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Sennheiser GSP 600 Review

This is an all-around great product but it is a bit too expensive for our taste
The Sennheiser GSP 600.
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Price:   $250 List | $249 at Amazon
Pros:  Great audio quality, fantastic microphone
Cons:  Expensive, not the most comfortable
Manufacturer:   Sennheiser
By David Wise and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 15, 2019
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#4 of 15
  • Comfort - 40% 6
  • Audio - 30% 8
  • Microphone - 20% 8
  • Ease of Use - 10% 6

Our Verdict

While the Sennheiser GSP 600 is an overall solid headset, having an exceptionally good microphone and very nice audio quality, this headset didn't do quite well enough to topple its sibling, the Sennheiser GAME ONE for the top spot. We just didn't find it as comfortable as some of the other headsets, with a few of our judges finding it exceptionally uncomfortable. It also isn't as convenient or easy to use as the top headsets and is a bit on the expensive side compared to its performance, precluding it from taking home an award.


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Pros Great audio quality, fantastic microphoneComfortable, great microphone and audio qualityExceptional sound quality, very comfortableIncredibly comfortable, great value, solid sound qualityDecently comfortable to wear, solid sound quality
Cons Expensive, not the most comfortableExpensive, doesn't block background noiseMicrophone quality is so-so, not as convenient to use as other productsHarder to mute, no mic sidetoneShort cable, mic and cable aren’t detachable
Bottom Line This is an all-around great product but it is a bit too expensive for our tasteIf you want the best of the best, the GAME ONE should be your number one choiceIf you love games with rich soundtracks and want the most immersive experience possible, the Kraken is the headset for youIf you are looking for an excellent, all-around gaming headset without breaking the bank, the Cloud II is a great choiceThe G332 is a decent value pick for anyone shopping on the tightest of budgets for a new headset
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Rating Categories Sennheiser GSP 600 Sennheiser GAME ONE Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Kingston HyperX... Logitech G332
Comfort (40%)
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Specs Sennheiser GSP 600 Sennheiser GAME ONE Razer Kraken 7.1 V2 Kingston HyperX... Logitech G332
Wired or Wireless Wired Wired Wired Wired Wired
Measured cable length 8.23 ft PC
4.55 ft console
9.65 ft 6.7 ft 10.6 ft 7.35 ft
How to mute the mic Lift mic Lift mic Button on the mic Switch Lift mic
Detachable mic No No No Yes No
Control location Headphone Headphone On mic (mute only) Inline Headphone
Measured weight 14 1/2 oz 9 5/8 oz 11 7/8 oz 10 7/8 oz 10 7/8 oz
Measured ear cushion size 1 3/4" X 2 7/8" 1 5/16" X 2 5/8 " 2 1/4" 1 1/2" X 2 9/16" 1 5/8" X 2 3/8"
Ear cup shape Asymmetric oval Oval Round Oval Oval
Ear cup fabric type Cooling suede-like material Velvet Leatherette Leatherette
Velour included
Leatherette

Our Analysis and Test Results

The GSP 600 couldn't match the performance of the Cloud II by Hyper X, though it did best the Cloud Stinger, by the same manufacturer. While the GSP 600 did score the highest when it came to audio quality and has a better microphone than the Cloud II, it is the only one of this trio to fail to win an award. Both HyperX models received Best Buy awards for being fantastic value, with the Cloud II retailing for around $100 and the Cloud Stinger retailing for around $50 — a stark contrast to the $250 price tag of the Sennheiser GSP 600.

The Sennheiser GSP 600.
The Sennheiser GSP 600.

Performance Comparison


To decide which gaming headset are seriously the best you can get, we bought all the most promising models available today and rated their performance in a series of side-by-side tests. We split these tests into four weighted rating metric, with the Sennheiser's results described below.

The GSP 600 is better suited for smaller heads.
The GSP 600 is better suited for smaller heads.

Comfort


Our most important set of tests for each headset covered how comfortable they are to wear and account for almost half — 40% of the overall score. We had a diverse panel of judges wear each headset for at least a full day, then rate the overall comfort of each product, specifically noting their opinions when it came to the ear cups, head strap, and how long they thought they could wear the headset before it became uncomfortable. The Sennheiser received slightly above average marks from our judges, earning it a 6 out of 10.

This headset received a very mixed response, with the majority of our judges either loving or hating it, with almost no one scoring it in the middle.

The two sliders on the top adjust how tight the headset squeezes.
The two sliders on the top adjust how tight the headset squeezes.

While we did like the mesh fabric on the headband and the cooling suede and leatherette ear cups, this headset definitely feels quite snug if you have a larger head or ears.

The GSP 600 fits very snug.
The GSP 600 fits very snug.

The ear cups have firm padding and are shaped like an actual ear, or an asymmetric oval. They measure 2.875" tall and 1.75" wide.

The ear cup padding is shaped similar to an ear!
The ear cup padding is shaped similar to an ear!

Half of our judges could wear the GSP 600 all day without any issues, but the other half could only wear them for an hour or two before they were too uncomfortable.

This headset has great positional audio.
This headset has great positional audio.

Audio


For our next metric, we looked at the audio quality of each headset, looking both at how the GSP 600 played back music and the voice of other players, as well as how it did at blocking out external noise. We also scored each on how well it conveyed the location of in-game sounds and on how it did with a series of audio benchmarking tests. The Sennheiser earned an 8 out of 10 in this group of tests, which are worth 30% of the overall score.

This headset got off to a great start in our positional test, with our judges able to accurately determine the location of a sound in the game almost every, even with quieter sounds, like quiet footsteps. Voice from other players comes across exceptionally clean and sounds true to life and the closed back earcups do a great job at cutting down external background noise.

This headset makes music sound great, with a slight emphasis on the mid-range tones, though the sound is overall extremely well-balanced.

Your friends in voice chat come across loud and clear.
Your friends in voice chat come across loud and clear.

It finished out with a great showing across most of our benchmarking tests, though it did slightly below average when it came to bass quality, exhibiting a small amount of undesirable parasitic buzz.

This headset is super easy to mute  all you need to do is lift up the mic.
This headset is super easy to mute, all you need to do is lift up the mic.

Microphone


After assessing the audio quality of each headset, it only makes sense to move on to the microphone, which is worth 20% of the final score. We scored each model on how clearly it picked up our voice while playing, as well as how it did at filtering out distracting background noise and conversations. The Sennheiser GSP 600 delivered another great set of results, meriting an 8 out of 10 in our microphone metric.

All of our teammates found that voice transmitted by the GSP 600 to be very easy to understand and extremely crisp, although a few noted that the overall pitch of the voice seemed to be slightly higher than when talking in person. We never had any problems with feedback and it wasn't overly sibilant or prone to overemphasizing "T" or "P" sounds.

No complaints from our teammates about our mic  we came in loud and clear.
No complaints from our teammates about our mic, we came in loud and clear.

It also does a good job at filtering out noises, with only the hardest presses on a mechanical keyboard triggering the mic and a laptop or TV playing in the background has to be quite loud before registering with the Sennheiser. However, we did note that there is a slight noise for the person on the other end every time you mute the microphone.

The mic also only picks up someone else talking in the room if they are talking pretty loudly and are within 5' or so of you.

The volume knob is conveniently located on the right side of the headset.
The volume knob is conveniently located on the right side of the headset.

Ease of Use


For our last set of tests, responsible for the final 10% of the score, we compared and score how convenient each of these headsets is to use. In particular, we looked at if there are onboard controls, the ease of muting the mic, length of the cord — and if you could detach it — and if there is a mic sidetone that can be enabled. The GSP 600 finished out with a decent showing, earning a 6 out of 10.

This headset has a decent set of onboard controls on the headphones themselves, allowing you to adjust the volume. It's easy to mute the mic simply by lifting it out of the way as well, but it can't be detached.

The GSP 600 doesn't have a mic side tone.
The GSP 600 doesn't have a mic side tone.

The cord is about average in length and can be detached, but you don't have the option for a mic sidetone.

Value


This headset is a terrible value, as there are significantly cheaper headsets that perform about the same.

Conclusion


Overall, we weren't huge fans of this product. It's a fine headset, but it's a little expensive compared to its performance and there are other products we vastly preferred.


David Wise and Austin Palmer