Razer Seiren V2 X
Razerthink – Streamers and Razer fans who need a simple microphone but can produce clear sound, this microphone might be the right choice for you. Because what we will review this time is the Razer Seiren V2 X microphone which has a small, simple, and elegant body. Razer’s massive portfolio of gaming-focused hardware hasn’t slowed anyone down, and one of the newest additions to its lineup of streaming equipment is the Seiren V2 X.
It’s a follow-up to the original Seiren X, an affordable and great-sounding microphone for the band that came with Innovative built-in shock mount. This microphone is an economical version of its sister series, the Seiren V2 pro. You could also say this series is a rebranded version of the Seiren family from the first generation released four years ago. It is a plug & plays microphone with a 25mm condenser that has a super-cardioid polar pattern. When viewed from the box, this microphone has a typical Razer black and green box.
There is a product photo of the Seiren V2 pro on the front with the tagline USB Microphone for Gamers. In addition, there are excellent features of this microphone which we will discuss one by one later.
• Sample Rate : 48 kHz
• Bitrate : 24 bit
• Frequency Response : 20Hz – 20kHz
• Size : 7.25 x 1.75 x 3.25 inches with base
7.25 x 1.75 x 1.75 inches without base Microphone
• Polar Pattern: Supercardioid
• Weight: 0.6 pounds
• Sensitivity : -34 dB
• Capsule : 25mm . Condenser
• Max SPL : 120 dB
• Cable length : 72 inches, braided
• Connectivity : USB Type-A to Type-C
The design of this microphone is rounded at the top. It’s not just the V2 X series, and Razer is revamping the entire Seiren lineup to a plan that’s more seamless and less intimidating. It only has one color and has no flashy accents. The materials used to follow the price. The mic feels solid, but the plastic base is a bit of a concern. In addition to the ground and neck, the thread that connects the neck and bottom is also made of plastic.
So you have to be careful when attaching the mic to the base. Because if it is too hard, we are worried that the thread may break. Unlike the Razer Seiren Mini, which inspired the look here, the Seiren V2 X comes in matte-black plastic. But it’s a pretty sleek matte black color that doesn’t attract fingerprints. The Seiren V2 X connects to your device via the included braided USB-C to USB-A cable, which connects seamlessly to the back of the microphone with a clever touch.
The Razer Seiren V2 X is now available for $100 from Razer’s store and authorized retailers like Amazon and Best Buy. Right now, it’s only available in black, but it’s not hard to see Razer doing at least a white and pink version down the road.
The Razer Seiren V2 X sees a mild spec upgrade over the first-generation Razer Seiren. The drivers are still 25mm, the supercardioid is still the only pickup pattern, and the sample rate is still 48kHz. Bitrate has been increased to 24-bit. The Frequency Response is also still 20 – 20,000kHz and the sensitivity is still 35dB, although the Max SPL can now go up to 120dB. The signal-to-noise ratio is also now 105 dB as opposed to 85dB.
With a supercardioid pickup pattern, the Seiren V2 X is focused on the audio coming from in front of the microphone, in other words, your voice. , in turn, helps reduce sound effects that are not your voice, such as clicks on the keyboard and mouse. It does a pretty good job isolating your sound for something this affordable, though adding a noise gate in the software would help. Using it is very simple. You can plug & play or use Razer Synapse, depending on your tastes and needs.
The mute button is beneficial if you are streaming and want to turn off the mic quickly. To gain control, you can use physical knobs or use Razer Synapse for a more clear choice. When seated about a foot from the Razer Seiren V2 X, my mouth was positioned about 5 inches from the top of the microphone. That might give the audio plenty of room to dissipate (I also heard some blurring in the recording), which means you might want to consider using this microphone with a boom arm.
When you activate this microphone on your laptop or desktop, you will be immediately greeted by Razer Synapse with the option to install the application. You can use this microphone without Razer Synapse because this mic is plug-and-play. But you will lose some essential functions and configurations if you don’t use Razer Synapse. The installation process is straightforward, and you need to follow the directions from the synapse application that appears on your screen.
After restarting, Razer Synapse automatically detects the microphone seiren. Not so much can be customized on this microphone. But there are features you can manage with the Razer app in the streaming and mic menu. You can activate the analog gain limiter. This feature allows the sound to be normalized in real-time, so the sound spikes that usually occur when playing games will not disturb your viewers.
Razer’s Seiren V2 X offers nothing more from the Seiren X than an aesthetic overhaul, with the only hardware upgrade here being the more robust handling of your audio signal. For the overall sound quality, from our personal experience, the captured sound sounds clear and clean thanks to the condenser, which is large enough to reach 25mm.
Because it has a super-cardioid polar pattern as well, the microphone has a catch that is more focused on the user. This microphone does not have noise-canceling, so it still captures background sound quite clearly. But that’s not a drawback; even though the background sound is heard, the seiren are still able to focus on the user’s voice in front of him, and the voice still sounds very clear. Personally, we prefer a character like this because if it supports noise canceling, your voice can be compressed and sound unnatural.