The new Lioncast LX30 offers an affordable entry into the world of gaming headsets for around 50 euros. Whether the quality and sound of the 7.1 surround headset with RGB lighting are convincing in addition to the price, we took a closer look and listened to in the following test.
The Lioncast LX30’s auricles are closed to prevent annoying background noise from entering the user’s ear. At the same time other people in the room cannot hear what is happening in the game or what music the headset is playing because of the good isolation.
The company Lioncast, which according to its own statement has the goal of producing the best input devices and headsets for players, uses neodymium magnets with a diameter of 50 millimeters in the LX30. The impedance is 32 ohms.
According to Lioncast, the entire human audible frequency range from 20 Hz to 20 KHz is reproduced by the headset.
|Driver||50 mm Neodymium driver|
|Frequency||20 Hz up to 20 kHz|
|Weight||262 g (without cable)|
|Modularization||microphone removable, ear cushions changeable|
|Compatibility||PC, PS4 (Pro), Xbox One (S and Scorpio), Mac, Smartphone and Tablet|
Design and Workmanship
The workmanship of the headset works well considering the price. The auricles and the temple are made of plastic, which has a high-quality effect. Metal was probably not used for cost reasons. The padding of the temple and the ear cups made of imitation leather also look solid. So far no wear could be noticed here yet.
The microphone on the left side is on an arm that can be removed if necessary. Due to the extremely high flexibility, problems with the longevity may have to be feared here, which could manifest themselves in loose contacts. However, this is only an assumption that was not confirmed in the test and can only be verified after a long time.
Also the sheathing of the cable leaves no reason for complaint. It is thick enough to prevent cable breakage without restricting movement. The remote control on the cable also makes a good impression.
Apart from the silver logo, this can otherwise only be individualised using the black design and the RGB lighting, which offers many adjustment options.
Sound Quality and Microphone
The sound quality in the tested games (Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Starcraft 2) and in the playback of movies and music is good for the price range. Of course, the Lioncast LX30 cannot keep up with much more expensive headsets.
In the test, the powerful bass was particularly noticeable. The highs are also reproduced very clearly. Only in the midrange the headset looks a bit “weak”.
Thanks to the integrated sound card, which becomes active when connected via USB, virtual 7.1 surround sound can be used in games to make the detection of opponents even more precise. In the test I liked the connection via jack plug in combination with a high-quality soundcard from Creative a bit better.
The sound quality of the microphone has been described as clear in both Skype and Teamspeak conversations. Noise was largely filtered out by the pop filter (foam above the microphone).
Ergonomics and Wearing Comfort
There are slight criticisms about the ergonomics and the resulting wearing comfort of the headset, which, however, is very individual depending on the person. Personally, I found the auricles a little too small, so that there was a slight pressure on the ears. However, a second tester could not confirm this. As with any headset, it is therefore advisable to try the Lioncast LX30 in order to get an impression of the poorly objectively assessable wearing comfort.
Positive features are the highly adjustable microphone and the adjustable headband, which is also suitable for very large heads.
The imitation leather used ensures, as usual, slightly sweating ears. But this was not really disturbing even after a long period of use.
The cable length of the Lioncast LX30 is also positive. The 3.5 millimeter jack plug cable is 155 centimeters long, the USB cable even 345 centimeters. The headset hardly restricts the radius of movement. In combination with the relatively low weight of 262 grams, people with small and medium-sized ears will hardly feel the headset while wearing it.
The software also leaves nothing to be desired.
The menu item EQ (Equalizer) allows you to make individual frequency ranges louder and quieter, for example to emphasize steps in games more clearly. Four profiles can be stored, which provide a different sound depending on use.
The FX option allows you to choose between different “rooms” that also change the playback due to their individual reverb. Lioncast offers a theatre, a bathroom, a living room and a hallway as well as the neutral ‘No’ option.
Also the microphone has a separate menu item where the volume and the boost can be configured. The microphone can also be muted.
The virtual 7.1 loudspeakers can be freely positioned in the room under the Surround item.
The last menu item controls the RGB lighting or deactivates it. Users can choose between different colors and effects.
Conclusion of the Lioncast LX30 Review
The Lioncast LX30 is a recommendation for all price-conscious gamers. There are no major weaknesses despite the relatively low price of 50 euros.
Except for the relatively weak mids, the sound quality is good. The microphone, which is important for multiplayer games, also offers a recording quality that is not negatively noticeable in Teamspeak.
Overall, the Lioncast LX30 is not an outstanding product, but it doesn’t have to be in this price range to be considered a recommendation.