February 3, 2023

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Razer’s Leviathan V2 Pro Soundbar tracks your head to optimize sound

Soundbars might not be the audio system of choice for most desktop setups, but Razer is trying to offer a new system for people who don’t want to mess with headsets or fiddly surround sound systems. The popular gaming tech company just announced the Leviathan V2 Pro at CES 2023, the latest addition to its existing line of soundbars designed to offer PC gamers compact, unobtrusive audio.

Developed in collaboration with THX and Audioscenic, Razer claims that the Leviathan V2 Pro can envelop a user in “3D audio” by combining beamforming surround sound with head-tracking AI technology. A built-in IR camera can detect the user’s position, allowing the soundbar to optimize the sound by adjusting the audio beams to the listener’s position in real time.

Close-up of the Razer Leviathan V2 Pro with controller and IR camera.

The Leviathan V2 Pro has a built-in IR camera on the front, which it uses to track a listener’s location. Image: Razer

Two modes are available for 3D audio capability: THX Spatial Audio Virtual Headset for stereo content, which is said to mimic the positional audio typically found in headsets, and THX Spatial Audio Virtual Speakers for multi-channel audio that makes a room feel like a home theater system fills. Being a Razer product, it also features customizable Chroma RGB lighting effects in 30 different lighting zones – dwarfing the 18 zones you get on the standard Leviathan V2 soundbar.

The soundbar connects to a computer via a single USB-C connection

The Razer Leviathan V2 Pro also comes with a subwoofer to enhance the bass. A dedicated 3.5mm input for the subwoofer is located on the back of the soundbar, alongside a second 3.5mm port for headphones, a power adapter jack and a single USB-C port for connecting to your PC. The Leviathan V2 Pro also supports Bluetooth 5.0 if you want to connect it to your computer or mobile device wirelessly.

Aside from interesting features and funky lighting, the pricing of the Leviathan V2 Pro will be the hardest to sell. Starting at $399.99, it’s significantly more expensive than the standard Leviathan V2 ($249.99) and Leviathan V2 X ($99.99), but at least you get more ports with this latest model. The inclusion of the 3.5mm headphone jack (which is missing on the other two Leviathan models) is nice, but the lack of HDMI input and HDMI output/ARC port is a little disappointing at this price point.

The Leviathan V2 Pro will be available to buy from February 2023 (if you have enough money to buy it).