LucidSound LS35X review: a pair of over-ear headphones made specifically for Xbox consoles thanks to easy wireless pairing
Are you looking for a new pair of gaming headphones for your Xbox? LucidSound has built the LS35X model specifically for Microsoft consoles, to offer easy pairing and a solid experience of use in wireless mode. These over-ear headphones are now quite dated, having been released in 2018, but for some functions they still remain a valid choice for owners of Xbox consoles. We can tell you immediately that some features have not fully convinced us, especially in the face of a still very high market price. It is in fact a model that is positioned in the medium-high range, despite its years on the shoulders. However, there are also the positive aspects, such as the immediate wireless connection and the really excellent passive isolation.
Now we will go into detail to see all the pros and cons of these LucidSound LS35X and then give our final verdict at the bottom of this review.
The LucidSound LS35X headphones are built to work flawlessly with Xbox consoles. Inside they have a wireless adapter that can support the frequencies of Microsoft gaming machines for fast wireless connection.
The audio output can also pass through the 3.5 mm jack cable, allowing in fact to use these over-ear headphones also on other consoles such as PlayStation and Nintendo, as well as on PC and mobile devices. However, there is no Bluetooth connectivity for wireless connection to devices that support this standard.
The drivers hidden in the earcups are 50mm and deliver Dolby Atmos certified stereo sound. These LS35X even have two omnidirectional microphones: one integrated directly into the headset for when you want to use it on the move and the other removable with the classic stick to be placed in front of the mouth.
The device is recharged using the Micro USB cable and guarantees an autonomy of up to 15 hours of use in wireless mode.
- Type: over-ear headphones
- Driver: 50mm
- Channels: stereo, surround with Dolby Atmos
- Microphone: Removable omnidirectional
- Connection: wireless, 3.5mm jack cable
- Weight: 403 grams
- Compatibility: Xbox One, Xbox Series X | S, Windows, Mobile
- Colors: Black, Rose Gold
- Autonomy: up to 15 hours
- Price: 150 $
With the LS35X model LucidSound wanted to create a gaming headset that can also be used for multimedia listening outside the gaming stations. For this reason, a rather sober and minimal design was chosen, especially in the black color. The one in rose gold we tested on the other hand already captures more attention for its particular choice of colors.
The internal structure of the headband is made of aluminum and offers a good degree of flexibility to adapt the headphones to any skull. The upper part in contact with the head is covered in a soft leatherette, while the snap adjustment mechanism does not offer great precision in the vertical positioning of the pavilions. The aluminum frame of the headband extends to support the earpads, which can be rotated 90 degrees to store the headphones on a flat surface. The degree of horizontal mobility on the other hand is limited, so the earpads may not adapt well to the shape of your head.
The size of the pavilions is contained compared to today’s standards. Unless you have small ears, the leatherette covering the pavilion will come into contact with the lobes and squeeze them slightly. The material chosen is however very soft and adapts easily to offer a good comfort of use. Altogether the LucidSound LS35X weigh around 400 grams. In fact, therefore, they are not exactly the lightest headphones in circulation, quite the contrary. Their weight, however, is well distributed and you will not feel an excessive load on the head, even in the most prolonged use sessions.
Moving on to user interaction, the headset has several control and adjustment buttons on the earpads. On the left we find a power button with the notification LED, the Micro USB port for charging and two 3.5 mm jacks respectively for the microphone and audio input. On the outside, on the other hand, there are audio controls: a volume wheel with dimensions equal to the pavilion and a central button to mute the game volume or for voice assistance functions on mobile devices.
The button made of plastic is very low quality, because it tends to move in various directions, as if it had been poorly fixed. The volume wheel, on the other hand, turns out to be rather easy to use and very precise. On the right pavilion there is a single button for coupling with Xbox systems, while on the outside we find the game / chat audio balance wheel and the central button to mute the microphone.
The detachable microphone was made of low-alloy, jointable plastic. This component is undoubtedly the least successful piece in terms of design and build quality. It has the only advantage of being extremely flexible, managing to then maintain the shape we have defined without moving a millimeter.
Experience of use
After having analyzed them from a technical and design point of view, we just have to wear them and do a concrete test to see how these LucidSound LS35X behave in everyday use. We will start by telling you that they are very comfortable headphones, despite their heavy weight. The leatherette of the earpads that comes into contact with the skull and part of the ears is really soft and fits well even when wearing glasses. Unfortunately, however, it tends to heat up a lot the area around the lobes, which could be annoying especially in the hottest months of the year. The passive isolation was a real surprise, because this headset is able to significantly reduce external noise while wearing it.
Being headphones designed for Xbox consoles, we connected the LucidSound LS35X to our Xbox S Series. The pairing took place in a few seconds, thanks to the simplicity of the wireless system. Essentially, the procedure is the same as that used to connect a controller to the console: the Xbox operating system recognizes the headset as a headset and therefore can be controlled directly from the user interface.
For the sake of completeness, we also tested them with PlayStation and Nintendo systems, where we simply used the 3.5 mm jack cable connected to the console or controller. Here, too, the ease of use is truly disarming. However, the same cannot be said of the coupling with the PC. In fact, the headphones do not have Bluetooth connectivity and therefore require the appropriate Xbox adapter to be able to interface wirelessly with the computer.
The absence of the Bluetooth connection was a major shortcoming as early as 2018 when the headphones were released, let alone today when the same controllers and other Xbox accessories use this wireless connection standard. Clearly it is always possible to use them also on a PC through the 3.5 mm minijack connection.
To put the LucidSound LS35X under stress we decided to put them to the test in Forza Horizon 5, Halo Infinite, Battlefield 2042 and Age Of Empires IV. In all of these titles we have seen positive feedback, especially in the management of the bass. These in fact are not distorted and do not generate noise, even if pushed to higher volumes. A great feature for shooter lovers, where Dolby Atmos certification allows for better identification of where sounds come from on the battlefield.
Overall, however, the audio balance is not exactly excellent and in the more complex situations we encountered some uncertainty. The maximum volume is really very high, in fact it could even annoy the user, and tends to distort the medium and high sounds. In short, a purely good audio experience, which does not excel in any respect. In fact, in this price range there are much better headsets in terms of audio quality, so we were a bit disappointed with the performance of these LucidSound LS35X.
In our multiplayer games of Halo Infinite, we chatted with teammates in chat. The detachable microphone’s audio sampling is good, although it easily captures external noises, but all in all it manages to ensure clear voice transmission. The same cannot be said of the built-in microphone, mainly used by smartphones or tablets, which captures a greater amount of noises that overlap with our voice. The general balance between chat and game audio can be performed directly using the appropriate wheel positioned on the pavilion. A great way to always have audio control at your fingertips.
Finally, we used the LucidSound LS35X also for listening to music and watching movies and TV series. During our test in the reproduction of these multimedia contents on iPad and PC we had further confirmation of both the positive aspects such as the well-balanced bass, and the negative ones linked to an only discreet audio that did not make us cry for a miracle. The lack of Bluetooth also prevented us from using the device on most smartphones and tablets, now without a headphone jack input.
As for the autonomy in wireless mode, the LucidSound headphones are able to be used for about 15 hours. Charging via Micro USB cable isn’t as fast as using modern USB-C ports, but for 15 hours of uninterrupted gaming, you can also turn a blind eye to this.
Game Zone Star review
- Well balanced bass
- Excellent passive insulation of the pavilions
- Perfect for the Xbox operating system
- Only fair audio quality
- Lack of Bluetooth connectivity
- Price far too high