Audeze has a new gaming headset called Penrose, which will cost $ 299.99 when released in September, but the company knocks $ 50 discount if you pre-order it.
Audeze makes two different versions. The first has blue outlines of the ear cups and is compatible with PS5, PS4, Windows 10 and MacOS. The other model has green details and works with Microsoft consoles, the Xbox Series X and the current Xbox One range, as well as Windows PCs.
Nevertheless, there is a separate model for Xbox. An Audeze spokesman told me that the headphones are exactly the same. It is the included dongle that is different. One supports Microsoft's wireless protocol, the other does not. Each dongle works when connected to the Nintendo Switch Dock.
Apart from the dongle and color, these two models are the same in terms of functions and connections. The Penrose has a removable articulated microphone, a 3.5 mm headphone jack, a USB-C port for charging and independent volume controls for the microphone and headset. The headset can not only be connected to your game console or PC via a 2.4 GHz connection, but also supports Bluetooth 5.0 (SBC and AAC codes) for use with your phone or tablet. According to Audeze, you can run both radio modes simultaneously, so that in addition to game audio, your friend chat or a podcast can also be transmitted via the headset. That's great.
Audeze built the Penrose with its 100 mm planar magnet drivers. This type of driver can result in amazing sound quality with more expensive headphones. However, we reserve the judgment until we try it out. Former Verge Headphone expert Vlad Savov wasn't too impressed with the drivers of the 2018 Audeze Mobius headset, although Audeze worked with HyperX on the Cloud Orbit headset to mix their performance for the better. The Penrose doesn't have 3D audio or head tracking that made the Mobius unique. However, if it builds on performance, Audeze may have a fantastic gaming headset ready for the next generation of consoles.