Page 1: Reviewed: Razer Leviathan Sound Bar with Subwoofer
If it’s money you’re trying to save or maybe space; the humble sound bar is a great alternative to large 2.1 or even larger 5.1 audio setups. Today we’re taking the time to see how the Razer Leviathan performs. Is the Leviathan a good alternative? Let’s find out today.
Sound bars have come a long way over the last few years as they move from being for a niche market to anyone who is looking at a decent audio solution now considering them. While more known for your lounge room thanks to the space saving abilities, Razer has released an option aimed at not only the lounge but also your PC. With the limited desk space people have - a sound bar solution for your desktop isn’t that much of a surprise.
Priced at $179.99 the Leviathan sound bar solution with matching subwoofer comes in at a fairly reasonable price point. At this price point, though, the Leviathan is one of the more expensive audio solutions from Razer. While known for creating some great quality Headsets over the years, this is the first time we’ve seen the company dive into the sound bar market. It will be interesting to see just how it performs.
|Main features: Razer Leviathan|
|Satellite speaker:||Two 2-way speakers (19 mm dome + 63.5 mm center of the woofer)|
|Subwoofer:||1x 130 mm bass reflex|
|Satellite dimension: (LxWxH)||72x 500 x 72 mm|
|Subwoofer dimensions (LxWxH)||240 x 240 x 225 mm|
2x 15 watts Soundbar; 1x 30 watt subwoofer
|Inputs / outputs:||1x digital (optical), 1x jack, Bluetooth|
The Razer Leviathan Soundbar in detail
The Razer Leviathan is a sleek looking sound bar with its modern design that would sit well in any environment. Be it under a monitor on your desk, or a TV in your lounge. The matte black sound bar is 50cm wide and sits at 7.2cm tall. At this length the Leviathan sits well under monitors that are 24” or larger. In a living room environment, though, the Leviathan could look very small under a 50”+ TV.
Taking a look at the front of the Leviathan we can see we’ve got a metal grid covering the device which provides protection to the membranes. While this can often be removed on most products – Razer doesn’t allow the removal of the front cover in this case.
Behind the cover we’ve got a total of four speakers. On each side we’ve got a 19mm tweeter along with a mid-woofer with a diameter of 6.35cm. Each channel is driven by an RMS power of 15w.
The Razer Leviathan can be installed two different ways via the help of two different feet. One option allows the device to sit flat while the other lets it sit on an angle pushing the audio towards your head. Outside of this, though, Razer has also provided the ability to have the device wall mounted. Depending on how you want to use the Leviathan; Razer clearly offer a mounting solution that is perfect for you.
Sitting in the middle of the Leviathan we have the Razer logo positioned perfectly. Above this we’ve got a power button that lets us turn the device on and off while behind that we have a row of buttons which expands the functionality of the Leviathan. Here we’ve got the ability to adjust the volume while also having the ability to select the operating mode. While the labeling of the buttons isn’t great, once setup you’ll probably find yourself rarely using them.
Turning to the back of the Leviathan we can see the terminals that are offered. Here we’ve got the standard 3.55mm jack along with a digital optical input for people making use of multi-channel sound. Along with those we’ve also got a spot for our power supply along with an area for our included subwoofer to be installed.
Along with the standard connectors that we just saw Razer has also included the aptX Bluetooth modules which makes use of the current 4.0 standard. This means that you can push audio to the Leviathan via a smartphone or similar device.
Fun guaranteed: the subwoofer in detail
Along with the sound bar Razer has also included a separate subwoofer to help push the audio experience up another level. At 225mm wide and 240mm tall the separate subwoofer while not huge isn’t exactly small either. The overall design is very minimalistic like the sound bar itself.
Inside the standalone subwoofer we find a 13cm unit which falls within the normal range of 2.1 audio setups.
Razer designed the subwoofer with our 13cm driver facing downwards. This means that the woofer works best on a rugged terrain as the bass is pushed throughout the floor. This design is common when it comes to dealing with smaller sized subwoofers and it comes as little surprise that Razer has opted for this method here today.
Connection between the subwoofer and sound bar is done via an integrated proprietary cable. This means that breaking the cable can cause issues later down the track while the ability to extend the length of the cable past its 2m limit will also be a problem. Fortunately, the 2m limit offered by Razer should be more than enough for most people.