We just don’t realise that a lot of our memories are beyond the visual with sounds playing an important role in how our brain records these incidents. Also, it is the initial audio experience that often results in our love for a certain song or movie. It could often be because the first time we heard that song, it felt so different from everything till that point. That is the experience the Audeze Mobius hopes to achieve. This headphone is a lot of things, but for starters it is the first real 360-degree surround sound experience I have felt on a headphone.
The Audeze Mobius uses planar magnetic technology which is still very rare in headphones. But what is planar magnetic technology? Put simply, this technology depends on magnets acting on a flat plane. There are no conventional drivers here, but a series of magnets on both sides of a thin, electrically active diaphragm material. The sound is generated by regulating the flow of electricity through the wires suspended in between magnets. The audio created using this technology hardly has any distortion and is hence more true. But planar magnetic headphones are not always able to go that high on bass as some of the conventional headphones.
The Mobius is a slightly large headphone and not something you can really carry around as it does not fold flat for stowage. This is what you will use to enjoy a Mozart on your couch or to deep dive into a House of Cards on Netflix. The earcups are comfortable and I had long sessions where I forgot I was actually using a headphone.
There is a power button on the left that also aids with Bluetooth pairing. There is also a mute button, just in case you want to listen to something else. The 3D button on the side of the left ear cup lets you switch on the best feature of this headphone and also centre your head in the relation to the three-dimensional space the headphone creates. There are volume dials for both the headphone and the plug-in microphone in case you are using this for gaming. Along with Bluetooth, the Audeze Mobius offers the choice of plugging in a USC-C cable or a regular 3.5-mm jack from the audio source. The USB-C port also helps with charging. The battery lasts about eight hours on full volume.
The idea behind Audeze Mobius is to make audiophile grade headphone available at a more affordable pricing. And a minute into experiencing this headphone you realise that this endeavour has certainly been a success. I tried the Mobius with my regular playlist. But the experience was so good that I spent many morning discovering new music and experiencing familiar notes in a whole new light. The music is natural and rich. But there is one thing that took the listening experience to a whole new level: the feeling that I was listening where the music was being created. The 3D spatial field created by the Mobius transports you to a new plane. You keep forgetting than you are listening with headphones on.
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The same 3D space means a whole different thing when you are watching a movie or playing a game. You know there is someone sneaking up behind you and even if you turn your head the wrong way the source of the sound is where it was in the space. This is like virtual reality in audio. Watching a movie with the right audio channels, you can hear the sound move along with the images. This is the closest you will get to a Dolby Atmos-like experience on headphones.
On the flip side, the Mobius is a bit heavy in comparison with other headphones you can buy now. It also appears a bit bulky. But I am willing to overlook all that for the sheer bliss these headphones offer. In my books, the Audeze Mobius is the best headphones I have experienced this year. And after a long time, here is one product I really want to own. The Audeze Mobius still does not come cheap, but for those who love and live their music, this is an investment worth it.