Review : Audeze Mobius – The Chameleon

Specifications

For the nit-pickers and nerdy ones here, I’m giving the specs and technical sheets. For all the others, you can just go to the next page to see how the Mobius performs.

Planar Magnetic Drivers

Despite its gaming background, the Audeze Mobius is a true planar in and out.

Planar magnetic headphones all share specific traits, and one of them is very large drivers. The Mobius remains true to its lineage, housing an “audiophile-grade” 100mm wide driver. That’s almost twice the size of your usual transducer, and that’s even bigger than the driver found in the mighty Sennheiser HD800S… Massive!

Inside, Audeze integrated all of their in-house patented technologies, such as :

– Uniforce Ultra-Thin diaphragm, with super low distortion
– Fluxor magnet array, that works like wave-guide
– Fazor, found in all Audeze LCD Flagship to lower the needed drive power

Again, let me remind you this is a 399$/€ headphone, designed for multimedia and gamers, which carry almost, if not all, Audeze signatures technologies. That alone is already amazing in my opinion.

Integrated DAC and DSP (Waves NX)

So you know the basics, the Audeze Mobius is Bluetooth compatible and embeds its own DAC. But did you know there is more?

The Mobius can be connected to any computer or digital source, with the provided USB Cable. Doing so, the headphone automatically activates the Cypher DSP, to work as a fully-fledged DAC+Amp+headphone system. I tried it on my computer, on some DAPs, on a phone and each time the Mobius was properly identified.

 

But, Audeze chooses to go even higher by partnering with Waves, to enhance the Mobius with 3D localization and multi-channel support. To put it simply, the headphone tracks your movements every 1/1000th of a second so your music always engulfs you. There are various settings available and to unlock the full potential of this headphone, you’ll have to use the USB port, or at least Bluetooth, but trust me on this: it works, all the time.

You can deactivate the option, to stay in classic stereo mode, but that would be unfair to the amazing work Audeze did with the Mobius. Even if you’re not into gaming, movies or just hate 3D emulation, you should definitely try the headphone once.

To be entirely fair, the EQ presets feel like overkill, as most people will only use “Default” and “Music” (whoever use “Ballistics” or “Footsteps”) but apart from that, it’s really something to behold.

Full specs

  • Type : Headphone
  • Style : Planar Magnetic transducer
  • Magnetic Structure : Fluxor magnet array
  • Phase Management : Fazor
  • Diaphragm : Ultra-thin Uniforcer 100m wide
  • Frequency response : 10Hz – 50kHz
  • THD : <0.1% (1kHz 1mW)
  • Bluetooth : SBC, AAC, LDAC
  • Weight : 350g
  • Connection : USB-C, 3.5mm analog, bluetooth
  • Crossover : 4 way / 2 tubes
  • Weight : 350g
  • Maximum SPL : >120dB
  • Price : 399$

The review continues on Page Four, after the click HERE or by using the jump below.

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A nerdy guy with a passion for audio and gadgets, he likes to combine his DAC and his swiss knife. Even after more than 10 years of experience, Nanotechnos still collects all gear he gets, even his first MPMAN MP3 player. He likes spreadsheets, technical specs and all this amazing(ly boring) numbers. But most of all, he loves music: electro, classical, dubstep, Debussy : the daily playlist.

    1 Comment

    • Reply November 1, 2019

      JDG

      Gaming. You’d use the Footsteps profile for gaming. That positional surround bit you like works wonders when you’re trying to detect someone sneaking up behind you in a competitive shooter.

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