Sennheiser is a German company that has specialized in the manufacture of headphones and microphones for many years. And as it could not be less, it offers us a wireless headset aimed at the gamer world. The Sennheiser GSP 500 is a product that has been tested for quality; thus, the sound and comfort characteristics display good quality.
Sennheiser GSP 500 and GSP 600 have the same overall design as well as many features. The primary difference between them is that the GSP 500 has an open headphone design. These headphones are usually more enjoyable to use because they offer a wider sound scene with improved stereo sound. They also have several advantages in terms of practicality, and are compatible with multiple gaming platforms.
Since many gamers can’t afford a dedicated gaming room, the vast majority of headsets are produced with closed design. So, GSP 500 can be considered as something like a niche product. On the other hand, if you use an open gaming headset, your options are limited, and it’s great to know that you can get a high-quality product like this one.
Sennheiser GSP 500 Open-Back Gaming Headset Review
Type: Open-back Over-ear Gaming Headsets | Drivers: Neodymium Dynamic Drivers | Impedance: 28 Ohms | Frequency Response: 10 Hz – 30,000 Hz | Weight: 358g | Microphone: Built-in NC mic
Sennheiser GSP 500 is not flawless in design. It’s properly manufactured, but features too much plastic. The sound picture fully reflects the virtual space. The clear separation of the sound channels allows the user to notice when a particular action is unfolding. Sennheiser GSP 500 has by far the best microphone in its class. That’s why it can be used for communication in gaming chat rooms but also for voice recording.
The headset is supplied with two detachable cables. The first, 1.5 m long, is terminated by a 4-pin mini-jack that can be used with a game console (PS4, Xbox One, or Switch), mobile device, or laptop with a headset/microphone combo jack. The second is 2.5m long and ends with two 3-pin mini-jacks, allowing connection to a more traditional PC sound card. On the headset side, the cable is unfortunately connected via a proprietary connector, which prevents the use of a third-party cable. Too bad.
Sennheiser GSP 500 is not flawless in design. At this price, I expected the headphones to be perfectly designed and comfortable to use. It’s not quite like that. Yes, they’re properly manufactured, nothing squeaks nor cracks, however, the design is too plastic.
While the sound here is suitable for music lovers, and for 100% players. It’s not the best design. However, I can’t say anything bad about the microphone or the volume control mechanism – they’re made very well, with proper resistance.
The cable bindings are also exemplary – no doubt, they will withstand throughout the time. The Sennheiser GSP 500 gaming headset is also not suitable for everyday wear. It has metal hinges and breathable cushions with an ergonomic shape, but after 2-3 hours of wearing, the headband starts to squeeze, which results in slight discomfort. The headphones themselves do not irritate the ears, but a long session can end in discomfort.
The sound quality of comparable open high-fidelity gaming headsets is different. GSP 500 has a slightly trimmed bass because of its open design. The bass is weaker than that of the GSP 600. At the same time, it can’t be said that the bass is poorly reproduced. It’s just that the closed-back gaming headset (GSP 600) has thicker and denser bass.
The average frequencies of both types of headphones do not stand out from the overall audio picture. At the same time, they are expressive. The high-frequency range is striking and smoothed at the same time.
There’s no noise or interference. Thanks to this, the sound of the voice is heard clearly against other sounds’ backgrounds, while the sound of individual musical instruments and noises is more difficult to distinguish. This is a plus for listening to music and playing multiplayer games where you need to communicate with other players.
The sound picture fully reflects the virtual space. The clear separation of the sound channels allows the user to notice when a particular action is unfolding. The positioning of the GSP 600 is not as precise as that of the GSP 500 due to the more vibrant sound.
The microphone deserves special attention. First of all, it has an interesting design. The mic is black, matt and wide enough, and is made of three parts. The middle part is made of flexible and malleable material. Thanks to it, it is possible to adjust the microphone position.
The microphone is installed on a movable mechanism that enables it to be lifted upwards. A switch is developed into the hinge, which turns it off when the mic is lifted.
The device’s main advantage is not the design or method of attachment to the cup, but the high-quality voice recording. Sennheiser GSP 500 has by far the best microphone in its class. That’s why it can be used for communication in gaming chat rooms but also for the voice recording of video blogs, streaming, etc.
The Sennheiser 500 is a conventional high-end headset specifically designed to take full advantage of gaming activities, from the spectacular audio quality to a built-in noise-canceling microphone and a robust yet comfortable design for long gaming sessions.
As Sennheiser has opted for an open design, the headset offers a high degree of spaciousness and displays many details. Individual sounds can be identified in any situation, and their exact origin can be located.
Tactically demanding games, in particular, benefit from the excellent three-dimensionality. When playing music, the headset also shines with a neutral, finely resolved sound image.
The microphone quality is also on a high level, we were always well understood by our fellow players. It also has noise suppression, which partially succeeds in filtering out disturbing background noise.