A surprisingly good pair of noise-canceling headphones that you should try out.
For a noise-canceling headphone, the Razer Opus does the job well. It offers a decent and balanced sound output made even better with ANC – we only wish the bass could be better.
We always know Razer to be a gaming brand, but since its purchase of THX a couple of years back we’ve been seeing more audio devices being launched – one of these is the Razer Opus. The Razer Opus joins the growing line of noise-canceling wireless headphones available on the market, and while it’s not perfect, it certainly delivered. Let’s have a look.
Before seeing the Opus I would have expected a loud design filled with multi-colored glowing lights – but I was wrong. The headphones come in a sleek black color reminiscent of Sony’s own noise-canceling headphones. The faux leather and matte finish on the headphone as a sense of class, which is a welcome choice.
The earcups are angled, meaning that it fits on your head more comfortably against your ear. A small Razer and THX logo can be seen, and the subtle touch means this headphone wasn’t made just for gamers.
The left earcup houses a USB-C charging port, a 3.5 audio jack, a power button, and a dedicated button for turning on noise cancellation and ambient noise mode. The right earcup has a multifunction button along with the volume rockers.
The Opus comes in a case and the headphones fold flat when being stored. Inside the package, Razer has also included other accessories like the USB-C charging cable, USB-C to USB-A adapter, 3.5 mm cable, and an airplane adapter for planes.
Like most of its audio devices, the Opus would require the installation of the similarly-named Opus app that will offer various customizations. Available for iOS and Android devices, the Opus app lets you switch between different presets for the EQ: Amplified, Vocal, Enhanced Bass, Enhanced Clarity, and THX, which is the default setting. Other functions are located inside the Settings menu, allowing you to further customize how you want to use the Opus.
But of course, how does the Opus perform? I’m happy to say that the headphone churned out crystal clear, detailed sound. When listening to Hotel California, each hit of the guitar string is heard with excellent quality, leading to vocals that were well-emphasized. The only downside is that the low-frequency effects could be better. Bass is present, but it lacks that ‘oomph’ factor that’s more evident if you compare it with other noise-canceling headphones. That being said, the Opus still managed to capture a great stereo soundscape with each song that we play. It even performed well on movies that we watched on Netflix.
It certainly does the job when active noise cancelation is turned on, with the Opus able to tone down the lower frequencies. This means that subtle noises like the AC unit in my apartment were effectively blocked, though there are times when I can still hear the faint noises of the construction from outside our building.
The Razer Opus is a solid effort from the company considering that this is their first noise-canceling headphones. While it isn’t perfect, it offered a good alternative to its more expensive competitors.
+ Decent noise cancellation
+ Great balanced sound
– Bass could be better
Final Rating: 4/5