When I was told that I would be reviewing a wireless gaming headset, I did not know what to expect — gaming headsets have a wide range of looks, ranging from cheesy and cheap-looking to sleek and stylish. So needless to say, I was in awe when I unboxed the LucidSound LS30. It looks very stylish and felt very sturdy; it did not come off as one of those cheap gaming headsets that feel like they will break if you move them around too much. The headset I reviewed had a color scheme of black and silver/gray that seemed perfect for this headset, but there’s a pretty terrific-looking white and gold option available, as well.
The headset is labeled as a universal gaming headset, but it lacks support for PC and Wii U gaming — you can use the headset for both, but it’s optimized to work with the PS4, Xbox One, PS3, and Xbox 360. The headset has very convenient features on the headphone itself. The right side of the headphone has a mic volume wheel and mic mute button, while the left side has a game volume and game mute button. This allowed me to quickly raise and lower both my game sound and mic volume without having to fumble around looking for a controller or a wire with some buttons on it. It functions perfectly as a wireless headset with these additions. I will note that I also tested the headphones on the PC and there were mixed results. The mic and volume wheels would sometimes work correctly, sometimes not, and sometimes the function of the wheels would change. What I mean by that is that the right side will control the mic volume instead of the game volume and the left side will control the chat volume instead of the mic volume.
The LS30 is meant to be a pretty good all-around pair of headphones, too. The first music test for these headphones was Norah Jones’ ‘Don’t Know Why’ on the Xbox One YouTube app. It performed wonderfully; every note that came out of her voice and the instruments were crisp and alternated between the left and right speakers near perfectly. It projects a very rich bass and the EQ button on the headset allows the user to switch between three EQ modes that project very different sounds. I just wish that there was actually a description of what each EQ mode did in the manual (ed. note: the modes are normal, bass boost, and treble boost — more information can be found here).
The next test was Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 on the PS4. This was a bit more of a hassle because the headphones required that an additional optical audio cable be connected from the USB dongle to the PS4. However, once it was all set up, the LS30 performed flawlessly with no discernible audio delay. The headphones do not claim to approximate full surround sound, but they allowed me to have great awareness of my surroundings during gameplay. I could hear whether teammates were coming from my left or right side. The boom mic is a perfect addition to this type of headphone. It picked up my voice with great clarity and it could be moved closer to or farther from my mouth as needed, or detached completely if you want to use these headphones to listen to music on a mobile device.
As for comfort, I would say I have a slightly big head with average sized ears and I was able to use the LS30 for about six hours before my ears started getting warm, but that is typical of over the ear headsets like these. The headset does use round ear cups, and individuals with larger ears might find them to be a bit uncomfortable as opposed to headsets that have oval or square ear cups.
The headset charges very quickly and will last roughly 15 hours with regular usage. It will also work while powered off when used with an audio cable and a mobile device. There is no major loss of sound quality when using it as a regular headset for a mobile phone or handheld music player.