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I’ve become increasingly interested in little Bluetooth speakers. I like being able to listen to music all over my home, without having to ramp up the volume on my AV set and they’re great for putting on a few tunes while I’m busy in the kitchen or doing some housework (I’m a modern man, maaaan!). Mostly though, I love how manufacturers are stuffing more and more meaningful technology in to smaller and smaller physical dimensions.

If you’re aware, gaming peripheral manufacturer Razer’s gone on a big push to take over the home, and one of the products they released in that quest is its Leviathan, a 5.1 sound bar that pushes out some seriously thunderous sound. And now, through a feat of magic – almost as if they’ve stolen Rick Moranis’ shrinking machine, they’ve got a diminutive version of that audio system.

The oxymoronic Leviathan Mini. Looking for all the world like a miniaturised version of that sound bar, the Leviathan Mini packs a serious punch. I wasn’t actually prepared for how much of a wallop this tiny little speaker produced.

What’s it look like?

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As you’d expect with Razer products, it promises a certain premium quality right from when you open the box. Slide the thing open, and you’ve got the nestled speaker. Take off that, and you’ve got a look at the accessories that accompany the device: an assortment of wall plugs for the USB charger (that puts out an impressive 2.5A), a micro-USB cable, and a far-too-short 3,5mm audio cable. It also comes with a handy-dandy carrying sleeve, and a rubber base to keep it from slipping about.

As for connectivity, there are options for 3.5mm audio, Bluetooth (Version 4.0, in case you’re wondering) and the unusual addition of NFC-Bluetooth connectivity. If you have a suitably-specced Android phone, you’re able to connect to the speaker just by brushing your phone up against the little NFC icon and it’ll connect your phone to the speaker…via Bluetooth, which you could have just done anyway. If you don’t want to use Bluetooth you can just use any audio device sporting a 3.5mm output.

The 54 x 185 x 55mm, 538g Leviathan Mini sports two front-firing, 45mm drivers and one passive radiator on the back, which helps give it that bass-boosting push. On the top of the thing you’ve got simple volume controls.

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It all looks very nice, but how does it sound?

Well, bloody good actually. I fired up a selection of my favourite tracks for testing audio. While the Leviathan Mini didn’t quite pick up the low hidden rumbles in the intro to Massive Attack’s Unfinished Sympathy, it did a pretty good job reproducing Shara Nelson’s high-range vocals. The bass reproduction was, in general, pretty impressive given the speaker’s size, something that was demonstrated ably using Bela Fleck and the Flecktones’ Flight of the Cosmic Hippo and again by Portishead’s Mysterons. Both tracks rumbled along beautifully – though at high volumes the bass can be overwhelming.

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I also played another perpetual favourites for testing audio; The Eagles’ live version of Hotel California from Hell Freezes Over. The crisp highs of the initial guitar work, followed by those bongo drums is magical listening, and it’s capably reproduced by the Leviathan Mini. That same sort of clean and crisp audio on Steely Dan’s Hey Nineteen sounds equally impressive on the Leviathan Mini. For a bit of balance, and to add a bit angry screamy stuff, I listened to Lamb of God’s Laid to Rest.

There are a few minor issues with clarity of mids and highs, and the lows can get be a little too pronounced (requiring quite a bit of EQ tweaking if you want it to sound at its best), but I’m damned impressed considering the size and portability of the speaker.

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What else?

Off a four (ish) hour charge, you can expect to between 8 and ten hours of use from the Leviathan mini at moderate to high volumes, which is more than adequate for a speaker of this nature. If you have the cash, you can also synch two units together, and then switch up their channels if you wish, using them as left and right speakers. As I wasn’t sent two units, it’s something I’ve unfortunately not been able to test.

The device is also equipped with what Razer calls “Clear Voice Capture” technology, so you can use the thing as a speakerphone for your tethered device, if you’re in to speaking at little boxes. I also tested the device as a laptop speaker for watching a movie (The Princess Bride, if you must know), and it did an admirable job – though it’s really best suited for portable music.

Here are the specs at a glance.

• Dimensions : 54 mm / 2.12 in. (L) x 185 mm / 3.34 in. (W) x 55 mm / 2.16 in. (H)
• Weight: 538 g / 1.18 lbs.
• Battery: 2600 mAH rechargeable lithium-Ion battery
• Bluetooth wireless range: 10 m / 30 ft.
• Combo Play wireless range: 4 m / 13 ft.

Speakers:
• Total power output: 24 W (12 W x 2)
• Frequency response rate: 50 Hz – 20,000 KHz
• Drivers: 2 x 45 mm / 1.77 in with Neodymium magnets
• Passive Radiators: 2 x 40 mm / 1.57 in x 70 mm / 2.75 in.
• Impedance: 4 ?
Microphone:
• Omnidirectional microphone with Clear Voice Capture® technology
• Size: 4 mm / 0.15 in.

 

Last Updated: April 19, 2016

Razer Leviathan Mini
As you’d expect with anything bearing the Razer brand, the Leviathan mini isn’t cheap, coming in at a local RRP of R3499.95 . That’s a lot of money for a little speaker, but it’ a little speaker that packs a massive, impressive punch.
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41 Comments

  1. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 19, 2016 at 14:38

    Perfect for camping….. if I ever go camping again…. I missed my WiFi

    Reply

    • VampyreSquirrel

      April 19, 2016 at 14:47

      Camping… with a generator, LTE, little speaker, PC, beer and games!!! XD

      Reply

      • Alien Emperor Trevor

        April 19, 2016 at 14:50

        That’s not camping. That’s moving.

        Reply

        • VampyreSquirrel

          April 19, 2016 at 15:02

          Pffft @ Camping… I dislike it so much

          Reply

          • Original Heretic

            April 19, 2016 at 15:10

            I just don’t see the point of camping. We, as humans, spent thousands of years trying to get OUT of the bush. “Hey, let’s go camp out in the bush!”

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 19, 2016 at 15:12

            The best part about the bush, it’s quiet. No TV, traffic, electronic noise or street lamps

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 15:14

            Lived on a farm for most of my life ( so we are already camping from civilization..sort off) then go camping on holidays. No wonder I rebelled and became an online gamer in the city.

          • GooseZA

            April 19, 2016 at 15:16

            So much of this. The quiet. I love it. One of the things I miss the most about George =(

          • Original Heretic

            April 19, 2016 at 15:18

            I live in a quiet neighbourhood close to a nursery. I’m good. All I do is look out over the balcony and it’s quiet and I have plenty of bush visible.
            Then I walk inside and keep playing Dark Souls 3.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 15:22

            “…plenty of bush visible”

            Must…….resist……

          • Original Heretic

            April 19, 2016 at 15:24

            Bring it! I need a laugh after the day I’ve had.

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 15:28

          • Original Heretic

            April 19, 2016 at 15:31

            What is that? It nearly looks human. Either that or they shaved a hairier simian and out pants on it.

          • GooseZA

            April 19, 2016 at 15:14

            I’d argue many humans spend most of their lives trying to get into a bush…

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 19, 2016 at 15:11

            It’s nice to unplug for a few days. Until I snap and drive home in the middle of the night

          • VampyreSquirrel

            April 19, 2016 at 15:40

            Me unplugging for a few days is going outside or visiting a friend… orbinge watching a series while lying on a bed/couch. Me in a sleeping bag, in a tent, is asking for someone to get maimed in the bush, in the middle of the night, with no witnesses.

        • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

          April 19, 2016 at 15:09

          Hahaha!

          Reply

      • Ottokie

        April 19, 2016 at 14:52

        Now this sounds more like a camp that would be “fun”

        Reply

      • Admiral Chief in New York

        April 19, 2016 at 14:52

        Sign me up for that.

        One HUGE problem with your list though

        Reply

        • Ottokie

          April 19, 2016 at 14:53

          Needs a gas braai?

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 14:53

            DIT KORT BEESVLEIS!

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 14:54

            JY SIT NIE VLEIS OP ‘N GASBRAAI!!!

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 14:55

            WAAAAAAAAAAAAR het ek ENIGE iets gesê oor die gasbraai? Jy het daai poef begin

          • Ottokie

            April 19, 2016 at 14:56

          • Admiral Chief in New York

            April 19, 2016 at 14:57

            ^my face when I hear people eat meat well done

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 19, 2016 at 15:08

            GOOD.

          • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

            April 19, 2016 at 15:12

            Way too calm 😛

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            April 19, 2016 at 15:14

            BURN IN THE NUCLEAR FIRE!

  2. Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

    April 19, 2016 at 14:39

    Massive Attack – Unfinished Sympathy, classic!

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in New York

      April 19, 2016 at 14:52

      Ja, no

      Reply

      • Hammersteyn_hates_Raid0

        April 19, 2016 at 15:10

        BAH!

        Reply

  3. Alien Emperor Trevor

    April 19, 2016 at 14:50

    It’s called what? But that’s what I call my pe…rfectly sized coffee mug.

    Reply

  4. Greylingad[CNFRMD]

    April 19, 2016 at 15:24

    The Flecktones!? Wow Geoff, I didn’t know you preffered a Vic Wooten bassline to test speakers, that is an excellent choice b.t.w.

    Reply

  5. Raptor Rants

    April 19, 2016 at 15:48

  6. HvR

    April 19, 2016 at 16:02

    Lamb of God not nearly screamy and angry enough to balance out the rest of your … eh “playlist”

    At the very least you need some Mudvayne

    Reply

    • Geoffrey Tim

      April 19, 2016 at 16:07

      It’s not about stuff purely for listening – It’s for specific audio testing. MKAY

      Reply

  7. Matthew Holliday

    April 20, 2016 at 10:44

    Not a fan of this sound bar trend thats going around.
    Ive had a set of logitech x51s for years and years, now that theyr sorta starting to complain, Im keeping an eye out for replacements, but finding suitable ones is seemingly impossible…

    Reply

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