"Those of you shopping for the very best of the best in terms of PC gaming headsets, and with a suitable budget available to spend, should take a look at the Audeze Penrose. There's some very smart, very high quality audio technology packed in here, and that really comes across in terms of what you can hear when you're in the middle of your games (or indeed listening to music or watching movies)."
"For $300, the Audeze Penrose is on the higher end for gaming headphones, even for those that come with mix amp functionality and multiple wireless connectivity options. Here’s the thing though, you won’t find a better-sounding pair of gaming headphones. We’ve tested dozens, and the Penrose is head and shoulders above the competition."
"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."
"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."
"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."
"The final verdict? At $300, the Penrose is a rather expensive—but equally remarkable—gaming headset that blows most of the competition clean out of the water. Audeze has finally brought its top-of-the-line audio expertise into the console gaming world and you’d be hard-pressed to find a worthy audio opponent, especially at the Penrose’s relatively budget price (especially when considering that other Audeze headsets can easily price into the multi-thousands)."
"Audeze is the latest headphones company to get in on the gaming trend. While some companies treat this as a money-making fad, Audeze brings a serious amount of technical expertise into a space that needs fast-paced evolution. I recently tried out the Audueze LCD-1 headphones and was blown away by the quality. But can Audeze capture lightning in a bottle in the headset space? In short, yes, but there are some catches. "
"Penrose ultimately comes down to what is important to you. In terms of sound quality, they proved fantastic and lead to a much better overall experience. Even in games, I was very familiar with they left a positive impression and helped elevate the experience. Where they fall short is some of the smaller features or certain setups. Given this is what is important in a headset, I would say Audeze Penrose is one of the strongest wireless choices out there."
"The closed-back Penrose headset itself is quite feature-rich, with its most notable and unique feature being its 100mm planar magnetic transducers, which allow the headphones to deliver fast transient response capabilities and high levels of upper frequency extension. While that may sound like a fancy thing to include in a pair of gaming headphones, the technology does allow the Penrose to be used extremely well as a pair of closed-back wireless headphones for music listening. "