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Although the Razer Nommo Chroma looks freaking awesome with that RGB base, you don’t pick a speaker based on how it looks, you pick a speaker depending on how it sounds. So I’m going to compare the Razer Nommo Chroma to two other speakers in the same price range. The Bose Companion 2 Series 3 and the Logitech Z623. And if you didn’t know, I’m doing a give away for the Razer Nommo Chroma… so watch that video after you’re done watching this video so you know how to enter.
So money wise, the Bose companion series 3 is the least expensive speaker here retailing for $99.99. Now, you could get the base Razer Nommo speaker without the RGB base for $99.99 as well, but you’re also giving up a few features that I will go into in a minute. The Logitech Z623 retail for $149.99 but they’re usually on sale for $99.99 over at amazon. And the Razer Nommo Chroma are the newest and most expensive speakers here retailing for $149.99. If you want to pick either of these speakers up I’ll have links in the description below and if you use either of the links it really helps out the channel.
OK, lets talk about speaker set up… the Razer Nommo Chroma has a dual channel set up with 3 inch diameter drivers and rear firing bass ports. Its also worth mentioning that it connects to your computer via a USB port. Where as with the base Razer Nommo Speaker you’re giving up that USB audio connection and built in DAC and instead you have to connect to your computer via a 3.5 millimeter audio jack. And on top of that you’re giving up that RGB goodness. The Bose speakers connect to your computer via a 3.5 millimeter audio jack, also has a dual channel set up, and has a single driver in each housing unit. And then theres the Logitech Z623 which also connects to your computer via a 3.5 millimeter audio jack but if you wanted to you could also use an RCA connection. But the Logitech is a 2.1 speaker set up, you have your dual satellite speakers with 2 and half inch diameter drivers and a subwoofer with a diameter of 6 inches.
Now before we get into the sound test just know all three of these speakers are playing at the same loudness so that you can get a feel for their sound quality.
Now I just want put it other that the Logitech gets the loudest here when the computer and the speakers them selves are turned all the way up. But at that max volume everything is just distorted. Personally I think the Logitech Z623 sounds decent up until the dial is turned 3 quarters of the way up. After that its just a mess. But even then, the Logitech still gets louder than the Razer or the Bose. The Nommo Chroma is the second loudest speaker and when the Bose is at max volume it gets as loud as the Nomma Chroma when its at 80% volume.
Now I am making this video with gamers in mind. And its no surprise that the Bose speakers are the most tamed here. And in Bose fashion they have very well defined mids and vocals. And they also do a very good job at preventing sound distortion at max volume. But granted they don’t get that loud.
But to my surprise the Razer Nommo chroma perform very similarly to the Bose speakers when they’re in their music preset. They also have very well defined mids like the Bose but with more punch in their bass. They also get louder and they do a good job of preventing sound distortion when the volume is all they way.
Where as the sound quality on the Logitech isn’t the best for listening to music. Instrument separation is very weak, everything just sounds like they’re on the same plane, and the highs tend to sound tinny.
But like I mentioned earlier, I’m making this video with gamers in mind. And the subwoofer included with the Logitech can really get a room shaking. If you’re playing a game and if theres a rocket launching in the back ground you’re going to feel like you’re actually there. If you’re firing a gun your going to feel every shot in your chest. the subwoofer that comes included with the Logitech just gives you an extra dimension of immersiveness that neither the Bose or the Nommo Chroma can offer. The Razer Nommo Chroma does have a gaming preset which pushes the mids back and puts an emphasis on the lows so that when you’re firing a gun you feel the punch in your chest, but the effect is nowhere as near as immersive or as impressive as the logitech for $100.
Plainly said, if you’re looking for a budget speaker up strictly for gaming you’re better off going with the Logitech Z623 over the Nommo Chroma. For $100 you’re getting a dual speaker set up with a subwoofer that shakes everything around you. And for gaming thats kind of what you’re looking for. The Nommo Chroma also has a good amount of punch in its bass but no where near as much as the Logitech for obvious reasons. The Razer Nommo Chroma are a pair of well rounded speakers that sound good and look even cooler with their RGB lighting but like I said in my initial review, build quality isn’t the best. Personally I think that if you go for the Nommo Chroma its more about ascetics. If you’re looking for wall shaking bass like the Logitech Z623 you’re going to have to wait for the Razer Nommo Pro and pay 5 times the price. But given the performance found on the Nommo Chroma I’m pretty excited to see what the inclusion of a subwoofer and dual tweeters will bring on the Razer Nommo Pro. I just hope Razer will use some beefier screws this time around.