Razer’s new soundbar works with USB-C and Bluetooth, costs $100 – Ars Technica
Enlarge / Razer’s Leviathan V2 X PC soundbar.
Razer on Tuesday announced a soundbar that it claims is fit for movies, music, and gaming while being able to connect to computers, iPhones, and Android phones. Measuring 15.7 inches (400 mm) long, the Leviathan V2 X is meant 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. By comparison, the pricier 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 audio as its sibling, but it includes two full-range racetrack drivers measuring 2×2.0×4.0 inches (2×48×95 mm) and a pair of passive radiators measuring 2×2.0×4.1 inches (2×48×105 mm).
Razer’s soundbar receives power over USB-C and can connect via Bluetooth 5.0. It works with iPhones and Android phones via the Razer Audio app, which also offers control over the soundbar’s 10-band EQ and lighting effects. Additionally, you can use Razer’s Synapse desktop app to set a secondary playback device, letting you toggle between PC and smartphone audio by pressing a dedicated button on top of the soundbar.
Enlarge / The buttons on 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 individual zones for different effects, including reacting to what’s happening in supported PC games and syncing with other RGB-laden Razer products.
Enlarge / The soundbar weighs 1.9 lbs.
The Leviathan V2 X is $100 and starts shipping on September 28. While audiophiles will want to seek more premium audio solutions, the Leviathan V2 X is a more affordable option for users wanting a simple way to add extra oomph to their computer’s audio with a device that can also play well with phones.
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