Sennheiser GSP 300 Gaming Headset
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- Closed back headset with memory foam ear pads providing best-in-class noise isolation and comfort
- Sennheiser sound quality with exceptional bass performance and acoustic clarity
- Split headband delivers superior comfort and fit
- Broadcast quality noise-cancelling microphone can be muted by raising the boom arm
- Intuitive volume control on right ear cup for on-the-fly adjustments
- Closed back headset with memory foam ear pads providing best-in-class noise isolation and comfort
- Sennheiser sound quality with exceptional bass performance and acoustic clarity
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Sennheiser GSP 300 - Closed Back Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, PS4 and Xbox One Closed back headset with memory foam ear pads providing best-in-class noise isolation and comfort Sennheiser sound quality with exceptional bass performance and acoustic clarity
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Sennheiser is shaping the Future of Audio – a vision built on a 70-year history of innovation and a continued drive for excellence that is woven into our company’s DNA and culture. Around the world, our employees share this passion in the pursuit of the perfect sound, creating products that exceed expectations and set new benchmarks in audio.
Meet the Sennheiser GSP 300
The new Sennheiser GSP 300 is the logical upgrade for players wanting improved audio performance and wearing comfort. This closed gaming headset is fitted with ultra-comfortable memory foam ear pads providing best-in-class isolation from ambient sound. The broadcast quality, noise-cancelling microphone minimizes background noise so you can stay immersed in the game. Take your game to the next level with the GSP 300.
- Did you know? The GSP 300 is a premium entry-level headset offering step-up performance for PC, Mac, PS4, and Xbox gamers.
Superb Sound Quality
Delivers exceptional clarity and improved bass response.
Experience crystal-clear game chat and convenient muting when lifting the boom arm.
Spreads the pressure allowing for superior comfort and fit for long gaming sessions.
XL Ear Cups
Fitted with memory foam ear pads which deliver superb wearing comfort and improved ambient noise isolation.
Closed Back Design
Prevents sound from escaping and keeps you undisturbed while playing.
Durability and reliability is secured by the use of high-quality materials and extensive product testing.
|GSP 300||GSP 350|
|Acoustic Design||Dynamic, closed||Dynamic, closed|
|Frequency Response||15 – 26,000Hz||15 – 26,000Hz|
|Impedance||19 Ohms||19 Ohms|
|Sound Pressure Level (SPL)||113 dB SPL (1kHz / 1Vrms)||113 dB SPL (1kHz / 1Vrms)|
|Microphone Type||Noise cancelling||Noise cancelling|
|Microphone Mute||Automatic by raising the boom arm||Automatic by raising the boom arm|
|Connectors||2 x 3.5 mm / 1 x 3.5 mm (PCV 05 Combo Audio Adaptor)||USB|
|In the Box||GSP 300 gaming headset / PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter / Safety guide||GSP 350 gaming headset / USB Surround Dongle cable / USB extension cable / Quick start guide / Safety guide|
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The length of the headphone cable is a bit excessive so it sucks having a whole bunch of it tied up and hanging adding weight to the headset. Great otherwise
The only minor issue is that if you wear it too long, your head will be a little bit hurt.
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I first tried out the logitech G433 and well, boy was it uncomfortable, putting my head in a vice and constantly rubbing its scratchy canvas pads on my ears.
"No more of that" I thought. "Il keep digging". That lead me to probably the best review site ever, RTings, which had the one stat I probably value in a headset above all else - Clamping force.
Now, this headset wasn't specifically on their site, but what I noticed about Sennheiser headsets (apart from their good reputation sound wise) is that they mostly followed the trend of being significantly lighter with regards to clamping force than other brands (some going down to 0.5 lbs vs a typical headset at 1.0).
This headset follows that trend, doesn't clamp my head but also doesn't fall off. I imagine this is achieved with a quite reasonable amount of surface area on the cups being in contact and the surprising lack of weight for its size (with all plastic components).
As for materials, I don't think the ear cups are real leather, but they certainly seem thicker than most headphone "leather" cups that eventually wear and chip away. They are probably warmer than fabric cups, but the way I see it that's a fine tradeoff for less leak, and easier cleaning. Plastic wise, I see no need to be afraid as whatever the headband is made out is very flexible, bending easily in ways I thought would break plastic and having some material memory to it, as after a long session they stay partially expanded from being worn.
Sound quality wise, Im no audiophile and im simply using my motherboards dac, but motherboard dacs nowadays are measurably far better than I think most people think they are, and certainly better than a lot of the included usb dongles using the same cheap chips, and on said motherboard dacs, these sound fine. Not tinny, not overly bass filled. They sound decent and I say decent because for me, either the headset has something noticeably wrong or off about its audio, or it does the job of creating an accurate reproduction of sound.
As for the mic, it sounds pretty clear for a headset mic. Usually I expect some whine or poor quality, and while these for sure will not be as good as say a dedicated compressor mic, its decent, particularly with windows noise cancellation turned on. With noise cancellation turned off you can hear a slight hiss, but its less than other headset mics I have tried.
Speaking of noise cancellation, these as analog headsets obviously do not have active noise cancellation, but they do block out more outside noise than other headsets I've tried (I imagine due to leatherette cups) and they also do not leak much sound as a result, so you can likely listen to loud music in one room without people outside of it hearing what you were playing.
Now for some downsides, and there are some.
Firstly, the cable is non removable and seems somewhat thin for what it is. I expected a better cable in comparison to gaming headsets at a similar price range. Sennheiser do offer removable cables at higher tiers, so this seems wholly like product segmentation rather than any real cut down in costs for them. That (product segmentation) isnt necessarily bad, but in this case, when similarly priced headphones offer that, id say thats a downside.
Secondly, the volume knob. I kinda wish I could completely remove it to be honest. The first problem with it (no, not just one problem), is that it doesnt turn the audio all the way off when turned down. The second issue is that balance is not equal all the way through the band as the left channel becomes quieter than the right channel about 2/3rds down the range. Luckily this doesn't affect me because I dont use it and therefore leave it on max where it is equal but this is still, I feel a legitimate gripe. The last issue with it, is that I find without my input, either through casual unnoticed brushing or seemingly by itself, it seems to turn down just a little bit from max, and I find myself having to put it back to its max volume setting every hour or so.
Thirdly, and this one isnt that major at all, I feel it could have a few more notches for headband extension . Maybe this is just me with my big head though, but if it had just one or 2 less notches than it currently had, I just could not wear it comfortably as the headband would constantly hold all the weight vs sharing it with the cups like I have it setup now.
Now with those downsides you might be wondering, would I still recommend this headset?
The answer is yes, particularly if like me (I guess) you have the head of an elephant and most headsets feel like vice grips tightening around your head and restricting blood flow.
If I were to pick again, I might have just gone with the closed back versions of the Game Ones (they go by a different less memorable name) just for the even bigger cups, removable cable and likely less clamping force than even this, but Im satisfied with this purchase and I just hope the cable lasts a while as the biggest likely point of failure alongside the volume knob.
Nothing has changed. My opinions are the same. Cord is still fine, no sign of tearing, quality is still the same, fit is still one of the best I've had with respect to low clamping force and probably one of the bigger worries I imagine most people have is not a problem here as the leather/pleather cups show no signs of peeling which many headphones I've had before do after a few months.
Also, adding on something I neglected to mention in the initial review, I have not found these too warm. I dont sweat due to them, and I suppose that means there's enough room in them and enough breathability despite the closed back design and leather.
Why make this update? Often reviews only talk about the initial experience and I wanted to leave this useful bit incase someone was worried about long term durability.
The unfortunate happened. With no regular stress, just sitting at my desk, the cord connection to the mic has stopped working. Time to test their customer support huh.
Well I contacted them and its a somewhat standard affair but unfortunately unlike with brands such as corsair and logitech, they wont allow you to just send a picture of snipped cables but want you to ship it back at your expense back to them. Its not unheard of but definitely a mark off.
Mir sind die Kopfhörer am Wochenende kaputt gegangen. Der Klinkenstecker fürs Audio hat einen Wackelkontakt. Ich bin nicht pfleglich, aber auch nicht roh mit den GSP 300 umgegangen und bin der Meinung, dass etwas über zwei Jahre Benutzung zu wenig für diesen Preis sind. Leider kann man die Kabel auch nicht tauschen, daher habe ich hier jetzt Elektroschrott rumliegen. Ziehe daher noch mal einen Stern ab, da das Gerät ansonsten wirklich saubere Arbeit leistet und ich es gerne benutzt habe.
URSPRÜNGLICHE BEWERTUNG (4 Sterne):
Zu erst einmal muss ich sagen, dass mir dieses Headset von Sennheiser wirklich gut gefällt. Das GSP 300 sieht modern und wertig aus und hat eine gute Haptik. Es ist solide verarbeitet und sitzt angenehm um den Ohren - kann mich da wirklich nicht beklagen!
Sound: abgestimmt und detailreich. Da hat Sennheiser wirklich gute Arbeit bewiesen!
Mikrofon: klar, laut genug (für den Gegenüber) und durch das "Klapp-System" (Bügel nach oben klappen, um das Mikrofon stumm zu schalten) wirklich blind zu bedienen. Genau so muss es gemacht werden.
Ich möchte mich hier kurz fassen und eben noch zwei Punkte ansprechen, die mir nicht so gut gefallen haben:
1.) es könnte ein wenig lauter sein: nicht falsch verstehen, alles im grünen Bereich, aber etwas mehr wäre schön gewesen
2.) wenn das Kabel irgendwo gegen schwingt dann erzeugt es ein dumpfes Geräusch in der linken Ohrmuschel. Das ist nicht wirklich tragisch und nach ein paar Malen hat man den Dreh raus, wie man sich das Kabel legen muss, sollte aber erwähnt werden.
Alles in Allen ist dies Meckern auf hohem Niveau und ich bin vollsten zufrieden mit den GSP 300.
Preis- / leistungstechnisch wirklich wunderbar!
The GSP300 is light, built fully from plastic to keep the weight down. Split headband works well (most of the time), sometimes you have to adjust the position of it on your head to get it to sit properly. Although theres sufficient padding so once you get the position correctly its very comfortable.
I got medium size ears and the cups fit all round perfectly, the clamping force is fairly strong out of the box however it loosens up with use (probably after a week or so). The cable was a bit annoying for me, its very rubbery and springy which can get annoying. I would have preferred for it to be braided. However it is very good length!
Love the volume control on the earcup, it works really well and has decent weight to it. Also the lift mic-mute function is really cool, even though I personally didint find it that useful because I use push to talk almost all the time.
Sound is very balanced, which is what Sennheiser is great at so the headset is very versatile. Although I find positioning in games like CSGO is a bit better with the HyperX Cloud Revolver.
One thing I find annoying is that they chose to make this a closed headset, which is a bad decision IMO. Unless you supply the headset with breathable mesh or velour ear pads!! Ears can get very warm and sweaty.
After less than a year the connection between the cable and headset has failed resulting in intermittent audio. A slight turn of the head is enough to upset the connection resulting in crackling and loss of audio. Gentle tweaking of the cable confirms that it is this connection, probably poor soldering or substandard cabling.
Prior to this issue things are mostly good: The headset initially provided great mic clarity (probably the best out of any integrated headset I've used). The sound was pretty clean but even though the sound was passed from an appropriately rated amp the sound levels were just about loud enough to use, you can't really crank up the sound with these. The isolation effect of the closed cups is great. The volume knob has very little resistance and due to it's placement it is inevitable that you will brush the volume knob and gradually lower your volume and constantly have to turn it back up to full. This is a minor thing really and wouldn't stop me buying a Sennheiser product again.
I have contacted Sennheiser support as they provide a 2 year warranty and this is less than a year old. They want me to repackage the headset and find a courier to deliver it to them at MY expense. The turn around time from posting to getting it back will take around 2 weeks, as this is the only audio output for my PC I am not able to be productive during this period so I think I am going to have to shell out for another headset entirely.
My original intention was to "try out" Sennheiser as a brand with this headset before buying one of their higher tier products (although some would argue the £70 I paid for this headset, marked down from £90, and the Sennheiser brand in general should represent a respectable level of quality product, certainly one that can be used for more than 11 months). I am nervous about purchasing another product from Sennheiser in case this problem with the connection persists across their product range and throwing more money at them because of this product's premature failure and lack of quality seems illogical and will compound the problem (how long until they fail too?). It only seems sensible to look at other manufacturers.
If I could afford to throw away this premium brand's product every 11 months or so I'd buy another pair as overall they were good, but I can't so I won't.
Update Dec 19
So I ended up rebuying a new pair of this headset as I could not wait the 2 weeks for a repair. After only 6 months this second pair has failed with the same issue. This is ridiculous and COMPLETELY unacceptable, I don't know what I was thinking risking this again. When they worked they were great which is why I rebought, I feel like an aboslute mug... so much for being a quality brand! I'm ashamed to say that I have also been recommending this headset to multiple friends and aqauintences, god I hope theirs aren't as poorly constructed as my 2 have been.
What I like:
1)Lifting up the microphone mutes it as well as getting it out of the way.
2)Sound quality is absolutely fine for the price. IMO the sound is full and rich, but I'm no expert.
3)The volume wheel on the right-hand side.
4)The headset is comfortable for me, even for long sessions. Glasses friendly!
5)Comes with a converter to allow the headset to be plugged into a controller etc.
6)Great passive noise-cancelling capabilities.
What I dislike:
1)Although comfortable, they're a little small for my liking, and my head isn't massive. Wish they'd extend further.
2)Not compact. When not in use, they cannot be folded into a compact size for easier storage, this is not a unique problem for these headphones but one that I'd still like to see rectified. My Bose headphones can be folded nicely into a compact size and put inside a reasonably small case.
Really scraping the bottom of the barrel just for those 2 negatives.
The sound to me is of great quality, given its price category, as you would expect from a Sennheiser.
I have been told by my conversation partners that the microphone quality is not too bad, either.
Eventhough I live next to a busy road, noone has ever complained about hearing the traffic through my mic.
Muting the microphone by raising the boom arm is quite a handy feature just as well. I personally also find having the controls on the actual headphones a lot more comfortable than having a remote on the cable somewhere.
All in all, I'm very satisfied with this headset. The one star deduction is due to the headband being rather stiff, it took me quite some time to get used to the headband (head hurt at first, but now even long gaming sessions are no problem anymore).
Not sure why they stopped, but they did. No sign of damage. Maybe the volume knob failed? Just no sound, not even any static.
When they worked, a very capable pair of headphones.
Used for PC gaming and they SHINE with a Xonar soundcard and not just onboard guff.
Microphone is more than acceptable and the "lift mic to mute" is convenient.
Amazon were as classy as ever, offered refund or exchange.
I like them that much, I got another pair as in the price range, it is these or Hyper X Clouds (which are also good). The GSP 300's are maybe more "plastic" than the Clouds but that makes them lighter I guess BUT the clouds have a 4 pole plug which makes them a bit of faff for connecting to a PC soundcard.
in conclusion, yes these are very good headphones and that you will be hard pressed to find better at this price range,
Two years later it turned out that the quality of ear pads hardly justify the price tag. See the attached screenshot. I got better from 25 headphones. Most likely my last Sennheiser purchase.