Razer’s new Opus headphones take on Bose, Sony for just $200

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Razer's Opus headphones offer great performance for a reasonable price tag.
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Razer isn’t exactly known for headphones. The company is mostly associated with PC gaming accessories. However, on Tuesday it threw off that stereotype by introducing its new Opus noise-canceling headphones.

While they can’t dethrone models like Sony’s WH-1000XM3 or Bose’s Noise Cancelling Headphones 700, Razer’s Opus are a fraction of the price. The new headphones cost just $200. At that reasonable price tag, they are certainly worth a look if you’re in the market for a new pair of high-end, over-ear headphones.

Do It All Headphones

Razer’s Opus headphones deliver just about everything you can ask for. They have great sound quality, active noise cancellation, a long battery life, and are very comfortable.

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In terms of sound, Razer’s new headphones are THX-certified. This means that their default frequency wave is flat and doesn’t lean too heavily towards bass or highs. As such, those working in recording studios or similar fields know that what they hear is reflected in a master recording. Those accustomed to Bose and Sony’s bass-heavy offerings may find the Opus’ sound to be a bit lackluster.

Fortunately, the equalizer can be adjusted in Razer’s accompanying Opus mobile app.

For those looking to drown out noise rather than bask in it, the Opus offer pretty solid noise cancellation. It isn’t quite as powerful as what you’ll find in high-end headphones from Bose or Sony, but that’s all reflected in the price tag. Consumers who don’t necessarily need top-notch noise cancellation will find that it’s a nice touch and works very well when playing some music in the background. On the bright side, those who feel like their eardrums are being pressurized by noise-canceling headphones shouldn’t experience that with the Opus.

The headphones come with an easy-to-use button layout. It doesn’t have the flair of Sony’s offerings and their touch controls, but the Opus don’t need it. The buttons work well and are placed conveniently.

Solid Competitors

Aside from the standard headphone features noted previously, the Opus bring a few extra things to the table. Perhaps most notable is the fact that they automatically pause your music when you remove them from your ears. Although it doesn’t sound like much it is an incredibly handy feature if you find yourself needing to pause and unpause frequently.

The Opus also have cleverly designed earcups. They swivel 90 degrees to rest on your chest when looped around your neck. Then, the headphones fold up into a compact form that fits into an included hard carrying case. In that way, they’re similar to Bose’s high-end headphones and will take up less space in a bag.

Razer’s new headphones aren’t perfect. However, for the price, they are about as perfect as it gets. They are also a solid option for anyone that can’t bear the thought of dropping $400 on a pair of headphones but doesn’t want to sacrifice the little details. As a first-time headphone offering, the Opus is an all-around winner.

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