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EPOS GAME ONE Review

The best of the best when it comes to headsets; this model boasts comfort, a great microphone, and stellar audio quality
EPOS GAME ONE
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $179 List | $122.62 at Amazon
Pros:  Comfortable, great microphone and audio quality
Cons:  Expensive, doesn't block background noise
Manufacturer:   Sennheiser
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Aug 29, 2018
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RANKED
#2 of 16
  • Comfort - 40% 7
  • Audio - 30% 8
  • Microphone - 20% 8
  • Ease of Use - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Finishing at the top out of all the headsets we have tested, the EPOS GAME ONE is our absolute favorite, earning it the Editors' Choice Award and title of Best Overall Gaming Headset (formally known as the Sennheiser GAME ONE). This model is exceptionally comfortable to wear, even for marathon gaming sessions. It was always easy for anyone else we were playing with to understand what we were saying. The sound quality of this headset is phenomenal, doing justice to rich orchestral soundtracks, all while transmitting our teammates voices loud and clear. The only downside? The GAME ONE couples its excellent performance with a premium price that might be a bit more than most people will want to spend on one of these products.

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Pros Comfortable, great microphone and audio qualityComfortable, wireless, good sound qualityComfortable, good audio qualities, great valueDecently comfortable to wear, solid sound qualityInexpensive, exceptional microphone quality
Cons Expensive, doesn't block background noiseExpensiveNo detachable mic, easy to accidentally change the volumeShort cable, mic and cable aren't detachableNot the most comfortable, sound quality could be bette
Bottom Line The best of the best when it comes to headsets; this model boasts comfort, a great microphone, and stellar audio qualityIf you are looking to cut the cord when it comes to your headset, this is your best betIf you are looking for a great all-around product that won't break the bank, then this is a good choiceThe G332 is a decent value pick for anyone shopping on the tightest of budgets for a new headsetThis headset has a great mic and offers strong value for more limited budgets
Rating Categories EPOS GAME ONE Razer Black Shark V... Razer Kraken Logitech G332 Kingston HyperX Clo...
Comfort (40%)
7.0
8.0
8.0
7.0
6.0
Audio (30%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
Microphone (20%)
8.0
7.0
7.0
7.0
8.0
Ease Of Use (10%)
7.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
7.0
Specs EPOS GAME ONE Razer Black Shark V... Razer Kraken Logitech G332 Kingston HyperX Clo...
Wired or Wireless Wired Wireless Wired Wired Wired
Measured cable length 9.65 ft Wireless
charging cable is 5 ft
11.1 ft PC
4.5 ft console
7.35 ft 10.5 ft
How to mute the mic Lift mic Button Switch Lift mic Lift mic
Detachable mic No Yes No No No
Control location Headphone Headphone Inline Headphone Headphone
Measured weight 9-5/8 oz 11-3/8 oz 12-1/8 oz 10-7/8 oz 9-1/2 oz
Measured ear cushion size 1-5/16" X 2-5/8 " 1-3/4" X 2-1/2" 2-1/4" X 2-1/2" 1-5/8" X 2-3/8" 1-5/8" X 2-9/16"
Ear cup shape Oval Oval Oval Oval Oval
Ear cup fabric type Velvet Flowknit similar to microfiber mesh Heat transfer fabric with cooling gel Leatherette Leatherette

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Game One let sound in as well as out with its open back design.
The Game One let sound in as well as out with its open back design.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Comfort


Accounting for the largest percentage of the overall score at 40%, Comfort is our most important testing metric. Many people will wear these headsets for quite a long time, meaning that even the most crystal-clear audio is totally useless if the headset is too uncomfortable to wear. We had a panel of judges try out each headset for an extended period of time, rating the overall comfort of each product, as well as focusing specifically on the ear cups and the headband. Additionally, we also had testers that wore glasses try on each headset, to see if any unpleasant pressure points were created. The GAME ONE scored quite well and is one of the more comfortable headsets that we have seen, but it isn't quite the best, earning it a 7 out of 10 for its results.


The velvet-padded headband is quite nice, holding the headset very comfortably on your head, while also securely holding the GAME ONE on your head without any wobbling.

Pivoting ear cups help reduce pressure points.
Pivoting ear cups help reduce pressure points.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The ear cup padding is also covered in velvet and is a bit on the firmer side, but the vast majority of our judging panel was more than happy to wear the GAME ONE for extended periods of time — even for upwards of 10 hours.

One of our testers wore this headset for over 13 hours.
One of our testers wore this headset for over 13 hours.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We found the ear cups to be plenty spacious, measuring a little over 1.25" across and about 2.6" tall.

The velvet ear cups felt nice and helped keep our ears cooler.
The velvet ear cups felt nice and helped keep our ears cooler.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

We also liked that the open ear cup design kept you from getting overly sweaty when wearing them for long periods of time.

The open back design of the GAME ONEs allow sound to flow through.
The open back design of the GAME ONEs allow sound to flow through.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Audio


Moving on to how the GAME ONE actually sounds, we put it through a set of benchmark tests, as well as judging how clear voice and music sounded and how accurately it could convey the position of a sound. Additionally, we also scored it on how well it did at blocking out external noise. This headset again delivered an excellent performance, earning an 8 out of 10 — although it couldn't quite claim the top spot.


The GAME ONE did alright with positional sound that was originating in front of you or to the sides, but it can get a little muddled when the sound is behind you, with a handful of testers incorrectly identifying the location of the sound.

Voice from other players comes across exceptionally loud and clear, though the deeper tones sounded slightly more muted. However, the open back design on this headset makes them abysmal at blocking out any external noise, allowing you to hear every side conversation or noises like fans or music playing in the same room you are playing in.

This headset also does a great job when listening to the soundtracks or music, delivering well-balanced sound with only a slight emphasis on the mid-range tones. It has a slightly airy sound due to its open back, but provides an exceptionally immersive experience, especially when playing games with a rich, orchestral soundtrack.

Moving on to our suite of benchmark tests, a bass quality test, driver matching test, binaural test, and a wiring test. The GAME ONE didn't do the best when the bass was boosted to the max, failing to display any parasitic buzz, instead actually rattling the headset around. The frequencies both sounded extremely centered in the driver matching test and all of our judges were usually able to identify the location of the sounds in the binaural test, again, much more accurately when the sounds were in front of you, rather than behind.

The GAME ONE has an excellent microphone.
The GAME ONE has an excellent microphone.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Microphone


Moving on to the microphone quality, the GAME ONE again scored very well and meriting another 8 out of 10 for its top-notch performance, putting it right at the top of the group in this set of tests, which are worth 20% of the overall score.


We started off by having a panel of listeners rate how a recorded message of the same person reading the same script sounded, without knowing which headset generated the recording. We also gathered the opinions of the recipients of our messages when using a common voice chat program. In both cases, almost all of our judges thought the GAME ONE sounded exceptionally great. Only a few judges noticed a tiny amount of buzzing and one noted that the recorded voice sounded slightly flatter than it did in real life. There was only a small amount of feedback when the microphone was tapped and it doesn't overemphasize "T" or "S" sounds.

Lift to mute mics were by far the easiest to use, which is why we...
Lift to mute mics were by far the easiest to use, which is why we love the GAME ONE.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

The microphone also does a solid job of only picking up your voice and filtering out external noises. While it will pick up sounds of you eating or a background fan, you can type away on a mechanical keyboard without issue. There is only a slight amount of noise on the other end when you mute the mic and while it will pick up the sounds of other people talking in the room with you, the side conversations are transmitted at a much lower level and won't overpower the sounds of the game you are playing.

Quick adjustments, like found on the Game One, are preferred while...
Quick adjustments, like found on the Game One, are preferred while deep into a game. You don't always have time to futz with programs to get the sound right.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use


For our final testing metric, accountable for 10% of the total score, we looked at how easy it is to actually use and operate each of these products. We based the score for each headset on the presence of onboard or in-line controls, the cord length and if it is detachable, and the convenience of using the microphone. The GAME ONE again is one of our favorites, earning a 7 out of 10 for its excellent performance, again putting it near the apex of the entire group.


This headset has onboard controls right on the headphones, allowing you to both adjust the volume and mute the mic, which is done by simply lifting the mic up and out of the way. The cord on this product is plenty long, measuring in at 9.65 ft. and is detachable. However, the mic is not detachable and it doesn't have the ability to enable a mic sidetone, but we never really found this to be a problem with the open back design.

Value


While this is an excellent headset, it isn't the best value option, pairing a premium performance with a premium price.

We think this is one of the best headsets you can get.
We think this is one of the best headsets you can get.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


All in all, you can't go wrong with the GAME ONE — if you can afford it. It's comfortable, has great audio and microphone quality, and is incredibly easy to use. Additionally, you can also consider the GAME ZERO — essentially the identical headset with a closed-back design, if you are too bothered by ambient noises while playing.

David Wise and Austin Palmer

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