The soundbar market is constantly growing as more people realize they want improved sound for their entertainment, but that a proper surround sound system doesn't suit their needs. Now, Razer – a company known for its gaming peripherals – is jumping into the market with the introduction of its Leviathan 2.1 system.
As this is a soundbar from Razer, many of the features are aimed at gamers. Razer has made it small enough to be used under a PC monitor, which will allow PC gamers to get a sound upgrade.
Like all 2.1 systems, the Leviathan includes a subwoofer. In this case, the bass is provided by a 5.25-inch downward-firing speaker. That is paired with two 2.5-inch drivers and two 0.74-inch tweeters in the soundbar itself. Again, Razer is quick to point out that the drivers are optimized for gaming.
Of course, if a user is going to hook a soundbar to their TV, they are going to want it to do more than just play video games, and Razer has included three equalizer presets for movies, music, and gaming. It's also using Dolby's Virtual Speaker technology to simulate 5.1 surround sound. Nothing can replace actual rear speakers, but for users without the space, this will help them get closer.
Bluetooth v4.0 technology is also included, which will allow users to connect their smartphones quickly and easily. Razer is promising sound quality that is indistinguishable from a wired connection. NFC is also included for faster pairing to supported devices.
Razer's new Leviathan 2.1 system is available for preorder for US$199.99 with an estimated ship date in November of this year.