THE first thing you notice is the kick.
Six seconds into Filter's What's Next you feel the bass come in as the inner lining of the Adaros start tapping at your ear.
It's unobtrusive but immerses you in the sound more than some more expensive headphones I've tested.
Razer's not known for anything outside gaming. This is its first set of audio gear aimed at the DJ/audiophile market and so far they're doing exceedingly well.
We met with Razer CEO Min-Liang Tan last year and came away knowing he doesn't like to compromise. At all. He wants his gear to be properly built for what it's supposed to do, no dodgy stuff.
So is that happening here?
The Adaro DJ headphones use massive 50mm drivers to push sound into your ears. That's the same size driver used by the near-perfect (but $1200) Denon AH-D7100s we've looked at.
Music came through clear and channel adjustments on the virtual panel were easy to notice as we made them. There's a lot of power down low but the bass doesn't muffle or crowd the rest of the track.
More than any sub-$1000 earphones I've used, the Adaro DJs play high-frequency notes and noises without making your teeth itchy. It's not something everyone experiences but it points to the drivers being capable of translating music into something you can enjoy.
Out of the box you've already got a 1/4 inch audio adapter for use with "real" audio equipment but the cabling is all modular anyway. If you have your own cables you can use them. That aside, I didn't notice any major failings in the cable that came with the headphones.
You can extract a lot of volume out of these headphones. When they're not on someone's head they can be heard moderately well across an office. Fortunately, putting the cups together or back on someone's head (once you've turned them down) cancels the noise almost completely.
Office audiophiles rejoice, you can go loud with very little leakage here.
The cups are as comfortable as they come, though like with any headphones, having them on for more than an hour can become uncomfortable. These aren't the worst offenders by any means, and sliding them on for the first time is a joy.
After a week's use they kept their shape well and the headstrap remained as solid as the day I opened it.
The headphones fold together easily and the case they fit into is easily carried from place to place. There's a bit of padding inside but I wouldn't go jamming it into a luggage case full of loose, solid equipment.
Razer has made a fantastic first step into a new market with the Adaro DJs and their three younger siblings. Look at these as entry-level options for serious audio. Maybe you're an audiophile and don't know it yet?