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Old 05-07-2018, 05:07 PM   #1
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So Audeze who normally develops $1000+ headphones has had a foray into the $800 range and are now developing a headphone specifically for gaming.

$339 on their website but $269 on indiegogo (and you will probably get yours first)
https://www.audeze.com/products/mobi...bius-headphone

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/m...AEgKRsfD_BwE#/

.JUst thought I's let you guys know - a bit pricey at $269 for many but they are one of the premier high end boutique audio companies with a stellar reputation and product line.
Ugh - indiegogo closed over the weekend
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Old 05-21-2018, 03:38 AM   #2
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Audeze is really good brand, my friend is currently using Audeze EL-8. I tested it and the sound was pure and powerful.

As for gaming headphones I like also Logitech G930. Here is a good article about it:
https://www.tomsguide.com/us/logitec...view-2672.html

The quality of sound is good and there is a balance between price and quality, I suppose. But ok, maybe I am not very picky. I can even use tv headphones Sony mdr playnig PS4 on TV.
https://www.bestadvisers.co.uk/headphones-for-tv

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Old 05-21-2018, 09:23 AM   #3
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Perhaps a better choice than something like an Astro A50, but I typically go with the $80-100 plug in headphones. Currently using the Kingston Hyper X Clouds and they are fantastic.
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Old 05-22-2018, 02:35 PM   #4
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Perhaps a better choice than something like an Astro A50, but I typically go with the $80-100 plug in headphones. Currently using the Kingston Hyper X Clouds and they are fantastic.
I am familiar with those, in their price range they are hard to beat. Had I not just dropped a ton of cash on new photography gear I would have grabbed these Audeze. Currently I am using separate headphones and mic.
I was interested in these for their head tracking and positional audio capabilities.

Carter, glad to hear the EL-8 are as advertised. I have only seen positive reviews. I have never listened to them but I am familiar with and have listened to the LCD-2 and LCD-3 by Audeze
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Old 07-18-2018, 04:56 PM   #5
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So my beloved Pioneer Se-A1000 finally died on me (also my Sennheiser HD600 were stolen and my puppy got my Beyerdynamic dT990 which now need recabled) so I was in need of a new headphone as my remaining "good pair" does not leave my HT / Listening post.

Leaps in technology have changed things a bit so I ended up getting a pair that have bluetooth, active noise cancellation, and can double as a headset for phone/gaming as well aso I thought I would drop a review for HDF.

What did I get - these

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Bowers and Wilkins wireless PX headphones:



How do they perform? After a few days here are my impressions

Looks 9/10 - very subjective but I think these are very stylish. Come in either a soft gold or "space grey"

Build 9.5/10 - these are extremely well constructed and definitely feel it - genuine steel, leather and ballistic nylon weave. Have seen several stress tests online and these things will take serious thrashing/abuse.

Sound Quality 9.5/10 - This is also subjective but these things sound GREAT. The angled drivers give the largest soundstage of any closed back headphone I have heard. Great instrument separation and no "in your head" feeling. The bass is tight and very punchy (not boomy at all) the highs are clear and not fatiguing and the midrange sounds pretty forward without veil. The sound is a tad bit warm vs flat or analytical but a nice rich and enveloping sound. They don't have the deep V sound of some of my more favorite cans like the Beyerdynamics 990's or Fostex TH600/900 but they still sound great to me. Sampled them for several days with a lot of unique female vocals (mostly Joss Stone, Natalie Merchant, Norah Jones, Holly Cole), Some Hip Hop (Chamillionaire, WU-Tang, Wycleff Jean, Wiz Khalifa), Classic Rock (Zepplein, Floyd, Stones, Who, CSN /CSNY) and plenty of Jam Band (Phish, Grateful Dead, Yonder Mountain String Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Big Leg Emma) and all sound just how you would like them . Bowers and Wilkins are known for their high end quality sound and these do not disappoint.

Noise Cancelling 7.5/10 - Not as good as the undisputed King Sony WH‑1000XM2 or the BOSE QC35ii but still pretty good. Active Noise cancellation (ANC) does color the sound a bit so I do prefer to leave it off but with it on the music is still quite pleasant. There are 3 default levels Office/City/Plane with each a little more aggressive than the last. Office - cut out keyboard chatter and background noise but can hear a colleague talking to you if the music is soft. City - drown out background but still hear traffic and louder noises to be aware of environment. Plane- attempts to block out nearly all noise but not as successful as some others on the market. I wore these mowing the lawn the other day with the Plane setting and they were perfect for that task - I could hear the lawnmower but it was a fairly soft hum/purr - enough to certainly know it was on and there but reduced enough to not be bothersome - mowing the lawn is probably where I see 95% of my ANC happening.

APP/Features 7/10 - the app that you can get is pretty sparse it allows you to set one of the three default noise cancellations or use a slider to adjust the amount (the defaults are along the slider as well). It also allows you to set the sensitivity of the proximity sensor - more on that in a minute. It doesn't however let you EQ them which is pretty surprising. Although you may be able to use an EQ in a player, not all have them and an eq is found in most audio software these days (not that I would probably use it but it should be available). Also you can firmware update directly from the app.
Controls- Three main button controls located on right earcup: forward, back, Pause/Skip allow for pretty good control. There is also an on/off slider and a button to turn ANC on or off. Easily identifiable and no trouble using (have yet to utilize the speech / call functions). They have a 3.5mm auxiliary input so you can use them as wired headphones and also a USB C port for fast charging and/or direct computer use.
Bluetooth 4 & 5 and also APTx/APTx-HD for devices that support it.

Proximity sensor - these have a built in proximity sensor which automatically pause your music if you either pull an earcup away from your ear (to have a conversation) or remove the headphones from your head. When placed back on head or earcup on ear the music automatically restarts after a second or two. THe app allows you to turn on/off and select from one of 3 sensitivity levels. THis is a bit of a mixed bag - sometimes it seems to work great sometimes it can seem a bit buggy especially on high sensitivity, also placing them around your neck may trigger the sensors and they think they are on and start again. I typically will wear off but may experiment a bit.

Comfort 6.5/10 - Here is a bit of the rub. While I wouldn't consider them necessarily uncomfortable - I have worn for 2-3 hours at a stretch without discomfort- no hot spots or soreness afterward on ears or crown of head. They aren't on par with many other premium headphones. Some claim the clamp pressure is too much. Nowhere near what my old AT M50 were which gave me a headache or probably not even my Beyerdynamic 990 but the leather covered foam earpads are pretty stiff. Maybe they will soften a bit with time. My other headphones have plush velour pads (Beyerdynamic) or supple lambskin leather with pillow soft padding (aftermarket pads for Fostex) and even older headphones are softer. Also the seal around the ears is tenuous. I have a small head with fairly normal size ears and work fine on me. I have read numerous reports of people with glasses who state they just don't seal properly with glasses hence diminishing ANC and sound quality. Also have seen heard reports of folks from my audio forum who stated they cant eat/chew with them on without disrupting the earpad placement/seal/fit. Personally the left earcup seems to fit just fine but the right one just fells "off" a bit somehow - hard to describe but I notice it and want to slightly adjust it from time to time which is unusual for me. As they get worn and broken in hopefully the pads will soften and shape a bit. For me the fit comfort is bearable but in my audiophile forum quite a few user just couldn't tolerate and exchanged or returned them.


Value 6.75(8.5 in my case)/10 - MAP/List Price is $399 which is pretty much universal at all retailers. For $400 there are a lot of serious contenders that if this were to be my only headphone in a stationary place would win out against these (some based on sound but many based on comfort). Also if I were to be getting strictly a gaming headphone at this price I would probably opt for the Audeze Mobius (hence this thread) but for a WIRELESS portable headphone that will end up doubling as my gaming headphone these tick all the right boxes. Coupled with the fact that I was able to find a "b stock" unit that has a slight blemish barely noticeable on one of the earcups reduced to only $250 these became no brainers for me and I am very pleased with the purchase.
Battery life is rated at ~22 hours at 50% volumewith ANC engaged-most reports say this is quite accurate and many claim closer to 25 (and a few more hours w/o ANC engaged).

tl;dr - great sounding headphones that may or may not be great for you depending on how well they fit.
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I actually have the Sony WH 1000XM2's They're awesome.
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I actually have the Sony WH 1000XM2's They're awesome.
Curious do ANC headphones have any impact on your tinnitus, positive or negative?
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no real effect, they really help on noisy long drives (like to my pain management appt) cause my truck has dick for sound insulation. so I wear them, and it works great. A lot of people use them with tinnitus to help mask, by listening to soft music, as well as blocking out sound.

I use them for the noise canceling and music myself. sometimes audiobooks.
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I want a new headphone for playing PUBG. Is there anyone recommended?
I recorded the PUBG game and burned the mp4 video to DVD, but when I played it on TV, the voice is disappeared. So, btw, is there any better Screen recording program?

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I want a new headphone for playing PUBG. Is there any one recommended?
PC or console? Price range?
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Thanks, I will take it into consideration
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