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?
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
- 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
- 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 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.
The top of the inside headband is padded with the same kind of material found on the non-velour earpads.
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.
The microphone has a nice looking gold colored mesh.
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.
The headset cable goes into this deeply recessed jack on the left ear cup.
The microphone boom arm is very flexible. Not only can you rotate it up or down, but it bends in or out as well.
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
What I’d change
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.
Where to buy: Drop
Source: The sample of this product was provided by DROP.