TITLE: Audeze Mobius Headphones
PRICE: $399.99 (USD) (Review Unit Provided)
- Planar magnetic drivers for audiophile-grade cinematic sound
- Full 3D emulation with support for popular surround sound modes (7.1/5.1)
- 1000 times/second integrated head tracking
- Anatomy calibration to tailor the sound to the user
- Mobius integrates Waves NX technology for real-time onboard 3D processing
- Wired and Wireless Bluetooth Connections
- Compatible with PC, Mac, Gaming Consoles, and Mobile Devices
- Mobius Headphone
- Detachable Microphone
- USB-C to USB-C cable
- USB-A to USB-C cable
- Analog 3.5mm cable
- Quick Start Guide
- User Guide and Warranty
- Travel Bag
I have spent some quality time with the Audeze Mobius Headset the last couple months during our Covid hiatus. Now that we’re getting back into the swing of things, if I could pick any one thing to review to celebrate our return to operations, the Mobius Headphones is the perfect unit to cover. I have been using it as my primary go to headset for gaming and streaming consistently since the unit arrived, aiming to put it through the usual standard usability test of sound quality, long session comfort, and microphone recording. In almost all cases the Mobius has met or exceeded my expectations for a higher end headset.
When it comes to sound quality, the Audeze Mobius is everything you would expect at it’s $400 price point and beyond. Audio is fluid and fills your ears with the sweet, sweet sounds you would wish for regardless of listening to music, or the cacophony of gunfire and footfalls as you move towards opponents in your favourite shooters. The only time I experienced any lost of fidelity is when I would connect the headset to my PC via Bluetooth and it would become phone quality which is too be expected compared to a more traditional wireless connection found in most gaming headsets.
However the intention I believe was to make the Mobius more universal to transfer from PC to Mobile, to Console with relative ease, so the audio drop on PC was expected, and when connected to mobile the sound once again is of a higher quality than many low end Bluetooth headphones would offer. The noise cancelling works for most exterior noises you might encounter in day to day gaming at home with a busy family, unless of course you have a few kids all playing Among Us and laughing loudly about being the Imposter.
The final layer is the 3D simulation added with a button push and combined with head tracking technology and the Gaming App, it makes for a more immersive experience that is only really compromised by the length of your USB cord. I am impressed with the tracking and various sound modes adding quality sound to the experience. For audiophiles this will be a delight, while it’s a mode gamers might opt to ignore or not really be part of their purchasing equation. For myself I’ve had this mode on the majority of my listening time as I want to wrap myself in sound like a cocoon. Add in the Gaming App for Sound management and head tracking adjustment the Mobius adds more refinement to the sound experience of the headset. The microphone recording is as you would expect for a higher end gaming headset. There might be some pops and a bit of noise catch, but I’ve honestly been pleased with it’s functionality and sound quality as you can hear for yourself in the short Microphone test video below.
The other core test I have for any headset is the long session comfort of using the headset be it for long gaming sessions, or just relaxing in the hammock listening to music. Using the Mobius the last few months on a regular day to day basis I’ve had few other headsets that were as comfortable, and didn’t provide some measure of irritation after prolonged use. The headset even with its size and the weight which isn’t particular heavy is balanced sits comfortably and I’ve spend hours without even noticing any discomfort either from the cups or the headpiece. Well cushioned and as I often do, I went some time before writing this review to really see how long it would maintain shape and comfort I am absolutely impressed with the unit. There has been no noticeable wear and for it’s price point I didn’t expect there to be. All in all I am pleased with both the long session comfort or the ease it has been to go mobile with the headset and either work out or simply enjoy a good walk with them on.
While I am overall impressed with the Mobius and it’s functionality and comfort, the battery life is something of a disappointment given it’s price. It’s advertised at 10+ hours which for high end units is rather short, though perhaps the expectation isn’t for long term use of it’s Bluetooth function. I did several tests and usually ended up empty around the 9 hour mark but that is also with consistent music usage and a couple of phone call interactions so with minimalist use I cold see it hitting or extending past the 10 hour mark.. The USB cables could be longer for more complicated set ups and the Analog cable without including an audio splitter may be an issue for some consumers, however these are smaller details that don’t affect the overall experience.
That said, I am entirely happy with my time using the Audeze Mobius and for a higher end Headset can safely recommend it for gamers or Audiophiles alike looking for a pricier addition to their audio collection. I myself will continue using it regularly both recreationally but also for streaming as I have had a positive experience with the set and have come to rely on it. If you’re willing to pay the $400 USD for a headset, the Audeze Mobius will fill your ears with comfortable sound for hours.
Final Score 9.8
You can check out Audeze’s promotional video below for a better look at the Mobius.