Are you an open or closed kind of person? Confused, well let me explain. Most high end gaming headphones are closed back with a solid piece of plastic behind the driver. Where as open back headphones have a grill like cover behind the drivers which some may argue has a more rich sound. Most gamers prefer a closed back headphone because they seal off any unwanted sound and any audio leaks which may distract other gamers.
We could go on and on about which is better open or closed, PC or Mac, Xbox or PS3 but I’ll leave it up to you in the comments to tell me what you prefer.
This brings us to the Sennheiser PC360 G4ME Headset which is an ‘Open’ style headphone. Straight out of the box you get what you paid for, which is the headphones and the headphones only. Very similar to the PC350‘s, the PC360’s is probably one of the lightest headphones I have ever used before. However the PC350’s did have a more sturdier build and had hinges which enabled you to take them around with ease. Although the differences between the two are small you can appreciate the improvements in the PC360. You will notice straight away the velvet ear cups and padding which I personally prefer to the common leather padding on headbands which can get a bit sweaty at times.
The headphones have a noise cancelling microphone which reduces any unwanted background noise and has an adjustable boom so your not limited where you can place it. The microphone boom has a built in mute button, when lifted the mic goes on mute and goes live again when placed back down. This is a great feature to the PC360 and a very under used concept in many gaming headphones. One down side to the boom, is that it isn't detachable like many current gaming headphones.
As mentioned before the PC360’s is an Open style headset which has Sennheiser’s “Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement” technology for outstanding sonic accuracy and clarity. The headset is definitely better for games than for music but with a little EQ’ing you can adjust it to your liking. While shooting noobs at some point you may need to turn the volume down and this is one of the other small features where the PC360 stands out than the 350. The PC360 has a volume dial on the right ear cup which comes in handy at times. However most “hardcore” gamers will have keyboards with volume control built into them, which I find a lot quicker then dialling down on the ear cup.
The PC360 offers a great overall experience for games and works on a plug and play using the 3.5mm jacks. I wouldn't suggest using this on your console, however you can buy an adaptor to work with your console.
Retailing just under $300AU its one of the more expensive headsets out there on the Australian market.
- -High quality pair of headphones
- -Great design
- -High quality mic
- -Ear cup volume control
- -Mic Boom Mute
- -Can be distracting to other with its open backed ear cups
- -Can be expensive to most consumers
- -Mids could be a bit better
- -Comfortable to a point, not great for long sessions.
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