Lu­cidSound LS25

Beats, not by Dre

PCPOWERPLAY - - Tech // Reviews - Price $ 149 www.lu­cidsound.com

The de­sign of the LS25 and LS30 head­set may look a lit­tle fa­mil­iar if you’ve ever seen peo­ple with more fash­ion sense than com­mon sense. The head­set may look a fair bit like the Mixr and EP Beats head­sets, but for our money the LS25 de­liv­ers bet­ter sound qual­ity than ei­ther for a sub­stan­tially more rea­son­able price. That said, for the ask­ing price, you’d ex­pect a lit­tle more from a head­set than just look­ing good and sound­ing bet­ter than some­thing from the Beats range.

Let’s start with the good. The LS25 is a fan­tas­ti­cally con­structed head­set that sits very lightly on the head and can be used for hours on end with­out dis­com­fort – a rather im­por­tant fea­ture con­sid­er­ing that the head­set was de­signed for es­ports. Each of the earcups houses a 50mm driver ca­pa­ble of de­liv­er­ing some ex­cel­lent sound qual­ity at a good vol­ume. In keep­ing with the es­ports fo­cussed de­sign, the LS25 fea­tures vol­ume and mute con­trols on the earcups so the­o­ret­i­cally play­ers can make changes quickly and in­tu­itively rather than hav­ing to search for in­line con­trols.

The head­set fea­tures two mi­cro­phones – one built-in and one de­tach­able boom mic, but for the most part both of them are un­der­whelm­ing to say the least. The mics work ad­e­quately in a rel­a­tively quiet set­ting but any­thing louder than a lit­tle back­ground noise ren­ders voice com­mu­ni­ca­tion flat and muddy.

If the LS25 head­set was around $30 cheaper we’d def­i­nitely rec­om­mend them, but given how many ex­cel­lent head­sets are avail­able for around $120, Lu­cidSound just haven’t in­cluded enough fea­tures to jus­tify a higher price point. DANIEL WILKS

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