Sennheiser GSP 370
Gaming Headset (Wireless)
Usually when we’re unboxing a new gaming headset the big question we have is, how will the audio balance and overall clarity compare to some of our more high-end audiophile headphones? Not that we’ve ever compared a budget gaming headset to a premium HD-music only pair of cans and then factored the difference into a review. It’s just that sound quality is important.
And this is also a round about way of saying that sound quality wasn’t a major concern when unboxing the new Sennheiser GSP 370
– the new wireless offering from the renown audio company that sits on the upper-level of mid-range offerings with its local price-point of $349.95 AUD. Even though it’s the first wireless headset from the company that we’ve tested, on the sound quality front, it’s business as usual for Sennheiser
. And business is good, with exceptional audio balance with distinct and clear low to mid to high frequency separation in addition to a crispness that never verges or enters the realm of discomfort or distortion.
Where the Sennheiser GSP 370 did surprise though was with its 100-hour battery claim. And surprisingly lightweight build.
- Type: Closed
- Frequency response: 20 to 20,000 Hz
- Weight: 285g
- >Cable length: 1.5m
- Microphone Pickup pattern: Unidirectional
- Frequency response: 10 to 6,300 Hz
The super-long-lasting battery? Spoiler alert – the legends are true. After leaving the GSP 370s on for several days playing one dope house mix after another and on-and-off usage for a couple of weeks of gaming, the Sennheiser GSP 370s went the distance. And then some. Moderate users will get serious mileage before having to plug them in and compared to other wireless offerings we’ve seen it’s the sort of feature well worth putting front-and-centre on the packaging. Being able to play-and-charge is a nice addition too, with the 1.5 metre cable offering decent slack for those connected to a PC.
In terms of drivers, we did notice that the sound was on par with the GSP range from Sennheiser – where the frequency response is great for games, music, and streaming movies but not quite detailed enough to offer subtlety in the HD audio recordings we tested. Now, this is not a knock against the GSP 370, audiophile quality sound is not really on the table for this wireless offering. For that stay tuned for our full review of the premium Sennheiser GSP 670
Compatible with both Mac and PS4, in addition to PC, like we’ve seen with other wireless headsets it’s when paired to a PC where the GSP 370 comes into its own. Which is where the Sennheiser Gaming Suite allows for fine tuning of the audio (though we’d argue that the balance is wonderful out of the box) in addition to messing about with surround sound and monitoring current battery life.
Design and Comfort
Which brings us to the next feather in the hard-plastic cap of the Sennheiser GSP 370 – which is the lightweight and sturdy 285-gram build. Which immediately improves comfort on the account of there being, well, less weight on your head. The lightweight form factor is joined by quality leatherette hybrid-cushions and a hard-plastic frame with metallic skeleton (if that’s the right word to use) that is durable and robust. The overall look is an extension of the chunky design we’ve seen from Sennheiser in recent years – as per the Sennheiser GSP range
from last year.
If we were to make one change with the design, it would be for Sennheiser to make the microphone removable. We’re fans of the chunky mic look and it makes muting via raising and lowering the arm a breeze – but when playing through single-player stuff like Control
, Metro Exodus
, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare
and others we feel like Sennheiser might be a step behind the competition here. Now, the rugged and pure gaming look and feel of the design sets it apart from Sennheiser’s excellent range of audio-only HD-series headphones, but an eye towards versatility and even portability would have been nice.
Okay, so when it comes to sound quality, we covered the excellent out-of-the-box balance you get from Sennheiser gaming headsets – a trend that continues with the Sennheiser GSP 370. This extends to the microphone and chat quality that although we wouldn’t quite call broadcast quality (a term that lacks definition), they could work on stream as a regular headset with no issues.
On the surround front Sennheiser’s software-based approach is decent though we wouldn’t want to put it up against something like Dolby Atmos. As a pure stereo headset, the Sennheiser GSP 370 is the wireless headset to beat in this price-range though. Across a wide range of titles there’s just something that feels great about not getting overly harsh or defined high-end frequency sounds – and for shooter fans and those sessions where we fired up multiplayer Call of Duty: Modern Warfare, being able to adjust this in software to make the sound more optimised for competitive titles is a preferred approach to the alternative.
In the end, outside of a few design issues we feel Sennheiser needs to start looking into – the Sennheiser GSP 370 proved to be an excellent wireless gaming headset. From the long-lasting 100-hour or so battery life to the wonderfully balanced sound to the lightweight and comfortable build.