While this isn’t the first set of speakers the company has released, the Leviathan marks the company’s first foray into the home theater sector. This isn’t your typical home theater sound bar though, it features surround sound specifically for gaming and movies, but also includes your basic Bluetooth capabilities for stereo music streaming from your smartphone or tablet.
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“The Razer Leviathan delivers what music aficionados, movie buffs and gamers alike are looking for to improve their entertainment setup,” says Min-Liang Tan the co-founder and CEO of Razer.
Leviathan uses “award winning” Dolby Virtual Speakers: two 2.5-inch drivers and two 0.74-inch tweeters, along with a chest-thumping 5.25-inch downward firing subwoofer. The three pronged system allows Leviathan to reproduce “accurate, distortion-free” bass, “crystal clear” mids and “impressive” highs.
Regardless of whether you are using the Leviathan for gaming/movies or just music, built-in Dolby Digital converts the incoming source to create an “immersive aural experience that is perfect for recreating epic in-game battle scenes or simply enjoying favorite movies scenes.”
There are two listening modes available, one for gaming/movies and another to support the aforementioned Bluetooth music streaming. It uses Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, NFC tech for pairing your smartphone or tablet, and a range of up to 10 meters.
The main unit has a “space-saving design” that allows it to be placed under a monitor or anywhere you might want it. It also has three adjustable tilt angles and three preset equalizer modes with a total output of 30W to produce frequencies from 180Hz to 20KHz. Something to keep in mind here is that based on the data from the press release, both the sub and the main unit are rated at 180Hz to 20KHz. As you may know, this really isn’t providing much of the sub 100Hz tones (or lower) we are used to from many quality subwoofers. For example, a typical set of pro speakers, without a subwoofer, will reproduce tones much lower than Leviathan. Having said that, most options that reproduce “true” sub tones are much more expensive:
The Razer Leviathan will be available for pre-order shortly for $199.99 and is expected to start shipping next month. It does not appear to be available yet, but we are expecting pre-orders to go live on Razerzone.com soon.
Full press release below:
RAZER INTRODUCES LEVIATHAN SOUND BAR FOR SURROUND SOUND GAMING, MOVIES AND WIRELESS MUSIC STREAMING
Razer Leviathan offers 5.1 channel Dolby® surround sound for gaming, movies and Bluetooth 4.0 aptX® for high-quality wireless music streaming, with dedicated subwoofer for deep bass
CARLSBAD, Calif. – Razer™, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today unveiled its Razer Leviathan elite gaming and music sound bar. The new device provides premium quality audio for a wide range of entertainment applications, from desktop listening to home theater sound that’s perfect for gaming, movies and music.
The Razer Leviathan’s 5.1 surround sound mode is ideal for gaming and movies. It also features a wireless music streaming mode via Bluetooth 4.0 for seamless music listening. The Razer Leviathan is able to deliver deep, powerful bass tones through a dedicated subwoofer, distinguishing it from other sound bars in its range that cannot produce lower frequencies as accurately.
Engineered for versatility, the Razer Leviathan can be repositioned easily for any situation – under any desktop monitor, in a living room console setup, or wherever high-fidelity sound is desired.
“The opportunity to produce a precision-engineered surround sound solution for high-performance gaming, movie watching and music listening, and make it versatile to use in any setting, was a very exciting proposition for us,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “The Razer Leviathan delivers what music aficionados, movie buffs and gamers alike are looking for to improve their entertainment setup.”
Rich, full-range 5.1 virtual surround sound is produced by the award winning Dolby Virtual Speakers in the Razer Leviathan. The sound bar features four finely tuned drivers (two 2.5-in. full-range drivers and two 0.74-in. tweeters) that are optimized for surround sound gaming. Regardless of source type (stereo or multichannel audio via optical input), Dolby® Digital will convert audio from a sound card, console or set-top box into a virtual surround sound stage. The result is an immersive aural experience that is perfect for recreating epic in-game battle scenes or simply enjoying favorite movies scenes.
The Razer Leviathan seamlessly connects to other Bluetooth devices in wireless music streaming mode via Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX technology for audio quality virtually indistinguishable from a wired connection. With a connecting range of up to 10 meters, music can be enjoyed without the hassle of wires. The Razer Leviathan also remembers recently paired devices, allowing users to quickly connect with a single tap, and built-in NFC technology allows for ultra-fast pairing.
The Razer Leviathan delivers chest-thumping, deep impact lows by way of a powerful 5.25-in. downward firing subwoofer that is dedicated to accurate bass reproduction and is tuned to produce distortion-free lower tones. Crystal clear mids and impressive highs are delivered by the two precision-tuned, full-ranged drivers and tweeters, rounding-out the full spectrum of frequencies created by the sound bar.
For more information on the Razer Leviathan – Elite Music & Gaming Sound bar, please visit www.razerzone.com/gaming-audio/razer-leviathan
- Powered by 4 expertly tuned drivers plus subwoofer
- 5.1 virtual surround sound powered by Dolby Virtual Speakers, Dolby Digital and Dolby Pro Logic® II
- Direct audio streaming from any mobile device via Bluetooth v 4.0 aptX
- Dedicated subwoofer for impressive bass reproduction
- Space-saving design for versatility
- Multiple connection methods via analog, optical or Bluetooth v 4.0 aptX
- Adjustable tilt angles (0⁰, 15⁰, 18⁰) for optimal sound
- 3 preset equalizer modes tuned for gaming, music and movies
- Total power output: 30 W (15 W x 2 RMS)
- Full range drivers: 2 x 2.5 in. / 63.5 mm
- Tweeter drivers: 2 x 0.74 in. / 19 mm
- Impedance: 8 Ω
- Frequency response rate: 180 Hz – 20 KHz
- Approximate weight: 4.4 lbs. / 2 Kg
- Type: Passive
- Total power output: 30 W RMS
- Full range drivers: 5.25 in. / 133 mm
- Impedance: 8 Ω
- Frequency response rate: 20 Hz – 180 Hz
- Approximate weight: 6.6 lbs. / 3 Kg
PRICE: USA: $199/EUR: €199
AVAILABILITY: Razerzone.com – Pre-Order Worldwide – November 2014
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