Marketed as the world’s most technologically advanced headphone, the Audeze Mobius is indeed quite feature-heavy and probably one of the few premium headphones with 3D cinematic audio modes in the world today. I won’t complicate the review by going too deep into all the functions of a premium pair of headphones; what’s more important is the experience in all aspects that the Mobius can truly offer for the price you’re paying.
Right out of the package, you will get:
- one 3.5mm male-to-male auxiliary cable,
- one USB to USB type C charging cable,
- one USB type C to USB type C charging cable,
- one detachable microphone with 3.5mm audio jack,
- and one unit of the Mobius itself.
First impressions of the Mobius is the obvious weightiness, with a good balance on both left and right drivers. It has a consistent matte black finishing with hints of metallic bronze accents (our unit’s colour). The replaceable memory foam ear-cups and headband have really comfortable cushioning but the faux leather wrapping feels less familiar as you would on other premium headphones. The overall design is best described as “unpretentious” with smooth curvatures. It would be considered a mid-to-large size unit and offers full enclosure over the ears when you wear it.
The mobius packs quite a bit of features as mentioned and they’ve done a pretty good job at compressing all the controls to only a few buttons and scrollers on the left driver. The on/off button, volume rider, microphone rider and the special 3D-audio button allow for multiple functions individually either through scrolling, single-press, double press and holding down. That said, there’s a learning curve and I advise all first-time users to thoroughly learn the controls as it requires a bit of getting used to and also memorizing all the functions from switching equaliser settings to changing your Spotify tracks.
You will be greeted by an on-board female voice indicating “Power On” once the headphone is turn on. In fact, all control access will be guided by the very same voice. This is quite standard for many wireless headphones in the market but is also essential since the Mobius has quite a bit of functions to fondle with. Both wireless Bluetooth and wired connection works quite aptly. I can’t tell the difference in audio quality whether it was used wirelessly or wired.
The power of 3D Audio
The main feature is the 3D Audio activation, which definitely sets this headphone apart from many of its similarly-segmented competitors. I won’t suggest that 3D Audio is an absolute must-have but rather an advanced feature, which provides an all-new listening experience to audiophiles looking for a “one up” in their repertoire of eargasms.
3D Audio as experienced on the Audeze Mobius is akin to virtual reality, but without visuals. That’s the closest laymen description I could think of. Once activated, the audio you’re listening to effectively becomes ‘centred’. Once ‘centred’, the audio will then be anchored to your head’s original position and creates a sense of space (cinematic room emulation). The experience is like listening from an external speaker that’s just right in front of your face, hence, any head movements and changes in distance will make it seem like you’re moving away from the audio’s ‘centred’ position. If there’s an even simpler explanation to all these, it would be “cinematic VR headphones that tracks your head movements”.
Audio quality is best described as balanced with enough clarity on the lows, mids and highs. Bass is adequate enough to give bass-lovers the kick they want in default settings. Yes, the Mobius has an onboard list of equalizer modes that lets you switch through them to suit your fancy. There’s a degree of noise cancellation but not completely nullified. Overall, I believe that the Audeze Mobius audio quality does mirror that of any premium headphones in the market. Of course, this part is completely experiential and only lies in the eyes (or ears) of the beholder.
Gaming on the Mobius is awesome. The 3D Audio provides yet another layer of dimension to an FPS game such as Overwatch, enhancing the listening experience with a cinematic immersion. It works great on console as well but the key here is the 3D Audio, which you must turn on to create that “virtual reality” that I’ve been talking about. The best part is you can experience all these by just remaining at the same spot. It feels just like having two brilliant speakers blasting right in front of you.
Design could be better
On what I don’t like, I feel that the design can certainly be improved. Personally, I would prefer some parts of its exterior (especially the bronze-colored portions use metal) instead of plastic to invoke that true premium feel. But I could guess that that manufacturer decided against it to preserve the weight due to all the stuff that are built-in internally. I would also prefer that the controls to all the functions are more intuitive. As it is, you really need to refer to the manual for a while before actual use.
As for my final verdict, the Audeze Mobius is definitely a great headphone to buy if you’re looking for one in the upper range segment. It does its basic job pretty well but with many features readily available. I like that you have the option to connect it wirelessly or with an auxiliary cable and the 3D Audio feature technically grew on me through time. It’s certainly great for gaming with all that virtual cinematic gimmick making games much more immersive and realistic at the same time. While there are some things that I don’t like about it, it’s still highly recommended for audiophiles who had grown too bored with all the noise in the headphone marketplace.