Review: Sennheiser PC37X Gaming Headset
Today we’ll be taking a deep dive into the Sennheiser x Mass Drop PC37X gaming headset that allowed these two companies to join forces and produce a headphone that is not only phenomenal but pretty economical as well. Every once in a while we come across a pair of headphones that need to be shared on their own, to take the spotlight and be highlighted for their awesomeness – while keeping some of the faults in mind as well.
Nonetheless, the PC37X is a decent headset that is perfect even if you aren’t a diehard gamer and are just looking for something that’ll get you through the work day at your desk or at home. What the Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset brings to the table is a combination of the company’s world renowned audio quality but at a price that won’t let you break the bank.
But before we go on, let’s look at the design of the Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset and the build as well.
Build and Design
These headphones have a simple, no fuss design with an all plastic build which lets it blend in pretty much in any sort of environment. It features an Open Back earcup design for a massive sound experience at the cost of noise leakage. There are no gaudy looking logos or fancy lights installed which adds more to its minimalistic appeal rather than making it feel cheap.
The long, bendable microphone component is an obvious part of the Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset that you notice at once and which makes it seem more suited for gamers. It isn’t removable, however, you can flip it upwards to mute the sound. Similarly, when it comes to buttons or knobs there aren’t many that standing out on the headset.
The right earcup has a volume dial to adjust the volume settings, and overall the functionality of these headphones is pretty straightforward while giving off a sturdy look. It also has angled audio drivers installed in the ear pieces that help create a more realistic soundscape. They connect to the PC through a 3.5mm cable only, so console players are out luck when it comes to these headphones.
The headband and earcups are made of velour and feel pretty comfortable. Speaking of which, let’s look into how comfortable these headphone really are.
When it comes to comfort the headband and earcups give a tight fit that doesn’t produce any discomfort for longer gaming sessions. Thanks to the velour padding on both of them, the overall padding feels comfy to the ears and you won’t feel the 12.5 ounces of weight on your head when you’re going into the 3rd hour of your online FIFA tournament.
The adjustable headband lets you find the right fit according to your comfort and the fit isn’t too tight as to make hard for people with glasses to use them either. Overall the lightweight and velour extra padded earcups won’t come in the way of your long night gaming sessions. But the bigger question is do these sound as well as they fit?
Open back headphones are known for giving you the best soundstage at the cost of noise leakage and no noise cancellation, it is the catch-22 when it comes to headphones and an ongoing debate among audio purists that are divided on their opinions. Nonetheless, the Senneheiser PC37X gaming headset will let you hear the slightest thud of a footstep and give you the positional awareness that is common for the open back headphones.
The angled drivers have a part to play in this as well, as they give the listener better directionality on where the sound is coming from, which is a very important factor for gamers to consider if they’re into Action, Strategy or Adventure specific games or video games in general. The bass also doesn’t disappoint as all impacts of force are translated with immense clarity and precision.
The Senneheiser PC37X gaming headset doesn’t have an overwhelming bass to be annoying, whereas it gives a well rounded, rich delivery on all three sound frequencies and is really great for both gamers and music lovers. The precision this headset has on making the slightest noises like footsteps, hiss of machines or even clinks of metal sound perfectly clear.
If you’re nit picky about details then the Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset will make sure you hear everything, but like any open back headphone these do have noise leakage only if you use it on the highest setting. Otherwise, you’re good to go while using them in a crowded place. Similarly, when it comes to performance of the mic we have some good thoughts and some not-so good thoughts.
The mic on the Sennheiser PC37x gaming headset isn’t removable which is a bummer because it will be a bit hard to place it securely in your bag if you were planning on taking it on the go. It doesn’t mean you can’t take it because the mic does flip up which may help it a bit. Other than that, the performance during games while communicating with other online players is good, you can hear them clearly and the audio from the sender’s end comes out clear.
Also, the feature of flipping the mic to mute the sound is pretty ergonomically cool and you hear an audible click which registers mute/unmute. The Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset does work well with the Xbox one however the mic doesn’t work due to the split cables. You can make the mic work through an adapter that blends the two wiress into a single jack.
However, since this gaming headphone isn’t made for noise isolation or cancellation you will hear background noises while using it, but if that isn’t a deal breaker for you than go for it. The Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset is purely made for PC gaming and if you like the soundstage effect from Open back headphones then these will become your new favourite.
The Sennheiser PC37x gaming headset is a very affordable option from Sennheiser that is perfect for gamers who’re on a budget. The sound quality, mic performance, bass quality and sonic profile all checks out decently with these headphones, and despite a few drawbacks in the form of universal usability for all sorts of devices or the simple design can be overlooked if you care more for the audio.
The PC 373D version of the Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset does offer a similar design with a USB port but it will cost almost more than double the price, whereas the PC37X does the same job at a significantly lower price and mainly for PC gaming.
Similarly, if you’re looking for the comfort and larger than life sound experience of Open Back headphones than the Sennheiser PC37X gaming headset will be your go to. There is no other headphone that beats the quality or functionality than these German headphone that too at less than $120. It is a safe bet either way.
If you still want to check out a different option then check out our review of the Astro A50 Xbox One Wireless gaming headset, by click here.