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Sennheiser GSP 300 Gaming Headset
The last 10 years, I've been a big fan of Sennheiser products. They manage to make some good products without a lot of sales gimmick, but made for the sound. Therefore, it is with great pleasure that I can make my first Sennheiser review.
We are going to look at one of their new gaming products, namely their GSP 300, which is the smallest model in their new GSP series.
Sennheiser brings a little more color in gaming with the new series, in terms of what they have done in the past. Some may think the previous headsets from Sennheiser as boring.People who think that do in my opinion not know what Sennheiser stands for, which is great sound in discrete packaging
What do you get in the package?
The box you receive is filled with illustrations and specifications printed on the outside.
Inside the box is the headset conveniently placed in a molded holder. Included is a collector to the connectors, so you can use the headset with your mobile devices. Last there is safety instructions.
How does it look?
The headset is made of sturdy plastic that can withstand being twisted. So there is no concern about having the headset in your bag.
The head cushion is made of memory foam that softens by the heat from your head. It is covered with fabric, so you do not start to sweat under the cushion.
Ear cup cushions are also made of memory foam, but this type is a little softer. The ear cushions are covered in leather that keep noises out of the headset. This headset is built to be used at LAN partys, and to be used in noisy environments. So, not to be disturbed in your game, Sennheiser has chosen leather.
The hole for the ears is 7 cm. on the longest place. So there is plenty of room for big ears.
All connectors on the headset is gold-plated. This provides the best connection as gold does not form coatings, like other metals.
The cable is 2 meters long, which is just under short enough for my setup. I'm used to 3 meters on my Sennheiser PC 350SE, and it is an appropriate length when I have my computer standing on the floor under my desk. If you have the same setup, you will probably find the cable a bit on the short side.
However, I am super happy about Sennheiser is starting to go a away from the fabric cables. The cable on my Sennheiser PC 350SE is a bit noisy when it touches things while you are wearing the headset. It can get a little annoying in the long run. This is not a problem with this headset, the cable is made in silicone rubber.
How does it look on the head?
The ear cups are mounted on a small ball joint in rubber, which gives slightly and can be angled. So the ear cups adjusts well to the head.
furthermore, is the headset very comfortable to wear. I'm a little wide over the head, but there's nothing that squeezes in any way. It sits tight, but not in an unpleasant way. The soft ear cushions shut out noise from the outside completely, and doesn't press too hard in relation to that I wear glasses.
Features of the headset?
The headset has two functions which certainly makes life easier.
On the right ear-cup there is a big volume control. Here you can easily and effortlessly turn the volume up and down of the sound level. It's easy to grab, and works of good quality, because it does not just slip back and forth, but has little resistance in itself.
On the left earpiece is the microphone. It can be set at the height you wish, but not only that, you can turn off the microphone by tilting it up to vertical. A slight click tells you when the microphone is off and on, depending on which way you tilt the microphone.
It is useful features that are incredibly easy to use.
How does it sound?
Sound card that is used is an ASUS STX II 7.1 PCIe Sound Card
Have I listened to music and played some games with the headset. It has given me a good impression of the headset, both in terms of comfort as I mentioned earlier, and in terms of sound.
The headset plays really well, and there is no doubt that we are dealing with a quality headset. As written earlier, I have a Sennheiser PC 350SE to compare with, and the GSP 300 almost plays as well as that. You should though get some extra for the 100 EUR.
The headset plays in a different way than the PC 350SE, and it took some getting used to. But when you have become used to it, so it sounds actually really good.
GSP 300 plays a bit more subdued in the high range compared to the other headset, and it's all a personal taste, regarding what sound you are going for.
The treble, in my opinion means a lot to music and games, so that's what I'm very focused on when I listen to headsets.
I have been especially pleased with Burhan G's latest album, it really shows how much treble means, as he has so many fine details in the music on that album. If you do not get all the details in the tracks the magic disappears a little.
The headset manages to play all the details, and I actually think that it all sounds really good. There is good treble, which tells the story, and good bass that tell the mood of the music. All in all a really good experience.
Then there's the gaming experience, where the details also means a lot. You have to be able to hear when the opponent comes sneaking, which was not difficult with this headset. I think that Sennheiser has done well with this headset.
I've made a few recordings of the headset.
The first recording without background noise so you can hear how clearly the records sound from the mouth.
The second recording with background noise where my bluetooth speaker stands below the screen and play music at relatively high volume. As you can hear, the music is suppressed considerably, and the voice is heard loud and clear.
The microphone they put on this headset is impressively good. It only records what it should, and no more nor less. It fully meets the Sennheiser standard, and can easily be used in noisy environments.
So what is my opinion?
No matter how much I love Sennheiser, I need to give my open opinion on this headset.
I had to getting used to the new headset, and the sound it plays. But when I had done it, it played really really well. There is good detail in the sound, and good depth in the bass, just as it should be.
Something I noticed is the cable length. It is not quite as long as I could wish. This means that the headset can not lie with the cord on the left side of my keyboard. However, you can buy extensions to solve the problem, and it is probably far from all people who get it. 2 meter cable is still a good length.
Besides that, I think that the cable is a bit thin. I fear that it can be trapped and be damaged. Especially if it is located across the floor and you get to roll the office chair over it a few times.
Then there is the comfort of the headset, and here Sennheiser hit bulls eye. I think the headset fits just as it should, without squeezing anywhere, even after prolonged use. It is awesome.
The headset is a closed headset, and the soft ear cushions ensure that the outside world i shot out, so you sit in your own little sound universe.
The microphone is just like a microphone should and must be in a headset. Recording the voice loud and clear, even if there is lots of background noise. So it pass the test for a nice high score.
I'm still a fan of Sennheiser, there is no doubt about that. And you certainly get a very good headset for the price, which is just about 750 DKK.
The headset is getting a big SILVER star rating.