Magnify / Razer’s Leviathan V2 X PC Soundbar.
Razer announced a soundbar on Tuesday that it says is suitable for movies, music and gaming, while connecting it to computers, iPhones and Android phones. At 15.7 inches (400mm) long, the Leviathan V2 X is intended to slide under desktop monitors and is a cheaper, less powerful version of Razer’s $250 Leviathan V2, which includes a soundbar and subwoofer.
According to Razer, the Leviathan V2 X can reach 90 dB from a distance of 3.3 feet (1 meter). The gaming peripherals and PC maker also claims a frequency response of 85-20,000 Hz, which is a bit high on the low end. In comparison, the more expensive Leviathan V2, which includes full-range, tweeter and passive radiator drivers, plus a subwoofer and THX Spatial Audio, claims 45-20,000 Hz.
Enlarge / An exploded diagram of the soundbar.
The new Leviathan V2 X isn’t built for as robust sound as its brother, but features two 2×2.0×4.0 inch (2×48×95mm) full-range racetrack drivers and a pair of 2×2 passive radiators, 0 × 4.1 in (2 × 48 × 105 mm).
Razer’s soundbar is powered via USB-C and can connect via Bluetooth 5.0. It works with iPhones and Android phones through the Razer Audio app, which also provides control over the soundbar’s 10-band EQ and lighting effects. Plus, you can use Razer’s Synapse desktop app to set up a secondary playback device, allowing you to switch between PC and smartphone audio by pressing a dedicated button on top of the soundbar.
Magnify / The buttons at the top, from left to right, are: source, Bluetooth, power, volume down, and volume up.
Like most Razer products, the Leviathan V2 X has optional RGB lighting. There are 14 separate zones for different effects, including reacting to what’s happening in supported PC games and syncing with other RGB-laden Razer products.
Magnify / The soundbar weighs 1.9 lbs.
The Leviathan V2 X will cost $100 and will ship on September 28. While audiophiles will want to look for more premium audio solutions, the Leviathan V2 X is a more affordable option for users who want an easy way to add extra oomph to their computer’s audio with a device that can also play well with phones.
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