Razer’s Bringing Higher Encompass Sound to the Desktop

A simulated render of the Razer new Leviathan V2 Pro's head-tracking capabalities.

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One of many massive challenges of faking a encompass sound expertise with only a single speaker is that customers typically have to stay in a really particular spot to listen to the complete impact. However with Razer’s new Leviathan V2 Pro desktop sound bar, avid gamers can transfer round as a lot as they like because of a head-tracking digital camera that directs the complete audio expertise proper to their ears.

We’ve complained up to now in regards to the challenges of making a encompass sound expertise with out really surrounding customers with a number of audio system. It’s a tantalizing thought, however one that usually falls quick in execution for quite a lot of causes, together with the aforementioned limitation of constructing viewers stay in a really particular location to correctly expertise the simulated impact. That may be high-quality if you’re plonked down on the sofa binge-watching Netflix for hours on finish, however an issue if you’re continuously shifting round whereas gaming at a desk. It turns into a good larger problem when the soundbar is sitting simply inches in entrance of you, leading to a a lot smaller candy spot, as an alternative of beneath a TV on the opposite facet of the room.

A close-up of the Razer Leviathan V2 Pro's controls and IR camera used for head tracking.

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To resolve that drawback, the Razer Leviathan V2 Professional, billed as “the world’s first beamforming soundbar for desktop,” creates a 3D audio expertise utilizing acoustical methods facilitated by a number of front-facing drivers hidden inside. The effectiveness of those methods depends on the place the listener is positioned, so a built-in IR digital camera detects the place of their head in real-time, and adjusts the soundbar’s beamforming accordingly, guaranteeing the 3D impact is all the time heard. It’s just like how the 3D impact on the unique Nintendo 3DS would go out and in as you seen the display screen from totally different angles however would stay fixed on the upgraded New Nintendo 3DS because of a face-tracking digital camera that would alter the on-screen 3D impact.

The Razer new Leviathan V2 Pro soundbar on a desk below a computer monitor with its RGB lighting creating a colored rainbow effect.

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The Razer Leviathan V2 Professional affords two totally different modes of 3D audio: THX Spatial Audio Digital Headset for stereo content material just like what you’d get whereas carrying a pair of headphones, and THX Spatial Audio Digital Audio system which creates a extra encompassing sound stage just like what you’d get from a correct multi-speaker setup. And since this can be a Razer product, the Leviathan V2 Professional additionally options RGB LED lighting on the underside that may be synced to the content material on-screen.

Out there beginning someday in February, the Razer Leviathan V2 Professional additionally features a separate subwoofer and can retail for $400.