The Razer Seiren Pro – Razer’s take on a high-end microphone designed specifically with gamers and streamers in mind – goes a step beyond for the average user, but if you’re keen to invest in your audio equipment without making the leap to srns bns professional gear, is the pricier Razer Seiren Pro worth it?
This is no run-of-the-mill piece of kit. Designed to look, feel, and sound as you’d expect from a professional, studio-standard microphone, the Razer Seiren Pro (not to be confused with the similarly named Razer Seiren) offers a serious mic with a serious price-tag.
At some time, some point, those of us who talk for a living – the podcasters, the streamers, the voice-overerers – need to reevaluate the tools we need for our trade. Whilst standard built-in mics or entry level mics like the Blue Snowball are perfectly fine for chatting with friends or even providing the odd interview, when it’s time to commit your voice to something a little more meaningful, it’s inevitable you may ponder on how best to upgrade your kit without breaking the bank.
As we’ve come to expect from Razer products, the look – and the packaging, for that matter – is put together with care and precision. The microphone’s matte black finish, chrome accents, and Razer logo sit proudly on any desk, but it’s also strong and sturdy with an intuitive OLED display and – as a streamer who’s often interrupted by dogs and children and husbands yelling up the stairs at me – a prominent mute button.
Here’s the full spec list:
- Power required / consumption: 5V 300mA (USB) / 48V DC (analog)
- Sample rate: 192kHz
- Bit rate: 24bit
- Capsules: Three 14mm condenser capsules
- Polar patterns: Cardioid, stereo, bidirectional, omnidirectional
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Sensitivity: 12.5mV/Pa (1kHz)
- Max SPL: 120dB
- Impedance: ≥ 16ohms
- Power output (RMS): 130mW (@16 Ohms)
- Frequency response: 15Hz – 22kHz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 114dB
It’s heavy, though, so don’t attempt to attach this bad boy to a mic arm unless you’re very confident it can take the strain.
The set-up? Easy peasy. You take it out of the box, grab the mini USB cable, plug it in both ends and you’re off. There’s also a 5-pin XLR cable, too, and an audio extension cable, plus a standard 3.5mm headphone jack for feedback. The cables are strong and well made, and everything is lovingly – and carefully – presented in the well-padded and well-presented box.
The mic offers four settings: Cardioid (best for podcasting and livestreams), Stereo (for music – voice and/or instruments), Omnidirectional (perfect for conference calls or several people), and Bidirectional (best for two speakers sharing the microphone). As I can neither sing nor play an instrument – and rarely entertain several people in my tiny office – my tests chiefly used Cardioid, but I did experiment with all of them. There was a meaningful difference between all modes.
My podcast recordings over this period of testing certainly sounded clearer than my usual mic (a Blue Snowball at the time) but the best thing for me was the ease of use. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by high-end tech, but the Seiren Pro’s instructional manual was clear, its features intuitive and easy to acclimatise to. With zero latency output direct from the mic itself, you’re able to monitor yourself in real-time, ensuring you’re coming across exactly as you want to be.
As I don’t have a mix desk, I was unable to test the XLR cable. But given how good the sound was via a USB connection, I think we’re safe to presume it doesn’t suck, right?
If you’re wondering what the differences are between the Razer Seiren and Razer Seiren Pro, it mostly comes down to the High Pass Filter Toggle on the bottom of the latter, which helps cut down extraneous or ambient sounds, and the 5-pin XLR functionality.
As a professional mic user that lacks professional knowledge/expertise, I’m impressed at how the Seiren Pro straddles the gap between entry products and professional kits.
LPVG was provided with a test unit for the purposes of this review. It was returned to Razer on completion of testing.