Sennheiser is a 70 year old company that specializes in Audio. They’ve released truly amazing and affordable product to the masses and are one of the most trusted brands when it comes to consumer audio peripherals. They have it all – from mics, to earphones, to headsets, speakerphones, business devices – and now GAMING headsets – like the Sennheiser GSP 600 Pro Gaming Headset.
They’ve actually released 3 gaming headsets prior to the one we have today. There’s the Sennheiser Game One, Game Zero and GSP 300. In this review, we will be reviewing their 4th Gaming Headset, the GSP 600.
Here’s our quick unboxing video we made for you before we proceed with the written impressions.
Now, let’s head over to the product.
There’s actually more gaming headsets that was released with the GSP600, but this product is currently their flagship pro gaming headset so we chose this one to review and share our thoughts to you, with. You can take a look at Sennheiser’s website for a catalogue of all their products, each aimed for a specific purpose and blazened with specific features.
Sennheiser is really banking on their 70 year expertise to convince you to go with their Gaming headsets as your choice, but in this review – you’ll find that there may be more to than just knowing audio than to knowing the specific audio audience the product is aimed at.
Their website says:
For 70 years the Sennheiser name has stood for top-quality headphones, headsets, microphones and integrated systems. Our name has become synonymous with true sound and tailor-made solutions for every aspect of recording, transmission and reproduction of sound.
Let’s find out, shall we?
The packaging is straightforward and not complicated at all. It carries the brand name on all corners of the box, and provides adequate information on the product you’re looking at. The box will tell you the contents inside, and that this is compatible with PC, Xbox and Playstation.
It tells you that is has an advanced noise-cancelling broadcast quality mic, adjustable contact pressure headbands, ergonomic ear pads for noise blocking (but no ANC) and a durable hinge but that’s it. It doesn’t detail the spec of the headset except for the 395g weight, 28 Ω impedance, and the frequency response range.
The website featured a bit more information but not much to go on with as well.
|Connector||2 x 3.5 mm (3-pole connectors) 1 x 3.5 mm (4-pole connectors)|
|Frequency response (Microphone)||10–18,000 Hz|
|Frequency response (Headphones)||10–30,000 Hz|
|Sound pressure level (SPL)||112 dB SPL @ 1 kHz, 1V RMS|
|Cable length||2.5 m PC cable / 1.5 m Console cable|
|Transducer principle||Dynamic, closed|
|Pick-up pattern||Bi-directional ECM|
|Microphone sensitivity||-47 dBV/PA|
Luckily, there’s a fact sheet you can download as well for your reference.
Moving on, Opening the box you instantly get greeted by the headset itself with it’s black matte design with some red-orange accents. Let’s talk design later.
You’ll be pleased to know that the headset is firmly protected by cushion the shape of the headset itself and not just some generic plastic like we’ve seen in other headsets.
Aside from the headset, you get a small box which contains the manual, warranty, and cables.
The cables included are 1 with 2x 3.5mm connectors for Mic and Audio in, while the other cable is a single 3.5mm connector used for audio purposes only.
The Sennheiser GSP600 are what you’d expect a PRO Gaming headset to look like. They’re huge and looks industrial, but i wouldn’t call it bulky. Unfortunately, they don’t have that premium feel. I’ve used other Sennheiser headsets before, namely the HD4.50ANC, Momentum Over-Ear and Urbanite XL to name a few and the GSP600 doesn’t quite come close to how those felt like to the touch.
Sennheiser could be trying to keep the weight down here, but I would prefer a more premium feel given that the GSP600 is their current flagship gaming offering. The result of this is a huge headset with 8″ in diamete but less than 400g in weight.
In terms of color scheme, the blacks are plastic but has a matte like finish. There are red mettalic highlights around the volumewheel and the mic area and nowhere else.
The rest of the device is just black, aside from a little silve that bridges the band and the cups. Over-all, it’s an okay design. Not too fancy, and definitely not ugly at all.
In terms of the mic, it’s about 4 inches in length and is, unfortunately, non-removable. This makes the device quite difficult to carry around with you if you plan to do so. There’s no carrying case inside the box as well.
Don’t get us wrong though, despite all the plastic and lack of metal – the GSP600’s build quality is very good! Even the cables themselves are braided and definitely feel as sturdy as the device itself.
FIT and FEEL
One word, TIGHT. But damn, it feels good. It just engulfs your head and feels like it’s embracing your skull and ears. It’s one of the ways it’s keeping outside noise away, and isolating your audio.
The balance between left and right are uneven, though, and you can definitely feel it’s heavier where the mic is located. Sennheiser could’ve done something to balance the weight here.
The band is also adjustable for larger or smaller heads, but i don’t think it will fit much larger heads. I felt that the band would break if constantly stretched, even as sturdy as it felt on my own head and as i tried to stretch it. There’s also those 2 movable bars/locks that you can adjust the point of contact pressure versus your head and ears. We didn’t really adjust ours much from user to user, though.
Over-all though, the fit and feel is quite superb. It can get quite hot while embraced by the cups but it does a good job of wiring you in whatever you’re doing, and keeping you in the zone.
AUDIO QUALITY and VERDICT
Ahh, the most important question. Is it good? Let’s talk about it.
The music is GOOD – but not outstandinfg. I mean, i’ve used other Sennheiser headsets, and other brands for that matter and the GSP 600 is not one of the best i’ve ever had in terms of audio quality.
We’ve tried some of Sony’s WH-1000Mark2 and 3, Sennheiser’s own line, Gaming headsets from HyperX, Corsair, Razer and Logitech and the GSP600 wasn’t much better. It just didn’t have any outstanding qualities, and – worse, it can get quite irregular at some points.
I thought it was a problem with my audio devices but i tried the same tracks on the same device with other headsets, and they were more consistent on the highs and lows. I’m not sure if it can be adjusted but the lows always seemed to creep in at random times.
It could probably be because of the huge drivers inside where the subs were just screaming to get out, and then sudd suddenly fading out, which is something you’d want to happen if you were just chilling on some music while working. After all, just because it’s a gaming headset doesn’t mean you won’t be using it for other purposes, right?
It’s forgiveable though, as it sounded great on games. I tried on PubG and those footsteps and ground movements really came alive. This leads us to believe that the audio was really engineered for games, and games alone – A good and bad thing at the same time.
In the end – if you were buying this for purely gaming purposes, by all means grab it. But if you wanted a more balanced usage, buy Sennheiser’s consumer headsets like the Momentum, Urbanite or the HD 4.5 series. They have really great sound and are great for your games too.
The Sennheiser GSP600 Pro Gaming headset retails for PHP18,190 and that’s not exactly cheap. It’s steep. For the same price or less, you can actually get get premium wireless headsets with ANC.
Alternatively, what makes this even harder to recommend is that there are other gaming headsets in the market that are available for less than half the price of the GSP600.
They go closer to the price of the GSP350 (PHP9,790) and if the GSP350 sounded close to the GSP600, except stripped of the more premium features, then we’d probably have recommended that one more.
We hope to review the younger sibling to give you a better perspective. In the end, if you still aren’t convinced on what you actually want and need – Sennheiser actually has a great page telling you hot to choose a Gaming headset.
Here’s the product video if you aren’t yet fully convinced.