Audeze Penrose Wireless Gaming Headset $399 @ Addicted to Audio

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Preorder for these new planars from Audeze are $100 aud off the rrp. There are ps5 and Xbsx versions. Not sure how much longer this preorder pricing will last. Website suggests it will end November.

There is a bit of hype surrounding these. They are basically the much more expensive Mobius' without the head tracking, better mic, wireless and bluetooth, new console ready. Should be a stellar headset.

This is a niche product for audiophile gamers. If you don't understand why people would spend this kind of money on a premium headset then run along - this product is not for you.

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  • Too bad that it will work only on one console system over usb dongle. I will have both consoles on launch and not sure which version to get. (1st world problem)

    • They have mentioned there is a real high chance you can just buy a separate dongle for the second machine so it's just whatever colour you want

    • Might be possible to use the Penrose X with both, and use the bluetooth functionality for voice, but I have no experience with a dual connection headset for that purpose.

      Head-fi has a decent thread on these, might be worth searching through: https://www.head-fi.org/threads/audeze-penrose-x-and-penrose...

      • To be clear my reference to Bluetooth functionality was for the PS4/PS5 voice chat protocol, and this is a behaviour that's been observed with the Arctis 9X, which should theoretically be unable to be used for voice comms on the PS4.

        The idea is you plug the dongle in, get audio, then connect via Bluetooth for the mic.

        • No, and you wouldn't want that, BT voice chat is shite. PS4 doesn't do BT chat.

          • @snuke: Depends on the protocol, but no it wouldn't be ideal for competitive comms.

            I still feel the Penrose X would be the most versatile option overall.

            • @jasswolf: No, regardless of Protocol, BT audio is subpar in comparison to 2.4Ghz wireless audio protocols. Voice chat in particular is suffers.

              Penrose X is not supposed to work with Macs, however, it very well may do, and it very well may work with PS5/4 as just the Arctis 7X does. There is a switch on the Xs dongle to allow it to work outside of the MS chips requirement. As PlayStation uses the open 2.4Ghz wireless audio specs instead of the proprietary that MS use, PS5 has a great chance of working with it.

              • @snuke: It really would depend on the protocol and how much bitrate is afforded to the mic, but after more reading it seems I was working from bad info.

                Both BT and other 2.4 GHz wireless protocols can drive down to 15 ms pretty easily, just BT tends to do that through proprietary means similar to non-BT wireless (eg. console wireless controllers).

                Bluetooth 5.2 will start to change that.

                For non competitive comms, Bluetooth protocols for console, PC or mobile should be fine, the latter being via something like Discord.

                The Penrose X remains the safer choice when using both console brands, at least until when/if Audeze offer the dongles separately (nothing is currently confirmed).

              • @snuke: Audeze are now quietly letting people know that the Penrose X works fine with PS4 and PS5 via their customer support channels.

    • Same issue here. The Steelseries Arctis 7X will work with both, but no word on the local release date yet.

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    There is a reason you never buy gaming cans, buy a proper pair of stereo cans, while the 3D positioning is cool, can't this be attached to normal cans via a tracker?

    • That's pretty much what this one is. It's just a pair of stereo cans with a mic and USB wireless chucked on, they sell a separate product with all the 3D positioning stuff.

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        I dunno, not a fan of wireless cans, the battery can be an expensive replacement if it can be replaced.
        I run HD 600s 650s for gaming, simple lapel mic so the set up can do many different things.

        People can chose how to spend their money the way they want though.

  • Addidcted to Audio are owned by the same people that are the distributors for Audeze, this is AtA message re Penrose:

    You have pre-ordered the new Audeze Penrose, which is due to arrive with us in mid-to-late November, will make sure to ship your order out as soon as it arrives with us!

    A few points about these taken from here - https://www.head-fi.org/threads/audeze-penrose-x-and-penrose...

    Game/chat mix is supported via the headphone on Xbox but unlike Xbox PS4/PS5 does not expose the control for the mix via USB. So you will have to do the Game/Chat mix on the console.

    Penrose will be able to take advantage of the 3D audio on PS5 when it is made available

    Yes Penrose will have Side-tone toggling (on or off).

    Battery life: ~15hrs when playing white noise at 85dB (DRP)

    Battery is not user replaceable, they need to be shipped to us for replacement if needed. Penrose is an active only headset; so it will not work if battery is completely drained.

    2.4Ghz wireless Lossless Game Audio with lowest possible latency of 16ms.

    Bluetooth for connecting to phone or PC at the same time as 2.4Ghz wireless audio.

    Broadcast quality microphone by Shure, best in class for wireless headset.

    Mic does go through headset amp

    Mobius ear cups will fit Penrose.

    Penrose X will ship later than no X due to Microsoft certification holding up the X version.