Audeze is the most recent vaunted headphones producer to look over on the gaming headset market and assume, “We could do that.” And why not? Gaming headsets get a foul rap even these days, derided for subpar sound high quality and building. It’s pure that an organization famend for audiophile gear would assume it might do higher.

The actuality, per traditional, is a little more sophisticated. The Audeze Mobius does certainly nail the constancy a part of the equation, and is among the finest gaming headsets I’ve ever listened to. But it flubs a number of particulars any gaming-first firm would’ve prioritized—battery life, cabling, controls, and extra.

So this can be a considerably dampened debut for Audeze’s gaming ambitions. On the plus facet, these shortcomings are comparatively straightforward to repair whenever you’ve already nailed the basics.

This evaluate is a part of our roundup of best gaming headsets. Go there for particulars on competing merchandise and the way we examined them.

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Your first impressions of the Audeze Mobius will most likely depend upon the way you method it. Yes, proper from the beginning we’re in divisive territory. Here are your two choices: Given the $400 price ticket, you both method the Audeze Mobius as a very high-end gaming headset or as an equally low-end pair of audiophile headphones.

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Either viewpoint has its upsides and disadvantages. Personally, I fall in to the previous camp and thus like its design. It’s the uncommon gaming headset you can put on out and about with out drawing too many unusual seems to be—Audeze’s roots as a mainstream audio firm repay right here. It’s cumbersome, as all over-ear headsets are, however the traces are clear and slimming, and there’s mild ornamentation however nothing too ostentatious—particularly within the Carbon colorway we reviewed. But, I really just like the Gold model much more. It’s flashier for certain, however the highlights catch the attention with out wanting cheesy, at the very least to me.

That mentioned, it’s very plastic. Nice plastic, certain, with a soft-touch coating that lends it a premium really feel—the identical tactic Alienware used for its AW988 headset. And in case you’re coming from one other gaming headset, you won’t see the issue. Plastic headsets are the norm.

If you’re anticipating steel, wooden, or different supplies generally present in high-end audio gear although, the Mobius shouldn’t be going to chop it. Even the metallic-looking hinges are revealed to be plastic, after you have your palms on the headset. It seems to be fancy from afar, however the actuality is much less thrilling.

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