There was a time where Sennheiser headsets were used for gaming in tandem with separate desktop mics. These were not traditional gaming headsets, but fans of Sennheiser simply enjoyed the quality of their headsets to the point they would use their audiophile-grade products for gaming purposes. Sennheiser got the hint, releasing a gaming line of products to hit home with that very fan base as well as to reach out new potential gamers who are looking for a new gaming audio solution.
Here we have one of Sennheiser’s more recently-released gaming products, the Sennheiser GSP 301 wired closed-back headset. Let’s dive into this multi-platform product running for $99.95.
The Sennheiser GSP 300 series of headsets come in four color skus: all black, black with red highlights, black with blue highlights, and white and black, as seen here. The frame of the GSP 301 is a made of a flexible plastic, with breathable mesh cushioning under the headband. Each ear cup uses memory foam cushioning with a leatherette skin. On the left ear cup, you have a flexing boom mic that flips up to mute, while on the right you have a dial for controlling the master inbound volume. The GSP 301’s wire naturally splits off into mic-in and stereo-out inputs for use with most desktop PCs, and the headset comes with an adapter that marries the two ends to a 3.5mm jack. Thanks to that adapter, you’re free to use the headset on any console or controller that uses a 3.5mm input.
As far as builds go, the Sennheiser GSP 301 feels rigid at first, but is actually pretty comfortable to wear. That rigidness keeps the GSP 301 nicely clasped onto your head while not at all feeling tight. The leatherette memory foam ear cushions are quite soft, playing nicely with glasses frames. Being able to control the master volume on the fly using that master dial was a nice touch and very easy to get used to. The mainstream feature of raising the mic to mute worked as intended. Although the arm sort of softly falls into place, leaving me to wish that there was more of a “snap” to the hinge to help better indicate that I was muted.
The sound came across powerfully and vividly. I really enjoyed the bass on these which felt both vibrant yet out of the way. It had plenty of presence while at the same time not overwhelming. The highs were also quite crisp, allowing for the easy pick up of footsteps and gunshots. Those same ear cups, thanks to that leatherette skin, do a great job at passive sound isolation. Even with my wearing of glasses, the cushions comfortably formed the perfect acoustic seal. That acoustic seal allowed me to enjoy the sound presentation of the Sennheiser GSP 301’s all the more.
I was also particularly impressed with the mic, which was better than most at focusing on my voice and not picking up ambient noise. Mind you, these were back ground sounds that teetered on the limit of what would normal bleed through other headsets I’ve reviewed so far. Surely on the PC, you can always finagle mic-listening thresholds on whatever chat client you’re using. On the Xbox One, you don’t have that option with wired headsets. It was here that I noticed that this mic was indeed exceptional with its base noise cancellation. The only sounds that bleed through were the obnoxiously loud sounds that cannot imagine any headset ignoring.
I definitely enjoyed the Sennheiser GSP 301, inside and out. For a respectable and straightforward price point of $99.95, you get a simple and solid headset that you can use comfortably for hours and one that projects sound wonderfully in both directions. Even each of the color options are pleasing to the eye, utilizing a simple and sleek appearance. If you’re looking for a headset that delivers, keeps it simple and gets the job MORE than done, then you should put the Sennheiser GSP 301’s on your list of headsets to check out. Going further, if voice chat clarity is a priority for you, then this is definitely one of the headsets to check out first.
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† Sennheiser GSP 301 loaner unit provided by Sennheiser PR for review.