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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    From one “first gaming headset” buyer to another, if you’re looking at a 20% fee minimum... I wouldn’t buy these. I’ve decided to return them now that I’ve listened to them with the new firmware. I find them extremely uncomfortable and can’t imagine wearing them for longer than two hours at a...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    This is where I’m at as well, including finding myself just putting on another headphone I already have. In my case it’s comparing against an XM4. Giving up the wireless is a shame but the XM4 sits on my head like a cloud and I’ve worn it all day long without discomfort. The Penrose caused a...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    This is where you’re likely to have the most problems. I don’t have your AKG but per Drop’s listing it’s ~100 grams lighter with a shaped headband that I’m guessing uniformly presses your head, or at least distributes the weight a little. In my use the Penrose doesn’t do that — the pressure is...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    Seconded. I don’t (and shouldn’t) need to be an audio enthusiast to recognize that this product shipped in a rough state with multiple missing features, and other features working in unexpected and disappointing ways. Even ignoring the launch issues, the Penrose, like any headphone, makes...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    Excellent, clear, and exhaustive post. I really appreciate your commentary. I’ll give the update a shot to see if losing the whoosh is transformative for my own use, but it’s hard to see how it could be for the reasons you note.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    That review appears to have the new firmware update.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    The low volume bug is also pushing me use higher volumes than I’m comfortable with to drown out the bug, so I’ve stopped using the Penrose until the fix rolls out.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    It gets the USB dongle (which is a transmitter/receiver) away from the computer, PS5, or whatever device it’s plugged into, on the assumption that something on or near your device is interfering with the dongle (like another transmitter nearby; I’ve read that USB-C devices interfere with 2.4ghz...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    For what it’s worth, I only observe the volume drop while actually using dual wireless sources — simply being paired on Bluetooth, but not having audio playing from it, does not drop my volumes. I only hear the volume drop when using both sources at once. And I appreciate it — when gaming if...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    Really appreciate your post @imac2much, it sounds like we’re landing in similar places on the Penrose. Would you mind updating us later with your comparisons on the 7P? I recently returned a 7P after comparing them because I noticed the 7P had severe crackle at high volumes, but it may have been...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    I really appreciate that! On the mixed audio volume level issue a few people have raised — would it be possible to add an app-level volume mix setting? I notice that when two audio sources are played, the volume adjusts down versus a single source, so is it possible there’s a default mix...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    I have a similar habit and my only solution has been to yank the dongle when I’m not relying on USB audio.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    I believe one or both of them RMA’d the headset for a warranty fix.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    I don’t understand why there is so much pushback to criticism of Audeze’s handling of this launch. No amount of “they’re going to fix it, just sit tight” changes that consumers purchased a product that does not work as advertised, and the incoming fix may be unusable for a certain base of...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    Good review. Very interested to try the new firmware. I’ve been critical of the headset and a lot of that comes from the bug making it unusable for me with what I’m listening to. I’m excited to hear it for what it’s meant to sound like!
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    Things seem inconsistent. In the little time I’ve used it (I’m waiting until the whoosh bug is fixed for real use), I’ve had no issues with connection from my front USB port on my PS5. I sit within 5-10 feet of the dongle and have clear LOS.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    FYI the whoosh is a known bug and Audeze says it will be fixed in a firmware update hopefully released next week. I also get it and I’ve stopped using the headset until it’s fixed, because it’s omnipresent in my use. So don’t worry if you got a bad pair.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    @Audeze any estimate on the firmware update’s release? Thanks!
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    The USB dongle seems to be both power-hungry and sensitive to interference. Is there a way to get yourself even closer? I know that doesn't resolve the issue but it's all I've got! For what it's worth, my connection has been fine and I'm at 6 feet LOS. @kism did you ever use your Sony for...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    Sounds great, MLE. Your review of the Mobius is part of the reason I started following this thread. Is there any ability to opt-in on the beta, or an ETA on the firmware? The whoosh is very apparent in my use conditions (I'm assuming lower-quality audio, because work calls and certain game...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    I think the fight above is hitting on something important, though I don’t want to pile on. I think there was a failure to communicate some of the functions of this headset and its accompanying software. I expected chatmix as well, but its loss is less important for my needs. However, I did...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    The updates here are comforting and confirm for me that the make-or-break issue for me is going to be how the headset feels in long-term use. Any suggestions on how to handle top band pressure other than having more hair? Let’s assume clamp is no longer an issue.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    At least on Penrose with PS5/iPhone, the dual audio sources cannot be adjusted.
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    I have a few answers I can try! 1. To my knowledge no, you need the application, and so you’ll be waiting for the Mac or Android update. I would contact Audeze directly though. It’s possible they have a different answer or way to help. 2. Yes, you can charge while using them. 3. You should be...
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    Audeze Penrose X and Penrose

    I can also add that the dongle is indeed USB-A, so to attach to a handheld Switch you'll need an adapter, but if you're docked you can just plug straight into the dock.
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