The space world in games may come to PCs through a single speaker, but it won’t give you quite the full 3D sound, it seems.
Soundbars have become the logical place for TV owners to quickly improve their sound, usually because it’s so easy to do. Grab a soundbar, plug it in, and your TV will often get a better soundstage to work with, which depending on the feature set can make it seem like there’s more going on around you.
In the computer world, things haven’t always been like this, but soundbars are gradually painting a different picture there too.
Many will support their computer’s sound, although depending on the computer you have, it may not be necessary to “support” anything. The speakers on many desktops and laptops are excellent, and you just need to check out the iMac M1 sound to see exactly what we’re talking about.
But not everyone has that, and if your computer sound isn’t fantastic and you usually plug in headphones just to make everything better, a soundbar could help. As in the world of TVs, it’s a speaker that can be added to make everything easier and better, and it can even give you a burst of 3D sound, depending on the features.
In Razer’s latest desktop soundbar, that seems to be pretty much the goal, with the Leviathan V2 incorporating technology to boost sound on the desktop, while offering a bit more.
Following on from the original, the V2 Leviathan brings seven good speakers, with two full-range drivers, two tweeters, two passive radiators and a down-firing subwoofer, but in a small design.
There’s the option to send out to a wired subwoofer if needed, but overall the Leviathan V2 is designed to be compact, sitting under a screen, with a combination of technology that results in a stylish speaker 7.1 with a degree of spatial sound, thanks to Razer’s purchase of THX years ago.
Razer already has a THX 3D audio driver system, but that’s Windows only, and it’s no different, with the company confirming to Pickr that the spatial audio offered by the Leviathan V2 is designed for Windows only – sorry folks Mac users – although other operating systems may use the speakerphone without Spatial.
This means that things like Apple Music playback will miss the Atmos space when used with a Mac, while Windows hasn’t yet supported the feature. Razer has confirmed that Netflix on Windows can play spatial audio even from the web browser, although its Synapse software emulates spatial audio rather than taking the original Atmos stream. It will be a degree of 3D sound even if the real soundtrack has a good 3D soundtrack.
Out of space, Windows and Mac can connect to the speaker system via USB for stereo sound, turning the Leviathan V2 into an audio system for your computer, while other devices can send their audio wirelessly via Bluetooth, including phones, tablets, and even a Nintendo Switch.
Like other Razer devices, you’ll also find more of that colorful RGB lighting that can be controlled with an app, otherwise you should just be able to turn it off if you don’t need extra lights on your otherwise clean desk.
As for how that sounds, we’re not sure. We assume that the 3D sound offered by THX in the Leviathan will likely be a psychoacoustic sound similar to the experience offered by other small soundbars without upward-firing speakers, such as the Sonos Beam Gen 2, something which we actually use as a desktop soundbar. However, the idea of packing in a 7.1 system in such a small device is intriguing, and we can’t wait to play with it.
Those interested in it will find the Razer Leviathan V2 in select stores later this year, arriving in Australia at a recommended retail price of $409.95.