The Audeze Penrose Wireless are planar magnetic headphones designed for gaming. They retain the same level of comfort as the Audeze Mobius, as well as a similarly neutral, although slightly dark sound profile suitable for a variety of audio content. You can also customize it to your liking using the AudezeHQ app. These headphones support Bluetooth for more casual day-to-day use, as well as non-Bluetooth wireless, which ensures low latency while you game. They have slightly over 13 hours of continuous battery life. However, unlike the Mobius, they lack a built-in virtual surround feature as well as a carrying case.
The Audeze Penrose are decent for neutral sound. They have a neutral sound profile due to their flat bass and mid-ranges. However, the treble range is underemphasized, resulting in a dark, veiled sound. Unlike the Audeze Mobius, they also lack built-in virtual soundstage features, which is a little disappointing. While they also deliver audio somewhat consistently, they're prone to slight variations in the treble range.
The Audeze Penrose are adequate for commute and travel. While they're comfortable, well-built, and have a good overall battery life, they barely block out any noise, so you're likely to hear the rumble of bus engines or ambient chatter from other passengers. They're also bulky and lack a carrying case to protect them when you're on-the-go.
The Audeze Penrose are okay for sports and fitness, but they're not really designed for this purpose. While they're comfortable and can be used wirelessly with your smartphone via Bluetooth, they can fall off your head with moderate movement. They also have a bulky design and aren't very portable.
The Audeze Penrose are reasonable for office use. They have a comfortable fit as well as a bit over 13 hours of continuous playback time, which should be enough to last through long days at the office. However, they struggle to reduce ambient chatter around you and they leak a little bit of audio, so your colleagues may be able to hear it.
The Audeze Penrose are good for wireless gaming. These comfortable headphones have low latency via their wireless dongle and deliver over 13 hours of continuous playtime. They also have a neutral sound profile that can be customized via their companion app, and their mic offers great overall performance, so teammates can easily understand you. On the downside, unlike the Audeze Mobius, they lack a built-in virtual soundstage feature.
The Audeze Penrose are very good for wired gaming. Their 1/8" TRRS cable offers full compatibility with consoles that have an AUX jack. They're also comfortable, have a neutral sound profile that can be customized through their companion app, and their boom mic can capture your voice clearly. However, they lack a built-in virtual soundstage feature.
The Audeze Penrose are decent for phone calls. Their detachable boom mic does a good job of capturing your voice, so speech sounds clear and full-bodied, although thin. It can also separate your voice from ambient noise around you, even in loud environments like a busy street. However, these headphones struggle to cut down noise around you, so you're likely to hear everything from bus engines to coffee-shop chatter, which can be distracting on a phone call.
The Audeze Penrose come in one color variant: 'Black'. That said, these headphones are only advertised as compatible with PC, PS4, and PS5 consoles. Audeze also manufactures the 'Penrose X', which are also black but are compatible with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles. Instead of blue detailing, they have a yellow detailing. Due to their differences in their compatibility, we don't know if this variant performs similarly to our own.
If you come across another variant, please let us know in the discussions and we'll update our review.
The Audeze Penrose are planar magnetic headphones designed for gaming. They're similarly comfortable as the Auzede Mobius and have a neutral sound profile that can be customized in their companion software. They can also connect to devices using Bluetooth, non-Bluetooth wireless, or via their 1/8" TRRS audio cable. However, they lack a built-in virtual surround feature, which some users may find disappointing. Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 gaming headsets, and the best wireless gaming headsets.
The Audeze Maxwell Wireless have the edge over the Audeze Penrose Wireless. While both headphones have similar levels of low latency, the Maxwell are better built, have a more neutral sound, which some users may prefer, and have a better overall mic performance, which is good if you want to game with others. They also have an exceptionally longer continuous battery life and support LDAC, which is nice if you want to stream Hi-Res content. However, the Penrose are more comfortable as they weigh less.
The Audeze Mobius and the Audeze Penrose Wireless are similarly designed headphones but depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The Mobius come with a hard case and have a slightly bass-heavy sound profile out-of-the-box that some people may prefer. They also have a fantastic virtual soundstage feature with adjustable settings, although we don't test for this, and their mic performs better too. However, the Penrose have a better battery performance and support non-Bluetooth wireless.
The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better wireless gaming headphones than the Audeze Penrose Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, feel better-built, and are more balanced right out-of-the-box. They also support Dolby 7.1, their boom microphone offers better overall performance, and their continuous battery life is longer. However, the Audeze support Bluetooth. They're also planar magnetic headphones, which some users may prefer.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Audeze Penrose Wireless. The SteelSeries have a better-balanced sound profile right out-of-the-box, and have a virtual soundstage. Their boom microphone offers better overall performance, they have a longer-lasting battery life, and their wireless dock also allows you to charge their second battery pack in addition to offering several different inputs. However, the Audeze are planar magnetic headphones, which some users may prefer.
Although the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless [PC, PS, Xbox] and the Audeze Penrose Wireless are both gaming headphones, they have different strengths, and depending on your usage, you may prefer either one. The SteelSeries are better-built, and have an ANC system that can help block out a fair amount of ambient sound. They also have a better overall battery performance and significantly more customization features, thanks to their companion app and wireless transmitter base, and they have lower latency. However, the Audeze are planar magnetic headphones that offer a more neutral sound out of the box and have a more immersive passive soundstage.
The Audeze Penrose Wireless and the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Audeze are planar magnetic gaming headphones that are more comfortable and have lower non-Bluetooth latency. However, the Corsair feel better-built, can be used passively, and their boom mic offers significantly better recording quality.
The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 are somewhat better gaming headphones than the Auzede Penrose Wireless. The Astro are more comfortable, feel better-built, and use a wireless dock with lots of different inputs, which some users may prefer. They also have Dolby 7.1 virtual soundstage support. However, the Auzede are planar magnetic headphones that support Bluetooth for more casual use. They have a slightly better microphone performance, and a longer continuous battery life. They can also connect to PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series S consoles via an analog connection with full compatibility.
The Audeze Penrose have a very similar look to the Audeze Mobius with a sleek black frame and blue detailing on the ear cups. They have a removable boom microphone, which helps them look a little more casual. Note that the Xbox-compatible variant have yellow detailing, to set the two apart.
The Audeze Penrose are comfortable. Their headband and ear cups have nice padding that feels good on the skin. They're also lighter than the Audeze Maxwell Wireless too, which makes them comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. The ear cups also have a good range of motion. However, they do clamp quite tightly on your ears, which can feel a little tight, especially if you have a large head or big ears.
The Audeze Penrose have decent controls. All the controls are found on the left ear cup. There's a power button that allows you to play, pause, answer, and end calls with a single click. A double click enters Bluetooth pairing mode. A three-second long press powers them on or rejects a call, while a five-second long press powers the headphones off. Also, there's a multi-function button, and pressing it once allows you to cycle through wireless, Bluetooth, and AUX connections with voice prompts to let you know which one you've selected. A long press also allows you to enter wireless dongle pairing. There are also infinite volume and microphone wheels as well as a mic-mute switch. However, the controls aren't very intuitive, and entering pairing mode can take a couple of tries. Both the volume and mic wheels feel the same and lack clear demarcation between levels, and it could be hard to tell them apart when you're wearing them.
The Audeze Penrose have poor breathability. The faux leather padding traps in heat and doesn't allow for adequate airflow. You may sweat a bit more wearing them if you're listening to audio for long periods. However, you may feel discomfort sooner if you wear them while doing physical exercise.
These headphones aren't very portable. They have a bulky over-ear design which takes up a lot of space and their ear cups can't swivel to lay flat to help reduce their footprint. They also don't come with a carrying case.
Unlike the Audeze Mobius, these headphones don't come with a case to help protect them while you're on-the-go.
The Audeze Penrose have a good build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, which feels durable and sturdy. They also have faux leather padding on the ear cups and headband. The boom microphone can also be detached when not in use. Overall, they feel like they should be able to withstand a few drops or bumps without taking too much damage.
The Audeze Penrose are fairly stable headphones. They have a high clamping force but can move around your head, even with slight motions. While they should stay put during a long gaming session, they can fall off your head during more intense physical exercise.
The Audeze Penrose have a neutral although dark sound profile. Vocals and lead instruments sound mostly clear and present. However, sibilants like cymbals can sound dull. Luckily, if you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers customizable audio presets that can be customized via a 10-band EQ.
During our tests, we could hear a crackling and buzzing noise coming from the left driver without any audio playing. The right driver also would make a whopping noise when we tested the bass range. While it could just be our model that does this, there have been some users that have also experienced noise coming from one of their drivers.
These headphones have decent frequency response consistency. Their bass response doesn't deviate too much, even if you have glasses or thick hair, which can break the ear cups' seal against your ears. However, treble delivery can deliver depending on how the headphones fit and their positioning on your head.
The Audeze Penrose have great bass accuracy. It's underemphasized across the range, but it's still a very flat response. Although mixes may lack boom, punch, and thump, you can tweak their sound to add more of a bass-heavy sound via their companion software.
The Audeze Penrose have outstanding mid accuracy. It's quite neutral and flat across the range, resulting in an accurate, clear, and detailed reproduction of vocals and lead instruments.
The treble accuracy of the Audeze Penrose is disappointing. It's underemphasized, so vocals and lead instruments sound veiled while sibilants such as cymbals are dull.
The peaks and dips performance is good. The left driver delivers extra thump, while the right driver lacks rumble. There's also a peak in the high-mids, so vocals and lead instruments sound honky and harsh while a dip in the low-treble veils the upper harmonics of these notes. Another large peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants sound piercing.
The Audeze Penrose have a great imaging performance. The entire group delay response is well within the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Our test unit's L/R drivers are also extremely well-matched in amplitude and frequency response, which results in the accurate placement and localization of objects (such as voices, instruments, and video game effects). However, there's a bit of mismatch in phase response, so there may be some inaccuracies in the stereo image at certain frequencies. That said, these results are only valid for our unit, and your experience may vary.
The Audeze Penrose have a disappointing passive soundstage. These headphones have a closed-back design, so their soundstage is perceived as small, closed-off, and slightly unnatural. It also feels like it's coming from inside your head, rather than from speakers out in front of you.
Unlike the Audeze Mobius, they don't have a built-in virtual soundstage feature. However, you can still use any spatial audio system with them, so long as it's software-based and doesn't rely on the headphones to process audio.
The Audeze Penrose have a sub-par weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's distortion in the treble range at moderate listening levels. It also jumps at a higher volume, so the audio may not sound clear. That said, distortion can be hard to hear with real-life content.
These are the settings used to test these headphones, therefore our results are only valid when using these settings.
The Audeze Penrose have poor noise isolation. They don't block out any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines. They also struggle to cut down mid-range noise such as ambient chatter. However, they can cut out a significant amount of high-pitched noise such as the hum of an AC unit.
The leakage performance is alright. If you listen to audio at a high volume, people around you can hear part of it, even in a noisier environment like an office.
The recording quality of the Audeze Penrose's boom mic is good. Your voice should sound clear, full-bodied, and natural, although a little veiled.
The boom microphone's noise handling performance is amazing. It can separate your voice from ambient noise, even in loud environments like a busy street.
The Audeze Penrose have a good battery performance. They're advertised to last around 15 hours but we measured slightly over 13 hours. To help conserve battery life, they have an auto-off timer and you can still receive audio while they're charging. They have an LED light to let you know their status while they're charging too.
During our testing, we noticed that our headphones were fully charged via the AudezeHQ app. However, their LED light still flashed red instead of turning green. We currently don't know if this issue is limited to our model unit.
The AudezeHQ is a decent app. It has five presets which you can customize using their 10-band EQ. There's also a mic volume level, a game/chat mixer, and you can turn the mic's sidetone on and off.
Update 09/21/2021: We've changed Multi-Device Pairing from 'No' to 'Bluetooth + Console/Non-BT Wireless' as these headphones can connect to a PS4 or PS5 console and a Bluetooth device at the same time. We could confirm this by connecting the headphones' dongle to our PlayStation consoles and pressing the Audeze's Bluetooth pairing button to connect it to our phone. Once paired to both devices, you can hear the menu sounds from the PlayStation while also simultaneously hearing audio playing from your phone. As a result, we have updated our review, and the scoring of this box has changed.
The Audeze Penrose have great Bluetooth connectivity. They don't support NFC pairing, and you won't be able to pair them with more than one Bluetooth device at a time. However, you can connect them to compatible consoles via their wireless dongle and, at the same time, connect them via Bluetooth on devices such as your smartphone. These headphones also have low audio latency on Android and iOS devices, which is great if you stream video. However, their latency on PC is very high, meaning that you may experience audio lag. That said, different apps and devices seem to compensate for latency differently, so your experiences may vary.
The Audeze Penrose have excellent non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity when using their USB dongle. They have low latency, so you shouldn't experience too much of a delay between your audio and video.
Some users have reported that they experience audio clipping or disconnection from their audio, even when they're close to the USB dongle. While we didn't notice this during testing, if you experienced this issue, please let us know in the discussion section below.
These headphones come with a detachable 1/8" TRRS cable. They also come with a USB-C to USB-C and USB-C to USB-A cable that you can only use for charging the headphones.
You can plug the headphones' 1/8" TRRS cable directly into your Xbox One or Xbox Series X console's controller for full audio and microphone compatibility.