When Audeze first launched info of their just lately launched Audeze Mobius wi-fi headphones / gaming headset, I initially simply noticed the growth mic and thought: “oh, a gaming headset, fills a void of their product line-up”. However a couple of days later, I learn up on their new “gaming head-set” and located that there was a lot extra to those headphones than I initially thought. The truth is, these are a lot greater than only a gaming headset or a pair wi-fi audiophile high quality headphones; the quantity of options and capabilities packed into these headphones really set them aside from another pair of headphones I’ve ever come throughout. Beginning with their Indiegogo.com launch this previous spring; these headphones have actually captured plenty of enthusiasm from each the private audio and gaming communities. Every thing from their glossy new design to their spectacular listing of capabilities has garnered a lot consideration from their very fashionable thread on Head-Fi.org as nicely. After a number of weeks with these headphones, I can state with the upmost confidence that all the curiosity and focus thrust upon this product could be very a lot worthwhile! Not solely are they an exquisite pair of audiophile headphones, they can be utilized wirelessly (by way of Bluetooth) flawlessly, and as talked about, a growth mic could be merely plugged in and permit these headphones to be the most effective gaming headset I’ve had on my head. Throw within the head monitoring function that gives a soundstage that’s really distinctive to the world of private audio and full 3D sound emulation with help for all common sound modes (7.1, 5.1, 5.zero, 2.1 and a couple of.zero) and you’ve got a product that’s really revolutionary and actually checks off any field you may need for a pair of headphones.
Proper from Audeze’s web site, the Mobius headphones are “greater than a headphone, it’s an expertise” and I wholeheartedly agree with this assertion. Because of the huge quantity of know-how and performance packed into these headphones, this assessment took fairly a little bit of time as I needed to make use of them in many various modes:
- Audiophile wi-fi headphones
- Gaming headset with each the Xbox One and PlayStation four
- Gaming headset utilizing the included 3D sound emulation
- Headphones to take heed to a film with full 360o encompass sound
Persevering with of their robust custom of releasing spectacularly sounding planar magnetic headphones, the Mobius provides a number of the really stellar sound high quality that we’ve all come to know from Audeze. These headphones sport a lot of the identical know-how from their world famend LCD line up. The whole lot from FluxorTM magnetic arrays and Fazor parts from their flagship headphones have filtered right down to the Mobius headphones and based mostly on my listening impressions, Audeze needed to be sure that these headphones sound chic! But when that wasn’t sufficient, the designers at Audeze included full 3D sound emulation, flawlessly carried out head monitoring that captures even the smallest actions of your head 1000 occasions per second and may work in each wired and wi-fi modes. The complete record of specs for these headphones are:
|Transducer sort||Planar transducer|
|Magnet sort||Neodymium N50, Fluxor Magnets|
|Diaphragm sort||Extremely-thin Uniforce™|
|Transducer measurement||100 mm|
|DSP||Audeze Cipher DSP|
|Amplifier||Constructed-in balanced amplifier (output 1W)|
|Frequency response||10Hz – 50kHz|
|Earpads||Contoured reminiscence foam: synthetic leather-based|
|Microphone||Removable with separate quantity management|
|Wi-fi Connection||Bluetooth (SBC, AAC, LDAC)|
|Wired Connection||USB-C, USB-A, three.5mm analog audio|
|Weight||350g (together with battery)|
I discovered the consolation fairly good general and will use these headphones for fairly a while. The construct high quality is prime shelf because the Mobius headphones are clearly one of the best constructed wi-fi headphones I’ve come throughout on this marketspace. For many who are additionally on the lookout for a trendy and trendy pair of headphones, I feel this photograph speaks for itself:
As quickly as I put them on, the head-tracking function actually grabbed my consideration from the outset. Pairing with my iPhone eight was easy and quick. Only a double click on of the pairing/centre button on the left ear-cup was all it took. Initially noticing that the sound would transfer from ear to ear as I turned my head with a view to maintain the sound stage entrance and middle was a bit complicated as this was a completely new expertise for me with headphones, however after solely 5-10 minutes this turned fairly pure. Going again to a daily pair of headphones with out the 1000 measurements per second to trace my head actions, alternatively took a while to get used to going again to a extra conventional listening expertise.
Utilizing these headphones as a easy pair of wi-fi Bluetooth headphones to take pleasure in a few of my favorite tunes is just magnificent. I’ve reviewed over 30 moveable headphones via the years and within the sub $700 market area, the Mobius headphones by Audeze are merely one of the best I’ve had on my head. Listening to Rush’s “Shifting Footage” is an absolute pleasure with the Mobius headphones. The uncooked power of what many (together with myself) contemplate to be the best dwelling drummer Neil Peart was laid naked and gave the listener an ideal portrayal of simply how superb Neil actually might be! The bass is splendidly wealthy and textured; identical to we’ve come to understand from a terrific pair of Audeze headphones and the Mobius definitely proceed in that lengthy legacy of providing headphones which might be “speaker-like” on this regard. In the meantime, Geddy’s vocals are really spot-on! The timbre, tone and smallest nuances of his voice are all completely portrayed. I’ve seen Rush carry out reside a number of occasions via the years and the Mobius headphones actually captured Geddy’s vocal stylings to a “T”. Throw within the head monitoring performance and I used to be transported again to the previous Maple Leaf Gardens right here in Toronto within the late 1980s with Rush center-stage and once I turned my head, the sound staging was nonetheless completely set in entrance of me; as an alternative of following my neck actions from left to proper.
Subsequent up I made a decision to play some Gears of Struggle four on my Xbox One S. The benefit with utilizing this recreation system and recreation is that they each supply Dolby Atmos 7.x processing (the Xbox One S does the digital to analog conversion right here) for headphone listening. I’ve used many gaming headphones via the years and I can simply state that the brand new Mobius headphones with the head-tracking function enabled presents probably the most immersive gaming expertise I’ve ever had with a pair of headphones. The sound high quality was so clear, clear, expansive and energetic. Every explosion was completely situated inside the recreation and hit onerous with a large amount of power and realism. Vocals have been clear, upfront and simply discernible, even when there was lots of commotion happening within the recreation. Some gaming headsets made listening to dialogue between characters onerous to know on this surroundings; possible as a consequence of recessed mids, however the flat frequency response of the Mobius didn’t endure from this pitfall in any approach. The microphone carried out extremely nicely. I had a pal take part on a multiplayer recreation the place we teamed up for some Seize the Flag motion and he reported again that he might very simply hear me once we performed collectively and I stood out because the clearest sounding individual throughout that session. So many gaming headsets don’t actually spend money on the mic know-how and sometimes throw that in as an afterthought. However fortunately the designers at Audeze actually took their time and really constructed what I contemplate the most effective gaming headset round!
Lastly, I plugged in these unbelievable headphones into my pc (by way of USB) for some Diablo III motion. I performed with each Dolby 7.x and a couple of.zero choices, however ultimately settled on the 7.x simulated sound as I discovered it much more expansive sounding and that basically pulled me deeper into the gaming expertise. Nicely, after 15 minutes I can very simply say that I had a extra immersive video gaming expertise than I’ve ever had enjoying a PC recreation. The background music was simply brilliantly portrayed and every little thing from the explosions to the dialog was close to good, extra so than by way of any gaming headset that I’ve used all through the years. The sound staging was eerily life-like with a really exact location of all the characters on the display. Once more, the head-tracking function solely helped with the sense of realism and made the expertise far more like listening to a implausible pair of audio system. Merely put, in case you are a gamer (PC and/or console) it’s essential to improve your headset to the Mobius headphones.
Audeze additionally talked about that they’ll proceed to help the Mobius headphones with new firmware updates each few months in an effort to tweak, enhance and create new options for them. One is already scheduled to launch in late September / early October that may repair a problem with Home windows 10 (that additionally impacts non-Audeze gaming headphones) with decrease microphone volumes. This new replace will enhance the mic response significantly. A number of different enhancements might be that the EQ settings will probably be remembered to their earlier setting. I discovered the EQ reset a bit troublesome to always have to return to my earlier setting each time I turned these headphones on and fortunately, this firmware replace fixes that situation. Lastly, Audeze shall be including one other EQ setting: WARM so as to add extra bass and thump for these players who actually need to “really feel” the explosions and motion of their video games.
I so completely loved my time with the Mobius headphones by Audeze and I used to be so very pleased that I took the plunge and bought my very own set (Staff Copper) from their preliminary Indiegogo.com launch. When it comes to pure sound high quality for musical enjoyment, these are merely one of the best wi-fi headphones I’ve used! They’re really reference-audiophile high quality when it comes to sound copy and if that’s all you employ them for, then you’ll undoubtedly get your cash’s value and extra! That stated, you continue to get an entire lot extra: the head-tracking function is sort of revolutionary for headphones and I’m positive many different producers might be very on this know-how that Audeze has pioneered. Film watching on my iPad for enterprise journey was by no means extra pleasurable, nor as immersive as with these headphones. Lastly, throw in the truth that these are bar-down the perfect gaming headsets I’ve ever used, you have got such an unimaginable value-proposition, that makes it virtually unattainable to keep away from these headphones. The staff at Audeze has launched a revolutionary tour-de-force within the Mobius headphones and contemplating their extremely reasonably priced worth level of solely $399, I strongly advocate you examine these headphones out!