Razer Megalodon Review
The world of gaming peripherals has certainly upped the gaming experience of players who play games that take advantage of surround sound systems. The Razer Megalodon carries this feature and some other cool tricks under its sleeves.
If you have read my previous posts, I’m sure you got the idea that I’m so hyped on getting the Razer Megalodon. These awesome looking headset are just worth the buy at its price of $150.
When I got the Megalodon, it comes in which this huge sturdy box. The box states “Put Sound In Its Place”. Quite a bold statement but does live up to it when you use them. The headset come in a hard case that is also in the box which you can use to protect that expensive eargasmic arsenal when travelling.
At first look, the Megalodon seems quite sturdy and not built with some cheap plastic. The headset is nicely designed in black with some gloss in the cushions. Razer also has placed some neat glowing logos. I find this quite appealing especially in the dark.
These headset features a 7.1 surround sound system which helps quite well in first person shooter games. Headset or having surround sound systems at your home provides a wonderful advantages against your foes in FPS games.
There are times that the 7.1 surround just does not fit a certain audio file producing an “echo” like effect on the audio. A nice feature with the Megalodon is that it allows the user to change channels from 7.1 surround to standard 2 channel audio. I find this feature to be useful whenever listening to some audio tracks, online calls and video streaming. But there are also times that I use the 7.1 surround while watching videos online.
One thing we noticed about these is that the audio quality degrades when placed to its maximum. It does perform quite well in normal levels.
When worn, the Razer Megalodon carries some wonderful cotton ear cushions. They are not only comfortable and light to wear, they also provide longer hours of gaming without irritating your ears. Razer also provides a leatherette version of these ear cushions at a price. The headset themselves are quite light to wear and is well padded as there is a good amount of soft foam on the headband.
The Razer Megalodon does feature its own sound processing unit in which they call as the “Maelstrom”. The Maelstrom is the audio engine and it is where you can change the settings on audio. Its where you can change the volume, microphone levels and sensitivity, and switch channels from standard 2 channel to 7.1 surround and vice versa.
The headsetcarries a noise cancelling microphone that conveniently rotates 270 degrees in and out of sight. This is the part of the headset that turns me off a little bit because of the issues the headset have. The microphone would produce a static noise whenever you are using it. Most users complain of this problem are using Windows 7 but I haven’t heard of any issues from other OS users. If you do, please let us know.
To fix this issue, you have to do some tweaking in your computer. Among these would be to decrease the microphone level and sensitivity in your computer and also in the Maelstrom. By tweaking these, you would end up having a clear voice without the static. It does not actually remove the static but just significantly reduce it.
Razer has released a firmware update for the Megalodon stating that it would fix the noise issues but does not seem to work.
Overall, the Razer Megalodon is still worth the price as a gaming headset. Sturdy build quality, comfortable and wonderful audio quality define this headset. The microphone may have its down sides but with some minor tweaking, its a good fix already. The glowing Razer logos are a plus for a proud Cult of Razer member.