- Jul 6, 2014
Thanks, I'm aware of the minimal latency of aptX LL but it's negligible in my use case (whereas I can definitely notice the lag of regular BT codecs). I've used it on Switch (even for rhythm games like Cadence of Hyrule) and VR on my Oculus Quest quite a lot and have not had any latency issues on my end. For context, using any other BT codec in VR makes me physically nauseous. I think 30-40ms is acceptable to me.The primary issues with 2.4Ghz gaming headsets audio quality to me is: poor imaging, tiny soundstage, and bloated bass. I do however acknowledge that my ear is heavily biased after years of open-back competitive FPS gaming. My number 1 played game in the past few years is also Escape from Tarkov (pretty bad sound design tbh) which relies so heavily on intel from sound that I'm probably hyper-critical about it.
I use a PCIE wifi card with BT 5.0 on my PC to connect to the BTR3k (I think the BTR5 has come out now and is probably a better buy btw). Specifically, I have the Asus PCE-AC58BT. If I didn't have that card already, I would probably buy the Creative BT-W2 and stick it in a front USB port.
Fair warning: Aptx-LL does have a very slight delay (30-40ms IIRC) but I find you can adatpt to it for FPS gaming pretty easily. The bigger issue for me is the hassle of managing charging/connections for multiple devices (BTR3k and Mod Mic Wireless) and the fact that I don't have the balls to sit in front of my coworkers on conference calls with giant headphones on, a dongle strapped to the side of it, and a lit-up boom microphone that looks like a kids toy. I suppose I could get a different headset for work if the Penrose doesn't work out, but I really really don't want more headphones.
I agree with you on convenience though. I used to use a different aptX LL transmitter that connected via 3.5mm and I'd have to always make sure it was properly charged, etc, and its integrated Amp/DAC was pretty subpar. I don't think that's a factor with USB powered transmitters, but I don't always find they connect as seamlessly as proper 2.4ghz headsets. It's not too much work but still annoying when they don't connect properly. My Momentum 3.0 have aptX LL capability which is nice, but I don't really like it for gaming purposes after A/Bing with the Penrose and Arctis. They're nice for when I'm commuting or at work but are noticeably bass-heavy. I guess I could just EQ them if necessary.
I wonder if I should just use my HD650's connected to a BTR3k or BTR5 instead...