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Razer/THX Mako 2.1 Advanced Desktop Audio System

Razer/THX Mako 2.1 Advanced Desktop Audio System

User Experience

When reviewing a set of speakers, or any audio product for that matter, the experience is far more subjective than most. How the author’s ears interpret the sound is very specific as is the environment and the source material used. For this reason we use a number of audio sources in our testing as well as the opinions of multiple listeners which should give a more balanced view of the product.


Shakespeare In Love (DVD): Theatre Scene.
Shakespeare in Love is an ideal test of how spacious a sound system is when watching any of the scenes in the theatre. In our test scene the Mako system provided excellent results, dialogue was clear and ambient noise was well balanced. Footsteps moved around the sound stage well also.

Moulin Rouge (DVD): Poetry reading into medley.
During this scene breathing sounds are very clear, even sounds of cloth rubbing on hard floor are very detailed. There is awesome clarity in the vocals as Ewan McGregor starts singing with the orchestra discrete in the background. As the piano makes and entrance it never gets lost as music builds and the choir sounds excellent, that said bass gets a little lost at this point. By the time the rooftop section begins the bass is back and ends particularly strongly.

Transformers (Blu-Ray): Autobot Arrival.
Bass is incredible during impacts as the autobots touch-down and the robots transforming have a very realistic metallic sound mixed with digital effects which are recreated exceptionally well by the Mako. Additionally, the sound of shattering neon tubes is very crisp and as the robot exits the swimming pool both the footsteps and the dripping water are very clear. Brass instruments are strong and balanced well against the choir with no detail being lost on the transformation effects which occur at this time. Finally, the voice of Optimus Prime is deep and powerful.


When playing Oblivion the dialogue is very clear and flame/magic effects are suitably deep with metal chinks and other noise such as page turning and door opening recreated well. The sound is also spacial and we are able to tell exactly which direction a sword blow has come from however one minor issue is that the effects almost stand out from the background music too much.

Project Gotham Racing 4:
During races there is a clear distinction as the engine sounds change between camera views but unfortunately the music gets a bit lost at default game settings. Ambient noise such as rain on the track sounds realistic and more muffled sounds when we use the internal camera angle are recreated well.


Billy Joel – Piano Man:
When listening to Piano Man the vocals are very clear as is the harmonica, fuller sections which include mandolin and accordion remain reasonably clear but the latter is a little lost on occasion. Throughout the track piano and vocals/harmonica remain precise, bass is full as is the lower end of the piano but despite this the highlight is how defined the vocals are. Overall a very warm sound.

Simon & Garfunkel – The Boxer:
Vocals are excellent once again with the guitar and accompaniment clear but not intrusive. Bass is quite subdued on this track during the verses, as it should be, and retains a good balance and echo during the chorus as we hear the emulated drum sound which is actually a metal chain being slammed into a concrete floor in a storage cupboard.

Muse –  Take A Bow:
Bass and bass drum are very prominent during the first section of this track and the Mako speakers provide a thumping rendition. Vocals are clear once again and the synthesised keyboard is very precise. Later on the guitar solo manages to get through the mix which is an impressive feat in this song. Nearing the end of the track bass is the driving force though the vocals never falter. Possibly the most impressive aspect of this song on the Mako is its ability to truly envelope us in the hugely detailed soundscape.

Vanessa Mae – Romance No.2 (Beethoven):
The violin is clear as expected and during orchestral parts the wind section, specifically the flutes, really stand out as almost lifelike. As the track progresses there are very distinct changes between strings and wind showing how detailed the Mako speakers are. Strings are deep and wind instruments very crisp/pure with lower end strings particularly strong.

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Stuart Davidson

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