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LucidSound LS50X dual wireless gaming headset review perfect for Xbox consoles
We try to do LucidSound product reviews for you. This time we got to try the LS50X wireless headphones, a product designed specifically for Xbox consoles, both old and new generations. The headset offers a dual wireless connection, thanks to the presence of a 2.4 GHz wireless module combined with a Bluetooth modem. This functionality, along with a solid audio compartment, is undoubtedly the highlight of the LucidSound LS50X headset.
Intrigued by this product, which is positioned at the high end with its price tag approaching 200 dollars, we decided to subject it to our traditional test to understand its true potential. In a very competitive headset market, it is not easy to emerge with the right qualities without aiming to drain buyers' wallets. Will LucidSound have succeeded in offering a good product in terms of value for money to satisfy Xbox console owners? Following several hours of use, we have a good understanding of what their quality is and who they are aimed at, so we are ready to tell you how we found ourselves with the LucidSound LS50X in our dedicated review.
As usual, we will first go over the technical specifications of the LucidSound LS50X gaming headset. As a product, they fall into the category of over-ear wireless headphones, with a simultaneous 2.4 GHz connection for Xbox consoles along with classic Bluetooth. The latter uses the 4.2 version standard, thus rather dated and lacking the new additions found in version 5 or later. The traditional 3.5-millimeter jack connection is not missing either, to make them compatible even with unofficially supported consoles. The LucidSound LS50X is designed and certified by Microsoft for Xbox and Windows PC systems. Under the shell of the earcups hide 50-millimeter neodymium drivers, capable of achieving a rather classic frequency response from 20 Hz up to 20 kHz.
In the package is a 3.5-millimeter jack cable with which we were also able to connect the headphones to the Dualsense of PlayStation 5 and Nintendo Switch without any difficulty. At the same time, LucidSound provides a USB stick for pairing with Xbox consoles and a USB-C cable for charging the device. It is too bad that the USB-C connection cannot be used for audio playback, as it would have allowed, for example, a PC user who is close to their gaming machine to be able to use the headset directly while it is charging.
There are also two microphones, one built-in of lower quality and one on the removable boom with active audio feedback in the headset to hear your voice in real-time. Being wireless headphones, it is also important to mention their battery life, which comfortably reaches 20 hours of use, even using the dual Bluetooth and 2.4 GHz connection. To achieve this, a rather generous battery size has been implemented, as the overall weight of the headset reaches 406 grams, which is not a small amount at all.
- Type: over-ear headphones
- Driver: 50mm neodymium
- Frequency response: 20 Hz - 20 kHz
- Wireless 2.4 GHz
- Bluetooth 4.2
- 3.5 mm jack
- Xbox One
- Xbox Series X|S
- Bluetooth devices
- Microphone stand
- Internal microphone
- Weight: 406 grams
- Autonomy: 22 hours
Upon opening the packaging, we were not immediately confronted with LucidSound's product. The LS50X headphones, along with all cables and accessories, are stored in a hard case, covered with a synthetic material that is pleasant to the touch. An interesting addition, especially for those who wish to transport the headphones outdoors, without risking ruining their design. Speaking precisely of the latter, the first thing that caught our attention was the clear stitching present on the underside of the headband and the earcup pads. A peculiar choice, though not too flashy, that gives these headphones a slightly retro style, approaching for example the popular Marshall products. The rest of the design also sticks to rather restrained lines and colors. The lettering and the LucidSound logo are visible, but without becoming a disturbing element.
The materials chosen in the design are made of plastic, while the headphones' supporting structure, which starts from the headband and reaches the earcup support, is made of rather rigid aluminum. The LS50X headphones do not offer a high degree of mobility and squeeze quite a bit on the head. While this feature is an advantage, because the headphones do not move an inch during use, it might bother those with a skull with a generous size because of the excessive pressure exerted by the earcups. To make matters worse we absolutely must also mention the weight of these LS50Xs, because at 406 grams they are not light at all. LucidSound has done a good job of trying to overshadow this factor by focusing on good wearability, but it has only partially succeeded. In short, one will not so easily forget to wear these headphones.
The pads are covered in leather, while the surface that contacts the skull is made of breathable synthetic material. Inside, LucidSound has placed a gel that can best dissipate heat to prevent sweating in the warmer months of the year. While on paper they have all the characteristics to be good pads, they did not entirely convince us because of the center hole that may not cover the larger lobes and in general because of stiffness. While they look very thick on the outside, they are stiff on the inside and do not allow the material to adapt well to the curvatures of the skull.
On the right earcup is a 3.5-millimeter jack input, a USB-C port for charging the device, input for the microphone stand, and the power on/off button. Two notification LEDs indicate the status of wireless connections as well as the remaining battery life. On the right earcup, on the other hand, we find a single button for choosing different preset equalizations and initiating Bluetooth pairing. Controls for managing Bluetooth playback, microphone activation, chat volume balance, and general volumes have been implemented on the flat surface outside the earcups. They are unintuitive at first and, in the case of the volume wheel, also inaccurate. With time one gets used to using them, but we would have much preferred to have a classic volume wheel with a good mechanical grip, accompanied by a set of buttons for controlling the playback of the two audio sources. Fortunately, LucidSound has introduced voice feedback that alerts us, for example, when Bluetooth pairing starts, battery status, or standby mode is activated.
The first thing we want to mention about our experience with the LucidSound LS50Xs is their ease of use. Pairing with Microsoft consoles happens with truly disarming speed. All we need to do is plug the included USB stick into one of the ports on the console and we can immediately immerse ourselves in our gaming sessions. The Bluetooth connection, while requiring a few more steps, remains just as simple and intuitive. Once the two audio sources are paired, we can play two sound contents simultaneously in the same pair of headphones. This feature is undoubtedly very interesting for those who want, for example, to play games and listen to their music at the same time. Likewise, the dual audio connection can be useful for those who want to quickly answer a call while playing a movie on the Xbox console or to use Discord in a cross-play session. Lacking, however, is the ability to manage the two audio source volumes separately, having only the overall volume adjustment available on the headset, which impacts both sources.
As already mentioned in the design section, even following our extensive testing we did not find any particular positive feelings in terms of wearability. The headset does not overly warm the surface around the ears, but its weight and poor mobility are noticeable, especially during prolonged sessions of use. On top of this comes a barely perceptible passive isolation, which could be distracting to the user if they were to use the headset in a noisy environment, such as with a Bluetooth connection outside. They might be a good choice, however, for those with a skull of a smaller size, as these headphones enjoy a good grip and do not slip with sharp head movements.
So let's cut to the chase: how do these LucidSound LS50Xs sound? The two 50-millimeter drivers can faithfully reproduce the entire range of supported frequencies. The treble, midrange, and bass tones are well balanced, although we perceived some weakness in the low frequencies, which are under-emphasized in certain situations. With a quick press of the dedicated Bluetooth button, it is possible to change the equalization by choosing from five presets bass boost, cinema mode, music mode, flat EQ, and Signature Sound. In this way, we can easily adapt the listening experience without having to manually intervene in the sound settings. For example, in FPS games we turned on bass boost EQ, which allowed us to better hear enemy footsteps and explosions caused by other players in the building next door. Volumes are handled well, allowing the user to push quite a bit with power, without ever distorting the sound. So the overall quality is good, but we would have expected more from a headset in this price range.
We tested the LS50X in music playback via Bluetooth pairing with our smartphone. The headphones defended themselves well in this case as well, however, we again missed the boost in the bass tones. For example, the kick drum in rock songs, or the bass of a rap base does not fully satisfy the listener.
Very similar discourse when it comes to movies and TV series, where LucidSound's headset certainly enhances the experience compared to speakers on a TV or mobile device. Sound details stand out without too much difficulty and in general, the headset gives a good sense of immersion in our favorite films and TV shows. However, do not expect sound performance on par with headphones with 7.1-channel virtual audio, perhaps even with Dolby Atmos support, where the directionality of sounds is on a whole other level.
Finally, we want to tell you about the two microphones in the LucidSound LS50X. The built-in one we do not recommend for prolonged use of voice communication because the sampling does not guarantee good voice quality. It can be used to quickly answer a call or send a voice message while we are outside and do not want to use the microphone on the removable boom. The latter, on the other hand, defends itself much better, thanks to improved sampling and the ability to eliminate some surrounding noises to give more emphasis to our voice. We are still far from a perfect product, in fact, although voice communication with friends in chat appears to be clear, we do not recommend its use for example for doing live streams on Twitch or for recording multimedia content to be uploaded to other platforms.
Pros and Cons
- Dual 2.4 GHz wireless and Bluetooth connection
- Excellent compatibility and ease of use with Xbox systems
- Solid sound quality
- Some uncertainties on bass tones
- Controls on earcups unintuitive
- Wearability to be reviewed due to weight and ergonomics
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