Illustration for article titled Razer Wants You to Ditch That Gaming Headset For... a Gaming Soundbar

Razer has long been one of the leaders in gaming headsets, and well, gaming everything. Today the company's relentless course lands at a $200 soundbar that's aimed at making your frags boom so powerfully the neighbors will know which Call of Duty you're playing.

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The new Razer Leviathan is a soundbar and subwoofer combo package. It's really a 2.1 channel design (two 2.5-inch full range drivers, two .74-inch tweeters, plus the sub), but in keeping with Razer's history, the system has a Dolby 5.1 channel mode that uses virtualization algorithms to simulate surround sound. In general, these algorithms work decently well, but I wouldn't necessarily trust them to reveal the exact location of the opponent that's shooting at you.

Illustration for article titled Razer Wants You to Ditch That Gaming Headset For... a Gaming Soundbar
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Because this is Razer, the Leviathan is very much positioned for gaming, but at its heart it's really just a regular old soundbar system. The Leviathan's 30-watt bar and 30-watt sub really don't pack too punch, even if the system is cheap. You'll get more raw power from a cheap Vizio system. Still, Razer's known for good quality, and admittedly, the company's hardware is way better looking than anything Vizio makes at a competitive price point. It's also got Bluetooth 4.0 with support for high-quality aptX encoding, so you can bust out the jams a post-gaming after party.

If anything, the Leviathan seems to be a play to where the audio market it these days: Soundbars are an increasingly popular category, especially amongst people who don't have a lot of space or money. They're pretty much perfectly suited for a console gamer's setup.

The Razer Leviathan is available for pre-order now. It ships next month. [Razer]

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