Audio is a key component to gaming, and Razer has a new set of quality speaker offerings for the gamer that doesn't want to throw on a headset. The new Nommo speaker line is designed with gamers in mind, offering clear and unfiltered sound with deliberate stereo separation. Many speaker systems mix a bit of the left stereo channel into the right (and vice versa) in an effort to create a wider soundstage, but when you're playing a game with directional sound that means the speakers are screwing with your audio. Razer's Nommo speakers do none of this mixing with the audio they receive, simply outputting the waveforms as received.
There are three versions of the speaker: Nommo, Nommo Chroma, and Nommo Pro.
The entry level of the Razer Nommo speaker line is the simply named Nomo. It features a pair of 3-inch woven glass fiber drivers with rear-firing bass ports and a 3.5mm input. Even at this entry-level $99.99 point, Nommo offers quality audio and a striking design with cylindrical black speakers mounted a few inches up off the base.
A step up from that is the Razer Nommo Chroma. While the drivers and enclosures are exactly the same, the Nommo Chroma adds Razer's trademark RGB Chroma lights to the base of each speaker stand. As that requires some power, it hooks up to your PC via USB and can thus also offer a built-in DAC for improved audio quality over USB. Adding in these bits brings the price up to $149.99.
If you really want some punchy audio, the Razer Nommo Pro is where it's at. It maintains a similar design aesthetic to the lesser Nommos, but trades up to 3-inch Kevlar-coated main drivers, each paired with a 0.8-inch silk dome tweeter to ensure clear and accurate highs. Bringing the oomph is a 6-inch downward-firing subwoofer housed in a big black cylinder. This 2.1 system is THX and Dolby Virtual Surround Sound certified, and offers optical and Bluetooth inputs on top of the 3.5mm and USB ports. And, of course, it has Chroma lighting. The Nommo Pro does push the price on high-end speakers at $499.99/€579.99.
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Derek Kessler is Special Projects Manager for Mobile Nations. He's been writing about tech since 2009, has far more phones than is considered humane, still carries a torch for Palm, and got a Tesla because it was the biggest gadget he could find. You can follow him on Twitter at @derekakessler.
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