Maxwell Wireless gaming headset

After years of relentless innovation to build the world's best wireless gaming headset, Audeze presents Maxwell, designed from the ground up for serious gamers. Sound quality, wireless performance, and battery life are all pushed to new extremes, along with the latest spatial audio features and multi-platform compatibility.

Elevating low-latency wireless gaming through relentless innovation, Audeze presents the world’s first headset supporting Bluetooth 5.3 LE Audio, Dolby Atmos, and A.I. Noise Filtration. Game like a pro with massive 90mm planar drivers and class-leading 90-hour battery life.

After years of relentless innovation building the world's best wireless gaming headset, Audeze presents Maxwell, designed from the ground up for serious gamers. Sound quality, wireless performance, and battery life are all pushed to new extremes, along with the latest spatial audio features and multi-platform compatibility.

Maxwell Wireless Gaming Headset

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  • 80hr+ Battery Life with Fast Charge for All Day Play in 20 min
  • Ultra-Low Latency Wireless with 3X Range of Traditional 2.4Ghz
  • First-in-Class Bluetooth 5.3 supports LE Audio, LC3plus, LDAC
  • Class-Leading High-Resolution Audio up to 24-bit/96kHz
  • Embedded Dolby Atmos® License (Xbox version only)
  • All-New Reinforced Chassis Built with Aluminum and Steel
  • FILTER™ Noise Reduction Technology for Clear Commuications
  • Award-winning Audeze 90mm Planar Magnetic Drivers

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Maxwell driver tech

Unrivaled Audio

Powered by Audeze’s latest 90mm planar magnetic drivers, with over 3X the driver area of leading competitors, Maxwell delivers powerful bass and pinpoint precision. Audeze drivers are trusted by leading recording and game studios worldwide, and feature patented technologies including Uniforce voice coils, Fluxor magnets, and Fazor waveguides. Experience class-leading high-resolution audio up to 24-bit/96kHz over Wireless or USB.

Forged through Competition

 

Hear your opponents coming before they find you, for an edge in every match. Leading pro gamers rely on Audeze headsets for their lightning-quick response and detailed sound. Never miss a teammate’s call-outs with quickly adjustable game-chat mix on PC, Mac, and consoles*.

 

*See Compatibility Chart Below

Aydan

Professional Gamer, Call of Duty: Warzone World Record Holder

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Professional Gamer, Call of Duty: Warzone World Record Holder

Battle-Ready Durability and Comfort

Maxwell is built on an all-new premium chassis including aluminum yokes and a spring steel headband for durability. Play in comfort, all day, all night with the deluxe contoured earpads and replaceable suspension strap. Shut out the world around you with class-leading passive noise reduction from the reinforced dual-chamber earcups.

Battle-Ready Durability and Comfort

Maxwell is built on an all-new premium chassis including aluminum yokes and a spring steel headband for durability. Play in comfort, all day, all night with the deluxe contoured earpads and replaceable suspension strap. Shut out the world around you with class-leading passive noise reduction from the reinforced dual-chamber earcups.

Battle-Ready Durability and Comfort

Maxwell is built on an all-new toughened chassis with premium aluminium yokes and spring steel headband. Play in comfort, all day, all night with deluxe memory foam earpads and replaceable suspension strap. Shut out the world around you with industry-leading passive noise reduction from the reinforced dual-chamber earcups.

Maxwell battery life comparison

80+ Hour Battery Life

Charge 20min to Play All Day

Ultra-Low Latency Wireless

Play confidently with reliable stability and 3X the range versus standard 2.4GHz wireless, keeping you in sync with the action on-screen. Enjoy lossless-quality high-resolution audio with the latest in wirelesstechnology, compatible with LC3plus, LE Audio, and LDAC. Switch seamlessly between multiple devices with Bluetooth Multipoint.

Ultra-Low Latency Wireless

Game anywhere with increased stability and 3X range from the included ultra-low-latency wireless adapter. Connect to all your devices with the latest Bluetooth technologies including Multipoint and LE Audio, with LDAC for lossless-quality sound.

DolbyAtmos

Stunning Spatial Audio

Experience unparalled audio with deeply immersive sound from the experts at Dolby Labs. Maxwell for Xbox includes a Dolby Atmos license ready to activate on your device. Download the Dolby Access app to personalize your spatial audio experience.

Stunning Spatial Audio

Enjoy an unparalled audio experience with deeply immersive sound from the experts at Dolby Labs. Maxwell for Xbox includes a Dolby Atmos license ready to activate on your device. Download the Dolby Access app to personalize your spatial audio experience.

A.I. Noise Filtering Microphones

Get crystal-clear communications from Audeze's FILTER noise reduction technology. Using a dedicated A.I. processor, background noise is removed instantly and automatically on any platform. Tune your mic to sound just right with exclusive 5-band equalizer. The detachable boom microphone and on-board beamforming array make sure your voice is always heard.

Customize to All Your Favorites

Get sound that adapts to you, across titles and genres, from Maxwell’s user-customizable multi-band EQ system. Enhance specific sound cues with presets for footsteps, ballistics, racing, and RPGs. With the ability to save up to 4 user-defined EQ profiles, you can try out community-sourced settings, or craft your own in the Audeze HQ gaming app.

Customize to All Your Favorites

Get sound that adapts to you, across titles and genres, from Maxwell’s user-customizable multi-band EQ system. Enhance specific sound cues with presets for footsteps, ballistics, racing, and RPGs. With the ability to save up to 4 user-defined EQ profiles, you can try out community-sourced settings, or craft your own in the Audeze HQ gaming app.

Maxwell Versus

We compared Maxwell against four of the most popular wireless gaming headsets.

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Price

$299 - $329 USD
Playstation / Xbox version

$349 USD

$249 USD

$249 USD

$299 USD

Driver

90mm Planar
Magnetic
Made in USA

40mm Dynamic
Cone

40mm Dynamic
Cone

50mm Dynamic
Cone

40mm Dynamic
Cone

Battery Life

80+ hrs

22 hrs

45 hrs

40 hrs

15 hrs

Fast Charge

Suspension
Headband

Embedded Dolby Atmos License


Xbox version only

Integrated A.I. Noise
Filtration Processor

Beamforming
Microphones

Microphone EQ
Control

Xbox Wireless

Bluetooth
LE Audio

BT Codec
Support

BT 5.3 LC3plus /
LC3 / LDAC / AAC

BT 5.0 SBC

BT 5.0 aptX Adaptive

BT 5.2 SBC

Compatibility

Windows / Mac

Ultra Low Latency Wireless
USB-C Digital Audio
3.5mm Analog Audio
Dolby Atmos1
Game/Chat Mix
AudezeHQ App Support

Xbox

Ultra Low Latency Wireless1
3.5mm Analog Audio
Dolby Atmos1
Game/Chat Mix1

PlayStation

Ultra Low-Latency Wireless2
USB-C Digital Audio2
3.5mm Analog Audio
Tempest 3D2

Switch

Ultra Low Latency Wireless
Bluetooth Audio

USB-C Digital Audio
3.5mm Analog Audio

iOS

Ultra Low-Latency Wireless
Bluetooth Audio
USB-C Digital Audio
3.5mm Analog Audio

Android

Ultra Low-Latency Wireless
Bluetooth Audio
USB-C Digital Audio
3.5mm Analog Audio
AudezeHQ App Support

1Xbox Version Only | 2Playstation Version Only

Maxwell what's included

Package Includes

  • Maxwell headset
  • Detachable hypercardioid boom microphone
  • USB-C wireless dongle
  • USB-C to USB-C cable
  • USB-C to USB-A adapter (not shown)
  • 3.5mm TRRS analog cable
  • Quickstart guide and warranty card
Specifications


Audio

Style

Over-ear (circumaural), closed-back

Transducer type

Planar Magnetic

Magnetic structure

Fluxor™ magnet array

Phase management

Fazor™

Magnet type

Neodymium N50

Diaphragm type

Ultra-Thin Uniforce™

Transducer size

90 mm

Maximum SPL

>120dB

Frequency response

10Hz - 50kHz

THD

<0.1% (@ 1 kHz, 1mW)

Spatial Audio

Dolby Atmos® (Xbox Version)

Tempest 3D (PlayStation Version)

Weight

490g


Microphones

Boom Microphone

Detachable, Hypercardioid

Beamforming

Microphone voice noise suppression + AINR


Power

Battery type

Lithium-polymer, 1800mAh

Battery life

Over 80 hrs wireless playback @ 80dBA

Fast charge

USB-C, 5v 1.8 Amp max - 25% charge / 20min (Full charge 2hr)


Connection

Wireless

Ultra-low-latency

Bluetooth: 5.3

Supports: Multipoint, LE Audio, LC3, LC3plus, LDAC, AAC, SBC

Wired - Digital

USB-C with dual-audio endpoints and game-chat mix

Wired - Analog

3.5mm TRRS active

Maxwell Headset FAQ

Any updates to shipping timeframes?

We now have Maxwell units in our SoCal warehouse, and are making some changes to optimize the firmware.

Playstation: Once the firmware is updated, we’ll ship the PS units immediately worldwide (this means international dealers/distributors as well). We hope this will be in just a few weeks

Xbox: We have to wait for Microsoft’s certification before we can ship. Unfortunately, we have no control over this process, and we have no idea how long this will take.

Be assured we will ship every Maxwell order as soon as we can. We're excited to get this product into our customers' hands, but we need to know you'll have a good experience with it (and get Microsoft's blessing for the Xbox units).

No further info is available at this time.

 

Will the Xbox Maxwell work with PlayStation (or vice versa)?

Either version is universally compatible using the 3.5mm connection. In low-latency wireless mode or via USB, due to differing hardware, firmware, and licensing requirements, the PlayStation version will not work on Xbox. Xbox version on PlayStation via the USB dongle is not officially supported and may not work. Using the Xbox version on PS via wired USB, there may be some limitations in volume control and other possible loss of functionality. We recommend use of the properly supported version for each console.

 

What improvements does Maxwell have over Penrose?

Maxwell is a direct upgrade to the Penrose in almost every way. It has an improved chassis using premium materials for improved durability, a greatly extended battery life (greater than 80 hours from our testing), utilizes the new Bluetooth 5.3 protocol for better wireless range and stability, and allows for hi-res audio playback through its USB mode.

 

How does the Maxwell's sound differ from Mobius and Penrose?

Maxwell has a brand new driver design that was based on the original Mobius/Penrose design and is going to have a similar sonic signature.

One of the biggest improvements comes from the new housing. In the Penrose/Mobius housing the left and right side were not acoustically balanced due to the presence of PCB on one side, and the battery on the other. Buttons were also mostly on the left. With Maxwell, we have a dual chamber design. There is an inner housing that acoustically isolates the driver from the electronics. This alone makes a huge improvement.

In terms of chipset improvements, the Maxwell uses a newer more powerful dedicated DAC/AMP chip. The DSP is also much more powerful compared to Penrose. This gives Maxwell much larger dynamic range and a lower noise floor compared to Mobius and Penrose.

 

Is there a trade up program for Penrose/Mobius owners?

We have no immediate plans, but we'll consider it for the future.

 

When will Maxwell be available in ____ (insert international country)?

Please refer to the information above related to shipping timeframes. In addition, it is up to our distributors to place orders with us, meaning some of them may receive inventory before others. For China, late February is the earliest possible timeframe.

What kind of materials are used in Maxwell?
Maxwell uses an All-New Reinforced Chassis Built with Aluminum yokes, spring steel headband, and glass infused nylon for other structural parts including the cups.

 

Does Maxwell take the place of Mobius?

Mobius is designed primarily for the needs of the high-end PC gamer who wants 5.1/7.1 surround sound and head-tracking. However, if you want a high end wireless headset, the Maxwell is your answer.

 

Will the PS version work with Dolby Access if I have my own license on PC?
Maxwell will work with existing Dolby Atmos licenses. If it was previously enabled on PC, you can continue using it for Maxwell as well.

 

Why are the drivers 90mm instead of 100mm like the Mobius/Penrose?

The active area is still same. The new dual chamber earcup design takes up some of the space by having two physical earcups, one internal and one external - this helps with noise isolation and acoustics.

 

Are the headsets cross compatible with the dongles (will PS dongle work on Xbox headset and vice versa)?

The headsets are not cross compatible. You need to pair PS Maxwell with a PS dongle and Xbox headset with an Xbox dongle.

 

Are the earpads detachable or glued on?

The earpads are detachable and easily unlock by twisting.

 

Will Maxwell have simultaneous dongle/BT playback. Say listening to music on BT while playing a game on dongle mode?

Maxwell will switch between dongle and BT seamlessly via a multipoint Bluetooth connection, however, it will not play back both sources simultaneously. For instance, if you are playing with USB dongle mode and a call comes in, you will be able to answer the call with Maxwell. Once the call is over, you will automatically switch back to USB dongle mode.

 

For Xbox, Maxwell will adjust the native game/chat mixer in the console directly via the chat wheel on the headphones. In Penrose X, the default mode for the roller button was mic gain. If you click and rotate it will adjust the balance. With Maxwell, this behavior has been modified based on feedback. The default behavior of the rotary button is to adjust the game-chat mix.

The Xbox (and also Playstation version) dongle on Maxwell has a switch in addition for use with PC. When you plug the dongle in a PC, it appears as two different end points. i.e. it appears as two audio devices on PC and Mac. The first one is Maxwell Game and the second one is Maxwell Chat. The applications can choose either of the two audio devices to playback. The rotary button adjusts the balance between the two audio devices/end points.

In short: Game/Chat balance on Xbox is simply done by adjusting the lower wheel (chat/communication wheel) up and down. On Penrose, you had to click the wheel in and then adjust, because we used to have microphone output volume as the default action. This is no longer needed on Maxwell because it utilizes automatic gain control (adjusts microphone volume automatically).

 

How do I adjust the new headband, and is it fully suspension-style?

To adjust the headband for different sizes, simply pull the head strap off the set screws (do NOT unscrew them) and place them back on the desired length by pushing the strap over the screw heads.

For most head shapes and sizes, as long as you don’t need both sides to be on the lowest screws (which maximizes size for the biggest heads), the headband will be suspension style. Do note that while we try as much as possible to accommodate all head shapes and sizes, the strap does touch the steel headband when the the strap is set to allow for the largest size.

Is the Game/Chat function user friendly? It was a bit problematic on the Penrose.

On the Penrose and Penrose X, the Game/Chat Mix was done by pressing the Microphone wheel and then adjusting up and down, due to the default action on the wheel being microphone volume control. On Maxwell, as there is no microphone volume control (Maxwell uses AGC - Automatic Gain Control), Game/Chat balance is now the default action, meaning that you only have to adjust the lower wheel up and down to adjust the game/chat balance.

 

What are the inner ear dimensions for the ear pads on Maxwell?

Maxwell has an ear opening on the pads that are: 65mm tall x 50mm wide x 30mm deep

Note: that there may be some slight tolerances, and may not be absolutely perfect down to the mm.

 

As a PC only user, which would be the best version, Xbox or Playstation Maxwell?

Both the Xbox version as well as the Playstation version will function identically for PC use. In this case, you can save a bit of money by choosing the Playstation version. The Xbox version includes a Dolby Atmos license to use specifically with the headset. Note: Existing Dolby Atmos licenses purchased separately through the Microsoft app store, will work with both versions of Maxwell.

 

Will Maxwell come with a travel case?

There are no plans to offer a specific case at this point in time, however, Maxwell will fit standard and premium LCD cases.

 

Is the Aux/3.5mm connection passive? Will it work like a normal headset without the unit being powered on?

Maxwell, like the Penrose and Mobius, requires power as it is an active headset on all connection types. Like those headsets, Maxwell utilizes an internal DSP and houses a balanced amplifier for each driver. We suggest common sense in what you plug the Maxwell into with a 3.5mm/aux cable. If you use an amplifier and don’t set the volume accordingly, you can overcharge the circuitry inside the headset. It is highly recommended you either bypass using amplifiers, or set the volume very low and adjust up until you achieve a good balance between the Maxwell’s volume control, and your source gear. Using external amplifiers may be detrimental to sound quality and potentially add more noise and distortion.

 

Does Maxwell include ANC?

Maxwell does not include ANC. Like Mobius and Penrose, as well as our other closed back LCD headphones like the LCD-2 Closed, and LCD-XC), it cancels noise passively due to the closed back design. Maxwell does have AI powered noise cancelling for its outgoing chat/communications for both internal and external microphones (boom mic).

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