Audeze may produce headsets that are well within the luxury pricing, but they do so knowing that they are producing some of the best on the market. And for console players out there, the Penrose is one of the bests that you won’t regret buying.
"The Audeze Penrose X is the best premium wireless headset we've tested yet, with planar magnetic drivers that allow 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 Series X. The headset also offers Bluetooth and 3.5mm connectivity, allowing use with a wide range of other devices."
"The Audeze Mobius is an amazing piece of gear and I am hard-pressed to name a better gaming headset at this point. The $399.00 price point may scare a lot of people away but I cannot emphasize more that this is a Ferrari and not a Corvette. The Audeze Mobius has so many amazing features packed into it that you will not feel like you left anything behind. If you want high-end fabulous sound and construction look no further."
Welcome to IGN's Budget to Best series! We're dropping recommendations on some of the best Xbox Series X & S headsets you can get your hands on, regardless what your budget is. If you've already had your eyes on the official Xbox Wireless Headset, here are three other options you can take a look at. In this episode, we check out the SteelSeries 1, the SteelSeries 7X, and the Audeze Penrose X. No matter which headset recommendation you choose, each of these will maximize your in-game audio and give you the best experience for your budget. Whether it be spatial audio, a great mic, or simply something that'd feel comfortable on your head without sacrificing function, we're here to make sure you find what you're looking for.
"With Mobius, Audeze has proven to me that they’re offering the ultimate audio experience for gamers. I’ve never been so immersed in a game to the point where I feel like I’m literally there being shot at. It sounds cliche but you have to try it for yourself to believe it. At $399.99, you cannot go wrong with the Mobius. It’s an investment and it’s one that pays off within the first few minutes of the game you start. If you’re someone that wants to take their gaming experience beyond the norm, you owe it to yourself to give them a try. Gaming will never be the same again."
"A decade ago, Audeze is the kind of audio brand that might’ve scoffed at the idea of building a gaming-focused headset. But, since then, this high-end brand has come around to our side of things and, in spectacular fashion, ended up releasing one of the best video game ‘phones of all time."
"The Audeze Penrose employs planar drivers, which means sound is filtered through a super-thin layer of conductive film, and that film is suspended between two permanent magnetic fields. Just floating in there! It's super cool. Technical details aside, what does that mean for sound? It means the Audeze Penrose produces unbelievably clear, detailed, rich sound. For gaming, that means an all-new level of immersion. Seriously. On top of all that, they work wired, wireless, and with Bluetooth—and the included (removable) boom mic sounds great."
"The price may be a bit steep for casual users at around $399. Battery life at around 4 hours is decent but not spectacular. While there are wireless modes, you lose out on any of the advanced gaming features. Onboard controls are convenient for switching modes and profiles, though it may become confusing which mode you’re in. Luckily, the headphones announce clearly what settings you’ve just changed, and the Audeze HQ app for PCs offers a visualization. Ultimately, the audiophile-quality performance and innovative spatial audio technology chisel the Mobius out as the best gaming headset that money can buy."
"If comfort is your top priority, you’re going to want to break these gaming headsets in, as they are notorious for clamping on users’ heads tight enough to trigger headaches. That’s certainly disappointing considering its exorbitant price tag. However, if you want the best of the best when it comes to sound, soundstage and mic performance, all of which definitely matter in gaming, it’s more than worth the effort.""If comfort is your top priority, you’re going to want to break these gaming headsets in, as they are notorious for clamping on users’ heads tight enough to trigger headaches. That’s certainly disappointing considering its exorbitant price tag. However, if you want the best of the best when it comes to sound, soundstage and mic performance, all of which definitely matter in gaming, it’s more than worth the effort."
"Should you buy an Audeze Mobius, good question, it is by far the best gaming headset I have ever had the opportunity to own and review. Offers head-tracking, the best audio experience, the biggest set of drivers and software to personally customise. Now here comes the headsets that I feel may not offer up all the bells and whistles but are good, Razer BlackShark V2, EPOS GPS 601 or 670, SteelSeries Arctis Range, each of these is great and cheaper. The HyperX Cloud Orbit S is a cheaper option, but you do lose Bluetooth connectivity, and I have no idea how it sounds. For console users, you might want to check out the Audeze Penrose, or any official headset from Sony and Microso
"The microphone, however, is not always as phenomenal. So, it attaches easily and intuitively as one would hope, however I found myself needing to do a great deal of fiddling with its position and volume settings to really get the sort of quality I was hoping for. Small changes can make big differences as far as quality and volume here. You certainly can get some high quality recording out of it, but it will take some patience, some practice, and a whole lot of fiddling."
"The Audeze Penrose gives me perplex feelings.It’s a brilliant headphone, with superb presentation and the deep bass every planar lover craves, that you can virtually connect to any modern device, thanks to the wireless dongle. But, on the other hand, the sound signature doesn’t suit my taste, even more since I own the Mobius, which gives me that extra layer of definition I missed with the Penrose.On a daily basis, plugged into my console, the difference is negligible, but once you focus your attention, the Penrose feels like a cut-off version of the Mobius. A very good headphone, but overshadowed by its bigger sibling!"
"If what you care most about is having glorious, impeccable sound that would impress even the most discerning audiophiles, as well as incredibly wide soundstage, then you’ll be more than happy to pay that $300 price tag. Just be prepared to give them some time to bed in."