You might know Razer for its gaming laptops and accessories but it’s now taking on the likes of Sony in the competitive noise cancelling headphone market. The Opus over-ear headphones are THX Certified and come at a much cheaper price.

They might look like Sony’s WH-1000MX3 headphones but the Razer Opus cans come in at just £199 compared to £329, significantly undercutting the market leader. That’s also the kind of price other rivals, like Bose, cost.

For your money you get THX Certification and hybrid Active Noise Cancellation (ANC). The latter being the big selling point promising to “tune out a broad range of external frequencies, resulting in a cleaner, uninterrupted listening experience.”

Four dedicated microphones ensure the Opus headphones can hear what’s going on around you to then cut it out. However, you can use the Quick Attention Mode to allow some sound in for conversations or to hear announcements.

Razer sas the headphones have undergone ‘hundreds of scientifically formulated tests’ to be THX Certified. This should ensure clear vocals, dialog, no distortion and noise isolation.

Razer Opus THX Certified

The Opus headphones feature wireless connectivity, 25 hours of battery life with ANC on and a optional 3.5mm headphone jack for when you need it.

There's a companion app and the headphones know when you're taking them off or putting them on to automatically stop or start playback.

The Razer Opus headphones are available now via Razer.com and selected retailers for £199 (US$199 or €209) across North America, Europe, China, and Asia Pacific.

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Here’s a Razer Opus spec sheet:

  • Drivers: 2x 40mm dynamic drivers
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Microphone: 4 for hybrid ANC, 2 for voice chat
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2 & 3.5mm
  • Codecs: AAC & aptX, 4.2, A2DP, AVRCP, HFP
  • Battery life: 25 hours with ANC
  • Software: Opus Mobile App with THX-tuned EQ presets
  • Other: Auto Pause/Play
  • Weight: 265g