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Product: Razer Mako 2.1 THX Certified Multimedia System
Date: July 23, 2008
Author: Greg Baden
Edited By: Bob Buskirk
Provided By: Razer
Pages: 1 2 3 4
Discussion: Discuss in Forums

Overview

The Razer Mako 2.1 Speaker System was developed by both Razer and THX. This gamer inspired system is the first time a desktop sound system has incorporated THX Ground Plane and THX Slot Speaker technologies; THX explains:

"For the first time, the THX Ground Plane and Slot Speaker technologies make use of the desktop surface to improve the overall sound presentation across all frequencies. These 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. This downward firing design and Slot Speaker technology uses the surface to its advantage to increase sound output and deliver smooth and even response regardless of the frequency."

Razer also provides us with some graphical technical specifications and explanations between your typical desktop sound system and the Razer Mako in the aspects of speakers, amplifiers, and sound stage.



The two dome shaped black matte satellites make any desktop look. Each bi-amplified satellite pushes out at 50W and is fairly heavy for a speaker that almost fits into the palm of your hand. Both the Razer and THX logos can be found on each speaker; the Razer covering the top while the small THX logo marks the front of the satellite.


Towards the bottom of each satellite there is a 1cm strip of steel mesh surrounding the bottom of the speaker. The rear of the speaker is marked by the Ethernet port which goes to further explain how the speakers are connected together.


The satellites connect to the subwoofer using a flat Ethernet cable. This is not your typical CAT5 cable that you can pick up at your local hardware shop so make sure you don't use it as one which Razer makes sure you understand.


The subwoofer unit keeps in sync with the satellites by the same style except a larger size difference. The subwoofer and satellites weigh in at a whopping 25lbs. Most of which is comprised of the subwoofer which does include its' own power supply, thus leaving easier installation and less clutter. The back of the subwoofer is used for the main connection point for all audio. You have the control port, two line-in connections, right and left speakers, power switch, and the power port.


The remote control pod is touch sensitive and which allows you to adjust the levels of both the volume and bass. The control pod also includes a 3.5mm headphone jack and 3.5mm line in jack to get you the sound sources you desire.


I'm glad that Razer included a rubber mat on the bottom of the control pod to stable it on the desktop because other speakers that I have had have not have that nice feature.


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