October 02, 2023
The Audeze Maxwell follows in the footsteps of the Penrose as a fantastic gaming headset with few frills. It makes no compromises in performance and feels even sturdier and more comfortable than its predecessor for the same price. $300 is still expensive for a gaming headset, but the audiophile-worthy sound quality alone makes the Maxwell an Editors’ Choice winner for gaming headsets. If you love music as much as games and want a headset that can faithfully handle both, the Audeze Maxwell is a top choice. If you don't want to spend quite as much money, the Razer Barracuda X ($99.99) offers strong audio quality for the price, along with an excellent microphone. In the other direction, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless ($349.99) is more expensive than the Maxwell and lacks the same audiophile-quality sound profile, but it has a parametric equalizer, dual USB connections, and two swappable batteries.