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Sennheiser PC 373D Headset Review

Sennheiser has a long history of making high quality audio headphones. When I recently got the chance to take a look at their 7.1 surround sound headset, the PC 373D, I was reminded of my previous experience with a Sennheiser headset, which set the bar very high. Looking at the weighty price point of the PC 373D headphones, a hefty $249.95 at the official Sennheiser website, I was hoping they would be just as good of an audio experience.

Our look at the Sennheiser PC 373D begins with its overall design and build quality. In terms of its looks, the PC 373D is actually very similar to the PC 350, but mixed with some features from the PC 360 headphones. It’s as if the two headphones made a child together. It has the ear cups and mic design of the PC 350 and the headband style of the PC 360 – all while keeping its predecessors’ light weight and comfort. One of the things I loved about the PC 350 was how comfy the ear cups were on the sides of my head and the PC 373D headphones are terrific. I wore them for several hours at a time during my usage and never experienced ear ache or unnatural pressure on the sides of my head. Something that it brings over from the PC 360 is the volume dial on the right ear cup. I love this control and it makes fine adjustments easy to accomplish. Sennheiser does use a strangely-thin audio cable for the PC 373D. I was hoping that they would opt for a braided cord but the current cord material feels pretty thin. But, I digress… On a positive note, the headband feels really sturdy and I can’t see it breaking anytime soon.

The virtual 7.1 surround sound is accomplished via downloadable software as well as the use of the USB dongle that comes with the headphones. It is a strange setup in opposition to how many other virtual surround sound headphones work but, in this case, the headphones connect to the dongle via mini-USB port, and then from the dongle to your computer via 3.5mm audio jack. Unlike other headphones, you need the dongle as, without it, you are left with a mini-USB cable that won’t connect to any audio output ports. My advice is DON’T LOSE YOUR DONGLE! The virtual surround software has several presets, such as music and gaming, and all seem to work very well in creating virtual channel separation. Usually, I am not a fan of virtual surround sound, opting for much heavier real surround sound headphones. That being said, I actually loved listening to the PC 373D’s crisp audio and separation. They have shown me that virtual surround sound can be just as good – if not better in some ways (the biggest way being the decreased weight in not having seven drivers in the headband, saves the neck a lot of stress).

I played a whole library’s worth of games using the Sennheiser PC 373D’s – from Fallout 4 to EverSpace to Flight Simulator X to…. Well, a lot more titles from a variety of categories. I also listened to a good amount of music on them. Moving on to its microphone, the boom mic picked up my voice with great clarity during several sessions of online RPGs via Roll20.net and on TeamSpeak servers. The best part of the microphone boom is how it mutes itself when you swivel it upward. I wish more headphones did this as it is such a natural movement and you always know whether your mic is hot or not. The optional noise cancellation algorithm is also very good and I never saw a reason to disable it during my usage of the headphones except while I was testing it out.

Overall the Sennheiser PC 373D 7.1 surround sound headphones are terrific. The audio quality is great, microphone pickup perfect for gaming or chat, and its construction is super-comfy. Sennheiser continues to impress me. I just wish that they used a more durable cable material, like a braided cord. Truth be told, the biggest drawback in reviewing this pair of headphones is knowing they have to go back after my evaluation period is over, but I digress. At $249 dollars, the Sennheiser PC 373D headphones are an excellent choice whether you are gaming or playing your favorite tunes.


Sennheiser PC 373D Review Score

(5 out of 5 Stars)

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Technical Data

  • Color: black
  • Wearing style: Headband
  • Impedance Headphone: 50 Ω
  • Connector: USB
  • Frequency response (Microphone): 50 – 16, 000 Hz
  • Frequency response (Headphones): 15 Hz – 28,000 Hz
  • Sound pressure level (SPL): 116 dB
  • Ear coupling: Around-the-ear, open acoustic design
  • Cable length: 1,7m + 1,2m
  • Weight: 355 g
  • Pick-up pattern: Noise-cancelling
  • Microphone sensitivity: -38 dBV/Pa

Sennheiser Announces HD1 In-Ear Wireless Headphones

Las Vegas, January 6, 2017 – Sennheiser’s HD1 headphone range represents the perfect fusion of sound and style: Uncompromised sound performance meets minimalist design and carefully selected materials. At CES 2017, held in Las Vegas from January 5 to 8, the audio specialist goes one step further by unveiling the new HD1 In-Ear Wireless. Combining a leading-edge acoustic design with Bluetooth 4.1, AAC codec support and Qualcomm® apt-X™, the new neckband headphone has been designed to enhance the experience of listening to music on mobile devices – for the ultimate portable HD1 experience.

Uncompromising sound quality, progressive technology and high-quality materials in a minimalist design: Sennheiser redefined the world of headphones with its HD1 range – a series of headphones with MOMENTUM. In the creation of these iconic headphones, the audio specialist was inspired by people who follow their vision, striving for the new and pushing the world ahead. With the HD1 In-Ear Wireless, Sennheiser now adds ear-canal headphones with Bluetooth connectivity to the acclaimed range.

“HD1 headphones are inspired by people that push boundaries and refuse to compromise in fulfilling their ambition,” said Dr. Christian Ern, Head of Portfolio Management Audiophile at Sennheiser. “With the new HD1 In-Ear Wireless, we are bringing this ethos to a compact Bluetooth neckband headphone.”

Elegant in every detail, the HD1 In-Ear Wireless has been designed for an uncompromising experience. Its stainless steel in-ear sound tunnels have been custom machined to deliver superior acoustic precision: This high quality dynamic speaker system brings the signature HD1 sound to a compact in-ear headphone, with a powerful bass response, detailed vocal projection and a great sound stage. Thanks to Bluetooth 4.1, AAC codec support, and Qualcomm® apt-X™ compatibility, this true hi-fi sound is delivered with crystal-clear wireless transmission.

An elegant companion to mobile devices
With a great 10-hour battery life, the HD1 In-Ear Wireless can be enjoyed throughout the day. An integrated three-button remote and high-quality microphone are incorporated into the neckband, making it easy to stay connected and make phone calls and control music on the go. HD1 In-Ear Wireless supports convenient multi-connection with up to 2 devices at once, with 3-way calling support. Ease of use is further enhanced by NFC one-touch Bluetooth pairing with smart devices, an intuitive system of voice prompts to notify of pairing status and to provide battery life warnings, a vibration alert for incoming calls and support of USB audio with USB charging.

Like all HD1 headphones, the HD1 In-Ear Wireless represents a perfect marriage of style and substance, with high-quality materials, superb comfort and lasting durability. The ergonomic around-the-neck design and soft sheepskin nappa leather stitched onto the neckband offer all-day listening comfort. Ear adapters in four different sizes are provided for optimized fit in the ear canals to allow excellent attenuation of ambient noise. Meanwhile, premium materials such as stainless steel, the mirrored chrome finish, and tough, impact-resistant polycarbonate give the HD1 In‑Ear Wireless the strength for a life on the move.

Sennheiser’s HD1 In-Ear Wireless will be available from January 2017.

Sennheiser Launches New Gaming Headsets for CES

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Las Vegas, NV, January 8, 2014 – Sennheiser unveils two new high-end PC gaming headsets – G4ME™ ZERO and G4ME™ ONE and announces a unique alliance with one of the world’s leading game developers – Io-Interactive. In the perfect match of game creation and gameplay experience, Io-Interactive is using the audio specialist’s equipment when developing and recording game sound. This perfect match ensures that gamers using Sennheiser gaming headsets will get an authentic sound experience that’s optimized to be exactly as the developers at Io-Interactive intended.

Io-Interactive, part of the Square Enix group and the creator of blockbuster games such as the Hitman and Kane & Lynch franchises, has used Sennheiser recording equipment and headsets in crafting the audio for several games including Hitman Absolution. Having been impressed with the results, the new alliance sees Io-Interactive committing to use Sennheiser technology for future game development.

Frans Galschiøt Quaade, Lead Sound Designer, Io-Interactive explains the unique partnership: “Sennheiser equipment makes our games sound better – both for us and the gamer. Not only are these great gaming headsets for both producing and playing games, but using Sennheiser equipment during development ensures a great and consistent audio experience all the way from the production to end consumer.”

Game developers put great effort into creating complex and realistic soundscapes for games. “By collaborating with Io-Interactive and by launching the new PC gaming headsets G4ME™ ZERO and G4ME™ ONE, Sennheiser takes pride in making sure that gamers get to hear the high-level of acoustic quality and details that the developers intended you to hear,” says Christian Ern, Director Product Management at Sennheiser Communications. “The incredible comfort and convenience of our new headsets means that there is virtually nothing between you and the game.”

G4ME™ ZERO and G4ME™ ONE represent a new era in professional gaming headset design. Increased emphasis has been placed on ergonomics and supreme comfort for even long periods of gaming. Meanwhile, top-of-the-line noise cancellation technologies in the built in microphones ensure clear communication during online or multi player gaming. By using Sennheiser’s PCV 05 Combo audio adaptor, G4ME™ ZERO and G4ME™ ONE can also be connected to the new PS4™ as well as Mac computers.

Naturally, the new PC gaming headsets benefit from Sennheiser’s 70 years of experience as a leader in audio and deliver incredible sound quality. The company remains the only gaming headset company in the world to manufacture its own transducers, with the components powering the G4ME™ ZERO and G4ME™ ONE specifically optimized to deliver an extremely accurate reproduction of gaming audio. And in the heat of the action, smart features such as intuitive volume controls integrated into the ear cup and the ability to instantly mute the mic simply by lifting the mic boom, mean that there are fewer distractions so that you can stay focused on the game experience.

G4ME™ ONE – Feel the game, not the headset
Offering exceptionally natural and accurate sound quality, the new G4ME™ ONE is built to be the ultimate headset for home gaming. The open design delivers hi-fi sound exactly as the game developers intended, while letting air through to help keep ears cool during hours of gameplay. XXL-sized, plush velvet earpads, a cushioned headband and the lightweight design give the ultimate comfort.

G4ME™ ZERO – Supreme comfort for immersive gaming
Designed to be the most comfortable and best sounding closed headset on the market, the G4ME™ ZERO features a new earpad design that makes it the perfect choice for immersive gaming. Drawing on Sennheiser’s experience in creating professional headsets for aviation, layers of padding and memory foam are shaped to effectively shield the user from external sound and prevent gaming sound from disturbing others. Letting you hear every detail of the game, its still Sennheiser’s most quiet gaming headset yet. G4ME™ ZERO is also perfect for the gamer on the move with a unique foldable design and supplied hard carry case.

Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition Review (Tech)

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Sennheiser recently loaned us one of their newly-revised PC 350 Special Edition gaming headphones. Sennheiser is known for high-end audio products, and I was hoping that these headphones would prove worthy of their $249.95 dollar price point. So, when the loaner unit arrived, I gleefully un-boxed it and found a very nice carrying case. The case is black, with the Sennheiser logo tastefully displayed. Best part? It has a carrying handle! The PC 350 SE is geared for pro/tournament gamers, so the portability is very important. The case is also firm enough to protect it from moderate impacts, which is nice (form and function, as they say). Opening the case, I got my first up-close glimpse at the PC 350 SE headphones. They were folded up for travel (another nice feature), and I promptly removed them from the case.

…the earcups completely surround your ears…

When unfolded, the Sennheiser PC 350 SE gaming headphones are very impressive. The unit exudes gunmetal grays and silver accents and has a hard plastic body save for its metal, inner headband. Its cable is of the sturdy and braided variety, and measures an impressive 3 meters in length. This is so your headphones can connect to the console or PC while at a tournament or LAN event, no matter how far away it is from you. If you don’t need that much cable length, it does come with an attached cable wrap to take up some of the slack. While the design looks classy and sleek for a pair of “cans”, the most distinguishing feature of the headphones are the strangely angled earcups. The earcups are rotated back slightly from what you usually see on a pair of headphones. This rotation allows the earcups be larger and more naturally-fitting than more conventional designs. Putting the headphones on, the earcups completely surround your ears – not touching them, mind you, but comfortably encompassing them. The earcup padding is very comfortable and the cans gently squeeze the sides of your head in order block out as much external noise as possible. Connecting the headphones to your PC or PlayStation 3 is as simple as plugging in the headphone and microphone jacks into appropriate 3.5mm ports.

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My first experience with the headphones was in playing some simply podcasts from my iPhone – not exactly the aim of these headphones (which is pro-level gaming). Even before pressing play to start the podcast, I was very pleased with just how much external noise the headphones block out. Sitting in my office, typing away on some stories, the headphones brought me into my own little intimate “cone of silence”. Usually with gaming headphones, the maker attempts to pump up the bass levels as much as possible to make up for lower-quality speaker drivers. With the Sennheiser PC 350 SE headphones, however, fragile voices were delivered perfectly, and without distortion, into my ears. The whole experience was very impressive. Moving on to music, it was more of the same – the speaker drivers are very good at delivering both the highs and the lows without distortion. Their quality is very apparent. Adjusting the headphone’s volume is accomplished by an embedded rotary control on the side of the right ear cup.

The isolating effect of the headphones is just incredible…

To start using these cans in a gaming situation, I lowered the lights a bit in my office after everyone else had left and fired up Born Ready Games new Strike Suite Zero. The isolating effect of the headphones is just incredible – it almost feels like you are in a soundbooth. This isolation lets you experience the game audio a lot more clearly than normal headphones allow. After a while, I switched over and began playing some Skyrim. Talk about engrossing! I coupled the headphones with Creative Labs Sound Blaster Z sound card as the higher end hardware would be more noticeable on these headphones thanks to their quality. There were so many moments that I actually jumped in my chair slightly when rounding a corner in a cave system only to find a big spider descending from the ceiling.

Now, private gaming in my office is one thing but the Sennheiser PC 350 SE headphones are geared for tournament/pro level play. So, I plugged in the microphone port and fired up Activision’s Call of Duty: Black Ops II Multiplayer. Setting the microphone input to play through the earcups (so I could hear myself), the headphones performed excellently over about two hours of game sessions. Muting my audio could easily be accomplished by simply rotating the microphone boom into a vertical position. Swinging the microphone boom down un-mutes it.

Overall, the Sennheiser PC 350 SE headphones are my new favorite PC gaming headphones thanks to their fine sound clarity and ability to keep out external sound, leaving you to concentrate only on the game at hand. I am rating the Sennheiser PC 350 SE headphones a 5 out of 5 stars and granting them our first seal of excellence. Frankly, my only regret is having to send them back. 🙂

Sennheiser PC 350 SE Review Score

(5 out of 5 stars)

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Official Sennheiser PC 350 SE headphones product page.

Official Specs

  • Headphones
    • Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 26,000 Hz
    • Impedance: 150 Ohms
    • Sound Pressure Level: 108 dB
    • Total Harmonic Distortion: < 0.1%
    • Speaker Type: Dynamic, 38 mm, Nd magnet
  • Microphone
    • Speaker Type: Noise Cancelling
    • Frequency Response: 50 Hz – 16,000 Hz
    • Sensitivity: -38 dBV at 94 dBSPL

Sennheiser’s PC 350 and PC 360 Headsets Redesigned

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Las Vegas, 8 January 2013 – Sennheiser announces the rebirth of two truly legendary gaming headsets. The sought after PC 350 and PC 360 have been reengineered to feature optimized comfort, design and virtual 7.1 surround sound. Both will be officially launching this week at CES, the World’s Largest Consumer Electronics Show.

The new Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition and the PC 363D surround sound gaming headsets were designed for quality-conscious gamers who seek nothing but the best. Their closed design ensures hat sound is not transferred to your partner you become fully immersed in your games.

Sennheiser has developed the PC 350 Special Edition and the PC 363D for two specific types of players:

The ‘Pro’ Player

The PC 350 Special Edition, which is a professional noise-blocking headset, will keep you gaming in private. Even at full volume, more than 95% of the audio remains inside the headset, you can immerse yourself in the game while those around you don’t hear a thing. This is optimal for professional gamers at LAN events, or for home players who don’t want interruptions.

The Special Edition also features the most accurate sound reproduction in a gaming headset today. Utilizing Sennheiser’s “Eargonomic Acoustic Refinement” technology, the headset channels audio signals directly into your ears, rather than onto them.

Creating a Deeper Audio Experience for Gamers
The PC 363D Surround Sound, which delivers full virtual 7.1 Surround Sound with Dolby® Pro Logic® IIx, creates a much deeper audio experience allowing you to accurately pinpoint the direction of engine roars, shots or explosions. Designed for long hours of gaming, the PC 363D also features an open acoustic design, which lets air flow through to keep you extra comfortable at all times.

Engineered for quality and comfort
Both headsets feature German-engineered technology with speakers manufactured at Sennheiser’s own facility in Ireland. In addition to having a pro noise-cancelling microphone, each headset features dedicated controls on the specially designed metal ear cups and microphone boom, making volume control and mute functions easy and intuitive.

“Our earlier headset models from 2008 and 2010 are among the most sought after headsets by gamers. We revisited these designs to see how we could make our gaming headsets even better, using what we know today,” says Product Manager Christian Ern of Sennheiser Communications.

The PC 350 Special Edition and PC 363D Surround Sound are available as of this month and carry a Sennheiser two-year worldwide warranty.

Captions:
1. The Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition headset
2. The Sennheiser PC 363D Surround Sound headset

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visitingwww.sennheiser.com.

Sennheiser Announces Momentum Black Headphones

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Las Vegas, 7 January 2013 – Sennheiser (CES Booth 20500 – LVCC South Hall 1) re imagines its acclaimed MOMENTUM headphones with the launch of the new MOMENTUM Black. Featuring a sleek look, MOMENTUM black combines pure design and uncompromising performance with the signature blacks of this season’s fashion collections.

The MOMENTUM black is the beautiful new addition to Sennheiser’s Style Selection. Following close on the release of the successful MOMENTUM, MOMENTUM Black delivers a perfect fusion of style and substance; urban design that promises no compromise on sound.

Minimal black designs are dominating the latest collections from the leading fashion houses. The look of right now is dark and sophisticated; with elegant silhouettes that emphasise purity and subtly accentuate textures and fine materials. This is the world of the MOMENTUM Black, which marries an elegant headband slider of premium stainless steel with earpads and a headband worked from soft and supple leather of the finest quality. A pure design, reimagined with black leather and coolly contrasting subtle red stitching that’s very much of the moment.

Beneath its stylish exterior, the MOMENTUM Black headphones refuse to compromise on sound quality. Sennheiser has taken technologies from its high-end headphone range to ensure a clear sound with excellent detail.

“Combining form and function is key to the allure of the MOMENTUM. It’s a formula that has proved successful with critics and discerning music lovers alike and its now coming in a black version, with a new look that takes the premium sound experience to the world of fashion”, said Maurice Quarré, Director Product Lifecycle Management at Sennheiser Consumer Electronics.

People love them for how they look and also for how they feel: high-quality, predominantly natural materials; ensure these headphones offer the ultimate in comfort for hours of listening.  Other smart touches include the circumaural ear cups that insulate the listener from noisy urban environments, and an optional cable with a smart remote and microphone for taking and receiving calls and controlling the music on Apple devices. The MOMENTUM from Sennheiser is the perfect companion around town: Experience sound in style.

The MOMENTUM Black can be seen first at CES. It will be available through selected Sennheiser sales partners from January. The MOMENTUM in brown is already available.

The Sennheiser Group, with its headquarters in Wedemark near Hanover, Germany, is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of microphones, headphones and wireless transmission systems. The family-owned company, which was established in 1945, recorded sales of around €531 million in 2011. Sennheiser employs more than 2,100 people worldwide, and has manufacturing plants in Germany, Ireland and the USA. The company is represented worldwide by subsidiaries in France, Great Britain, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Denmark (Nordic), Russia, Hong Kong, India, Singapore, Japan, China, Canada, Mexico and the USA, as well as by long-term trading partners in many other countries. Also part of the Sennheiser Group are Georg Neumann GmbH, Berlin (studio microphones and monitor loudspeakers), and the joint venture Sennheiser Communications A/S (headsets for PCs, offices and call centres).

You can find all the latest information on Sennheiser by visiting www.sennheiser.com.