It has been seven years since Razer launched an up to date model of the favored Leviathan gaming soundbar. Gaming soundbars have turn into much less of a novelty and extra of a severe addition to PC players’ audio setups. A few them have even made their means onto our PC speakers page over the previous 12 months. The Razer Leviathan V2 seems to be to enhance on its predecessor with a few design modifications.
The Leviathan V2 sits underneath 20 inches lengthy, can match snugly underneath your monitor, and by no means feels prefer it’s in the best way. Despite the fact that it is nonetheless roughly the identical measurement as the unique Leviathan, it’s extra highly effective due to the addition of two passive radiators that do job of offering extra bass than your common soundbar. That is useful in case you do not have the room for a sub-woofer however nonetheless need these candy, candy thumps.
I used to be fairly stunned on the total sound high quality of the brand new V2, contemplating its smaller measurement. It is also fairly highly effective as well.
I used it round 25% quantity since something larger could be means too loud. Music sounds nice although bass-heavy jams typically sound a bit muddy, even with the sub-woofer plugin, which was evident in songs like What’s Up, Danger.
At first, I wasn’t in any respect impressed with the default audio settings; it was solely after I dove into the audio settings on the Razer Synapse software program I discovered the candy spot. I discovered that switching to its “Heart Focus” made issues higher. For the document, Razer Synapse is my least favourite software program to handle equipment. Nonetheless, it was simple to get the settings for the Levithan V2 precisely the place I needed. Right here you may as well toggle between Stereo and THX Spatial Audio.
Talking of THX Spatial Audio, I am not but a convert to the church of encompass sound, however it labored fairly properly in a sport like Apex Legends, the place I used to be in a position to pick the route of Octane’s frantic footsteps in tight areas. Spatial audio works greatest in horror video games, equivalent to Resident Evil Village, the place it provides extra to immersion moderately than supplying you with a tactical benefit.
Leviathan V2 specs
Frequency response: 45Hz – 20,000Hz
Drivers: 2 x Full Vary Drivers (2.0 x 4.0″), 2 x Tweeter Drivers (0.75″), 2 x Passive Radiator Drivers (1.7 x 5.3″), Down-firing subwoofer ( 5.5″):
Connection: Bluetooth 5.2 (60ms low latency), USB-Kind C
Weight: 3.08 lbs, Subwoofer 6.61 lbs
Dimensions: Soundbar 19.7 x 3.6 x 3.3,” Subwoofer: 8.67 x 8.67 x 9.5″
Options: THX Spatial Audio, Razer Chroma RGB
One space the place the soundbar excels, it seems, is stay sports activities. As I’m penning this assessment, I’ve the Mets and Cardinals sport on within the background, and it sounds unbelievable. I recognize the wealthy timbre of the Mets’ deep-voiced commentary by Gary Cohen as he calls the sport with Mets Corridor of Famers’ Ron Darling, and the good Keith Hernandez. The sounds of the sport, individuals cheering, the crack of the bat, makes me want there was a simple means join this factor to my lounge TV, however therein lies the issue.
This PC-only soundbar lacks 3.5mm or optical port inputs. At $250, it makes it a tougher promote for somebody in search of a speaker to plug of their consoles or tv along with their PC. Actually, I would not blame you in the event you went with the older mannequin Levithan as a result of it has all of the ports you need, and it is nonetheless at least $50 cheaper than the V2. I actually would have beloved a wi-fi subwoofer simply because I actually cannot bear the sight of seeing extra cables get tangled up behind my desk.
I personal a pair of Razer Nommos that flank my monitor, and it was good to get the additional area on my desk again to fill with litter and snacks. I’ve additionally used the LG Ultragear gaming speaker, which I take into account the gold customary for gaming soundbars due to its insane quantity of options, however then that prices virtually double what the Leviathan V2 prices.
So far as devoted PC audio system are involved, there’s lots to love on the Razer Leviathan V2. It is a small, highly effective soundbar that is simple to make use of, and it seems to be nice in your desk. Connecting units through Bluetooth and goofing round with the RGB was painless, which is the perfect factor I can say about Synapse, so good job, Razer. The actual knock in opposition to it’s that it is not as versatile as different soundbars on the market at this excessive value vary.