Actually, the Leviathan is a mystical sea monster. However, hardware manufacturer Razer uses the name for its soundbars. The compact sound bars are primarily aimed at gamers and are more related to PC speakers than to conventional soundbars due to their connection options and size. The latest model is called Leviathan V2 Pro and costs 490 euros. The musical bar is intended to draw gamers even more into the game with virtual surround sound and uses an interesting technology. The test reveals whether this extra is convincing.
Two devices and four cables
The complete sound system consists of a soundbar and a separate bass box. Unfortunately, the Leviathan V2 Pro comes with a lot of cables. So gamers have to provide the bar and the subwoofers with a power cable. In addition to the necessary space, users also need at least two sockets nearby. The connection between the two devices is also made using a cord. The connection to the PC, on the other hand, works via USB.
With a width of just 60 centimeters, the Leviathan V2 Pro is quite slim and in some cases only half as long as TV soundbars. However, the Razer bar must also fit comfortably on the desk and, for example, under a 27-inch monitor. With flat monitor feet, however, its expansive height of 11 centimeters can cause problems.
Trinity of Service
The equipment caused mixed feelings in the test: the smartphone can be connected to the Leviathan V2 Pro via Bluetooth and music stored on the device can be played. There is a jack for headsets on the back. This is convenient for players who play online and want to communicate with their teammates. The connection also transmits the microphone signal from the gaming headphones. The soundbar cannot be controlled apart from Bluetooth or radio. Unfortunately, the Razer bar does not have an additional jack or a soundbar-typical HDMI connection.
The sound, on the other hand, left a much better impression. In stereo mode, the Razer Leviathan V2 Pro pleases with its powerful and detailed sound. Appropriately, listening to music works with the default setting music the most fun. The Leviathan is also suitable for films and series, although the separate bass box with the preset Movie is a bit too loud. The subwoofer booms a lot, especially on hard surfaces such as laminate, but it can be tamed a bit with the Razer programs. When gambling – and with the attitude gaming – the basses are a bit more subtle.
Better spatial sound thanks to infrared
Users can choose from two spatial audio modes: THX Spatial Audio Virtual Headset and Spartial Audio Virtual Speakers. The first sound setting is particularly suitable for games with binaural audio sources. In other words, games that use special stereo technology to create spatial sound. The second mode, on the other hand, is intended for games and content that natively support surround sound output (5.1 or 7.1). The difference in sound between the two options is clearly audible. The virtual headset sounds less spacious, but much clearer and cleaner than the virtual speakers.
The Leviathan V2 Pro offers a special extra for optimal surround sound: A small infrared camera is located in the front, which monitors the gamer’s head position (head tracking) at all times. So gamers don’t have to sit at a fixed angle to the soundbar to experience decent surround sound. It worked surprisingly well in the test: even if you move your head to one of the sides of the bar, it looks as if it is directly in front of it – great. The location of audio sources is also really good. Noise can be reliably determined from any direction, but the Razer soundbar does not come close to the precision of a good gaming headset. Thus, the virtual surround sound is less suitable for multiplayer games such as “Fortnite” and “Velorant”, in which digital life partly depends on good positioning.
Razer Leviathan V2 Pro in the test: conclusion
The Leviathan V2 Pro makes it possible to experience good surround sound without wearing a headset. The interplay with a good mix and the interesting head-tracking technique works. The bass dominates the sound, but it can easily be turned down thanks to the simple operation. If the depths recede into the background, the Razer soundbar convinces with a detailed and clear reproduction. This makes it suitable not only for video games, but also for music, films and more. However, the additional connection options are a bit meager, which in connection with the high starting price of 489.99 is a bit annoying. Test grade: good 2.2