LucidSound LS50X wireless gaming headset review: An expensive contender

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The Lucidsound LS50X promises a premium audio and gaming experience, coming to the gaming headset market at an incredibly competitive price.

The LucidSound LS50X gaming headset enters an incredibly saturated gaming headset market, with tech brands all vying for a piece of the pie. With a powerful 50mm driver and dual wireless functionality, the specs all look good, but are they really good?

We’ve extensively tested the LucidSound Ls50X inside and out. The headset is in the same territory as some of the best gaming headsets of 2022 and comes with a steep $250 price tag to match. So, does it cut the mustard when it comes to using it all day, and will it stand up to its competitors?

Key specs:

  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.2, USB-A dongle (2.4GHz wireless)
  • Driver diameter: 50mm
  • Frequency range: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Weight: 408g
  • Compatibility: Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, Windows 10
  • Features: Simultaneous Bluetooth and 2.4GHz control, dual microphones, inline audio mixing, 20 hours battery life, memory foam earcups with cooling gel, 3.5mm jack
  • Price: $249.99 / £239.99

Included in the box: LucidSound LS50x gaming headset, detachable microphone boom, USB-A wireless transmitter, 3.5mm cable, travel case, microphone port cover

Design

The LucidSound LS50X on a green and blue background

Immediately after opening the box you are immediately greeted with a premium package. Unzip the included carrying case and you’ll be greeted with the high quality metal frame that descends to the housing of the pinna, which is covered with protein leatherimmediately padded headband agree. It makes for an incredibly premium-looking headset, which is welcome in a segment of gaming headsets packed with RGB.

The plastic ear cups are covered with memory foam and a soft cooling gel, with the LucidSound logo on each ear cup. Our only qualm with this is that we don’t like the logo on the side very much, and a quieter look would have worked just as well.

The left earcup houses the wireless controls, USB-C charging port, power button and a slot for the removable boom microphone. There is an included blank to cover the hole where the microphone should be when not in use. We don’t really like the look of the detachable mic, which seems to conflict with the rest of the headset’s premium look and feel.

Competitors like Steelseries and Turtle Beach both offer a cleaner solution when it comes to microphones, and at this price we’d expect a slightly smoother integration.

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The rotary knob on the left earcup can also control the volume, and a tap will also play or pause your music. While the rotary knob of the right earcup can mix the multiple audio sources you may have received, in addition to a Bluetooth pairing button.

There aren’t many gaming headsets on the market that look this good, but it comes at the cost of comfort. The metal construction makes the headset very heavy, combined with the clamping force also provided by the metal construction, it quickly became uncomfortable to wear for extended periods of time.

You can get used to this eventually, but it got a bit too much to keep on our heads for more than a few hours at a time. The high-quality metal construction is also at odds with the plastic dials on the side of each earcup, which really didn’t feel high quality during use. The ticking of the dial sounds more like a grind, and we would have preferred something a little smoother.

Sound quality

The LucidSound LS50X carrying case, including the extras that fit inside.

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Every cable that comes with it fits nicely in the carrying case of the headset.

The LucidSound LS50X’s 50mm drivers make it an incredibly formidable gaming headset, with a deep and bass-like soundstage. Unfortunately, this seems to cause the mids and highs to lose a bit of sparkle. We would have liked it to be a little more natural.

But in most cases, these headphones sound absolutely excellent. We put it to the torture test with Final Fantasy XIV, where many sounds can be played simultaneously while up to 24 players fight together in a raid. On cheaper headsets, this sounds like mud, but the LucidSound LS50X handled it admirably.

When playing a shooter like Halo: Infinite, the headset manages to define every high frequency incredibly well, meaning you can hear enemies approaching you, or even rustling sounds from a bush.

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For music, we tested it with Nails’ “You will never be one of us”, a track full of blast-beasts and distorted guitars. On much lesser headsets, this number sounds just like white noise. The LS50X tried to address this as best it could, with a slightly hollow low frequency, this took a bit of life out of the drums.

There is a small loss of detail in the mids, but it sounds far from bad. For almost any game, this headset outperforms many gaming headsets, as you’d hope for the dazzling price. The headset also supports surround sound, which works as you’d expect in titles that support it, and it’s all integrated through the Xbox without a single hiccup.

Microphone Quality

The LucidSound LS50X’s detachable boom microphone isn’t the only microphone that comes with the headset. There’s also a microphone on the headset itself, which makes it a bit more flexible when you take it with you. There is also additional background noise and echo cancellation built into the microphone, which sounds great on paper. The reality of this is that the mic can sound slightly quiet or muffled when in use if there’s a lot going on around you.

If you’re in a quieter room, this feature won’t work and you should have crystal clear sound. This is somewhat disappointing, as the technology sounded pretty neat on paper, but unless you’re vacuuming someone constantly, it won’t be a persistent problem. You’d rather sound a little muffled over voice chat than have all the might of a vacuum cleaner behind you for everyone to hear.

Connectivity

The USB dongle for the Lucidsound LS50X gaming headset

Using a combination of both Bluetooth and a 2.4GHz dongle should allow you to use the Lucidsound LS50X on both PC and Xbox, although we had a hard time getting the audio for the headset through on PC, where it strangely recognized as an Xbox Controller via the supplied dongle.

We wish it had its own device certification for the headset as it would make mixing the audio channels coming in on Windows a lot easier. Alternatively, you can also choose to connect it to your PC via Bluetooth, where we didn’t encounter any problems.

Connecting to the Xbox worked pretty flawlessly, with the headset being picked up by the console almost immediately via USB. At this price, the headset competes with headsets that are much more multifunctional, some of which even work on PS5. We would have liked to see a solution to this that isn’t just ‘using Bluetooth’, which can be laggy if you’re looking for super-responsive audio. It really seems like a missed trick here, as cheaper headsets can integrate this feature, but the LucidSound LS50X doesn’t come at a higher price than most.

The audio mixing functionality on the ear cups works well when using two audio sources. We found it very intuitive and easy to use, especially for those of you who might want to chat with your friends in Discord, rather than simply being required to use Microsoft’s party chat features.

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There are no other big bells and whistles like an integrated DAC, and we ended up feeling like we just wanted a little bit more, so LucidSound took it a step further and really made this headset worth the price of admission.

battery life

During our testing process of the LucidSound LS50X, we found the battery life to be absolutely excellent, with at least 20 hours of audio before the headset needs to be charged, this matches what’s plastered all over the box, and it’s really quite impressive . However, if you’re running more than one audio channel through the headset at a time, expect it to be slightly worse as the headset needs a little more power to handle it. We’re really happy with how the LucidSound LS50X has performed here, as it won’t knock you out at inopportune times.

Should you buy it?

The LucidsSound LS50X is an incredibly well-built gaming headset. However, it can get uncomfortable during use and it doesn’t have the kind of features we’d like to see when it comes to a headset coming in at this price. It has great audio and microphone quality, but falters when it comes to the extra frills you’d expect in this market segment. There are other headsets of similar quality that are cheaper and simply have more features than the LS50X. You might sacrifice build quality, but that’s really all you’d give up.

7/10

While the LucidSound LS50X has all the audio quality you’d expect at this steep price, it lacks every little “nice to have” that many other headsets in this segment manage to achieve, whether that’s an included DAC, a switch every 2, 4 GHz wireless dongle truly cross-platform and more. It’s far from bad, it’s just not one of the best you can buy. The headset goes on sale regularly, so keep an eye out for retail events like Prime Day.

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