Sennheiser PC 350 Review – Gaming Headphone

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Updated October 22, 2022
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Not everyone has the luxury of living by themselves and being able to crank their gaming system at all hours. General roommate courtesy dictates that you be aware of your cohabitant and allow them their own time and their own sleep. Compare these headphones with our Roccat Kave 5.1 surround sound gaming headset review for another noise-canceling option. So when your drunk roommate is complaining about the gunshots radiating through the house, one must seek refuge in alternative audio outputs. The Sennheiser PC 350’s say “pick me, pick me”! Or, take a look at the Creative Sound Blaster Recon 3D Omega wireless gaming headset review instead. If you want to hear those same gunshots in surround sound, check out our Logitech g430 7.1 surround gaming headset review too. Also, if you are curious, we have a Plantronics RIG Flex review roundup you can read.

Sennheiser is a reputable music production company that has taken its penchant for quality pro-audio products and parlayed it into the ever-blossoming video game industry. The Sennheiser PC 350 SE (a newer model) is a gaming headset for PC gamers. Compare this to the Turtle Beach Ear Force XO seven pro if you’d prefer a headset for X-Box. You may prefer either of these headphones to the headphones discussed in our Harmon AKG GHS 1 review. Though I wish that these headphones could be used for console gaming, they can only be used on a PC as they require inputs for two separate 1/8th inch plugs, one for audio out, and one for microphone in. Oh well! The rock-solid construction was the first thing I noticed upon taking the 350s out of the packaging. Your fat friend from high school could easily smother these things on your futon, and I’m sure that the futon would break first. I went to the mirror as soon as I put them on, and I swear it was like I was looking at an Iron Eagle 3 poster minus Lou Gosset Jr! That is a good thing, I promise! I also noticed the quality of noise reduction as they totally cupped to my ears. They fit my head and felt very snug, and I wouldn’t see any problem wearing them for hours. In fact, I did just that. Compare this with our LucidSound LS40 review to determine which headset is best for you.

The great thing about Sennheiser is they focused a lot on sound quality, so we needed to check if the PC 350 SE matched up to expectations. To test the audio quality of the 350 SE, I tried a couple of different scenarios, including some that had nothing to do with gaming, because I was interested in how they’d perform as everyday headphones. The PC 350 SE headphones are marketed as gaming headphones, so we’ll start there. I played Command and Conquer with a buddy of mine on my MAC as I felt it would either be a Real Time Strategy game or a First Person Shooter for which players would use the PC 350’s. The bass presence in these headphones was competent while not being overbearing, as explosions were received with subtle grace and bloom. I am a huge fan of the really round bass frequency spectrum, and I felt that the PC 350s could have used a little more balance. The bass response just seemed very separate from the rest of the mix, like it was tucked away. I also found the treble to be a little shrill at times, where the gunfire and other higher spectrum sounds being a little harsh, but nothing too bothersome. Although the 350 SE microphone isn’t detachable, it was easily the best and most quality feature of the PC 350s as they responded with precision and accuracy. My friend’s voice was crystal clear and was presented well in the mix, and there wasn’t any hiss or other noise present. After Command and Conquer, I played Fallout 3 on my Xbox 360 just to get another perspective on sound quality, and things sounded better than they did with Command and Conquer, though I didn’t test the microphone. I also tried them with my MPC 1000, a music production sampler, and they were weak compared to Sony MDR-7504, just really flat. Lastly, I tried them in an online audio chat, and they sounded great when the audio was limited to just voices. Other features of note include a microphone mute switch, an always-desired cord clip to alleviate any drag due to the weight of the cord, and a volume knob that lowers the volume but doesn’t cut it off completely? Not Having a volume mute function is a bad design choice indeed. For another high-quality audio option, read our SteelSeries Arctis Pro review.

As with any set of headphones or speaker system, many variables are involved when it comes to the final sound of the product. The source material, in this case, is obviously video games, so it’s going to depend on the game itself, and whatever sound card and internal PC EQ you are working with. I left them raw so I could accurately judge them for what they were. I have read reviews on Amazon stating that with some tweaking, they can achieve some desired sound settings, so it’s all up to you and your “other” gear!

The Sennheiser PC 350s are a competent but not perfect addition to your gaming setup, although it is slightly apparent that Sennheiser could do some retooling in regards to overall balanced sound reproduction. I would never opt to wear headphones if I didn’t have to, but If I did, the 350s are certainly a viable option! Sennheiser also makes other gaming headphones that may be worth checking out as well. Check out our Sennheiser PC 330 G4ME headset review for a cheaper option. Additionally, you can read our guide on the top Sennheiser gaming headphones.

Pros:

  • High-end design and construction
  • Comfortable fit for extended use
  • Fairly accurate representation of the audio field

Cons:

  • Unbalanced bass and treble response
  • Not very versatile across multiple scenarios
  • Volume knob just lowers sound but doesn’t turn it off

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