Razer has made some headway in the audio industry with its gaming headsets, and now with the Razer Leviathan it’s trying to get a foothold into home theater sound systems. The Razer Leviathan is quite unique and part of that distinctiveness is its price. With an SRP of $200, it is very affordable compared to most soundbars.
Features of the Razer Leviathan
“Leviathan” means “giant”, so it’s quite ironic that the Razer Leviathan is a dwarf compared to its contemporaries. The soundbar measures 4 by 19.6 by 3. The black metallic grill looks hi-tech, with a slimmer curve in the middle for some spice in the design. Behind the grill are a couple of 2.5-inch drivers for midrange and another pair of 0.75-inch tweeters. It’s connected by wire to a subwoofer with a 5.25-inch driver. The subwoofer uses 30 watts while each midrange-tweeter combo uses 15 watts.
You have optical and 3.5mm audio inputs, dedicated buttons for the Dolby virtual surround, and other buttons for switching between equalizer presets for movie, music, and gaming modes. It also comes with two sets of feet (flat or angled), or you can mount it on your wall. Blue tooth is already built in.
Pros and Cons
In game mode, the sound quality is terrific. It mimics the 5.1-channel sound quite well, and the games sound track along with various sound effects of explosions and shots can fill up an entire room.
But it’s not quite as spectacular when you’re using it for watching movies. For deep thumps the subwoofer offers a nice rumble, while the dialogue remains sharp and easy to understand. But it doesn’t quite offer the crispness you’d expect for high-end sounds. It’s good, but you won’t really mistake it for a real 5.1 surround system.
However, despite its small size listening to music with it is really impressive. At maximum volume, it sounds very forceful and the subwoofer can really thump you with its bass intensity. Using the Razer Leviathan can really complement your HDTV and as a desktop sound system, you’ll want to keep the volume well below the middle.
The Razer Leviathan is a bit partial towards bass-heavy songs, but that doesn’t mean these other tracks won’t sound great. Vocals and acoustic notes remain balanced even with the heavier bass.
So what’s the catch? It’s a big one actually: there’s no remote! That can be problematic if you’re going to use it for your HDTV. You can’t even control the volume through your TV. You have to get your ass up from the couch and make the adjustments manually.
If you’re going to use this as a desktop sound system, then we’re pretty sure you’ll be happy with it. It may even be bit of an overkill. Still, there’s no doubt that your audio for gaming, PC movie watching, and music playing will all improve tremendously.
It also sounds nice when connected to your HDTV but with the lack of a remote control, there will come a time when you will no longer be too eager to use it. If you only have $200 to spare, then the Razer Leviathan will fit your needs nicely. But if the idea of having to manually adjust the volume annoys you then you better consider other options.