A tad expensive, but worth the price.
Another day, another headset — this time, we took the Sennheiser GSP 600 for a spin. We’re very glad we did.
The GSP 600 is a high-end gaming headset made by a company known for legitimately high-end sound. Retailing for $399 AUD, the 600s aren’t cheap, but some equipped with everything this big-eared sound lover enjoys. Largely a plastic affair, the 600s come with metal highlights, a comfortable, adjustable headband, a boom mic on an adjustable arm and large ear cups that will suit just about anyone. The cups allow for some rotation on both the X and Y planes to suit your face and shape, and once in position, you can keep the rig on for hours without any discomfort. So naturally, I did.
The 600s come with a cable that will work with your PC, Xbox One or PS4 with ease — we chose Xbox One and Destiny 2 as the primary platform and game used for review. The low end of the audio spectrum really suits the headphones, with Destiny 2′s meaty explosions rumbling rewardingly crisp and clear in my ears. The large cups provide for noise-cancelling that’s nearly on par with my Bose travel headphones, great for immersion inside your favourite title. Something to keep in mind with sound, though, is that the 600s are analogue have don’t support features like virtual 7.1 surround sound.
The microphone works equally as well, offering crisp and clear sound from the boom mic. While the microphone isn’t detachable, it does click into muted and active positions with a satisfying click. It’s adjustable, to a limited extent, though moving the mic closer and further from my mouth made me uneasy; the plastic of the mic was movable but seemed rather fragile when I did so.
Volume control is accomplished through a dial on the outside of the right cup’s ear, and the dial itself has the same fragile quality as the microphone. Thankfully, the dial is large and easy to find as you’re playing, controller in hand, so it’s easy to crank things up or down on the fly.
If you’ve got the cash and want high quality headphones, the 600s would certainly suit. As someone with large ears, I have to say that they’re the must comfortable gaming headphones I’ve ever worn. If headset comfort isn’t a problem for you (and your normal-sized noggin), there might be a pause for deliberation, here — while sound quality is exceptional, as is its noise-cancelling capabilities, you can get similar headphones for a fraction of the 600s price. A slightly cheaper option, the 500s, is also available, but for $370 AUD there’s hardly any reason to settle.
Sennheiser GSP 600 headset specifications
- Driver Type: Dynamic
- Impedance: 28 ohms
- Frequency Response: 10Hz–30KHz
- Design Style: Closed back
- Microphone Type: Bi-directional ECM
- Connectivity: PC/console mini jack
- Weight: 395 grams
- Cord Length: 4.9 feet (PC cable); 8.2 feet (console cable)