On December 4 2020, Razer, the leading global lifestyle brand for gamers, announced the RazerHammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds, featuring both THX® Certified Audio for high-fidelity sound and advanced hybrid Active Noise Cancellation to achieve an unrivaled, undisturbed listening experience with crisp, clear audio and impactful bass, ready for any situation – no matter if you are on the go or working from home.
About a week prior to the launch date, I received a giftbox from Razer which includes the said THX Certified earbuds and the case. The pricing are as follows: the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro retails for $199.99 USD MSRP and its designed-for carrying case, the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro THS Carrying Case can be purchased for $29.99 USD
Let’s take a look at the Pro model
Just like the fan-favourite standard Hammerhead True Wireless earbuds, the Pro model features convenient touch controls and voice assistance compatibility, a customized low latency Bluetooth connection and extended battery life with the recharging case. A comfortable, secure fit with enhanced noise isolation is guaranteed by an in-ear design and the inclusion of premium memory foam Comply™ ear tips (highly recommended, based on my multi-years experience wearing Comply ear tips), although silicon buds of varying sizes are also available in the package. The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds are also IPX4 rated for sweat and splash protection.
According to John Mooe, the Head of Sales & Marketing, Growth Peripherals at Razer, “The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds are a superior mobile accessory for everyday users and serious listeners who demand quality audio and customizable fit,” which I’m in highly agreement with. “Users will enjoy incredible fit, premium audio, and undisturbed low latency sound for movies, music, games, as well as voice and video calls – all in a tiny package that fits in your pocket.” These are essentially the already-famous and already-popular Hammerhead earbuds taken to the next level. The sound clarity of the Pro is easily heard over the regular version of Hammerhead. The aurally much smoother frequency response is also readily noticed from the first second I tried these earbuds listening to Quincy Jones’ Q-Soul Bossa Nostra album that I extracted from audio CD as a .WAV file being played back using my Sony NW-A55 Walkman DAP.
The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro uses hybrid ANC to block both external and unwanted internal noise by generating inverse sound waves simultaneously, combined with an enhanced passive noise isolation solution. This is achieved by incorporating two external (feedforward) and two internal (feedback) microphones to deliver the intended sound in crystal clear fashion. The just-right tight-seal whether you’re using the silicon tips or Comply helps with the passive noise blocking aspect.
Now it’s time to talk about the three letters that excite me most. THX Certification. To achieve the stringent requirements for THX Certification, fine details such as frequency range and response are evaluated, and the device must be capable of delivering clear, detailed vocals and deep impactful bass with virtually zero distortion at high volumes. The certification process also demands great sound isolation, which the Hammerhead True Wireless Pro addresses with an in-ear design for a snugger fit than the original iteration of Hammerhead. Customized levels of comfort or acoustic options are provided by Comply black premium foam ear tips or from one of the six sets of silicone tips included in various sizes and materials.
“The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds join the Razer Opus headphones in achieving the gold seal of THX Certification,” said Peter Vasay, head of THX Certification, THX Ltd. “We evaluate and optimize the headphones to ensure a high-quality sound experience delivering a rich, balanced soundstage, clear vocals and deep impactful bass perfect for music, games, and movies.” The above statements are not merely a marketing speak. Songs after songs, genre after genre, the sound quality is impressive. Perhaps not as impressive as my current ear-bud reference Technics EAH-AZ70W, but it’s close. Where the Technics excel in classical and extremely complex music lines, the Razer deal better with loudness.
Low latency wireless sound
The Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds deliver a broad soundscape for mobile games, movies, and music from their 10 mm drivers and 20 – 20 kHz frequency response. With the touch-activate Gaming Mode enabled, the customized Bluetooth 5.1 connection reduces latency to just 60 ms during gameplay, so users can achieve 50 % + quicker reaction time by providing audio and video that is more in sync.
Ergonomics & Battery Life
The touch-enabled controls on the Razer Hammerhead True Wireless Pro allow users to toggle between ANC and Quick Attention Mode, control their music and calls, and activate their smartphone’s voice assistant with a few easy taps. Quick Attention Mode uses the microphones to let outside sound in, which is useful for a quick conversation. A mobile app available for iOS and Android devices offers access to audio equalizer settings, remapping of touch gestures, a unique fit test, and much more.
The Hammerhead True Wireless Pro earbuds achieve up to 20 hours of total battery life, with 4 hours per charge on the earbuds and up to 4x recharges from the included USB-C charging case, perfect for storing and automatically charging the earbuds when not in use. My actual usage doesn’t vary much from the advertised total battery life as I repeatedly achieve 19 to 19 + hours of total battery life for each completed cycle of tests. To carry the wireless earbuds, a protective Razer THS durable TPU carrying case with carabiner clip is available from Razer. Subjective, of course, but I find the carrying case to be quite stylish.
ABOUT THE RAZER HAMMERHEAD TRUE WIRELESS PRO
• Headphones Frequency response: 20 Hz – 20kHz
• Impedance: 16 Ohm
• Drivers: 10 mm
• Approximate weight: 53 g (5g x 2 earbuds, 43g charging case)
• Microphone Frequency response: 100 Hz – 10 kHz
• Signal-to-noise ratio: 60 dB
• Sensitivity (@ 1 kHz): – 42 dBFS
• Pickup pattern: Omnidirectional
• Music Controls: Play, Pause, Skip, Previous
• Call Controls: Answer, Reject, Switch, End
• General: Pair, Power, Activate gaming mode and smartphone virtual assistant
• Battery life: Up to 20 hours (with included charging case) – will vary depending on usage
• Compatibility with Devices with Bluetooth audio capability
• Smartphone application available for Android and iOS devices
• Supported codecs: SBC, AAC