This is a comparison review of LucidSound LS31 and LucidSound LS4 headsets. Both the headsets are nice and both have just minor differences and also the price differs.
|Stylish grey and metal design.
Simple headset controls.
Crystal clear wireless audio.
Dual microphone set up.
Intuitive volume controls.
Excellent noise-canceling boom mic.
|A touch of overfamiliarity to the design.
Needing a chat cable for Xbox One, as always.
|Confusing Dolby Digital/DTS capabilities.
Sound card required for 7.1 surround sound on PC.
Not 100 percent reliable.
|Headphones Form Factor
|Sound Output Mode
|7.1 channel surround
|DIMENSIONS & WEIGHT
|Uncompressed, lag-free wireless for PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Supports surround sound on Xbox One and Windows 10 using Windows Sonic and includes cable required for Xbox Live Chat.
Ultra-plush, easily replaceable oval earcups include advanced memory foam for superior comfort during long play sessions.
Dual microphone design offers a flexible boom mic for gaming online and talking to your team. Remove the boom mic and use the integrated secondary mic for mobile.
Custom tuned 50mm speakers with state-of-the-art neodymium magnets provide deep bass and clear highs. Immerse yourself in the expertly crafted, signature LucidSound audio acoustics.
Durable metal frame for strength and a flexible headrail for a comfortable fit.
Up to 15 hours per charge.
Optimized sound for whatever you’re playing with Normal, Bass Boost, and Treble Boost modes.
AKA sidetone. Let’s you hear your own voice so you don’t end up shouting at your teammates.
Powered by state-of-the-art DTS Headphone: 7.1 Surround sound audio Technology Neodymium 50mm drivers highly detailed positional audio specially crafted for gaming & a new level of audio immersion.
20+ hour battery life: the built-in rechargeable battery delivers over 20 hours of wireless operation. Charge and play or the LS41 can be used as a wired passive headset.
Multi-game compatible: perfect for many games such as battle royale Fortnite pubg black Ops 4 red Dead redemption 2 fortnight Call of Duty Overwatch world of Warcraft’s Legion and many more.
Advanced dual mic system with mic Monitoring: Removable flexible boom mic for intense gaming sessions & built-in discreet mic. Mic-monitoring lets you hear your own voice so you don’t have to shout.
Metal frame & quick-access controls: lightweight metal frame delivers strength & a comfortable Fit. Quick-access control system makes it easy to make adjustments without interrupting your game play.
Expert Reviews of LucidSound LS31:
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The LS30 was my go-to headset for two years, and now the LS31 will likely stay for longer. They’re wearable in public and as fashionable as any other premium headphones. I could wear…
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Expert Reviews of LucidSound LS41:
The LS41 is a high-end gaming headset that can compete with the best of them, but functionality and audio quality take a dip when…
The LS41s are rather pricey, clocking in at $200.00 USD, and are no doubt out of many gamers’ peripheral budgets. That being said, if you do have…
The LS41 delivers on all fronts. The audio quality is superb, delivering sensations and crispness in familiar games that was entirely new to me. That flawless audio quality is matched by an equally impressive dual-microphone system, and a gorgeous design…
Although the effort of setting up the LucidSound LS41 is a pain, it’s hard to overstate how fantastic things sound on these headphones, even without the full 7.1 experience. In some cases, it was almost like I was…
The LS41 is an incredible gaming headset. An optical input is required to get the maximum sound quality out of this headset. Even though it’s compatible with multiple devices, it’s only recommended if someone’s primary console is…
This doesn’t look like a gaming headset and the features are also very basic. For this price range, there are lots of gaming headsets with great features. The only great advantage is you can also use this headset as headphones and the sound quality is also nice for the music.
The LS41 is the replacement for the LS40. So, pretty logical sort of a step and is basically the same headset with a few minor changes. The LS41 is like lucid sounds flagship 7.1 wireless model and its price pointed at around $199.
DESIGN & BUILD QUALITY:
This headset looks absolutely incredible. It’s got a nice and metal construction alongside you have some plastic. The fake kind of leather there on the top with that quilted design gives it kind of that premium feel and some of the metal construction here it feels really nice and makes the headset feel quite sturdy.
A cool thing about the headset is that the headset actually looks kind of like Beats headphones or maybe some more stylish headphones but doesn’t have that traditional kind of gaming headset vibe. If you get the mic, you might just think these are some regular headphones, they don’t really look like a gaming headset at all.
It’s got the exit a clean finish, it’s got a pretty refined sort of appearance. If you’re looking for RGB lights and big earcups and that sort of stuff, you aren’t gonna find that here. They are more of a classic looking headphone and personally, I prefer it.
The build quality is top-notch. The middle headband, interior parts are steel as nice contrast stitching and it’s got big massive soft ear cups. There are no silly RGB lights on the side of it, it’s just nice and refined.
Now, it is a bit heavy on the top but the cushions are very nice and plenty of room for your ears and it sits comfortably even on glasses. The material they used for padding is quite nice and feels comfortable.
One of my favorite things about this headset is comfort. The comfort on this headset is really good. I always wear pretty thick-rimmed glasses and really the only other headset that I’ve found to be comfortable with these glasses is probably the HyperX cloud 2. This one is really comfortable as well. The reason is is because this design with kind of the ear cups and your ear goes inside and these don’t put too much pressure on your head. Most of the pressure is kind of on top of your head but these do still fit really snug.
They’re a little bit snug in terms of how they feel, definitely more snug than HyperX Clouds but again if you kind of put it on, most of the pressure is gonna be on the top of your head and it’s not gonna be too much pressure pushing in sideway which a lot of wireless headsets actually have that problem.
The comfort level is also good but after you get used to it. It takes time to get comfortable with it. The material they used for the ear pads and padding, all were nice and good.
The bad minor things to be fear but there are a couple of things. The swivel on the headset where the cup rotates in the headband, there’s a weak point. It’s a metal and it seems pretty steadily made but it is small and the intersection of force between the headphones and the headband. If it was given a hard time, potentially that could cause issues but if it’s looked after then I can’t see it being a problem.
The clamping force was pretty tight and it took me quite a while to get used to. I didn’t notice it so much but initially, they did feel like they clamped pretty hard.
It’s a fully wireless headset, it’s compatible with ps4, Xbox one, your phone, and PC. On the Xbox One, you are gonna have to plug it into that controller, so it’s not a fully wireless solution in that sense but for ps4, it actually does work for fully Wireless and for PC as well. So, this headset really does kind of remind me of Razer Mano’war headset.
My favorite things about this headset actually are how you control some of the features. You just kind of twist and turn and that’s how you can control the audio, it’s really cool. It works really well in video games when you’re playing on the ps4 or PC, turning that audio just the way you like it.
On the bottom of the earcups, you have on/off button and you have the equalizer button, just tap it one or two-three times depending on which feature. If you want tap once to actually mute your microphone which is very cool features. I really like these controls, some of the best controls I’ve seen from any gaming headset ever.
There are a couple of cables to keep track of you could charge it up. Basically, with the Xbox one, you’re gonna have to connect with that Xbox one chat cable and again you have that optical cable. You even have a mic port cover to put on if you don’t want to have the mic. I really do like the setup of this headset. This is really easy to use and plugging it into the ps4 and getting things set up was quite easy.
Another thing I like is that the other controls are also easily accessible when you’re even wearing the headset, it’s easy to turn it off. It connects really quickly. Overall, the feel is just really polished.
In terms of the actual technical features of the headphones, they are 7.1 DTS headphone X surround sound, wireless. They’ve got the quick access controls on the side which pretty unique to loose its down be tough, so they’ve got metal built riding across the headband and around the cups. Then, they’ve got the dual-mic system. So, they’ve got the pin mic if you’re using them with cell phones via a 3.5 cable or you’ve got the removable boom mic.
I just want to be clear it’s wireless and 7.1 on the ps4 and PC, it’s wireless 7.1 on the Xbox but it needs the 3.5-millimeter cable on the controller to have chat and on the switch, it’s only a stereo gaming headset just by the 3.5-millimeter cable. So, there’s nothing trickery fancy.
The chat and volume mix and sidetone and mic monitoring is perfect, there’s no PC apps or tuning needed like Arctis 7. It’s all on the headset and it all just works. There are 15 to 20 hours of rechargeable battery life charge through a micro USB. I never had any trouble with getting over 15 hours of it.
The wireless setup is fast and easy, it’s basically plugged to play headset and it doesn’t stop the audio passing through to the TV when the dongles plugged in. So, like Arctis 7 you have to unplug the USB dongle otherwise, the ps4 won’t send the audio through the HDMI to the TV. With the LS41 just stays plugged in and all you have to do is just turn your volume on the TV down and it passes through into the headphones.
The quick mute in the shut-off game audio on the sides. So, if you want to talk to someone like or you want to take a phone call, you just touch that whole button on the side which one side mutes the mic or the other side mutes the game audio.
The mic sound is pretty cool because it has like bi-directional audio but also when you’re using it, you could kind of hear a slight echo of your voice. It is coming through, shouldn’t be too noticeable through video games. It may kind of sound mushy but it’s serviceable.
It’s very easy to see when you’re muted, not a lot of headsets have that good of a feature. Now, a lot of headsets do allow you to mute like that but it’s not as bright and easy to see as like this. If you want to mute the mic just press the button and the light shows on the end of the mic to let you know that it’s muted. If you want to mute the sound of your video game, you just have to tap the center of the left earcup.
There are two types of the mic is in this headset. There are a separate 3.5-millimeter jack and little pin mic. So, you can use it with your cell phone like walking around the street or whatever with the boom mic unplugged. The little light on the mic to show when you’ve muted, it’s not new for this particular headset but it’s important.
The mic sound is also very nice. You can definitely use this one for gaming and any other informal use. Having two types of mics, there’s flexibility in using the mic of the headsets and that’s something like a bonus.
On these headphones, audio sounds really good and bass sounds really good as well when you turn that equalizer up. Overall for $150 wireless headset, this sounds pretty damn good. When you compare the Hyperx Cloud 2 and the LucidSound headphones, the LucidSound LS31 has the better sound and that will win. So, I think for $150, audio and bass sound really. It’s really easy to switch between those equalizes features which I like, it doesn’t really require to have an app or something like that to switch between the equalizers.
This headset sound can give you great highs for tactical play and the footsteps, gunshots, and every ow-end also high-end sounds very nice. if you prefer louder sounder then also this will great for that.
There are 50 mm drivers inside and the 3.5-millimeter jack can plug into your phone, also it’s needed for Xbox Live Chat if you’re using it with Xbox but the 7.1 surround sound is kind of what pushes it into the next price bracket. So, it worked out of the box with ps4. With a couple of audio output settings that I had to change in the ps4 menus and the EQ button on the headphones is what allows to cycle through the different modes of the headphones. So, the stereo, this gaming surround, and then this boosted surround and essentially the gaming surround and boosted surround both using the digital surround sound processor.
It’s just mucking around with the channel slightly and I think from memory, the gaming surround is more of your normal sort of surround sound system and then boosted surround picks up the bottom in topping channels and gives them a bit more zing.
The surround is all coming from a little 7.1 dongle which plugs into the front of the ps4 or PC or Xbox and it’s got to have the optical cable coming out of the back and going into the side, so that’s where your audio signals come from processed by the dongle and as sent through. If the input is stereo then it toggles back to just a stereo sitting but the processing can still take place to allow for super-wide processing. So, it can push the channels apart digitally and all that sort of stuff. There’s a small beep every time you hit the button, so under no illusions of where you’re up to and it even prompts with the surround sound or stereo. So, it’s easy to use.
The surround sound sounds good, obviously, it’s not true surround sound and the sense of having speakers dedicated to each channel, it uses digital to trick the brain into hearing surround sound and it does work very well. But, like every other surround sound headset that I’ve ever used, it has a feeling of sort of smearing molasses over the audio. It’s just slightly less crisp, you lose that that’s stereo. It definitely sounds like surround sound but there is a compromise of losing their intrinsic definition stereo sound offers on a binaural sound stage that headphones are but the LS41 offer both crisp stereo and very clever surround sound. So, everyone can be happy.
The sound quality is excellent and it’s easily on par with Steelseries Arctis 7. The LS 41 is essentially identical and frequency response and impedance characteristics and it have bigger drivers. There is a great depth of bass with a clean top in the very tight soundstage, it feels very close and it has plenty of volumes to spare. The quick-access mute volume and check controls on the side are brilliant like they are just so easy to use. it’s just so clever and so simple.
One of the negative points is that the chat volume at least one ps4 party chat changes the sidetone volume, it didn’t actually make any other party members any louder. I had to go into the ps4 menu and change the chat settings to increase the party volume. All the volume adjustment for the microphone was doing was just basically making my sidetone louder which is still a good thing to be able to adjust but I’m not sure whether it’s a miscommunication in terms of labeling saying chat volume.
WHICH TO BUY?
There are pretty different things are in these headsets. Both these headsets are like that you can also use these like your headphones. The price difference is $50 and that difference also covers the extra features. So, if you want surround sound the LS41 will be good or you’re good with the LS31 features and the stereo sound then LS31 will be good for you.