Today we will be looking at the Sennheiser Game One which is an open-back Acoustic Gaming Headset.
You get a 3 meter, 3.5mm cable as well as a 1.2 meter 3.5mm cable. As far as the build quality, the headset does feel pretty good even though it is an all-plastic build. The plastic does feel pretty sturdy and it’s also very lightweight, so it doesn’t get burdensome when you’re wearing it for long gaming sessions.
Build Quality & Comfort
The headband expands quite a bit to fit most heads although, I will admit that I personally had to have it fully expanded, otherwise it would get a little bit tight on my head.
The ear cups have velvet pads that are insanely comfortable. But again, side note, I found my ears getting a little bit warm. The headband also has a good amount of padding, so you won’t have any stress or pain points on the top of your head.
On the left earpiece you’ll find the microphone which you can mute by rotating up and unmute by rotating down. When it mutes and unmutes, there is a tactile click. The microphone arm also has a good amount of articulation.
The ear cups do rotate maybe 10 degrees horizontally and 10 degrees vertically in order to contour to your head shape. The padding on the ear cups and headbands is relatively breathable and very soft and for the most part, very comfortable.
The microphone also has good articulation capabilities. You do get an interchangeable cable system. They are relatively comfortable, and the build quality also feels pretty solid. Then in terms of cons, it was hard to find anything but if I’m being nitpicky, my ears did get a little bit warm. It did sit a little bit tight on my head, and I absolutely hate proprietary cabling systems and the jack on this headphone is actually proprietary.
Now, as far as the specs, there aren’t many provided but the headphones do have a frequency response of 15 Hz to 28 kHz and an impedance of 50 ohms. While the microphone has a frequency response of 50 Hz to 16 kHz, a pick-up pattern which is noise-canceling and a sensitivity of negative 38 decibels.
I’ll start by saying this microphone’s not going to win any kind of awards, but for a noise-canceling microphone, I guess it sounds fine. Yes, there are better-sounding gaming headset microphones out there, but they are typically omni-directional, so they’ll pick up a lot more ambient noise and room noise and noise from your keyboard and computer. If you’re at all concerned with background noise or ambient noise, I think this headset’s going to be a pretty good option for you.
Now, let’s go ahead and talk about the overall performance of the headset and we’ll start with the headphones. So in terms of volume or driving them, I had zero issues even connected directly to the 3.5mm jack of my PC, or the 3.5mm jack of my iPad. If you’re connecting this directly to a mobile device or directly to your computer, I don’t think you’ll have any issues there and you’ll be more than okay if you have a dedicated AMP or DAC.
As far as the pros of this headset, these headphones just sound awesome! They do have a somewhat neutral sound to them and are a little bit dark and maybe they do focus a little bit on the low mids, but all around it is a relatively neutral sound that I am very impressed with. Also, the soundstage is incredible. It is very wide, and you can tell where everything is located, and it is very impressive considering that this is an open-back headphone.
Now, at this point, I want to remind you that the headphones do have an open-back design. That does mean that they will be able to offer you a very open and wide soundstage which can be impressive. But it will also let in all sorts of external noise. You’ll hear the room noise, you’ll hear your neighbors screaming at each other, and anybody in the same room as you will be able to hear what you’re playing or what you’re listening to. Also, you’re not going to be getting super powerful or punchy base like you would with a closed back headphone. The bass is still there, but it’s not going to be as noticeable.
Lastly, since these are Sennheiser headphones, you should be expecting the Sennheiser veil, meaning whatever you’re listening to will sound a little bit darker because the high end is a little bit more recessed than something like the Sony MDR7506 is. You’re losing out on a little bit of that detail. Some people will love it, some people will hate it. But something that’s undeniable is that recessed high end will lead to a less fatiguing and more enjoyable listening experience over long listening sessions.
Now, would I recommend this headset? Absolutely. If you’re a gamer who doesn’t care about overpowering bass where it sounds like you have a sub blasting in your ear and you just want a nice open soundstage and a decent neutral tone, I think you’ll absolutely love these. Especially if you’re upgrading from a budget headset around $30-$40.
Also, if you’re just looking for a headset for Skype or conference calls, I think this is an excellent option with the added benefit of getting an amazing sounding set of headphones that you can enjoy when you’re not on the call. Just make the people suffer for your own enjoyment.
But if you’re looking at this headset for any kind of podcasting or voice over, do not do it. The microphone is not up to the standard that you need for that work. I’d recommend you buy a standalone microphone and if you really want a pair of Sennheiser headphones, buy a set of Sennheiser headphones and you’ll be in an infinitely better position having done that.