Razer Nommo Pro
Earlier this year we reviewed Razer’s new Nommo speakers
in their initial debut 2.0 configuration. One of the key takeaways, outside of the unique look was how traditional the design approach was in terms of audio performance. In that the company chose to build on the concepts of decades-old directional bookshelf speaker design, making the Razer Nommo-line immediately impressive. With detailed stereo response across a broad-range of inputs and media – including music, movies, and of course games. Plus, the build quality across everything from the cases to the woofers and audio components was surprisingly good. In that one doesn’t usually associate PC speakers designed or aimed at a gaming audience as being all that great.
With the Razer Nommo Pro, the scope and ambition extend well beyond the additional subwoofer that bumps-up the stereo configuration to 2.1. The focus on audio performance remains, but with Bluetooth functionality and additional inputs the Nommo Pro make their mark in a desktop PC setting, as part of a home theatre setup, as Xbox One or PS4 speakers, and speakers for listening to music or serving as the backdrop to a bumping house party.
- 2 x 0.8 inch silk dome tweeters (1 x per speaker)
- 2 x 3 inch full range drivers (1 x per speaker)
- 1 x downward firing subwoofer
- Frequency response: 35 - 20,000hz
- USB connection
- Bluetooth 4.2 connection
- Optical connection
- 3.5mm connection
- Control pod featuring power, volume, mute, pairing and source control functions
- Razer Chroma enabled
The Nommo Pros follow the traditional setup of subwoofer, full-range drivers, and tweeters for audio. Razer even went so far to follow the industry-standard (for high-end speakers that is) use of Kevlar fibre for each of the drivers, and a silk dome finish for the tweeters (which naturally handle the high-end frequencies). And although the subwoofer at a glance looks like one of those woofer-free airflow designs, this isn’t the case as Razer has opted for both a traditional woofer, firing downward, in a design that aims to amplify the bass response over the overall smaller size of the woofer compared to a full-size home theatre offering. Air-flow is used to increase the overall ‘bass impact’ which affects the punchy-ness of lower frequencies, but the overall bass itself sounds warm and natural. The overall result, to say the least, is impressive.
Razer in collaboration with THX and Dolby have created a truly impressive package with the Nommo Pro that blends the old and the new into a design that looks unlike anything else out there - but still delivers a rich, full, and clear sound.
Design and Form
To call the visual design of the Nommo Pro original or distinct would be to sell the package short. From the bullhorn meets futuristic tunnel design of each of the two main speakers, to the cylindrical and complimentary design of the subwoofer, it’s a look that not only stands out but impresses the closer you get. Each of the speakers, and the subwoofer, feature high-quality materials in a form factor that is both sturdy and weighty. That last bit is particularly important because, based on the look, the last thing you’d want is for the speakers or even the subwoofer itself to rattle of vibrate the louder they got. Or, easily shift when touched. In a way this philosophy is high-end speaker design 101, and the Razer Nommo Pro will shake the room and anyone in it - whilst remaining perfectly still and insulated.
Being wired, including the main control dial, means that the ideal setup requires some cable management depending on the intended use. Sitting on a desk as part of a PC setup is naturally the easiest, but as music speakers or part of a home theatre the thick reinforced and insulated cables provided by Razer mean some work getting it to all look neat and tidy. Not that you have much choice in placement, as cable length matches the overall ideal or sweet-spot directional effect intended or integrated in the design.
In the grand scheme of things, THX Certification doesn’t mean what it used to way back in the dawn of the DVD-era – aka the early 2000s. That said, with the Nommo Pro and our recent look at the new Kraken headset from Razer it seems that the hardware maker takes its partnership with THX very seriously. Coupled with the Dolby Audio calibration for the more cinematic modes, the Nommo Pro offers up balanced, bombastic, and impressive audio that benefits from the directional design and the clear separation of the subwoofer, main drivers, and tweeters.
Not only a visual aesthetic, this results in a crisp sound where instrumentation and fine detail in music can shine in a way rarely seen in a speaker package in this price range. It’s truly impressive stuff, and alongside the 2.1 game and home theatre capabilities of the Nommo Pro it’s clear that what you’re getting is more than a great set of PC speakers. In fact, to call them such feels like an insult. These are great speakers’ period – solidified by the fact that they can be used for a wide range of inputs. But there is a catch. One that ties into the fact that speakers for home theatre use and listening to music generally sound different. Which means when the Nommo Pro are connected to a PC, switching between and tweaking and selecting THX or Dolby Music configurations make this a non-issue.
But connected via Bluetooth or to a TV, the physical dial and Nommo Pro app available on iOS and Android don’t offer the same level of control over finer detail. Connected to a Windows 10 powered tablet via USB with Spotify open and the home stereo ambition of the Nommo Pro shines through. Which makes the lack of a remote that can easily switch between THX and Dolby modes a bit of an oversight. In the end though, the quality of the sound no matter the input outweighs the seemingly high cost of the Nommo Pro. It’s not quite audiophile-grade but even at its full RRP you’d be hard pressed to find a more impressive 2.1 speaker package.