We featured the ANC version of the Razer Hammerhead headphones the other week, so this week I tried the Razer Hammerhead Duo Headphones, which is the non-noise cancelling version.
The Hammerhead Duo is well-named due to it’s two drivers. The dual-driver technology promises immersive sound because the drivers separate the deep bass sounds from mid- and high- frequencies which means you have a full sound experience. When listening to these on my commute I missed my ANC headphones, but the sound profile was good and I didn’t notice too much loss. The two drivers are a balanced armature driver in the earpiece, and a dynamic driver behind that which deliver better sound than single-driver counterparts on the market.
As with most wired options on the market, the Razer provides a standard 3.5mm jack which allows compatibility across platforms and devices. The in-line controls allow for taking calls and adjusting volume, whilst the Nintendo Switch version has a mute switch so you can game wherever you are. The Switch version also comes with a carry case for portability.
Razer Hammerhead Duo Specs
- Dual Driver Technology
- Three Silicone Tip Sizes
- Aluminum Frame and Braided Cables
- Inline Control and Mic
- Analog 3.5 mm Jack
The Hammerhead Duo is made with robust materials and I think they would be hard to break even with daily use. The frame is made of aluminum and the cables are braided for longevity which also claims to minimise tangles (but as I always find with wired cables, I ended up with tangles anyway!). You get three sizes of silicone tips for a good fit, but it would be nice to see a more premium option like Comply tips available to enhance the sound and make up for the lack of noise-cancelling technology.
Whilst I don’t rate wired headphones personally because I find the cable to be troublesome, I think the Razer Hammerhead Duo Headphones are a mid-budget choice that performs as you’d expect. The dual-driver technology makes a difference in the overall sound profile when compared to single-driver options, but can’t deliver the truly immersive experience of Active Noise Cancelling headphones.
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