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AUDEZE - MOBIUS HEADPHONES

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Audeze is an amazing audiophile headphone company. I’ve been using their iSine 10’s as my daily in-ears for around a year, so I was incredibly excited to hear that they were releasing a set of headphones geared towards gaming called the Mobius. I ordered as part of their kickstarter, so I’ve had around six months or so to break in these headphones.

Sound has to be the first priority when reviewing headphones, and these deliver. I’ve used these extensively while listening to music and gaming. I’ve also watched a few movies on my laptop to take advantage of the 7.1 feature while using USB-C. Now, I’m not an audiophile, so a lot of the features and terms (like planar magnetic transducers) fly right over my head, but these sound amazing. I’m primarily a hip-hop listener, and bass seems to be one of the hardest sounds to get right in headphones, but these accurately reproduce the sounds I’m looking for.

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These sound great for music, but they’re even better when gaming, and it seems that that’s the main intention here from Audeze. The headphones come with a detachable mic. If you’re gaming on an XBox or a PS4, they’ve included an aux cord for the controller. If you’re gaming on a PC, use the included USB-C cord, which enables 7.1 content. The headphones feature “3D head tracking”, which is really cool - essentially, you center your head to the screen using a button on the side of the headphones, and as you turn your head, the soundscape turns as if you were in the game. While playing PUBG, for example, I could hear people near me and turn my head to hear them more clearly. It’s a really cool feature that works on music and movies too. The only downside to these headphones is that sometimes they’re too clear - if the person you’re playing with online has any type of mic scratch or echo, it’ll jar you. These are pretty “forward” sounding headphones, so when you speak with someone online, it sounds like you’re hearing from the heavens above. There are several sound presets you can choose from on a dial, like footsteps, gunfire, racing, etc., but I didn’t notice much of a difference while using these.

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The design is really clean and fits comfortably for hours on end. I have not felt ear fatigue while using these, even during long gaming sessions. They’re not much heavier than most gaming headsets, but if you’re used to using over ears for music only, it may be a bit of an adjustment. They come in copper or blue, I chose copper.

These really are excellent headphones. At a $400 normal price, they’re expensive, but they’re worth it, especially if you’re going to use it as an all around headphone in all situations.

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