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 Professional desktop sound bar, avid gamers can transfer round as a lot as they like because of a head-tracking digicam 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 concept, however one that usually falls brief in execution for quite a lot of causes, together with the aforementioned limitation of creating viewers stay in a really particular location to correctly expertise the simulated impact. That may be high quality while you’re plonked down on the sofa binge-watching Netflix for hours on finish, however an issue while you’re continually shifting round whereas gaming at a desk. It turns into a fair greater difficulty when the soundbar is sitting simply inches in entrance of you, leading to a a lot smaller candy spot, as a substitute of beneath a TV on the opposite aspect 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 unravel that downside, the Razer Leviathan V2 Professional, billed as “the world’s first beamforming soundbar for desktop,” creates a 3D audio expertise utilizing acoustical tips facilitated by a number of front-facing drivers hidden inside. The effectiveness of those tips depends on the place the listener is situated, so a built-in IR digicam detects the place of their head in real-time, and adjusts the soundbar’s beamforming accordingly, making certain the 3D impact is all the time heard. It’s much like how the 3D impact on the unique Nintendo 3DS would go out and in as you seen the display from completely different angles however would stay fixed on the upgraded New Nintendo 3DS because of a face-tracking digicam that might modify 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 Pro offers two different modes of 3D audio: THX Spatial Audio Virtual Headset for stereo content similar to what you’d get while wearing a pair of headphones, and THX Spatial Audio Virtual Speakers which creates a more encompassing sound stage similar to what you’d get from a proper multi-speaker setup. And because this is a Razer product, the Leviathan V2 Pro also features RGB LED lighting on the underside that can be synced to the content on-screen.

Available starting sometime in February, the Razer Leviathan V2 Pro also includes a separate subwoofer and will retail for $400.


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