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Razer Leviathan Review

Razer Leviathan Review

It would be fair to say that we have been reviewing products for a fair amount of time here at HardwareHeaven… in fact we are closer to 15 years than we are 10 now. Thinking back through that time we can pick out a number of really stand out products in each product area and one of those was the Razer Mako. A set of 2.1 speakers the Mako were co-designed by THX and while the price was high, the performance was exceptional for a set of desktop speakers. So whenever Razer announce a new set of speakers we are always interested to get our hands on them and find out if they have recaptured some of that magic. Today is one of those days with a soundbar and sub combo, welcome to our Razer Leviathan Review.

Razer Leviathan Review – Box and bundle

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The Leviathan arrives in a large box with plenty of information about the specs/features on the product. Opening up the box we find a nice welcome note and then protected in two separate compartments are our soundbar and sub. Also included in a separate internal box are our bundled items which include a mains adapter, two sets of feet (which allow us to vary the angle, 0, 15 and 18 degrees) and our product documentation. A line in cable and optical cable are also included and shown in one of the images below.

Razer Leviathan Review – The Leviathan

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The Razer Leviathan is shown above and overall it is a fairly low key design with just a silver Razer logo on the front grill. The power button is visible on the top edge and tilting the unit slightly we can see the main controls behind it. These allow us to select the input, Bluetooth status, Dolby on/off, preset (game, music or movie) mute and volume up/down. Both the top buttons and the area around the power on/off light up in green LEDs to show us the status before timing out. The mute button also lights red when activated.

Eagle eyed readers will note the sticker over towards the right side of the Leviathan. This tells us that it is NFC capable. if we want to pair with our smartphone we simply touch it here and the two connect instantly.

As far as the soundbar specifications go, the Leviathan has a total power output 30w (15wx2RMS). There are two full range drivers (2.5″/63.5mm) with two separate tweeters of 0.74″/19mm. Impedance is 8 Ohms and the frequency response is 180Hz to 20Khz. Weight is listed as 2Kg.

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Round at the back of the soundbar we can see the wall mounts and then in the center, our connectivity. The right is our AUX in/line in, then its optical in, power in and sub-out.

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This is the Leviathan passive subwoofer along with the aux/optical cables we mentioned earlier. Razer attach four rubber feet to the base of the sub and overall it is a minimalist design with a single Razer logo again. Total power output is 30w RMS with full range 5.25″133mm driver. Impedance is 4 Ohms, frequency response 20Hz – 180Hz and weight is 2.35Kg.

Razer Leviathan Review – User Experience/Conclusion

Setup of the Leviathan is a fairly simple process. Unbox, connect the sub to the bar and then the bar to the mains and we are ready to think about our sound source. For those who want to  connect a smartphone the process couldn’t be simpler if you have NFC, just tap the phone against the soundbar and the two connect and are instantly ready. Razer are using Bluetooth 4.0 on this product with proven AptX technology. We can of course connect via wires, for example an optical cable from our console or a line in from a non-bluetooth audio device.

We noted earlier in the review that the Leviathan supports Dolby technology. Present here are Dolby Virtual Speaker which offers virtual 5.1 surround sound. Dolby Digital (AC-3) which takes the optical signal and converts it to a format which can be used by Virtual Speaker. Then there is Dolby Pro Logic 2 which will take a stereo audio source (any input) and convert it into 5.1 for Virtual Speaker to handle.

What does it cost? At the moment the Leviathan has received a bit of a discount which is always great and so rather than £175 the outlay will be £149 in the UK and $195 for you US people. Is that good value? Given a solid level of build quality, all the cables we need bundled with the unit and its good level of design with decent warranty, the price at least feels fair. But what about performance and would we change anything?

Lets start with the latter, changes. While we don’t think they are essential aspects past experience tells us that some people are going to wish Razer had bundled a remote with the Leviathan. For those who use a Bluetooth connected smartphone it is possible to change the volume from the device but control on other devices will be lacking, as is the ability to change the Dolby status/presets remotely. Having the sub be wireless would also be something that some consumers would like. Wired limits our placement and those who, for example, want their bass to come from behind the couch for added effect will be disappointed. That said, these are two minor issues in an otherwise impressive product. Razer have provided us with a great sounding product for its price range, regardless of the input source or media being played through it. There is plenty of volume available, detail is excellent in the mids and highs with a nice amount of bass available from the sub. There is a nice warm tone to the overall sound too however we do have one caveat, the Dolby tech should be left on,,, and we rarely say that. With Dolby off the sound (especially in more demanding music such as rock) can be a little thin. Turn things up, and on… and we get a much fuller, more satisfying experience.

Summary:
Good build quality, nice design, plenty of connectivity options and impressive performance. The Razer Leviathan wins our Recommended Award.

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Stuart Davidson

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