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Good solid headset
, 27 Oct. 2012
This review is from: Sennheiser PC363D Surround Sound Gaming Over-Ear Headset (Personal Computers)
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Sennheiser are known for good quality audio and make some very capable headsets as this one goes to show.
These come very well packaged and the headset itself feels very well built in hand with a lovely braided cable.
My setup: i5 2500k @ 4.8ghz, ASRock Z68 Ex4 mobo, 16gb ram, GTX670 gfx card, soundcard as mentioned and a 256gb ssd.
Sound quality is excellent and I found movies/music and gaming a delight using these. Although I feel the bass isn't as good as perhaps it should be. I use these connected to my creative recon 3d soundcard and the sound is fantastic. I play a variety of games and even in just stereo I was able to pick out positions of sounds in battlefield 3.
Volume control is on the right earcup and sounds are crisp through min-max volumes. I wasn't so keen on this and the amount you can turn is limited so you will have to strike the right default sound level on the pc first.
The microphone is the best I have used to date. Swivel it down to activate and up to turn off/mute. I use a lot of steam chat/in-game chat and team mates have commented since I started using these how clear my voice is.
The xxl earcups fit over my ears very comfortably. After several hours on Starcraft 2 they were still comfy enough to keep on. One thing I did notice though is that although the earcups are open to allow for airflow, my ears/side of head still got a bit clammy as they do with any other headset. The headband is also comfortable courtesy of a padded section.
Now a small problem I encountered was the usb soundcard. I installed the software and connected up the soundcard dongle to the front panel usb port when prompted and reset as directed. I can only describe the next few minutes as panicked. My pc refused to boot. Cleared the cmos, nothing. So I opened up the pc and disconnected the 24 pin power to my mobo and left it a minute or two and on connected up everything booted fine. Whilst I cannot be a hundred percent I can only surmise that the usb channel/front panel cable must have overloaded somehow. A quick trip to the manual recommends these are plugged into a usb port directly off the motherboard such as the rear i/o ones. Now this may be just an oddity with my system so I won't mark it down for this. Connecting them up at the rear was fine and the software works fine albeit all it does is enable a tray option to choose 5.1/7.1 etc which is a virtualisation.
Overall, excluding a few oddities on the volume control, I found both the sound and comfort perfect for everyday gaming with an overall good range. The mic is the best I have used yet.
My only negative is that I think I would prefer the mic mute and volume control inline on the cable instead so my hand stays near the keypad.
I would recommend these as a good set of cans for gaming.
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