Audeze Penrose wireless gaming headset review: Great audio for PlayStation, Xbox at a better price

Audeze Penrose

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The Audeze Penrose gaming headset delivers full, rich-sounding audio, with a large soundstage for extra immersive gameplay made doable by its 100mm planar magnetic drivers. It is also $299 and in a world full of fine gaming headset choices for PlayStation and Xbox, that value is on the excessive facet. Nevertheless, contemplating it is Audeze’s least costly gaming possibility, with the $399 Mobius and $899 LCD-GX above it, the Penrose is a extra attainable audiophile-grade headset.

The Penrose is actually a stripped-down model of the corporate’s Mobius gaming headset. It appears to be like the identical and makes use of an analogous microphone and drivers however the Penrose lacks the Mobius’ encompass sound, 3D audio and head-tracking options. Additionally, the Mobius was designed for PC gaming whereas the Penrose and Penrose X are made for PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The one variations between the 2 Penrose variations are the colour and the wi-fi dongle. The dongle for Xbox has the safety chip from Microsoft.

Audeze Penrose

All of the controls and inputs are conveniently positioned on the left earcup.

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Although the Penrose is supposed primarily for console use, you’ll be able to pop its USB dongle into your PC for wi-fi use or join with the included three.5mm analog cable. The headset additionally has Bluetooth, but it surely’s extra to be used together with your cellphone. You possibly can hook up with the two.4GHz adapter and Bluetooth concurrently so you need to use your cellphone for chat or to hearken to music or hear notifications. After the preliminary Bluetooth pairing, Audeze makes it painless to reconnect with only a button press after you flip the headset on. 

Additionally, whereas there are USB-C-to-USB-A and USB-C-to-USB-C cables within the field, the cables are only for charging. They’re additionally disappointingly generic plastic as an alternative of extra sturdy braided cables. Battery life for the Penrose is rated at as much as 15 hours and so they have a three-hour cost time. That jibes with my expertise for probably the most half and you may cost when you use them.

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Each Penrose variations can be utilized with third-party audio processing like Dolby Atmos, Home windows Sonic and Sony’s Tempest Engine on the PS5 (here’s how to set it up). Audeze’s software program for the headset, AudezeHQ, is fairly lean on options. Accessible for Home windows and Mac, you need to use it to store up to five EQ presets to the headset, activate and off sidetone, alter sport and voice combine and mic quantity. Audeze additionally has an Android app you need to use to alter headset settings. 


The earcups fold flat however that is as travel-friendly because the Penrose will get. Audeze would not embrace a case, both.

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The detachable mic, which was designed with assist from Shure, is great general. The individuals I performed with may hear me clearly so long as I had the mic positioned about 1 to 2 inches from my mouth. As a result of the wi-fi sign has bandwidth limitations, you will get higher voice high quality utilizing the aux three.5mm jack as an alternative. Audeze posted audio samples utilizing wireless and wired connections on SoundCloud.

Initially, the Penrose headset I examined had some points. The two.4GHz wi-fi had a relentless modulating background hiss and the sign would usually drop out even inside a few ft of its wi-fi adapter. The wireless issues may or may not have been related to my setup. Regardless, after a latest firmware replace, each points are gone. Plus, it added new on-headset controls for adjusting the Bluetooth and wi-fi quantity combine, steadiness for sport and chat, turning on and off sidetone and switching your EQ presets.


The scarf is nicely padded as are the earcups. 

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As for match, nicely, like all headset it will rely on the dimensions of your head and your preferences. The earcups match properly over my ears. For the reason that band was pretty tight on my head, it actually clamped the reminiscence foam cushions down, sealing out exterior noise. The cushions do make my ears fairly heat, although, and in the event you favor a looser headset match, you would possibly discover the Penrose too tight. I’ll say it has loosened up some since I began testing them. Audeze does have a 30-day refund policy, too, simply in case.

The Audeze Penrose audio high quality is undeniably good. Whether or not for video games, motion pictures or music, the headset has wonderful readability, tight bass and an open sound regardless of being closed-back. Mixed with the wonderful chat high quality, the lossless wi-fi and Bluetooth and the updated features from its April 30 firmware update, the Penrose delivers the premium Audeze sound expertise for gaming.