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Sennheiser may have made their name on the back of their ex­cel­lent head­phone and mi­cro­phone prod­ucts, but they also have a se­lec­tion of gam­ing head­sets worth con­sid­er­ing.

The PC 363D looks like any other Sennheiser prod­uct; a drab black fin­ish means that gamers will not be pick­ing this head­set based on its looks. On the sides of the ear-cups, laser-cut slats act­ing as vents in­di­cate that the PC 363D is an open back head­phone. This is some­what of an odd choice, as sound bleed from the PC 363D is sig­nif­i­cant, with the head­set only re­ally us­able in soli­tary set­tings. In a LAN café or group set­ting, ev­ery­one around you will pretty much hear what you’re hear­ing.

On the pos­i­tive side, an open back de­sign does al­low for some cir­cu­la­tion of air which helps com­bat over­heat­ing is­sues when the PC 363D is used for long du­ra­tions. Sennheiser fits their gam­ing head­set with what they call “XXL” ear pads. Large and prop­erly scal­loped, the ear-cups of the PC 363D are roomy. Com­pli­mented with a fit that leans to­wards be­ing tight, this gam­ing head­set comes close to find­ing the sweet spot be­tween com­fort and func­tion. The vel­vet cov­er­ing on the ear pads feels nat­u­ral but is prone to get­ting dirty quite quickly. Our only com­plaint with the head­set was the slightly stiff cush­ions used.

Gamers will find a small, ro­tat­ing disc on the right hand side ear-cup that con­trols vol­ume. It is a handy way to ad­just deci­bel lev­els with­out hav­ing to delve into menus and op­tions. A boom mi­cro­phone on the left hand side is also in­cluded. When the mi­cro­phone is dragged down, an au­di­ble click de­notes that it has been un­muted. The mi­cro­phone arm can then be ad­justed into a po­si­tion most com­fort­able for the wearer.

The PC 363D can be plugged in via 3.5mm jack, but we highly rec­om­mend us­ing the USB con­nec­tor avail­able with Sennheiser’s 3D G4ME 1 card which comes as part of the pack­age. Us­ing Dolby Head­phone con­trol and Dolby Pro Logic IIx, the USB sound card by­passes any moth­er­board elec­tron­ics and de­liv­ers vir­tual 7.1 sur­round sound.

Even with­out any of the spe­cial fea­tures ac­ti­vated, the PC 363D is an ex­cep­tion­ally good



head­set. The au­dio is bal­anced and neu­tral. In fact we would go as far as say­ing that this Sennheiser head­set is able to go toe-to-toe with sim­i­larly priced head­phones, and es­pe­cially in mu­sic play­back.

Flick­ing the 3D G4ME 1 for­ward en­gages Dolby mode, thus strip­ping the mid fre­quen­cies from the sound of the PC 363D. The sound­stage morphs from a good stereo to ex­cel­lent 7.1 vir­tual sur­round sound au­dio. While play­ing Bat­tle­field 3 we could ac­cu­rately pin­point the di­rec­tion of sound down to the most minute of de­tails. The tone of the PC 363D is such that sound-ef­fects like foot­falls and ex­plo­sions are in­stantly reg­is­tered by the gamer. Right off the bat, the Sennheiser head­set sets the bar for per­for­mance ex­tremely high.


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