they still do not have the rumbling bass of a true subwoofer or the channel differentiation of speakers which are multiple feet from one another.
Other companies have products like this available, for example Zalman and Sennheiser, so Razer is not the first to get in the game, but with the HP-1s they have certainly brought the bar to a new level.
Published in: Multimedia on 2006-09-07