Sennheiser GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset Review
An Intoxicating Blend of Sound and Comfort
There are gaming headsets and then there are headsets that are equally suited to critical listening and gaming. This Sennheiser GSP 370 is squarely in the latter category, offering impressive sound quality befitting its $199 price level.
An EPOS co-branded product under a joint venture with Sennheiser, this gaming headset features an ultra-low latency 2.4 GHz wireless connection, and is compatible with PC/Mac systems as well as the PlayStation 4.
Features from EPOS|Sennheiser:
- Closed acoustic wireless gaming headset
- Low-latency connection transmits with near-zero delay
- Up to 100 hours of battery life
- Simultaneous wireless operation while charging over USB
- Integrated volume wheel on the ear cup, synced with Windows
- Noise-cancelling microphone
- Flexible microphone boom arm with ‘lift to mute’ function
- Split padded headband for reduced pressure
- Clever ball-joint hinge that makes it easy to perfectly angle the ear cups
- Memory foam ear pads deliver comfort and ambient noise isolation
- PC Gaming Suite for customization and optimization of audio settings
- Multi-platform compatibility (PC, Mac, and PS4)
- 2-year international warranty
We will explore the design and features of the GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset – and the Sennheiser Gaming Suite software – in this review, as well as offering subjective listening impressions.
- Color: Black
- Wearing Style: Headband
- Connectivity: Wireless
- Compatibility: PC, Mac, PS4
- Ear coupling: Around ear
- Transducer principle: Dynamic closed
- Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz
- Sound pressure level: 117 dB
- Total harmonic distortion: 1%
- Frequency response: 100– 6,300 Hz
- Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional
- Sensitivity: -41 dBV/Pa
- Talk time: 100 hours
- Charge time: 1 hours
- Operating Temperature Range: 0 C – 40 C
- Range (line of sight): 10 meters
- Range (office use): 10 meters
- Dimensions: 80 mm + 200 mm + 180 mm
- Product height: 180 mm
- Ear pad size: 110 Ear pad size + 80 Ear pad size + 15 Ear pad size
- Weight: 285 g
- Cable length (USB charging): 1.5 meters
- Warranty: 2 years
Design and Comfort
This GSP 370 gaming headset is positioned below the ‘flagship’ level of the GSP 670, and lacks that model’s optional Bluetooth connectivity and separate volume chat/game audio controls.
A Sophisticated Design
It has been nearly two years since we looked at our last Sennheiser gaming headset (the GSP 600), and the much of that sleek, almost muscular design language remains – but with a black/graphite finish this time.
Construction is plastic, which contributes to its impressively light weight of only 285 grams / 10 oz. These don’t have the ultra premium look and feel of the largely-aluminum CORSAIR Virtuoso SE, but they do feel significantly lighter that that model’s 360 g / 12.7 oz weight.
The headband is a wide, split design with enough padding for a headset of this weight level. The ear cups, which do not fold flat but offer enough movement to conform to various head shapes, are fairly large and are designed to fit around the ear.
Ear pads are excellent, with a good level of padding covered with a leather-like material. This cover shifts to a velvet-like material on the surface that will make contact with your head.
As to on-headset controls, Sennheiser keeps things simple here. There is a power switch, USB port for charging, and a large volume wheel. Mic mute is accomplished by raising the boom.
This is subjective, of course, but in my experience the overall light weight, wide split headband, modest clamping force, and soft, velvety ear pad cushions combine to made these the most comfortable pair of gaming headphones I’ve used to date. And I didn’t feel any fatigue after hours of uninterrupted wear.
There isn’t anything else to say, really. These just feel awesome.
GSP 370 Usage Impressions
I’ll begin with the disclaimer that sound quality impressions are subjective, regardless of how valuable I find my own opinion to be in these matters. For the rest, I will simply report on my actual experiences with regard to wireless range, battery life, etc.
I’ll keep this brief. Audio is clean, well balanced, and offers impressive transparency. These sound like high-end wired headphones.
Subjectively I found mids to be just a bit forward, clear ‘pure’ sounding treble, and extended bass that is not overly emphasized. In short, outstanding performance and a true “audiophile” sound – as overused as that word is.
Another aspect of the design is excellent noise isolation. These do not offer active noise cancellation, but they managed to seal out much of the sound in my vicinity – and without feeling tight on my head.
PC / Mac Usage
I first tested the headset without software on systems running Windows 10 and MacOS Mojave, and this worked just fine – though you won’t have access to the sound enhancements and EQ controls without it (note that it is a Windows-only application).
The GSP 370 presents itself to the OS as 2 channel, 16 bit, 48000 Hz format device. Mic is a 1Ch 16-bit/48KHz device.
Sans software the headset control wheel adjusts the system volume, and does so in increments of 2 under Windows 10, but moves in much larger steps under MacOS Mojave (-77 dB, -58 dB, -50 dB, etc.). We will look at software shortly.
Yes, These Work With Linux
Using a live image of Ubuntu 18.04 LTS on my primary system the GSP 370 dongle was immediately recognized, and both output and mic input worked as expected. Under 18.04 the headset presented both a digital and analog output option, with a single headset microphone option under input.
I also quickly tested this with a VM of Ubuntu 20.04 LTS, and it worked there as well.
PlayStation 4 Experiences
What better time to test out PS4 compatibility and performance than the present, with the launch of the Final Fantasy VII Remake? I connected the GSP 370’s USB adapter to my PS4 Pro and started playing, starting a new game to hear the opening cinematic and working my way into initial gameplay anew.
The system immediately detected the headset and routed audio (and mic) to it, and the sound quality was excellent. I rarely play a console game with headphones, and suddenly hearing extra detail and subtle audio effects (such as background NPC conversations) made FF7R is a great test.
No, this is not a Bluetooth headset; and yes, I did use it with my phone anyway. I was so impressed with the sound from my initial PC testing that I grabbed my Lightning to USB Camera Adapter and started listening to the lossless CD rips (16/44.1 ALAC) I keep on the phone. It was, in a word, glorious.
This is a perfectly normal application of a USB wireless headset dongle
An iPhone user (currently anyhow) who has grown accustomed to AirPods over the past year, I suddenly found myself wanting to use my phone as a digital audio player, and not just as the audiobook source I generally do. Again, these sound like high-end wired headphones.
While it won’t rival a desktop mic for audio fidelity, the boom mic did offer above average voice clarity and excellent background noise suppression. This would make an excellent remote meeting headset.
The mic boom flexes at the center to dial in placement, and mutes automatically when raised past the halfway mark (slight indent felt / soft click), or about 45 degrees. Much easier than feeling for a mute button.
The mic also worked perfectly with my iPhone (via the Lightning to USB Camera Adapter again).
Range is rated at 10 meters line of sight, and this is very accurate. Once I was past this range it began to break up, but I had passed through two doorways at that point. Walking around corners in my 1920’s home (with its thick, signal-destroying lath and plaster walls) also resulted in occasional dropouts within 10 meters.
Placement of the USB transmitter will be crucial to better range (i.e. a back USB port on the PC under your desk is not ideal).
Battery life is exceptional. I still have not needed to charge them and I’ve been using them quite a bit over the past week as I evaluated them for this review. When I last checked I was still at 46% according to the Sennheiser Gaming Suite software.
The GSP 370 headset is rated at 100 hours per charge, and I suspect that the high efficiency drivers reduce the required power in driving normal listening levels. There are no RGB lights to reduce battery life with this understated design, either.
Sennheiser Gaming Suite
Available as a download from the product page (and not requiring any sort of account to use), Sennheiser Gaming Suite is a Windows-only application, so Mac users will not be able to use the additional audio controls including EQ and 7.1 surround effect.
It offers a simple interface with a number of options including EQ (with presets and manual profile creation), a 2.0 channel / 7.1 channel toggle, and various microphone enhancements including a configurable noise gate.
Absent from the active controls is the software noise cancellation for the mic, which is greyed out and cannot be adjusted. Judging by some user reviews this may have been enabled previously, but was problematic? It is possible that this feature could be enabled with a future software/firmware update. (The mic still did a good job rejecting background noise without this.)
Overall I found the software to offer a good user experience, though I prefer to use the headset with its default settings. The 7.1-channel effect did offer a more spacious sound, similar to a “hall” effect, and the added processing did not seem introduce noticeable compression. Still, I greatly preferred the un-processed hi-fi sound in 2.0-channel mode with a flat EQ.
Over the past few years I have appreciated the trend to improve fidelity with gaming headsets, and recent examples definitely take sound seriously – though the efforts are generally accompanied by a high price tag. Here the GSP 370’s $199 USD list makes sense considering this model’s position within the GSP series product stack, and when the brand equity of Sennheiser is factored in.
Sennheiser’s GSP 370 offers superb audio quality, great comfort, light weight, impressive battery life, and – though it doesn’t feature ANC – it seals out external noise quite well. I also appreciate the no-nonsense black/graphite color scheme and overall aesthetics. These are if secondary importance, though it doesn’t hurt to like the way your headset looks.
Sennheiser GSP 370 Wireless Gaming Headset: $199, Amazon
There does seem to be some confusion surrounding this model, with the EPOS|Sennheiser site listing a “BT Dongle” with this, and the Amazon entry also indicating Bluetooth support. Microphone noise-cancellation, though sometimes listed, is also not present in the software for this model, though it does offer noise rejection from its unidirectional design.
Regardless of the inconsistency with listed features online, if you are looking for a wireless headset and don’t require Bluetooth, the overall quality and exceptional sound from the GSP 370 makes it an easy recommendation, in my opinion. $199 puts this into enthusiast territory, but with a brilliant mix of fidelity and comfort I find this to be an outstanding product, regardless of price.
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