Musumejima – Due to space constraints, I prefer a more compact 2.0 setup, and that left me with only one choice: Razer’s Nommo speakers. I must admit that my heart first fell in love with the appearance of them, so love at first sight played an insignificant role in my purchasing decision. But even with hindsight, I can not find another 2.0 system that meets my requirements so perfectly. And so one day after work I left for Evetech to pick up a set of Razer Nommo speakers. Due to budget constraints, I chose the non-Chroma version, because although I’m a fan of Razer’s Chroma lighting on my BlackWidow and DeathAdder Elite, I do not think it’s necessary to have RGB lighting on your speakers. I would probably have sold my soul for the Razer Nommo Pro speakers – which have more features but are not available in South Africa.
The packaging does a great job of making the product feel premium. Which is good, considering that you dropped about R1 500 (I got it for sale) on a pair of speakers. The speakers are fleshy and weigh 925 g and 1,010 g respectively, so they cannot be easily bumped. The footprint of the bases is also slightly larger than the speakers, so they are not top heavy either. Unfortunately, the three-inch drivers look a bit small in their casings, and I wish Razer had used slightly larger driversrazer.com, just to make them look more impressive. Fortunately, their performance makes it clear that Razer’s choice was sound.
There was a part of me that was skeptical that the Nommo could meet my demands. My fear was that they would be too bark-heavy or too thin. Before moving on to the performance, it is important to note that Razer markets the drivers as full range, with a frequency response of 50Hz to 20 kHz. The low end is delivered via bass ports at the rear of the speaker housings. Razer did his homework when he tuned these speakers because the bass is rich and deep without being overwhelming. However, there is one caveat: my preferences forced me to turn the bass off completely, because I find it a bit awkward in some circumstances. Furthermore, I use a dedicated sound card (ASUS Xonar STX) with an equalizer so I can control and adjust sound to my liking, but I was also able to achieve similar results with Razer’s Surround software. Sound is a subjective matter, and if some people prefer so much bass, I prefer it to be more tactical, rather than constantly carpeting my eardrums.
My problems with heavy bass aside, I am very impressed with the performance of these small three-inch drivers. Listening to music, watching movies and playing games has been a joy since day one. No matter what song I listen to, I’m impressed with the results. The higher frequencies are in no way noticeable, and it’s a pleasant thing to listen to Lindsey Stirling violin, and to listen to Bohemian Rhapsody is, as always, soul-stirring. Playing World of Warships makes me smile from ear to ear as each shot fired delivers a solid surge that makes it clear that I am in control of a battleship that fires some of the greatest guns ever made. No matter what I watch or listen to, I’m happy with the result.
These speakers are unlikely to make sound feelings weak on the knees due to their lack of dedicated tweeters or a dedicated subwoofer (this is where the Razer Nommo Pro comes in). But for those unfamiliar with its eardrum membranes, I think you will have a hard time trying to find something in this price range that matches the compact design and overall sound quality that the Razer Nommo 2.0 delivers.