LucidSound is a fairly new player in the gaming headset market, but that doesn’t mean that they are inexperienced, as it has been set up by veterans from the Tritton brand. So it’s fair to say that we had high hopes for a product from these guys, and we weren’t disappointed. The LS20 is an entry-to-mid level headset in the market and may be worth a look for those who feel the LS30 Wireless Headset is a little on the expensive side.
The LS20 is one of the best quality headsets I’ve seen in a while. Everything from the box, to the memory foam ear cups, to the padded headset looks and feels great. The stitched padding on the headrest looks good, and the whole frame of the device feels very premium with an aluminium finish. This is perhaps one of the only headsets I’ve tested that feels like it will last a long while, and overall it looks beautiful. It wasn’t creaky like the normal plastic headsets you get, and there isn’t a whole mess of wires to deal with which is nice. It’s evident as soon as you open the box, this is something special.
One of the best parts of the design is that whilst the ear cups are designed to be on-ear, rather than over-ear, the curvature of the headset is designed in a way that it doesn’t press too tightly against your ears, meaning the headset is very comfortable to wear. Considering the headset has a lithium ion battery that can last up to 20 hours, it doesn’t feel very heavy at all. Another great piece of design are the hinges for the ear cups, which have the perfect amount of resistance and are not loose at all. Many headsets in the same price bracket, and those above this price bracket, do not give you the ability to twist the ear cups so you can rest them on your shoulders, so this headset is trying at least to target this market as well.
The LS20 is not a full wireless headset, you will need to plug in a 3.5mm audio cable into the output of your choice. The benefit of this system is that it is compatible with anything that has a 3.5mm audio out jack. The instructions to connect it to the Xbox One, PC or PS4 are only 3 steps, specifically for the PS4 this is; plug in the jack to the PS4, set the output on the console to all devices in settings, and power on the headset until the light shows blue. There are 3 different audio modes, purple, blue and red, each for a different device. The difference between these is a modification of audio levels based on the device that you are connected to. Once connected, you can control the volume by twisting the left ear cup, and you can control the bass boost with the EQ button under the right ear-cup.
There is also a removable microphone that can be used for in-game chats etc. Thankfully though, other than the micro-USB charging cable, there aren’t any more cables to worry about. In terms of audio quality, this headset uses 40mm drivers, and the audio is standard 2-channel audio, so don’t expect surround sound here. One of the best things about the LS20 is that there is also a passive mode that can be used if you don’t want to use the extra features. The audio quality itself is very clear, even if you don’t use the built-in amplifier, and in some cases it is quite loud, especially if you plug directly into a mobile phone for example.
It’s been a long time since I’ve used a headset so much. The fact that it connects using a simple 3.5mm audio jack means that it is truly universal, and I’ve literally been using this in place of me standard headphones on PC wherever possible. It isn’t too heavy to be tiring, and doesn’t hurt your ears as the memory foam ear cups do make a big difference. This is an impressive piece of kit, that can be purchased for just £79.99 in the UK from Argos. Competitors at the same price are not as high quality, although they may offer a few extra features. If you want a full wireless headset, maybe have a look at the LucidSound LS30, though we haven’t had a chance to test that one so can’t say much on it.
If you’re looking for a universal device that you can use in place of your standard headphones for your phone, but also for gaming, this is the perfect device.
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