Audeze Penrose Named Best Premium Gaming Headset by Eurogamer

April 08, 2021

"The £300/$300 Audeze Penrose and Audeze Penrose X are the best premium wireless headsets we've tested yet. The headset uses planar magnetic drivers rather than the traditional dynamic drivers, allowing for excellent sound quality at the expense of bulk. The Penrose is defined by excellent clarity and separation, making it easy to pick out details even in chaotic soundscapes, with a slightly warm sound overall. Combined with a good low latency audio connection via a 2.4GHz wireless dongle and a good microphone, and you get one of the best-sounding headsets for PS5 or Xbox Series X. The headset also offers Bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity, allowing use with a wide range of other devices - including simultaneous wireless and Bluetooth playback, ie you can listen to music on your phone while playing PS5"

"I found the Penrose quite uncomfortable initially, but after a week of use its high clamping force eased up, and it now ranks among the most comfortable options I've tried despite its weight. Audeze tells me that the headset uses a common earcup size, so it's possible that replacement cushions from different materials could be sold down the line if there's enough interest (I'd be down for a set of velour ear pads that let out more bass but are comfier with spectacles, for example)."

"Despite the annoyances, these weren't game breakers for me, and Audeze's status as a small company means that it should be able to fix these sorts of issues quickly. Overall, the Penrose's excellent audio and wide cross-compatibility means it's still easy to recommend."