Finding a good gaming headset isn’t too difficult with the many options available for gamers. Finding a stellar gaming headset, on the other hand, can be difficult. This is where audio company Sennheiser comes in. The German company specializes in a wide variety of headphones, microphones, and other audio equipment, including gaming headsets like the Sennheiser PC 373D.
Game Rant had an opportunity to use the Sennheiser PC 373D surround-sound gaming headset for the last month, and overall the experience was very good. The PC 373D has plenty to love and only a couple minor drawbacks, but comes at a hefty cost for those looking to ramp up their gaming sound. Here’s a breakdown of the Sennheiser PC 373D gaming headset.
First of all, the sound quality is top notch, which is good considering the PC 373D headset will set buyers back $250. With a price tag like that, gamers expect a headset that will make them better at their favorite games, and for the most part these headphones deliver on that expectation.
The PC 373D’s sound is crisp, with highs and mids coming through crystal clear. And with 5.1 and 7.1 surround sounds available, gamers can easily determine what’s happening around them in-game. This is important for games like Rainbow Six Siege, where sound plays an important role in the overall experience. The headset also makes playing games like Grand Theft Auto 5 a blast, since they allow for a more fully immersive experience.
The one drawback to the 373D’s sound is the bass doesn’t quite reach the depth that other headsets offer. Granted, having a sound-field that is less spread out allows for better sound quality overall, but does mean a slight reduction in bass ability. For the most part gamers won’t notice this unless they’re playing bass-heavy games like DOOM or watching action movies on their PC.
We’ll note that while the headset claims to be sound canceling, it isn’t as strong in that department as other sound-canceling options on the market. While it works well against ambient noise, gamers in areas where there’s a lot of sound or talking will find that outside sounds bleed through pretty easily when wearing the headset.
The PC 373D is incredible light and comfortable, so it’s easy to forget they’re even there. In fact, gamers can easily play for hours at a time and not notice any squeezing or discomfort. This allows gamers to focus on their experience in a game rather than adjusting the headset or having to take it off after a while.
There is plenty of room in the ear cups, so gamers can move their head freely without the headset falling off or getting cramped. Also, gamers who wear glasses can use the headphones for long stints without any problems or pain, which is a big deal when it comes to gaming headsets.
Since the headset is fairly low profile, they don’t shift much when gamers are moving around or tilting their head. They also sit well enough that users can lean back on a headrest without any discomfort or annoyance.
While the speakers are fantastic on the PC 373D, the microphone isn’t the best. It’s easy to use and provides decent sound, but pales in comparison to the quality of the speakers on the headset. When using the PC 373D to chat or record audio, gamers will notice they need to push the microphone as far away from their mouth as possible, since it can easily pick up breathing and will pop with certain letters.
Fortunately, the software that’s available for the headset allows users to adjust the microphone settings for a better experience, but the end result is often still lacking. While it’s passable for streaming or audio recording, gamers will be better served purchasing and using a separate microphone if they want higher quality.
One plus about the microphone is that when it’s pushed into the up position on the headset, it auto mutes, making it easy to have a conversation away from the game without worrying about fiddling with settings on the PC.
USB Only and Software
One major drawback of the PC 373D is that it’s USB only. Granted, the USB setup means gamers don’t have to worry about charging the headset, but the USB cable can be annoying at times.
As for the software, the PC 373D provides a handful of options for gamers to adjust to their preference. When gamers are first setting up the headset, they’ll be tasked with downloading a simple program that allows for easy setting adjustment of the headphones. The download is quick and easy and setup only takes a minute or two before gamers are ready to go. Using the software, gamers can equalize the sound based on their current activities (gaming, music, movies, etc.) and adjust the microphone.
That said, at $250 it would be nice to have a bit more customization in the headset’s software. While most gamers will do well with the various presets available, a more in-depth set of options would be preferred for gamers with a more hardcore focus on sound.
- Frequency Response (Microphone): 50 Hz – 16,000 Hz
- Frequency Response (Headphones): 15 Hz — 28,000 Hz
- Microphone Sensitivity: -38 dBV
- Sound Pressure Level: 116 dB
- Cable Length: 2.9 m
- Weight: 355 g
- Impedance (Headphones): 50 Ω
The Sennheiser PC 373D headset is ideal for gamers that want a high quality sound experience in gaming and aren’t overly concerned with the quality of the microphone or the fact that the headset is USB only. With incredible sound, a sleek look, and impeccable comfort, gamers really can’t go wrong with the PC 373D headset.
The Sennheiser PC 373D is available now for $249.99.