Audeze - Mobius Headphone & Gaming Headset w/ 3D Sound
Audeze Mobius Headphone & Gaming Headset w/ 3D Sound
Audeze Mobius is an ambitious wireless/wired headphone designed for gamers and audio enthusiasts. The Mobius is packed with technology including Waves Nx Technology for 3D Sound, Head Tracking, Room Emulation, Built-in amplifiers and preset EQ's. These headphones were built with gaming in mind but their comfort, battery life and simulated surround sound make them perfect for movies and music.
The build quality and design of the Mobius headphones make them ideal for long listening, gaming, and travel. The multiple input options make them great for computers, cellphones, or your home stereo. While these headphones are very comfortable and versatile, memorizing the adjustments can take some getting used to. It took us about a day to figure out every control and the quickest way to use them.
The two features that really stand out and intrigue us are the 3D Emulation and the Planar Magnetic drivers.
What do they mean by 3D sound?
Audeze utilizes a technology called Waves Nx Technology to create a 3D soundscape. Once you engage the 3D setting, it will center your sound to the direction you’re facing. As you rotate your head, the sound still seems to be coming from the original direction using a “sound shadow”. The 3D processing manages to be impressively immersive using three things:
Sound Localization- As the positioning of your head changes, Mobius identifies and maintains the source of the sound, changing dynamically as you move.
Integrated Head Tracking- Mobius precisely tracks even the tiniest of head movements -- 1000 times a second, and feeds the 3D emulation algorithm.
Room Emulation- A sophisticated customizable tool that creates a sense of space and reflection of the sound within a room.
The 3D soundscape is made to help with accuracy of sound location inside of games, and it does a great job with that, but we have found that this versatile headphone performs well for many other uses. When we watch movies and videos, the Mobius' sound seems as if it's actually coming from our monitor. This can be extremely useful when you’re on a flight and have to watch a movie on your laptop because it’s almost as if your ears are registering the sound like it’s from a speaker. Audeze mentions lowered ear fatigue, and it’s very apparent when in 3D mode.
Planar Magnetic Drivers
The Planar Magnetic drivers give these headphones a HUGE advantage over most Bluetooth headphones and gaming headsets. Most headphone manufacturers use Dynamic drivers in their products because they are cheaper, easy to power, and can be fitted to most headphones.
With fully-integrated surround sound functionality, Mobius produces the same awe-inspiring cinematic experience you would find in a theater. Immerse yourself in your favorite movie. Unplug and listen to music or binge watch your favorite movie in full 360 surround sound audio.
The left ear-cup houses the many controls and adjustments for these headphones:
Volume Adjustment Wheel - Clicks to pair Bluetooth to previous devices, and change songs
Microphone Level Adjustment Wheel – Click to adjust EQs, and audio mode (stereo, HiFi, 7.1 Surround)
3D Sound Centering Button- Calibrates 3D emulation and toggles on/off
Detachable Microphone Input- Attaches included microphone
USB-C Charging and Audio Input- Connect included (USB-C to USB-C) or (USB-C to USB-A)
3.5mm Input- To use the included 3.5mm audio cable
On/Off Button- Toggles power and Bluetooth pairing
Style Over-ear, closed-circumaural
Transducer type Planar transducer
Diaphragm Ultra-thin Uniforce™
Phase management FAZOR
Magnet type Neodymium N50, Fluxor Magnets
Diaphragm type Ultra-thin Uniforce™
Transducer size 100 mm
DSP Audeze Cipher DSP
Amplifier Built-in balanced amplifier (output 1W)
Maximum SPL >120dB
Frequency response 10Hz – 50kHz
THD < 0.1% (1 kHz, 1 mW)
Earpads Contoured memory foam: artificial leather
Microphone Detachable with separate volume control
Battery type Lithium-polymer
Wireless Connection Bluetooth (SBC, AAC, LDAC)
Wired Connection USB-C, USB-A, 3.5mm analog audio
Weight 350g (including battery)
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