Razer/THX Mako 2.1 Advanced Desktop Audio System

1. Introduction3. Speakers


Packaging and Bundle

The Mako system arrives in a box similar in size to many 5.1 speaker systems despite only containing three larger components. On the box are various images of the product along with some marketing information and specifications. These do a good job of explaining the benefits of the system to consumers who have some knowledge of audio products. Inside, the majority of the volume is polystyrene which completely encases the satellites and subwoofer, which in turn are individually wrapped.

Bundled with the Mako system is a small introductory booklet which gives us some detailed information on the product as well as short sections on how best to place the items for optimum sound quality. A larger booklet gives full instructions on how to connect and operate the system and we also find a set of stickers are included. In terms of cabling there is a standard mains cable which varies depending on the region, a 3.5mm male to male audio cable and two flat speaker cables. These cables are quite unique in the audio world as they feature RJ45 style connectors on the end. This makes installation of the satellites incredibly easy and ensures that the cables stay in place at both ends via the standard locking mechanism for “LAN” cables.

The final item in the Mako box is a small control pod. This unit connects to the amp via a 15pin socket/connector and, like the speaker cables, this seems to have borrowed its design from another type of connector, that used by graphics cards and monitors. This is not the first time we have seen ideas like this from Razer, their Barracuda headset and HP-1 audio card uses a rewired DVI style connector.

As well as acting as a control module the pod also acts as a diagnostic device. When turned on the Mako system runs through a set of checks and if any faults are found, such as a speaker not being plugged in, the centre icon flashes.

When connected the control pod lights up in blue and red and the top surface is touch sensitive. For example to increase volume we run our finger around the edge of the pod. Other areas on the top control on/off, bass and inputs. Speaking of inputs, on the front of the device are two 3.5mm sockets, the first allows us to connect items such as MP3 players via the supplied cable and the second acts as an audio pass-through for headphones.

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