Qual­ity speak­ers that per­form well in a va­ri­ety of sce­nar­ios; built-in DAC could be bet­ter though.

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are digital, the step­ping is smooth so vol­ume swells and bass ad­just­ments aren’t jerky. The LED lights dou­ble up as an in­di­ca­tor to show the level of vol­ume and bass se­lected; the left speaker shows the bass lev­els while the right speaker shows vol­ume. It’s a pretty el­e­gant and vis­ual way to see what ad­just­ments you’ve made, even out of the cor­ner of your eye.

Con­sid­er­ing how clean it looks, the Nommo Chroma that if you place them on a mon­i­tor stand, but it seems like an ex­tra pur­chase that you don’t nec­es­sar­ily need.

So how� does� it sound? There’s ac­tu­ally two parts to this an­swer. With the Nommo Chroma, you can ei­ther use the built-in DAC or the aux-in as the source. The ob­vi­ous choice is that you should use the USB con­nec­tion for the best pos­si­ble ex­pe­ri­ence, no? Well yes, and, no.

With the USB con­nec­tion, the Nommo han­dles most gen­res of mu­sic, as well as en­vi­ron­men­tally en­gag­ing games like� PUBG �well, but it’s also not the best rep­re­sen­ta­tion of what the speak­ers can do. The builtin DAC is a lim­it­ing fac­tor, es­pe­cially when it comes to mu­sic. I re­ally am nit-pick­ing here, but the sep­a­ra­tion could be bet­ter, and there’s a slight hint of brit­tle­ness in places. If you’re pri­mar­ily gam­ing then I don’t re­ally see any is­sues.

You can im­prove things sound-wise if you use a good source and the aux-in in­put in­stead of tak­ing the USB route. A com­pe­tent DAC, am­pli­fier, or sound card will give you a far fuller sound that is also au­thor­i­ta­tive in the higher fre­quen­cies, let­ting the speak­ers truly come alive.

Like­wise, while it’s a nice touch to have a head­phone jack built-in, rather pow­er­hun­gry head­phones like the Sennheiser HD 650 can’t re­ally take ad­van­tage of it as the built-in am­pli­fier isn’t pow­er­ful enough. Most gam­ing head­phones should be ne, though.

As these speak­ers were de­signed to sup­port Razer Sy­napse 3.0, its lights will sync with your key­board and mouse and is com­pat­i­ble with all of the light­ing ef­fects. The lights are on the sub­tle side, so that may be good or bad de­pend­ing on what you had in mind. It’s a nice touch if you’re al­ready balls deep in Razer’s ecosys­tem. At the mo­ment, Mac users have to make do with­out Sy­napse, which means that light­ing ef­fects are lim­ited to tasks like vol­ume ad­just­ment or bass level in­di­ca­tion.

For $229, the Razer Nommo Chroma is on the pricier side for fairly ba­sic speak­ers. Es­sen­tially, you’re pay­ing for the sleek, com­pact form fac­tor and it’s abil­ity to sound big and boomy with­out need­ing a large sub­woofer added to the clut­ter. You can also save some money by go­ing the non-Chroma route, which knocks a cool $60 off the price to forgo the lights and built-in DAC.

Speak­ers re di­rectly for­ward, which means they sound best at ear level.

These min­i­mal­ist speak­ers have only two phys­i­cal knobs for con­trol­ling vol­ume and bass.

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