I tested the Razer Orca with multiple sources; from the iPod touch to a Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini and the Creative SoundBlaster Audigy 2. The good thing about the Orca is that they are very efficient, so you can connect them to a mobile phone and you won't have to turn the volume all the way up to get sound out of them, as is the case with many headphones.
Talking about the audio quality, the first thing I noticed with this headphone is that they have a very balanced audio quality. It's not uncommon to see cheaper headphones have an exaggerated bass response, but that is not the case with the Orca. I found the sound to be fairly balanced across the spectrum. The bass had a good amount of heft to it without sounding too boomy. It was tight and punchy and fairly precise. The mids too were nice and smooth but could have had a bit more clarity in the upper mid-range. The highs were sharp and clear but I noted a hint of sibilance, that was more prominent on certain tracks. The soundstaging and stereo separation were quite decent.
I tried playing a few games with the Orca to see how they sound in games. I tried Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare and GRID. The sound quality with games was good and there was nothing to complain about. Having said that, there was nothing particularly great about it as well. That is somewhat of a problem with these headphones. Although they sound good there is nothing particularly special about them.
However, one shouldn't expect a lot at this price point. I would like to mention that you do get headphones from Philips, for example, that cost much less and yet manage to sound just as good.
The Orca have a closed back design for the earcups because of which they tend to block a fair bit of sound. They also leak very little sound (unlike the Megelodons), so they aren't much of a disturbance to others around you.
The Razer Orca are priced at Rs. 3,599, although I'm sure you can get them for around 3,000. At this price you get headphones that are good-looking (if you can digest the color), are comfortable and more importantly sound good. However, you can get headphones that cost less and sound about the same. Of course they won't have the same effect as being seen wearing the Orca, thanks to the eye-watering green color and the Razer branding. The Orca also runs surprisingly well with portable music players and mobile phones and that extended cable is also pretty convenient.
It's difficult to recommend the Orca; you won't get a lot in terms of audio quality although your spending almost twice as much as a similar sounding Philips headphone. But if looks and brand image matter to you then you should consider getting the Orca instead.
Test unit sourced from Text 100