- Excellent sound quality
- Comfortable over long periods of time
- Driver is simple to install and use
- Feels a little cheap for its expensive price tag
It felt strange when a company like Sennheiser, renowned for their audiophile-level headphones emerge in an unexpected market. But why not right? They’re doing headphones extremely well so why not bring their superb offerings to gamers. The Sennheiser PC 373D is one of those products that really do stand out, and here’s why.
Sennheiser has kept a very similar design to their headphone counterpart, the PC 350SE, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, that headset rocked. For the most part the headset is covered in plastic, which okay, looks pretty good, but doesn’t really give off a premium feel. The headset will set you back around £200 depending on the vendor.
The earpads are covered in a soft material, a velvety type cover which is a welcome treat compared to the standard leathery type earpads you usually find on conventional gaming headsets. They’re also pretty large, giving those like myself with larger heads the ability to game for long periods of time without feeling discomfort.
The Sennheiser PC 373D headset sounds absolutely superb, with the aid of their virtual stereo 2.1, 5.1 or 7.1 set up. All it needs is a simple driver installation downloaded from the Sennheiser website. The mix of sounds when playing games is absolutely crystal clear. Tanks in Battlefield 4 sounds punchy when the main cannon is fired, and a quick whip around Laguna Seca Raceway in project cars made the engines sound as pure as actually being there. To be honest, this is definitely the best gaming headset I’ve seen so far. The audio is aided by its open back design which allows music to sound a lot clearer than closed back models.
There is a 1.8 metre cord attached to the headset giving users very generous movement while playing. If you don’t have a spare USB port up front, don’t worry. The cable would easily reach round the back of a traditional desk set up. The volume control can be found on the side of the right earcup too which I absolutely love. There is no need to fumble around looking for the volume controller half way down the cable. What’s also handy is that the cable is braided, making it tangle free.
A usual problem that comes to light after heavy use are issues with the microphone. They usually break after being wiggled and stretched into position after a while. However, the solid fixture and the plastic covering of the Sennheiser PC 373D headset feels very substantial compared to other flimsy microphones on the market. I didn’t receive any complaints from my friends while playing online either, and this is coming from a high-end condenser as my daily driver.
When the Sennheiser PC 373D gaming headset turned up, I wasn’t expecting this. The audio quality that resonates from the headphones is unbelievable. It was very hard to find any kind of fault with these during gaming. The plastic feel lets down the £200 price tag though which was a bit of a shame. They were extremely comfortable to wear though so that made up for the cheaper materials used.