Look and Feel
Let’s start by talking about the aesthetics. Admittedly this is an area which is not on the top of the feature list for a high quality microphone but nonetheless us gamers love our peripherals to at least look the part. The Razer Seirēn Pro delivers good looks by the bucket load. Its matt black finish with brushed aluminium is a feast for the eyes.
Of course all of this is subjective and not everyone will love the industrial design Razer has employed here, particularly when many of the other pro microphones available on the market tend to target the retro look. For me though, this is one of the reasons why we like this design, it’s different and forgive us for saying but we think it’s pretty damned sexy! Certainly something that I’d be very happy to have sitting pride of place on my PC desk, or maybe even the mantelpiece above the fire! 😉
One omission that has us a confused confused is why Razer felt the need to remove the classic Razer illuminated logo on the Pro version. On the Razer Seiren non-Pro version the logo illumination can be switched on and off using the button on the base but in the Pro version this has been replaced by the High-Pass Filter button. Whilst the swanky inlaid black and silver Razer Snake logo does look great, it’s a shame that they weren’t able to keep illumination.
Ignoring the aesthetics, the microphone benefits from premium materials, the construction is extremely well put together and all held sturdily with a heavy duty, integrated aluminium stand which also has a soft foam covered base to prevent it from slipping around and leaving scratches on your desk. The buttons and dials all feel responsive and the inclusion of the OLED display is a great addition as this feature is missing from many microphones in this class. The OLED display provides a great visual indicator for the active settings, including headphone volume, mic gain and the active recording pattern selected.
To elaborate on the available buttons and dials, just about everything you need is right at your fingertips, including headphone volume, mute (with on / off illumination), mic gain and a button on the base to enable the high pass filter feature.
The thumb screws at each side of the unit allow for the adjustment, tightening / loosening and complete removal of the microphone capsule from the stand.
As mentioned previously, the Razer Seirēn Pro also features an XLR output connector (discussed later in this review) as well as the normal mini-USB output connector found on the non-Pro version. Sitting just below the mini-USB port is the High-Pass Filter button enabling this feature to be turned on or off as required.
Finally there is an amplified 3.5mm headphone jack on the base which is used to monitor the audio being recorded and a dual threaded mount for use with optional mic stands or the Razer Shock Mount. The mounting point is an industry standard 5/8 inch size so can be used with your own stand or arm.
It’s worth noting that the amplified direct headphone output function does not operate when using the analogue XRL Output. This is functional when using the digital USB output only.
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