RAZER Nommo Chroma
£150 • From www.amazon.co.uk VERDICT
These cylindrical desktop speakers have customisable RGB lighting, but don’t sound great for the money
IF YOU DON’T fancy dropping £500 on the subwoofer-equipped Nommo Pro, the Nommo Chroma represents a much more affordable set of Razer desktop speakers.
Not that they look like the budget option: they have a striking cylindrical profile, pointing out and towards you when you’re at the desk. The drivers are held up by a plastic support that raises the speakers to a height of 215mm, and a circular RGB strip sits under the base, which you can customise through software.
On the right-hand speaker, there are bass and volume knobs, and you can switch off the speakers entirely by pressing down on the latter. At the rear are 3.5mm input and headphone output jacks, which allow you to hook up analogue sources and headsets; these are fairly basic, and we’re not fond of their inconvenient positioning around the back.
More impressively, the Nommo Chroma can play back two separate sources at the same time. This is feature if you want to listen to music from your phone and simultaneously
hear in-game sounds from your PC. Sadly, there’s no Bluetooth connectivity, nor any coaxial or optical S/PDIF inputs.
As with the Logitech G560, you can manually select certain areas of the speakers to illuminate, as well as set different patterns. You can also sync lighting effects with other Razer peripherals, but while the Nomma Chroma can match its lighting effects to in-game action, we couldn’t find a way to sync the lights to the output sound as well.
Synapse is also used to tweak how the speakers sound but, somewhat surprisingly, there’s no custom EQ. Instead, you have to rely on the predefined Default, Game, Music and Movie profiles. Default has the most all-rounded sound signature: Game is overly bassy, Music is a little too sibilant and (conversely) lacks bass, and Movie has a bit too much reverb for our liking.
The Nommo Chroma is a straightforward stereo system with no subwoofer and two 3in full-range drivers. Each speaker will hit maximum volume without distortion, but unlike the G560, don’t expect them to fill any room bigger than a bedroom.
That’s fair enough, given these are only desktop speakers, but there are bigger problems with sound quality. The lack of a subwoofer is sorely felt, as there’s very little bass extension at all; in fact, it cuts off quite abruptly, which is a shame, because the mid-bass reproduction is accurate, balanced and reasonably well controlled.
Vocals can also sound pushed back, a symptom of some slightly recessed mids in general. The highs extend relatively well, but only when the speakers are set to Music mode through the Synapse software, and this has the drawback of making the sound a little piercing. The biggest flaw is the soundstage, which lacks both width and depth.
There are some good touches here, but even at a much lower price than the G560, Logitech’s offering is a better bet.