Sennheiser Best Budget Gaming Headset Xbox One
Its a big market out there for gaming peripherals. We’ve already noted many times that a lot of brands have been riding the ‘gaming’ hype to market their products. This may work for gaming mice and keyboards but for audio its a really sensitive matter. And even more so for audiophiles and discerning audio enthusiasts who use their rig for far more than gaming. While the rest of the gaming market may settle with heavily marketed bloat. There are still many out there who want the best in audio and will invest in a gaming audio experience that only the best can deliver. Sennheiser Best Budget Gaming Headset Xbox One is one of the premier audio brand in the world. And there is no denying they have a solid line-up of audio solutions for any audiophile. We’ve taken a look at the Sennheiser PC360 G4ME gaming headset a couple of years back and we remarked how impressed we are with the product. Fast-forward almost 4 years and we have one of the new offerings from the company for gamers: the Sennheiser GAME ONE. This along with the Sennheiser GAME ZERO are the company’s frontliners for gamers and we take a closer look at the GAME ONE in this review.
Sennheiser Best Budget Gaming Headset Xbox One surprisingly goes different with their new GAME series of headsets, now packaged in white versus the traditional black packaging. That majority of Sennheiser products come in. A glamor shot of the product is displayed upfront with small prints of the model name. At the back are specifications and features of the GAME ONE headset. Inside the package are the Sennheiser GAME ONE headset and a pair of cables: one for stereo+mic and one for mobile and consoles and we see the headset secured within another box.
Detachable cables is one of the newest features we’ve seen in the Sennheiser GAME ONE. With this, you can use the included sets of cables for both PC and console gaming. What we do miss though is the non-tangle cables of the older PC360 which despite their looks, really feel premium and seriously never tangle or kink. It is now available in Black and White colors. Both of which have red trims to accentuate the headset, subtle yet stylish enough to exude a bit of that aggressive gamer steeze we’re known for. The sample we have is the white version and the color of choice is really bold despite its rather clean looks.
The earcups of the Sennheiser GAME ONE has not changed much and similar to many of the HD5xx series of audiophile cans, still retains the signature oval shape of the cups with distinct vents adorning the other side of the ear cup.
Sennheiser’s GAME ONE feature intuitive controls for its volume adjustment and mice mute: a discrete volume knob is located at the low-center of the right earcup for quick and easy access while the mic boom when lifted upwards, automatically mutes the microphone. Moving over to the headband, Sennheiser uses a contrasting black band for the white version (retains black for black version) extends to fit even the largest noggins.
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Designed for players
Convenient Microphone Mute
Low max audio volume
|Has Stereo Speakers||√|
|Has An Over-the-ear Foam||√|
|Has A Detachable Cable||√|
|Has A Straight Plug||√|
|Sound Pressure Level||116dB/mW|
|Has A Noise Cancelling Microphone||√|
|No of Microphones||1|
|Highest Frequency Mic||16000Hz|
|Lowest Frequency Mic||50Hz|
|Has A Rechargeable Battery||X|
|Has A Battery Level Indicator||X|
|Has A 3.5mm Male Connector||√|
|Can Be Used Wirelessly||X|
|Compatible With PlayStation||X|
|Compatible With Xbox Live||X|
|Can Be Used As A Headset||√|
|Has A Mute Function||√|
|Control Panel Placed on A Device||√|
|Supports Dolby Digital||X|
|The Sennheiser Game One have a straightforward design that looks somewhat similar to the HD 598. They're very comfortable headphones with large, spacious ear cups, and ample padding that feels pleasant to wear for long gaming sessions. They're also very easy-to-use since they only have a simple volume dial and a mute switch embedded in the Mic swiveling mechanism. The control scheme feels a bit lacking compared to other gaming headsets. Also, since you can't remove the mic, and they're not really stable, they won't be the best headphones to use outdoors.|
|The Sennheiser Game One look somewhat similar to the HD 598 or an open HD 380 Pro which we haven't yet reviewed. They come in two color schemes; an all-black variation and a two-tone black and white scheme that's a bit more flashy. The microfiber padding on both the headband and the ear cups give them a more high-end appeal although they do not have the versatility of having a removable mic so that you can use them outdoors like regular headphones.||The Game One headphones are similar in fit and size to the super comfortable Sennheiser HD 598. They're a bit tighter on the head than the 598 but the ear cups are large and fit well around most listeners' ears. The headband and the ear cups are also well-padded and covered in a microfiber fabric that feels soft and pleasant on the skin. They're not as comfortable as the HD 598 but you can wear these headphones for hours and not feel any fatigue, making them suitable for long gaming sessions.|
|The Sennheiser Game One, like most gaming headphones, are not really portable. They're bulky and do not fold up into a more compact format. The ear cups also do not lay flat, making for a cumbersome and difficult to carry headphone. Unfortunately, they do not come with a case or pouch, which is slightly disappointing.||The Sennheiser Game One headphones feel sturdy enough that they won't break from a few accidental falls. The headband is flexible and has a wide metal frame for support but it's also a bit creaky. Also the plastic casing covering the headband looks and feels a little cheap. On the upside, the ear cups are dense and durable and the padding material used in their build quality feels high-end. However, like the similarly designed HD 598, the hinges are the most susceptible points and may not be as durable as the rest of the build quality.|
|The Sennheiser Game One headphones are slightly more stable than the HD598 because they are tighter on the head but have the same issue. They should be fine for gaming and casual listening sessions but they will easily move and sway if you wear them while doing physical exercises. This makes them not suitable for sports but on the upside, they have a detachable cable that easily disconnects if it gets hooked on something.||
This headset have a very basic but easy to use control scheme. They have a volume dial and a mute switch embedded in the Mic swiveling mechanism (i.e. placing the mic in the upright position will disable it). Unfortunately, the volume dial doesn't have any distinct notches to better set your preferred volume level, and the overall control scheme feels a little lacking in features when compared to other gaming headsets and more casual everyday headphones.
|The Sennheiser Game One is a very good sounding open-back over-ear gaming headset. These headphones have a consistent bass with a good amount of body and punch, a very good and even mid-range which produces clear vocals, and an excellent and well-balanced treble. However, their bass lacks a bit of sub-bass which may also distort under loud volumes, and their mid-range is slightly overemphasized, adding a bit of muddiness to the overall sound.
|The bass is good. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 53Hz, which is about average. Also, low-bass, which is responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres and video games, is lacking by more than 5dB. This tends to be a common shortcoming among most open-back headphones. Mid-bass, responsible for body and punch is well-balanced, but the 2.5dB bump in high-bass adds a bit of muddiness to the overall sound.||The mid-range is very good. The response is virtually flat, which is great for vocals and lead instruments. However, it is consistently over our target by about 2dB, especially in low-mid. This adds a little bit of clutter to the mix and makes the overall sound a tad mid-rangy.|
|The open ear cups of the Sennheiser Game One means they won't isolate well enough for loud environments. They barely block any noise which improves their soundstage but also makes them less suitable to use outdoors. They also leak a lot so they will be distracting to those around you in quieter settings. If you game alone or online, then they should be fine but they won't be the ideal headphones to use at a competition where there's a lot of ambient chatter, as the noise will easily seep into your audio.|
|Noise Isolation||Overall Leakage|
|The isolation is poor. These are open-back headphones so they don't isolate well. In the bass range, they will let in all the low rumbling noises of your environment. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they also don't achieve any isolation. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they reduce outside noise by about 11dB, which is inadequate.||The leakage performance of the Game One is poor. The significant portion of their leakage is between 200Hz and 20KHz, which is a very broad range. This means that their leakage will sound a lot fuller than that of closed-back headphones, and in-ears. The overall level of the leakage is quite loud too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 62dB SPL, and peaks at 77dB, which is quite higher than the noise floor of most offices.|
|This headset have an impressive boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, natural, and present, but lacking slightly in airiness. In noisy situations, they can fully separate speech from background noise even in very loud environments, such as a subway station or game competition.|
|These headphones are passive and have no battery life.|
|The Sennheiser Game One have a wired 1/8" TRS connection and come with an additional headset adapter for PCs. On the upside, the microphone is compatible with both compatible with the PS4 and Xbox One controllers. They also have negligible latency since they're wired, which is good for gaming and watching movies. Unfortunately, they won't have the range and convenience of wireless gaming headsets.|
|These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection.||The Sennheiser Game One have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox One or PS4 controllers. They also come with Y-splitter headset adapter for PCs.|
|The Sennheiser Game One do not have a wireless range since they're wired.||There is no charging dock or base for these headphones.|