Aside from the headset in the box you’ll find, a 3.5mm headphone audio cable which can be used with mobile phones, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. It also comes with an additional cable for the Xbox 360, a micro USB charging cable and the USB dongle which transmits the audio wirelessly from your PC or via the PS4 or X1.
The optical cable might seem like a strange addition but the USB dongle features an optical port. With the included optical cable you can connect this to the wireless dongle and then plug it into an Xbox One or PlayStation 4, from there you can connect the other end of the optical cable to the console and it will send the clean sound through the dongle to the headset wirelessly. This is a really good inclusion on LucidSound’s part because it bypasses the game controller and allows you to send the crisp audio straight to the headset.
The wireless capabilities are pretty decent as well, with the headset not connected I was able to walk around most of the house and into other rooms without it cutting out and this included being able to listen to audio and chat. On their website the range states about 30ft which seems about right but thick concrete wall will reduce that range through interference.
Audio performance on the LS-30 is decent but does fail to offer more than just a stereo output which makes it one of its only downfalls for its price range. Not matter how you connect it, the LS-30 will only ever push just that and cannot do anything more with a 7.1 or Dolby, DTS audio source. In terms of the audio equalizer the headset has three different options, even audio, bass boosted and treble boosted. These are hardcoded into the headset and should be fine for most gamers but for those really wanted the full range it is fairly limited. When switching between the different settings, you’ll hear a beep and you should be able to tell what one you are one but it would of been nice to have a little more of an audio or visual cue.
Out of the box, the sound delivers a fairly even performance but does seem to prefer the lower end of the scale which is probably where the gaming oriented design seeps through. Playing a game like Battlefield 4 was loud, bassy and explosions rocked but if you needed just a little bit of delicacy sometimes this could be filtered out by the overpowering bass.
In terms of loudness, the LS-30 is great, with 50mm drivers and powered up in active mode you’ll be able to crank them up as loud as your ears can take it and won’t be able to hear anything externally. It is worth noting though that at the higher volume levels for closed off earcups, the sound does get through quite a lot with other people being able to hear what you are listening to. This is not really much of a problem when gaming but if you use them out and about their noise suppression inside the earcup could be much better. When working in passive mode, the audio is still fairly loud and works at volume levels similar to most unpowered headsets.