Lucid Sound is a newcomer to the industry by name, but not by the team behind it. Comprised of members of the audio industry (most namely Tritton), Lucid Sound seeks to deliver on everything other audio headset companies fail to: performance and sound. Lucid Sound’s goal is not to provide you with flashy super futuristic designed headsets that look like spaceships on your head, but to provide a modern and contemporary design with impressive sound quality that rivals brands at the top. I got the opportunity to talk with some of the people at Lucid Sound during PAX East this year and wanted to highlight the awesome products they’re offering to us gamers.
What you’ll notice first about the Lucid Sound headsets is the design. It’s visually very clean, modern, and doesn’t rely on flashy gimmicks or obvious mechanical input. Instead, the logo panel is actually a well disguised button. The bezel that encompasses it? That’s actually a volume/chat knob, depending on which side of the headset you’re on. A basic microphone is concealed inside the headset itself, but an additional boom microphone (included) can be attached for even crisper quality when chatting with your friends.
This is done so that these headsets can provide a one-stop solution for your audio needs. Want to jump into a game and talk with your friends? You can do that with ease because you won’t have to grab the boom mic wherever you might have left it. Perhaps you’re using the headset with your phone and just want to make a quick phone call, that’s the possibilities you unlock with Lucid Sound.
Let’s talk options:
The Lucid Sound brand has three current offerings, the LS20, LS30, and LS40.
The LS20 is the entry-level model, with a great price of $99.99. While most would say “that’s not an entry-level price,” I disagree. If you’re serious about getting a good quality headset for gaming that’s comfortable for more than 35 seconds and has a battery that can last all day, you’ve got to extend your budget to more than $50 bucks. A good headset needs to be comfortable for all-day use (we’re gamers, we marathon and binge on this stuff), and also needs to feel like it won’t fall apart if we get a little frustrated with a failed raid attempt. The LS20 sports 40mm speakers with Neodymium magnets for deep bass and clear highs, and has an amplified bass boost mode to give even more depth to the sound. Forgot to charge it? No worries, you can still use the headset in passive mode. It should be noted that the LS20 is not wireless, but connects via a 3.5mm headphone cable. The battery charge provides the amplifier build into the headset with additional audio performance. The volume controls and mute/mic controls are intuitive and easy to use, and the headset has several modes (one for PS4, Xbox, PC, etc.) to maximize the audio quality based on how you’re using them.
If that wasn’t enough, I’ll say again that the LS20 is the entry-level model. We haven’t even touched the LS30 and the LS40 models. The LS30 steps up and provides 50mm speakers for even better sound. Top it off with full wireless experience for your gaming consoles, and even get uncompressed optical audio via a USB adapter that connects to your game console. The LS30 runs $149.99 and again, equally as comfortable as the LS20 but with even larger padding to make it even plushier on your ears.
Finally we come to the creme of the crop. The LS40 is Lucid Sound’s top of the line headset featuring 7.1 Surround Sound. With 2 surround modes, the LS40 takes sound to the next level with a built-in rechargeable battery that will last 15 hours, but still works in passive mode via 3.5mm adapter. Just like the LS20 and LS30, the 40’s have the same intuitive controls on the sides of the headset, making volume and chat adjustments super simple and quick. The LS30 and LS40 both have the USB adapter for uncompressed audio (via the included optical cable) for the best experience possible on your gaming console. Like the 20’s and 30’s you can use a 3.5mm audio cable to connect them to your phone, laptop, Nintendo Switch, etc. There is also a built in mic so that if you’re using them on your phone, you don’t need to carry around the extended boom mic that attaches to them. It’s a great feature that makes the headset really versatile for the gamer who also wants to take advantage of the sound quality outside of the game room. While they’ll run you $199.99, you’re getting a great headset for the value.
So in short, definitely consider the Lucid Sound headsets if you’re looking for something to add to your gaming experience. With three great options to choose from, two of which provide wireless gaming audio, you might have to rethink your next headset purchase and check these out. They’re available (in the US) at Amazon, Best Buy, GameStop, Newegg, Target, and BJs. You can find other retailers in other parts of the world here.
For more information feel free to check out the Lucid Sound website.
Source: Lucid Sound
-Written by Andrew(@SoAfterISaid)