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Look at the Sounds: Audio System from Razer

Razer, a gamers-oriented company known for its mice and keyboards, has been expanding its products lineup to better address its target market and attract additional attention to its brand. At the world’s biggest tradeshow in Hannover, Germany, the company, which is under constant attack from such giants as Logitech, demonstrated its Mako, a 2.1 audio system.

The first thing that can be said about Mako is its design. There are a lot of audio devices with fairly weird style, this one, however, has no analogues: there are hardly any more satellites with speakers directed downwards and probably you would never think this was a sound system, unless you were told.

According to Razer, each of Mako’s 50W RMS x2 satellites have their own amplifier and feature THX ground plane and slot speaker technologies. THX company and Razer claim that those techniques were developed in collaboration with the aim to improve overall sound quality and deliver better surround sound on a 2.1 system.


Razer Mako

The aforementioned technologies place the tweeter very close to the surface, facing downward, and use a very thin slot at the base of the speaker to distribute sound. According to the developers, this downward firing design and slot speaker feature uses the surface to its advantage to increase sound output and deliver smooth and even response regardless of the frequency. But a concern about the satellites is that they are relatively small and may not perform exceptionally well with maxed mid frequencies.

Razer Mako’s 200W subwoofer uses the same design as satellites and is also supposed to spread the bass in all directions.

The wired remote controller of Mako, just like similar devices from Razer’s competitors, features volume and bass regulators along with mini-jack for headphones. In addition, the design of the unit is definitely neat.

Pricing and availability of Razer Mako were not touched upon during CeBIT 2007.

 
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