Razer Seiren V2 X Review

ByDonald L. Leech

Aug 15, 2022

Razer Seiren V2 X: two-minute review

While writing this Razer Seiren X V2 review, I seriously thought about the other desktop microphones I have tested in the past. Out of the box, the Seiren X V2 feels great; the build quality is sturdy and the new design is more modern than the tube-like case of the original Seiren X.

Visually, it reminds me of the fantastic Blue Yeti, which has long been one of the best microphones available for streamers and podcasters. The new pill-shaped design, with a simple USB-C plug-in on the back and a simple button and dial on the front, is sleek and modern.

Unfortunately, the performance of the Razer Seiren X V2 doesn’t live up to its new look. Although it’s easy to set up and get started using, it doesn’t represent much of a generational step up from its predecessor; it still has a 25mm condenser inside the microphone head, providing the same frequency response, sample rate and “supercardioid” polar pattern.

Since the V2 X is the same price as the first Seiren X, I’d like to see more than just a physical overhaul. There’s a higher bitrate and slightly better sensitivity here, but those aren’t improvements the average user will notice.

Specifically, the low base means that unless you want to lean close to the mic or invest in a boom arm, the Seiren V2 X doesn’t pick up sound well enough without increasing gain, meaning an increase in background noise. There’s also no included pop filter, which is a shame.

Finally, anyone who knows me knows that I’m not much of a fan of Razer Synapse – or any proprietary peripheral software, really. But Synapse is at least good to use with Razer keyboards, like the Razer DeathStalker V2 Pro. Here, however, it clashes with Windows 10’s audio settings and generally doesn’t offer enough to mitigate the Seiren V2 X’s drawbacks.

Razer Seiren V2 X USB Microphone on a wooden desk, plugged into a Razer Blade 14 laptop.

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Razer Seiren V2 X: Price and Availability

Technical specifications

These are the specs on the Razer Seiren V2X sent to TechRadar for review:

Link: USB Type-A
Polar diagram: Cardioid
Sampling rate: 48kHz
Response frequency: 20Hz – 20kHz
Debit : 24 bit
Maximum SPL level: 120dB
Weight (with stand):

  • The standard model costs $100
  • No pop filter or boom included
  • Available direct from Razer and major retailers

The asking price for the Razer Seiren V2 X is $99.99 (£99.99, AU$169.95), which isn’t outrageous for a USB desktop microphone, but is undeniably quite expensive if the we consider what it offers. The vastly superior Blue Yeti is in the same price bracket, while Razer’s own Serien V2 Pro is significantly better at $149.99, and the pint-sized Seiren Mini is just $49. $99.

There’s no pop filter or boom arm – the two things you’ll probably want here – available from Razer, so you’ll have to head to Amazon to find third-party ones. The V2 X uses the same threaded screw base as the other Razer Serien mics, so it’s not hard to find a boom arm that will support it (but be careful not to go cheap here, as there are plenty of counterfeits around).

The Seiren V2 X is available in all regions supported directly by Razer, as it apparently represents the default option for the brand’s Seiren line in its current generation. If you want to shop on sale, it’s also available at most major retailers (Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, etc.).

  • Price and availability: 3/5

Razer Seiren V2 X USB Microphone on a wooden desk, plugged into a Razer Blade 14 laptop.

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Razer Seiren V2 X: Design

  • Sturdy housing and weighted base
  • Basic controls (although functional)
  • Only comes in black

Unlike the compact Razer Seiren Mini, which comes in the brand’s Mercury and Quartz (read: white and pink) color schemes, the Seiren V2 X only comes in that classic Razer black. Luckily, that dark casing isn’t like the black metal finishes found on Razer’s Blade laptops, so it doesn’t constantly pick up fingerprints.

The base contains a weighted metal disc with a grippy foam pad on the underside, to keep the mic from moving around when it’s on your desk. The base features a ball-and-socket design that allows you to tilt the mic head in any direction approximately 30 degrees. The outer casing is all plastic, but it’s quite durable with a nice matte finish that doesn’t look cheap. The mic head is a domed woven metal grille that feels much better than the perforated surface of the original Seiren X.

On the front, there’s a single button to mute the mic input (which glows bright Razer Green when the mic is hot, and a red dimmer when muted) and a textured plastic dial. to control the microphone gain. I found the dial a bit small and stiff, meaning I had to grip it quite firmly with my thumb and index finger to turn it. The mute button works well and produces no sound that the mic might pick up when pressed.

On the back, there’s a 3.5mm headphone jack for in-situ audio monitoring, as well as a USB-C slot to connect it to your PC. The included cable is six feet long and braided for durability, which is great, but it’s a shaped port that prevents you from using non-proprietary cables, which isn’t so great.

Razer Seiren V2 X USB Microphone on a wooden desk, plugged into a Razer Blade 14 laptop.

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Razer Seiren V2 X: Features

  • Slight improvements over the previous model
  • The software is just ok
  • Stream mixer works, but isn’t revolutionary

In terms of physical characteristics, there is not much to discuss here. The Seiren V2 X has many of the same internals as the first Seiren X, with the only notable changes being a new 24-bit bit rate to improve the audio quality received by your PC and a slightly higher Max SPL to handle audio sounds. strong entrance. .

The “supercardioid” pickup pattern used by most Razer microphones cannot be changed, so keep in mind that this mic is really only designed to pick up audio from a speaker (or maybe be two people seated very close to each other). The supercardioid pattern suppresses sound from the back and sides of the mic head, and I can’t help but think that while the new design looks better, the old Seiren X’s one-way head more clearly indicated users that the microphone should be pointing at them.

One of the main selling points of the Seiren V2 X is all it can do with Razer’s Synapse software (which isn’t exactly a good thing, in my opinion). While the Seiren Mini is more of a plug-and-play affair, the Seiren V2 X benefits from a gain limiter and stream mixer, along with the usual selection of input and output settings.

The first of these two main functions works automatically, very briefly lowering the mic gain in response to loud sounds. It’s actually quite good, preventing audio distortion if I suddenly shouted “SNIPER!” into the mic during a heated match in Apex Legends. The stream mixer works well for mixing different audio sources, I suppose – but you’ll usually be much better off using third-party streaming software, like the excellent OBS.

Razer Seiren V2 X USB Microphone on a wooden desk, plugged into a Razer Blade 14 laptop.

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Razer Seiren V2 X: performance

  • Good maximum input volume
  • Picks up too much keyboard click
  • The gain dial is too sensitive

First things first: the maximum gain on the Seiren V2 X is excellent, allowing it to pick up your voice from several feet away if you speak clearly – although speech does sound a little flat. Unfortunately, it picks up a lot of background noise if you do that, so ideally you’ll want to reduce the gain and buy a bow arrow to position the mic close to your mouth. Speaking at lower gain with your mouth less than a foot away gives a nice, clear level of vocal clarity that should be ideal for solo streams or podcasts.

At medium gain with the mic resting on my desk to the left of my linear red mechanical keyboard, the mic still picked up a small amount of click when I typed. Speech clarity is generally decent here, but if you’re a fan of clicky blue switches, you’ll want to avoid this mic.

More distant background noise is fine; one of the days i tested the Razer Seiren V2 X, there was some noisy construction going on in front of my house, which the mic didn’t pick up at all. However, it did slightly register my dog’s barking and my partner talking down at higher gain levels.

Part of the problem here is the sensitivity of the gain dial on the front of the mic. There’s no LED illumination or even basic notches to gauge input, and while the dial can spin infinitely in either direction, it only requires a small adjustment to switch from “barely registering my voice” to “I have no eardrums now”.

Razer Seiren V2 X: Should You Buy It?

Buy it if…

Don’t buy if…

Also consider

XSTRM: report card

Assess Good quality, but a bit pricey and does not include boom arm or pop filter. 3 / 5
Design An improved durable design that looks great and should last for years. 4 / 5
Features Razer Synapse is functional but unimpressive, generational improvements are minimal. 3 / 5
Performance Good in some ranges, but picks up keyboard noise and has an overly sensitive gain control. 3 / 5
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