Razer Leviathan
Review of: Razer Leviathan

Reviewed by:
Rating:
4.5
On Jun 9, 2016
Last modified:Jun 9, 2016

Summary:

A complete package for both desktop and console gamers

Razer Leviathan Review – The Razer Leviathan is a 5.1 Channel Surround Sound Bar that can fit in a living room set up or under a desktop monitor.

As all things with Razer, the Leviathan is designed specifically for gamers in mind and I’ve been using it for my daily PC gaming with joy so far. It has now replaced my desktop speakers, thanks to its compact design and for the impressive sound quality.

With a rather compact design for a sound bar, the Leviathan can still output strong, deep Bass, and rather loud volume without falling apart.

Razer Leviathan Review – Packaging

Razer Leviathan-1 Razer Leviathan-5

Razer Leviathan-6

Different pairs of feet are included to optimally adjust the angles of the sound bar for different set ups (i.e desktop or living room).

Razer Leviathan-10 Razer Leviathan-11

Razer Leviathan Review – Design & Features

Razer Leviathan-2

The Sound bar comes with 2x 2.5″ full range drivers and 2x 0.74″ tweeters, optimised for a virtual surround sound. Powered by Dolby Technology (Dolby Virtual Speaker, Dolby® Digital (AC-3), and Dolby® Pro Logic® II), the Leviathan is not just an ordinary sound bar. It creates a believable 5.1 surround sound with just a single piece of unit.

Razer Leviathan Surround Sound Bar

Now, don’t expect it to beat your 7.1 virtual surround sound headset which in my opinion, creates more believable 7.1 environment compared to a single unit sitting in front of you. However, I did test Razer Leviathan with games that relies on audio positioning rather heavily like Left 4 Dead 2 and the recent Blizzard’s Overwatch. The results are quite surprising, actually. I was able to roughly pinpoint where the sound is coming from and reacts accordingly.

It’s not perfect compared to having a real 5.1 speakers system, but the audio positioning is again, believable, and sounds coming from different directions can be felt throughout the sessions.

Razer Leviathan-7 Razer Leviathan-9

The Razer Leviathan Sound Bar comes with a dedicated 5.25″ downward-firing subwoofer that looks elegant, yet minimalist. It’s smaller than my old Logitech’s and actually looks good on desk if you want to place it there. Mine’s placed under the desk.

The Bass is strong and if you crank it up to the maximum, it can get too overwhelming that I have to notch it down (you can adjust the Bass level through the Sound bar buttons). It has been a while since I’ve experienced a speaker system with dedicated subwoofer and the Leviathan certainly delivers a strong oomph.

Razer Leviathan-3

Speaking of customisations and adjustments, the buttons on the Sound bar can control most of the listening modes and settings. For example, there are different modes for gaming, music listening, and movie watching. You can set the Bass on each mode and whether to turn the Dolby Surround on or off. In my opinion, however, it takes a bit of effort to switch between different modes due do the placement of the buttons. I have to tilt the sound bar slightly to be able to see and identify which buttons to press.

Razer Leviathan-14

The power button is clearly in view and you’ll find that you have to press this button a lot of times. This is because Razer Leviathan will auto turn itself off (go to standby mode, if you like) if it detects inactivity after around 15-20 minutes. Sure, turning it back on is not too much of a deal and it only takes just a few seconds, but there were times when I was wondering why I had no sound and forgot that the Leviathan was in sleep mode.

A workaround involves scheduling an inaudible sound playing in the loop (at Razer Insider forum) to keep it awake but there is no official way to disable the auto-power-off mode on the Razer Leviathan.

Razer Leviathan supports every inputs possible such as a 3.5mm audio jack, optical, Bluetooth, and NFC. You can cycle through different inputs just by pressing a button, again on the sound bar itself. This way, you can hook your PC through the 3.5mm audio jack and a console such as my PS3 through optical, then switch instantly from one to the other.

Razer Leviathan-4 Razer Leviathan-13

Razer Leviathan Review – Conclusion

Razer Leviathan Review

Lots of things to love here. I love Razer Leviathan’s space saving design for my desktop where I can place it under my monitor. The sound bar also has a small gap underneath so I can pass my keyboard cable through.

Thanks to the virtual surround sound support, I’m happy to ditch my Left and Right desktop speakers for the Leviathan. More space on the desk, and the surround sound is believable for gaming and movie watching.

In addition, different input sources mean I can connect pretty much anything to it in one go, and simply switch between them as I need to. All cables are included in the packaging so you can start wiring them all up once and forget about them. Again, all cables are nicely tucked behind the sound bar (under the desktop monitor) so there is no mess seen on the desk.

The sound output is also clear with strong, deep low frequency (Bass) –  definitely a great all-around package for a sound bar.

Disclosure: Review sample was supplied for reviewing but all opinions are mine and not paid

Razer Leviathan can be purchased through Razer Australia store if you live in Australia or any major retailers like Harvey Norman. Also at Amazon if you live outside of Australia:

Related Posts at Craving Tech

Edifier goes all out with new, wireless speakers and headphones At CES 2019, Edifier announced 3 new, cutting edge wireless speakers and headphones that will send your ears to heaven. We've reviewed quite a fe...
Chroma speakers for Razer fans – Razer Nommo Chroma Review Razer Nommo Chroma Review - Gone were the days where speakers design tends to be a similar, rectangular looking box sitting on your desk or shelf. Ra...
AMD FreeSync is coming to NVIDIA graphic cards – Driver to be available next week While I'm still enjoying my NVIDIA GTX1080Ti and G-SYNC Gaming Monitor, Acer Predator XB271HU, there are times when I wish AMD & NVIDIA can j...
Razer’s new Gaming Monitor will support both FreeSync and G-SYNC It takes some time but Razer has finally announced their first 27" gaming monitor at CES 2019, the Razer Raptor. While it is still an early desig...
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Review – Full Audio Control Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Review - While the Razer Nari that I reviewed earlier has a THX Spatial Audio, Razer Kraken Tournament Edition was ac...