Headsets are a dime a dozen and you can find several different iterations of them from all different companies online and in brick and mortar stores. LucidSound’s newest design to hit shelves tries to bring something better to the budget world of Xbox gaming with its Advanced Wired headset, its signature earpiece volume controls, and more. Here is our review of the LucidSound LS10X Advanced Wireless Headset.
- Cost: $59.99 USD
- Speaker Size: 50mm
- Sound Space: Stereo Sound – Surround Sound on Xbox Using Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic
- Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Console Game Audio: 3.5mm
- Console Chat: 3.5mm
- Mobile: 3.5mm
- Weight: 256g
- Ear Coupling: Over-ear
- Microphone: Omni-directional, removable LED mute indicator + built-in mic
Quality headsets are easy to find if you know the right company to look for, but even if you go to a good company looking for a headset it doesn’t mean it will be all that good. We have reviewed quite a few headsets in the last year, and Lucidsound LS10X Xbox headset is one that hits on a couple of things and misses on others. Let’s take a look.
When we take a look at the headset for the first time we notice one thing, the cushioning. The ear cushions on this peripheral are a super-soft leatherette material. They are comfortable to wear and don’t cause any strain on your head or ears. The main headband is made up of plastic but has a cushion on the inner top of the headset to hold it in place. It is also adjustable to fit any head size. As opposed to some other headsets I have worn previously, this one stayed comfortable even for long gaming sessions.
Unlike most headsets, the LS10X comes with two microphones. One is built directly into the left ear-cup and the other is a detachable microphone with red LED light to show whether you are muted or talking. When using the mic in-game people had no problem hearing me, which is a good sign of quality. There was no static or any other background noise from the microphone.
Equipped with state-of-the-art neodymium magnets, you will hear very clear highs along with deep bass. The speakers are a standard 50mm size and attach directly to your PC, mobile device, or Xbox controller with a 1.2-meter long cord with 3.5mm jack. I will mention that while the audio was fairly good on all three systems there were some minor things I ran into sound-wise for each.
When I was testing the headset, one thing that I always do first is to check directional audio. I love to use Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Escape from Tarkov for this test. The two games have good directional audio and they are very different in their approach for this feature as well which is a great test for headsets. In both of these games, I could clearly hear from which directions explosions and gunshots were coming from. The only disparity here is the overall depth of sound. The audio for shots and explosions sounded a lot further away than they actually were in both games. I could still make out which direction the shots were coming from though, and the sounds for each were louder when I turned into them but still quiet. On mobile devices, I played Dragonball Dokkan Battle and when you play it the audio is very clear with no disconnect between the actions. Music played through YouTube or other streaming services played very well also. Finally on Xbox, with the Windows Sonic Surround Sound installed, it sounded like the audio for explosions and other directional sounds was better than on the PC, but it was still a little on the silent side. I could still make out where all of the audio was coming from though. Other than these few issues, it sounded acceptable when I was using it as compared to other comparably priced Xbox headsets from competitors such as Turtle Beach.
Lucid Sound set out to make an advanced headset for Xbox, that still houses compatibility for other devices, while making it cheaper than other headsets as well. I feel that they have accomplished that. There were some issues with the device in terms of the directional audio, but those were the only complaints that I had. For a budget gamer who wants something better than a basic Xbox headset, the Lucidsound LS10X would be a good choice for the price. You can check out this headset at the Lucidsound website or grab it from major retailers, where it will set you back around $59.99.
- Affordable for budget gamers
- Comfortable earpieces
- Detachable microphone with built-in microphone for easier use
· Audio is quieter than anticipated for certain situations