PC 320 Headset
Written and reviewed by:
Las Vegas – January 11, 2011 –
Audio specialist Sennheiser
(South Hall, booth 20606) has teamed up with World Champion Counterstrike team mTw to create the PC 320, a new comfort and sound experience for PC gamers. Sweat is a thing of the past with the new headset. Its innovative design ensures that air flows through the headset to the ears, while allowing built-up heat to escape. As a result, the PC 320 can be worn with ease and comfort for hours of intense gaming.
The headset’s soft earpads are mounted on CircleFlex™ Earcups, a new Sennheiser innovation, which ensures the ear pads can rotate around their base, and instantly adjust to the ears. “It gets pretty intense in the heat of the game. Having a headset which helps keep my ears and head cool makes a big difference. It helps me win,” says Andre “nooky” Utesch from e-sport team mTw.
The extra comfort and performance is a combination of ergonomics, use of softer materials and new technology. Research into human listening behavior has also given the engineers the idea to move the primary controls away from the cord, and into the ear cup. This means the volume can be controlled via a simple touch on the ear cup. “It is natural human behavior to move our hands up to our ears when we need to hear better. Therefore the ear cup is a natural location for the most vital sound controls,” says Christian Ern, Product Manager at Sennheiser Communications.
A side view of the PC 320
Sennheiser’s successful mute technology is being carried across to the PC 320 from high-end gaming headsets. “Reaction time is everything, so being able to mute the sound just by pushing the boom arm up makes all the difference,” says Patrick Jakobi of mTw.
The PC 320 is part of the Sennheiser Gaming Series, which has been developed to provide gamers with a sound so detailed that they are able to hear even footsteps of other players in-game, just like in real life. The PC 320 also features a pro noise-canceling microphone, which ensures that only words spoken by the gamer are sent back over the microphone, while most background noise from the room is cancelled out.
Tuesday March 13th, 2012
The Sennheiser PC 320, compared with other headsets I’ve used in the past, is absolutely a new experience in comfort for myself as a gamer. While the headset does not provide a Bass Boost like the CyberAcoustic headset, the PC 320 makes up for it with crystal clear quality, and easy volume access along with a microphone that turns on and off, depending on where it is positioned.
Over the coming weeks during my review, I will be using the PC 320 Headset daily for over 8 hours per day. This continuous use will give me the proper impression about the headset.
I will be looking at the following aspects of the headset itself: Comfort, quality, longevity and the microphone quality, usefulness, and placement as well.
Sunday March 25th, 2012
After over 100 hours of use, the Sennheiser PC 320 Headset is definitely the most comfortable headset that I have ever used. It has remained remarkably comfortable, even through 12 continuous hours of use! It is a little bit uncomfortable for anyone who wears glasses, but it’s a small amount of discomfort that goes away in time.
The audio heard from the headset is steady and unphased while adjusting the volume piece.
The SennheiserUSA PC 320 Headset is an amazing piece of hardware, perfect for delivering high-quality sound, and comfort that lasts for hours. I highly recommend this headset for anyone who’s looking for great headphones that aren’t too expensive.
At a cost of 120$, the headset is well worth the cost and looks well-made and designed.
Once again, I’d like to state my comparison, with other headsets I’ve used. I would prefer to pay 120$ for 1 well-made headset, than to spend 25$ every few weeks on a headset that will eventually just stop working.
Finally, before my final rating regarding this headset, I would like to mention that while there are a lot of pros to this product, there is one con. This headset cannot be used with iPod Touch 2.0, or potentially any other iPod device. The headphone slot on the iPod devices is too small to accommodate the headset jack that plugs into everything else.
OVERALL RATING: 4.0
The sound quality provided through this headset is clean and crystal clear.
The slight downside is that, unlike other headsets, it does not support added bass.
Overall, though, the PC320 Headset provides great sounds and quality for all the games for which a gamer would want them!
After wearing these for well over 100 hours of constant use, the PC320 Headset is one of the most comfortable headsets that I’ve used in my lifetime. My ears never got sweaty, and were able to have proper air flow at all times. For those who have glasses, however, it will take a little time for these to feel comfortable, but will still be the best headset anyone can buy.
This headset is compatible with all devices that have headphone jacks, however, for devices like the iPod Touch 2.0, the headset proves incompatible. iPod device headphone jacks require a much smaller jack, those similar to the ear buds provided with the purchase of any iPod.
About Sennheiser Communications
Sennheiser Communications A/S is a joint venture between the electro acoustics specialist Sennheiser electronic GmbH & Co. KG and the hearing healthcare specialist William Demant Holding Group. The company manufactures wireless and wired headsets for mobile phones, Call Centres, Offices and Unified Communications, as well as PC and Mac computer headsets for VoIP, entertainment and gaming. Sennheiser Communications offers both single and double sided headsets to suit individual needs and has a wide range of solutions. For more information please visit www.senncom.com
About Sennheiser Group
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 €468 million in 2010. 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).
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