LS41Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset | Manufacturer: LucidSound | MSRP $199.99
Review unit was provided by LucidSound
I’ve said it a million times: next to a great controller, a great headset is essential for the gaming experience. I don’t mean strictly for getting online and trash-talking. I mean getting fully immersed in whatever world you have chosen to save or destroy. I have gone through lots of headsets since the PS3 era and I tend to gravitate towards Sony’s PlayStation branded headsets because they offer really good sound at a reasonable price. Lately (and mostly to review new products for the site) I have been branching out and have been testing out a variety of different headsets and this time I have stumbled across a great one. I’m talking about the LS41 Wireless Surround Sound Gaming Headset from LucidSound.
First, let’s look at the features the headset offers. Now, these are the features listed by LucidSound and my playtest with the headset was used to see if these features measured up on the PS4.
- 7.1 DTS Headphone: X Surround Sound
- Interference-Free wireless for Console and PC
- Revolutionary Quick-Access Controls
- Tough, Lightweight Construction
- Designed for Maximum Comfort
- Advanced Dual Mic System with Mic Monitoring
- Precisely Adjusted Tonal Balance
- High-Fidelity 50 mm Drivers
- Includes 3.5mm cable required for Mobile use
The LS41 is easy to set up with your PS4 right out of the box. It comes packaged with an optical cable as well as a 3.5mm cable to plug into your laptop or phone. I tested out the LS41 on the PS4 Pro and the set up took just a couple of minutes. The optical cable plugs into the port on the back of the console and after that, it was a matter of changing the sound settings in the PS4 settings menu to match what was described in the instruction manual. Setup on a PS4 Slim is just as easy but the Slim doesn’t have an optical port so you will need a TV that has one to use the cable for full effect.
The LS41 is a lot more comfortable than many of the headsets that I have owned over the past few years. The earcups have gel-cooled memory foam and feel great while using them. They are so comfortable that I have fallen asleep wearing them while watching Netflix on several occasions and one time I did not realize I still had them on until I saw my reflection in the bathroom mirror. They also feel very sturdy and well built. I normally find myself paranoid with my headsets after my sons and I all suffered from PlayStation Pulse and PlayStation Gold headsets that snapped due to cheap construction. With the LS41 I still felt paranoia but that was primarily because I did not want to break a $200 piece of equipment.
The headset has a dial on each earcup that can also be pressed in like a big button. The one on the left controls chat audio and pressing it will mute the mic. The right one controls the overall volume. The right cup also has a button that controls the different sound modes. If the game or content you are viewing has 5.1 or 7.1 sound, you will have access to three different modes: Gaming Surround (speaks for itself), Boosted Surround (good for gaming and movie watching) and Stereo. There is a voice that tells you which mode you’re on and I swear she was saying “Standing Surround” instead of Gaming so the modes I just listed are what she is saying. You’re welcome.
I tested out the LS41 with a selection of games, music, and movies and the results were very good across the board. I was at Anime Expo the day I got my headset so the first thing I did was test it with music on my phone via the 35mm cable. I fired up Apple Music and sat in the press lounge for a bit listening to Cypress Hill: Elephants on Acid (2018) and System of a Down: Toxicity (2001). For music, I honestly prefer earbuds to over the ear headsets but the LS41 performed beautifully. Due to the size of the headset, I don’t think that it will be replacing my earbuds when it comes to being out and about but it has replaced them for when I need to escape into my music while I am at home. Cypress Hill’s Band of Gypsies sounds especially great on the LS41 and you can check for yourself below:
On the gaming side, this thing is amazing. I tested it out with games that I am just playing for fun right now and some that I wanted to specifically test out the sound quality with. The games I tested it with were: Metal Gear Solid V, Yakuza Kiwami 2, Red Dead Redemption 2, God of War, Mortal Kombat 11, Samurai Shodown (2019), Shadow of the Colossus (PS4 remake) and Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice. Hearing the impact from punches, kicks, and sword slashes was satisfying and Mortal Kombat 11 was even grosser sounding than on any of my other headsets. The ambiance of games like Yakuza and Red Dead was beautiful.
Sound designers for games these days go above and beyond making sure they capture even the most obscure sounds perfectly. While using the LS41, Red Dead’s open-world amazingly came to life. I have always been immersed in this game world but the way the wildlife, waterfalls, and rivers came across using the Gaming Surround mode made me feel like I was experiencing the game for the first time. The same thing happened while playing God of War. From the deep bass of Kratos’ voice to being able to pinpoint exactly where the sound given off by Odin’s Ravens was coming from. It all felt like a very fresh experience for me. Hellblade with its 3D audio was the most impressive by far as the voices in Senua’s head surrounding me as I played seemed to come to life.
I primarily use headsets for immersion and not for online play just due to how some gamers have drained the fun out of the online space. You know what I’m talking about. I did however for this review plug in the detachable mic and jumped into some Kombat League matches in Mortal Kombat 11. Now normally I would tell someone I was online with that I am reviewing a headset and to have them tell me how clear I sounded on the mic. In 2019 playing Mortal Kombat that did not go over well. I know during the extended trash-talking (start with me and your feelings will get hurt lol) that I was being heard loud and clear (Quitality compilation coming soon).
I also did my fair share of movie watching with the headset. Mostly Netflix but I did also use it with the collection of movies I have purchased from the PlayStation Store. The most impressive out of the ones I watched was the recent remake of ‘IT’. I changed the movie audio to 5.1 and used the headset in Boosted Surround mode. I will never watch a horror movie without a headset again. My wife did not make it too far past the intro of ‘IT’ before tapping out but she admitted to hearing little things in the background that she hadn’t been able to hear without the headset.
A lot of us gamers are ballin’ on a budget. We tend to go with headsets that average around $40 (or around $100 for a Sony headset) but as the saying goes “you get what you pay for.” The audio that we get from some of the budget headsets sounds great until you use one with some power behind it. At $200 the LS41 may be out of the price range of some but I cannot recommend it highly enough. The sound is amazing, immersive and it is comfortable enough to wear for extended gaming sessions without fatigue. LucidSound has a great product on their hands with the LS41 headset and it is one that any serious gamer should check out.
Final Score 9.25/10