DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review

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DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out.

What is it?

DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

The DROP + EPOS PC38X is an upgraded version of the PC37X featuring the same drivers found in Sennheiser’s GPS 500 and 600 headsets and comes with a noise-canceling microphone on a boom that doubles as a mute switch.

What’s in the box?

DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - SillasderuedasDROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

  • DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset
  • 2.5 m PC cable, 2 x 3.5 mm split TRS connector
  • 1.5 m console cable,  1 x 3.5 mm TRRS connector
  • Second set of pads (velour)
  • Drawstring bag

Hardware specs

Headphones

  • Form factor: Over ear
  • Transducer principle: Dynamic, open
  • Frequency response: 10Hz – 30000Hz
  • Impedance: 28 Ω
  • Sound pressure level: 109 dB
  • Weight: 8.9 oz (253 g)
  • Weight (with cable): 10.2 oz (290.5 g)

Microphone

  • Microphone frequency response: 50–16,000 Hz
  • Pick-up pattern: Noise-cancelling
  • Sensitivity: -38 dBV/PA
  • Microphone technology: Electret condenser
  • Microphone pickup pattern: Bi-directional

Design and features

The first thing I noticed about the DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset was the second set of ear pads. They’re a velvety velour vs. the smoother fabric on the pads already attached to the headset. The ear opening measures about 68mm x 33mm.
DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

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The top of the inside headband is padded with the same kind of material found on the non-velour earpads.
DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

The microphone is on the end of a flexible boom arm. To mute, simply swing the boom up. The boom has a satisfying “click” when the mic is muted.

DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - SillasderuedasThe microphone has a nice looking gold colored mesh.DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

There is a volume knob on the right ear of the DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset. Keep in mind that this does not modify your device volume.DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

Setup

The headset cable goes into this deeply recessed jack on the left ear cup.DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

The microphone boom arm is very flexible. Not only can you rotate it up or down, but it bends in or out as well.

DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset review REVIEW – Sennheiser headphones are my go-to brand for home use. This time, I take a look at the PC38X, by EPOS- the new name for Sennheiser’s Gaming brand. How different will this headset be from the Sennheisers I’m familiar with? Let’s find out. - Sillasderuedas

Performance

The DROP + EPOS PC38X gaming headset are open-back headphones, meaning you can still get a sense of your ambient surroundings. I prefer this. The downside is your neighbor may hear some sound leakage from your headset at higher volumes. The PC38X did not disappoint; music sounded just fine.

But how does the microphone sound? A microphone next to your mouth will almost always sound better than the built in microphone on your laptop’s webcam. Here’s a recording of my laptop’s microphone in my bedroom office.

And now here’s a recording in the same room, but with the PC38X microphone. Room echoes are less obvious since the microphone is closer to my mouth.

What I like

  • Sennheiser sound quality
  • Two sets of ear pads
  • Microphone mutes with a satisfy “click” when you swing the boom up
  • Black and yellow/gold color scheme isn’t too flashy
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What I’d change

Final thoughts

If you’re used to loud and flashy gaming headsets with bright colors and LED lights, skip the DROP + EPOS PC38X. I prefer open-back headphones with a solid build quality and a tame appearance.

Price: $139
Where to buy: Drop
Source: The sample of this product was provided by DROP.