The Audeze Penrose has almost whatever I desire in a cordless gaming headset. As a gaming headset, it’s stacked– which it ought to be for something that costs $299

After examining a headset, I normally can’t wait to go back to the familiar, plushy, warm-sounding cans of my own Sony WH-1000 XM3, however the Penrose is a happiness to listen to. Video game audio sounds punchy without being over-delivered, I do not need to blast the volume to hear subtle details, and even though this headset does not have active sound cancellation, I was practically convinced it did due to a combined effort from its closed-back design and thick ear pads that yield better-than-average sound seclusion.

Audeze Penrose

In addition to 2.4 GHz and Bluetooth, you can link through 3.5 mm.

The specific design that Audeze sent out along for evaluation is made to be compatible with PS4 and PS5 consoles and with PCs by means of its 2.4 GHz cordless receiver. The company likewise makes an Xbox version called the Penrose X that has green trim, and that design’s special receiver has a two-position toggle switch that lets it work with Microsoft’s proprietary cordless tech in one mode, then on PC in the other.

There’s a caution to all of this goodness: I didn’t find the Penrose to be comfy to wear for even brief video gaming sessions.

Other recent headsets I have actually liked, such as the HyperX Cloud II Wireless, are 320 g as well, but its weight is distributed much better. Granted, HyperX Cloud II does not have hefty 100 mm magnetic drivers like the Penrose does, which amounts to much better noise at the expenditure of heavier ear cups.

I ‘d give Audeze more of a pass if the Penrose was an initial style, but it’s almost similar to the $399 Audeze Mobius released in 2018, which had actually enhanced 3D noise processing and head-tracking. (The Penrose lacks both features.) It likewise looks like the $299 HyperX Cloud Orbit launched in 2019, which includes Audeze’s planar magnetic motorists, and much of the Mobius’ design. The Penrose’s develop quality is still remarkable, but I wish the company had put more focus on fine-tuning the design, especially as it associates with comfort.

Audeze Penrose

The dials look easy to gain access to, but they aren’t so easy to recognize without looking.

Those are integrated into the backside of the left ear cup, and they’re raised, as opposed to being constructed flush into the ear cup, to make feeling for them easier (at least, that appears like the goal).

Otherwise, it’s easy to benefit from the Penrose’s highlights, like being able to silence the mic with the turn on the left ear cup’s external shell, or switching wireless modes with the multifunction button near where the detachable mic plugs in. The Penrose isn’t the only headset that lets you connect to a phone through Bluetooth while also being linked to your game console, however I think the execution here is fantastic. If you get a call while you’re gaming, tapping the Penrose’s power button will get or hang up. (Mindful, though: Audeze states your voice will be sent over both Bluetooth and cordless channels.)

Battery life is uninspired. I have actually navigated 10 hours of usage per charge, whereas some cheaper completing models in our headset buying guide deal 30 or more hours per charge. It’s not fantastic considering the cost, however it’s not a substantial concern for me considering that I typically leave my headset at my PC or PS5 charging over night anyway (made easier by the reversible USB-C port).

Audeze Penrose

The cordless receiver is shaped like a thumb drive.

It’s easy for me to suggest the Penrose based upon its features and sound quality alone, however convenience plays an equally large function for me– and that’s where this headset is lacking the most. It’s an embarassment that the fit is so fatiguing since it’s truly the only deal-breaker. Otherwise, the Penrose might be a perfect addition to any player’s life, specifically those who desire a headset that can link to several gadgets all at once. Simply heed the warning that, for particular head shapes and for individuals conscious using hefty headphones, it might not fit your head extremely well.

Photography by Cameron Faulkner/ The Verge

Correction: Updated to show that the Penrose can’t get audio through the USB-C port, as the review initially stated. We regret this error.


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