Sennheiser PC 373D Gaming Headset Review
Gaming headsets are a dime a dozen these days, with everyone trying to make some money off them. Does the Sennheiser PC 373D gaming headset do enough to set itself apart from the competition, or should you look elsewhere? Check out review and find out what we think of the headset.
Sennheiser PC 373d Gaming Headset Review
I’ll just say that, for the record, I don’t have much experience with surround sound headsets. That being said, the Sennheiser PC 373d Gaming Headset has Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound build into it. When I got it, I was a little worried it would be too complicated to set up, but it wasn’t. You just have to plug it in, download the software, and you are good to go. The headset has a switch that turns the surround sound on and off and without the program, in case the surround sound doesn’t work. The program has four different options for sound: Game, eSport, Music, and Off. Game is obviously for when you are gaming, Music is for when you are listening to music, eSport which I wasn’t really sure about, and Off is just basic settings. It also has noise reduction settings and sidetone options.
As for the headset itself, it is made of heavy-duty flexible plastic. The headphones have padding on them to make them more comfortable, as does the top. You can pull the earphones down a enough to find a good spot for your head. I had a couple of eight hour gaming sessions with it on, and it didn’t get uncomfortable. As for the mic, the quality is pretty good. Everyone could understand me fine and it didn’t pick up my breathing or the birds outside. Only downside is there is no mute button on the headset itself, but that is only a minor complaint. There is, however, a volume knob on the headset so you can turn the sound up and down right from there.
This might be a common thing for a surround sound headset, but the way they do voice communication is smart. You have the option for surround sound, but you also have the option for sound coming through the earphones. This means when playing a game, you can hear the game with the surround sound on and hear your friends over voice normally. You can listen to them in surround sound if you want, but I didn’t really like that. The sound quality of the headset itself was great. Being as I mainly gamed with it, that is what we will mostly cover.
I will first say that in any competitive shooter, this will give you an edge. I recently started playing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and the difference between my normal headset and this one was night and day. I could normally hear footsteps okay, or not at all during the rain, but with these I could hear footsteps much more clearly. Not only could I hear them well, but I could also tell which direction they were coming from. This is massively helpful when trying to call out which direction the enemies are for your team. Doors opening, footsteps, and even gunshots come through much more clearly on the surround sound headset. I also played Hollow Knight, The Final Station, and Darkest Dungeon with them. It didn’t give me a massive edge, as these were single player games, but they still sounded great.
Another option you will likely use in the program is Music. This headset does two things well: it helps you hear each instrument clearer (assuming you are interested in that type of thing), and it makes you feel like the sound is coming at you from different angles. While I was playing single player games, it helped with my immersion into the game’s music. While I was just listening to some music on Spotify, I was able to pick up instruments I hadn’t noticed before. Music is what you make of it, but they made a big difference to me. I will say the bass was a bit lackluster when I did a test, but that isn’t something I care much about.
To my surprise the headset did work on my PlayStation 4, but the surround sound did not. You can use it to communicate and hear voice chat if you really wanted to, but there are much cheaper options out there for that. That’s where the big rub comes in. These are currently priced at $209.99 on Amazon. I can honestly say that if you are a competitive gamer who wants to keep the edge, these are probably for you. If you are just a casual gamer or don’t play many multiplayer games, the price may be a bit to steep.