Most good ANC headphones aren’t cheap. Neither are good-quality gaming headsets. So, many people who need both might be looking for a single product they can game with and use to listen to music or participate in video calls.
The problem is the vast majority of ANC headphones rely exclusively on Bluetooth for their connectivity. While this protocol has been updated over the years to improve every aspect of it, it still suffers from some latency. This means the audio output by BT-powered ANC headphones can be delayed by long enough that there’s a noticeable discrepancy between it and its associated visuals. This can be annoying for videos and downright disastrous for games, where a split second can win or lose a match for you.
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This is where the Razer Barracuda Pro comes in. It’s the rare product that combines Bluetooth, ANC, and most important, 2.4GHz wireless connectivity. Unlike Bluetooth, 2.4GHz wireless has almost no perceptible latency, putting it on par with wired solutions for gaming on your PC or any modern console. Meanwhile, the model supports Bluetooth 5.2 technology for use with your phone, streaming device, laptop, etc. You even can switch between the Bluetooth and 2.4GHz modes with a single tap to take a call and get right back to your game after.
Unfortunately, we did run into some issues with how the built-in ANC reacted to some games in our full review of the Barracuda Pro, but the rare combination of features still makes it a unique option well worth considering for gamers who also want impressive ANC while listening to music or video on the go.