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if you are a gaming junkie you would have definitely heard the brand Audeze .They are really good in making amazing Xbox, Play station friendly headphones with good design. Audeze Penrose is Low-Latency, Wireless, Planar Magnetic Headset which is already quite good.Mobius model is well known for it’s sound quality specifically designed for PC usage , it has 3D audio and head-tracking technology Company claims newer Maxwell has better and improved low-latency wireless range , stability performance over Audze Penrose. So let’s start Audeze Penrose vs Maxwell vs Mobius.
Looking at the similarities between these two high tech gaming headphones
Audeze Penrose, Mobius and maxwell all these headphones are Planar magnetic headphones (orthodynamic or isodynamic).
Which means the way they are built it has elements of both dynamic and electrostatic headphones. A conductive diaphragm is between magnets to create a planar driver. That’s why the name Planner magnetic head-phones. These headphones are gaining popularity since 2010 and Audeze is well known brand in making such headphones.
Audeze Penrose, Mobius as well as Maxwell offers frequency response of 10 Hz-50 Khz.
These range is above average and can support good bass, mids and treble.
Both Audeze Penrose and Maxwell offers detailed , punchy , immersive , crisp and clear sound quality. It does it all whether you are using it to watch movie , listen to jazz music or playing games.
Mobius with it’s 3D Audio does it better compare to Penrose and maxwell but it’s quite comparative
In this section, we will discuss the difference between the Audeze Penrose(2022) , Mobius (2022) and the Maxwell ( 2023 )
Appearance and design
With Maxwell series Audeze made significant changes in their style, weight, and color. So, let’s take a look at them.
Let’s admit it we had couple of complains on how Audeze penrose was designed. We din’t like its flat looking design. If you are using Audeze Penrose you probably need to add some cushion headband if you don’t have enough hair to support with that. Also brand new headphones has higher force clamping on your ears which can also reduced after couple of months.
Gamers also tend to buy stand and earpads to reduce the clamping force of these headphones.
Auduze Mobius’s built quality is good which is expected for a headphone which is priced at $399. The headphone is coated in silicon rubberized material that gives cool, stealth and mate black finish. Which we love it.
Headband is not easy to adjust , it’s just too tight and difficult to adjust the right setting. But if you are not changing the setting offer it should not be a problem for you. Clamping force is high, you might need to get used to it if you are more into comfortable headphone. it is weighted at around 350 Grams.
it has nice earpads which made out of artificial leather so you don’t need to spend extra $ for earpads.
One thing we hate about Mobius is length of USB cable. Just to remind you Mobius is primarily a wired headphone it does support bluetooth but if you want to experience it’s full 8 channel audio you need wired connection. The cable length for USB is only 1.5 meters and analong aux is only 1.2 meters. Which can create problem if you want some distance and you might need extension .
Maxwell headphone is weighing at around 1.08 pounds (490gm ) Heavier then Penrose. But Designer has provided better comfort with it.It has a spring-steel head-band with a suspension strap you can adjust. The Design is cup style which provide better noise cancellation then Audeze Penrose .
Audeze maxwell comes with deluxe contoured earpads and replaceable suspension strap.
Audeze Maxwell is better than Penrose in so many ways.It is designed keeping long hours of gaming in mind. It is comfortable, good fit and looks cool on my bald head.
The winner : Maxwell as it provides better comfort and design over Audeze Penrose headphones.
Battery Life Audeze Penrose vs Maxwell vs Mobius
Penrose uses Lithium-polymer style battery .Estimated battery life of 15hr with wireless mode. it is ok for charging every 3-4 days. The biggest downside for Penrose model was it takes up to 5 hours sometimes to fully charge.
Mobius model uses Lithium-polymer style battery .Estimated battery life of around 10hr with 3D audio mode on . it is ok for charging every 3-4 days. The biggest downside for Mobius model was it takes up to 4 hours sometimes to fully charge.
Audeze has done a big improved when it comes to battery life. it also uses Lithium-polymer style battery but higher battery capacity 1800mAh. Audeze maxwell provides 80hours+ battery life compared to Penrose. Full charge with USB-C type cable is reached in 2.5 hours. It can be also be charged 25% in just 20 minutes ! Which is pretty good for a day use.
If you are not an organized gamer , Audeze maxwell is for you. with this headphone you do not need to worry about battery running out issues.
The winner : Maxwell
This section discusses the differences in their unique features, controls, connectivity, and more.
Penrose has all basic and necessary ports and buttons for regular gaming use. Microphones , 3.5 MM jack , Perfectly placed mute button, 5.0 Bluetooth connection.
Audeze penrose has decent microphone which is detachable and broadcast quality.
The Penrose offers a neutral sound profile, which can be personalized using the accompanying software. It incorporates a mic-mute toggle switch, a multi-functional power button that facilitates Bluetooth pairing, and a convenient pause/play button.
Mobius primarily wired headphone keeping PC usage in mind. But it still works with Xbox, switch , IOS and android . it has all basic and necessary ports and buttons for regular gaming or PC use. it comes with detachable Microphones , 3.5 MM jack , Perfectly placed mute button, SBC, AAC, LDAC Bluetooth connection.
Audeze Mobius has really good microphone which is detachable and broadcast quality.
it can able to achieve with ground breaking Waves NX Technology . We tried the headphone and every one in studio loved the 3D audio feeling. It is fully immersive sound experience . People who loves Life music and clubbing theme , this is the headphone to go .
The Audeze Mobius features advanced sound localization, consistently tracking sound sources as you move your head. With precise head tracking occurring 1,000 times per second, the Mobius ensures accurate alignment with your movements. Additionally, the headset offers room emulation, generating a convincing spatial and reflective audio environment.
Apart from all the functions of Penrose Audeze maxwell comes with hardware based AI Which can filter out noise from your background when you are speaking or singing . This is pretty good for your listeners.
Audeze Maxwell has upgraded the microphone in this model Which is Detachable and hypercardioid boom microphone. in layman’s term you can become a singer as it got directional pitch detection .
There are two versions of Maxwell. 1 for PlayStation which supports Tempest 3D Audio on PS5 and Personal computers. 2nd version is for xbox which comes with a Dolby Atmos License for that will activated automatically When you are using it with Xbox Series X/S and PC.This version will also cost you 40$ more compared with playstation version due to added license cost for Dolby atmos. This is one of the very few headphone which can support this. Not even Steel Series Arctis Nova Pro Wireless or Asus Rog supports this .
The Maxwell headphones incorporate a “sidetone” feature, allowing real-time self-voice monitoring. With EQ customization in the sound stage, these headphones enhance immersion or competitive advantage, as highlighted by Moon Audio. Supporting the LDAC codec, they enable Hi-Res audio streaming. Furthermore, these headphones offer multipoint support, allowing simultaneous connections to multiple devices.
The winner : Audeze maxwell and Mobius
Latency of headphone
This is important for gamers. you do not want your headphone to play a sound once receiving it so late that it is not in sync with game you are playing or movie you are watching.
The Audeze Penrose headset boasts remarkable audio performance with Audeze’s signature 100mm planar magnetic drivers. Its wireless connectivity excels with a lossless 2.4GHz low-latency connection, ensuring top-tier audio quality and seamless communication.
The Audeze Mobius predominantly operates as a wired USB headset, presenting itself as an eight-channel surround output to your computer. It incorporates 3D audio and head-tracking tech, distinct from the Penrose model. On the other hand, the Penrose focuses on wireless functionality with lossless, low-latency transmission. It functions as a two-channel stereo headset, utilizing a 2.4GHz USB transmitter.
The Audeze Maxwell is a better choice compared to Penrose and Mobius version as it gives Ultra-Low Latency headphone. it is 3X Range of Traditional 2.4Ghz. While this difference is significant on the paper practical usage is not that difference when you use it. While Maxwell purely designed keeping latency in mind Penrose is still good for Console gamers.
The winner : Audeze maxwell
Pros and Cons
Before our final verdict, we will go over a few pros and cons of the Maxwell, Mobius and the Penrose .
Runner up Audeze Penrose 🥈
Winner Audeze Maxwell🥇
3rd place Audeze Mobius🥉