Review cover LucidSound LS15X Wireless Gaming Headset (Hardware)
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Having previously been impressed by LucidSound's LS50X, we check out the Xbox variant of the more affordable LS15 headset.

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I've only had one chance to try a LucidSound headset before and I had a great time. A flexible and premium product packed with a plethora of features, it did a good job in justifying its high price as an Xbox and Bluetooth headset. Looking now to the more affordable side of their offerings, I was eager to look at the LS15X to see how it stands up considering the price difference of $150.

Though my experience with LucidSound only goes as far as the LS50X, it is worth saying that as a site, we have previously covered the PlayStation counterpart to this headset, the LS15P. If you're interested in another set of thoughts, you can check out the review here. Be aware the formatting is a little messed up due to the site's recent update though! Looking at the headset on review there, it's hard to believe it's largely the same product. What makes the headset I'm holding stand out above all is the colour; it's a perfect match with the official Xbox 'Shock Blue' design, and it really is stunning to look at.

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Taking it out of the box for the first time I was a little conflicted. Compared to the more premium model I still have handy, there are some positive and negative changes. As a whole it feels cheaper. The entire build is plastic and while it appears to have all the same earcup dials and buttons, they don't feel quite as satisfying to use. The quality matches the price, and retailing at $99, it's not to say they feel cheap or flimsy, but there's certainly a disparity to be noted. From a design standpoint, there is one improvement worth mentioning however in the headband padding. It's really quite comfortable, and the additional cushioning is perfectly positioned to alleviate stress over longer sessions. This was something the LS50X couldn't quite do for me. Though I have already mentioned the colour, I feel it necessary to reiterate just how well they've colour matched the Shock Blue Xbox controller. They were apparently so confident in this colour matching that they sent along a headphone stand and official controller as a part of the press pack for me to see for myself. I can't fault it, and it goes a surprising way in giving the headset a sense of credibility to back up its officially licenced moniker.

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So while it's really quite similar to the LS50X, sans its high-end finish, you're probably wondering what separates them. $150 would be a significant difference if that were all there were to it. The most significant omission for me is the lack of multi-device connectivity. As one of my favourite aspects of the LS50X, it’s a shame not to see it on this cheaper variant, but not too surprising given the price difference. What is a bit of a surprise however is the complete lack of Bluetooth connectivity; if you want to use the LS15X wirelessly, you’re stuck with its dongle, and that dongle will only work on a PC or Xbox. Such limitations in connectivity hold back the headset drastically, but there is a question to be asked. Would they have been a good generalist headset anyway?

Thanks to the detachable microphone, they certainly look the part of a normal set of headphones. I’d go as far as to say they look great, avoiding the gaming aesthetic that perhaps doesn’t belong in the world beyond your gaming setup. When it comes to audio quality though, there’s a lot to be desired. Having originally used he headset with my Series X, I really had no complaints. When playing Dark Souls Remastered, everything sounded as it should. The bonfires crackled, the boss music roared. Where I noticed something was off was when connecting them to my PC and putting some music through them. For the lack of a better term, lyrical music sounded muddy. The voices blurred with the backing track and no single part manages to stand out. It just didn't sound good. It's possible some of this could be resolved if you're willing to mess with an EQ on whatever device you're connected to, but for a more casual consumer it's hard to recommend for anything outside of gaming.

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Also of note is the 3.5mm jack present on the left earcup, something that was surprisingly absent from the LS50X. Though I still wouldn't recommend it for generalist use, it is worth noting this enables compatibility beyond the Xbox and PC, albeit with limited functionality. When using the 3.5mm jack, you basically miss out on any of the features you get from the device being powered on. This means the earcup no longer works to control volume and the few EQ options available on the headset itself are out of reach. It's not that much to lose if you do find yourself needing to use them in a pinch, or just want to use them on a wider variety of devices.

All in all, the LS15X are a hard sell for me. The audio quality should be at the heart of any headset, but I've found myself entirely underwhelmed on this occasion. They're comfortable and they're designed magnificently as to look and feel official, but only being able to enjoy using them for games is a killer, even for a gaming headset. At $99 I expect something more versatile, even if much of that cost comes from the premium of being a licenced Xbox headset. I'd be happy if I got these as a gift, and I might even recommend them as a gift for somebody you know who owns a matching Shock Blue Xbox controller. Really though, there are better products at a similar price.

Specs Sheet

  • Compatibility — Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Mobile (wired)
  • Connectivity — Wireless
  • Style — Shock Blue
  • Detailed Color — Shock Blue
  • Battery Life — Up to 15 hours
  • Characteristic SPL — 97 +/-3dB
  • Ear Cup Shape — Over-ear (circumaural)
  • EQ Modes — Signature Sound, Bass Boost, Flat EQ
  • Headset Inputs — 3.5mm, Micro USB (charging)
  • Microphone Type — Omni-directional, removable with LED mute indicator + built-in mic
  • Mobile Connectivity — 3.5mm
  • Platform — Xbox, Xbox One, Xbox Series X|S
  • Sound Space — DTS:X, Amplified Stereo Sound, Surround Sound using Dolby Atmos, Surround Sound using Windows Sonic
  • Speaker Size — 50mm
  • Wireless Range — 30ft

Verdict

What We Liked ...
  • Decent build quality
  • Incredibly comfortable to wear
  • Perfectly matched colouring to official Shock Blue
What We Didn't Like ...
  • Lacklustre audio quality outside of gaming
  • No Bluetooth connectivity
  • No multi-device connectivity
6.8
out of 10

Overall

The LS15X is a well designed headset let down by connectivity limitations and middling audio quality. If you want something to match your Shock Blue Xbox controller, it does a magnificent job. If you're just looking for a decent headset though, you can do better for the same price.
I think I'll stick with my Corsair HS35 Stereo, at least for now; they work great, in my completely non-audiophile experience.
 
I think lack of BT as a downside is not so bad, I've had more problems with BT than with dongles, but that lack on compatibility (with switch and PS4 at least) are a big downside.
 
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