Tucked inside an unassuming office park in Southern California, there’s a modest factory where some of the best audiophile grade headphones are assembled on a daily basis. Audeze has built its reputation on planar magnetic technology, drivers that produce a more natural and accurate sound thanks to better frequency response and super thin components.
The company’s headquarters is just under an hour from Los Angeles in Santa Ana. Here, all of the Audeze headphones are assembled. The company even makes its planar magnetic drivers in the modest production facility, a setup that allows it to put together everything by hand, closely watch the quality control and maintain a steady innovation pace.
The key selling point for many is Mobius’ 3D audio prowess. Audeze packed in Waves Nx technology that offers head tracking, sound localization and room emulation. In other words, the 3D sound Mobius offers is a step above much of what has been done before, bringing in the ability to adjust the audio as you move your head at an impressive 1000Hz polling rate. It also means that Mobius goes beyond what a lot of 7.1 and 5.1 surround sound headsets offer. It’s a much more immersive soundscape, especially when playing games or watching multi-channel contents.
That’s the most interesting thing about Mobius: It’s much more than just a gaming headset. Though the company it targeting gamers right now, Mobius has a lot more to offer. Audeze says that not only is this the first set of planar magnetic headphones for gaming, but it’s also the first pair of planar magnetic Bluetooth headphones. And this time, we don’t have to worry about sacrificing audiophile grade sound when we want to go wireless. Yes, battery life took a hit as Audeze says we’ll be able to listen up to 10 hours on a charge. However, that’s more than enough to get us through a workday. Unlike Bose or Sony, which offers Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) in its premium wireless headphones, Audeze stays out of it to preserve the sonic quality.
Mobius supports LDAC (24-Bit/96KHz @ 990 kbit/s) wireless codec on Android 8.0+ and AAC (16-Bit/44.1KHz @ 256 kbit/s) on iOS, which means you’ll be able to stream audio that won’t waste the high quality sound these headphones offer. No Qualcomm aptX or aptX HD supported.
Like its high-end planar magnetic headphones, Audeze has something to offer sound engineers and designers with Mobius as well. When we plug in these new headphones and fire up Pro Tools, for example, Mobius shows up as an 8-channel audio device (24-Bit/192KHz). What this means is we’re a few software installs away from being able to troubleshoot and tweak 3D audio and ambisonics in realtime or experience pure 7.1 surround gaming, bluray movies and bit-perfect audio, also eliminates the need for a DAC or Headphone Amp. Purists can turn off the head tacking and 3D audio features to enjoy the unadulterated planar sound.
Unlike its other headphones, Audeze is only making the drivers for Mobius in California and ships them to China for the final assembly and packaging. The reality is the anticipated volume for Mobius won’t allow for assembling that many units in Santa Ana.
Initially Mobius appeared up for preorder on Indiegogo for $249 and the full retail price will be $399.