Sennheiser PC 363D Review – 7.1 Dolby Gaming Headset

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Updated October 24, 2022
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Sennheiser PC 363D

Back in December, we praised audio juggernaut Sennheiser for their impeccable PC 350 Special Edition stereo gaming headphones. They beat out the SteelSeries 7H stereo headset, which was our previous champion in the stereo category. Crystal clarity and superior soundstage across all ranges were what won the day. For another set of headphones that will give you crystal clear sound, check out our Astro A40 review too. Or, if you love COD, you might be interested in our review of the Turtle Beach MW3 headset. And you should definitely check out our review of the best gaming headset.

Now Sennheiser has cracked the champagne bottle over the bow of their newest set of cans. These are the PC 363D 7.1 Dolby over-ear headset for PC gaming. Compare these with another set of PC headphones in our Razer Carcharias (PC/Xbox 360) headset review. If you want a headset specifically for X-Box, read our Astro A50 x-box review too. The PC 363D gaming headphones use a USB 3D sound card and an included software installation CD to work its virtual multichannel magic. The ear pads and head cushion are pillow soft. It has metal ear cups with openings cut in to allow your ears to breathe and remain cool after gaming hours. You also get a 1.2m USB adapter cord with male and female connections. This is great if you don’t have an available USB slot. But that’s the extent of the included extras. You won’t find any additional ear cushion types or even a carrying case, which was included in the PC 350 Special Edition stereo set. Compare these with our Steelseries Siberia V2 headset review to get a feel for which option is best for you.

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Related: If you like this headset, you will enjoy our Sennheiser PC 330 G4Me Headset review.

Getting it up and running takes a couple of additional steps, which were not necessary on the PC 350 Special Edition. The gaming headphones connect via two 3.5mm jacks. The green is audio. The red is for the microphone. These plug into the included USB 3D sound card. The other end of which plugs into your PC via USB.  From here, you’re just a software installation away from enjoying your new cans. The PC 363 G4ME is a simple installation, which throws an icon up on your taskbar. With it, you can select what type of channel audio you would prefer. The offerings are 2-channel, 4-channel, 5.1 channel, or 7.1 channel. Make sure your game or movie playback device supports your channel selection. You can compare these to the SteelSeries Arctis 5 gaming headset for another 7.1 option. Or, if you prefer wireless, read our reviews of the SteelSeries Artics 7 or Logitech G533 to see which sounds right for you.

These gaming headsets are embedded with a USB sound card that enables virtual surround sound with excellent sound quality for PC gaming. The included USB 3D sound card is an interesting choice. The flip of the switch augments your multichannel audio to enable Dolby audio. But that’s it. It holds no other secrets or functions, for that matter. The volume dial is found outside of the right earpiece. There is no mute for the sound. To kill it, you will need to dial the volume all the way down, which is not ideal. However, you can mute the mic by simply flipping it up until you hear a faint “click.”

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Related: Also, check out our Skullcandy Plyr2 Wireless Gaming Headset review.

I found the Sennheiser PC 363D to be an exceptional pair of cans. The overall soundstage is richer and more all-encompassing than the PC 350 SE. The Bass is slightly deeper. Yet the clarity of individual sounds, which are made to sound more distinct, impresses the most. The USB 3D sound card does an amazing job recreating 5.1 and 7.1 Dolby audio. The surround sound on these gaming headphones is just top quality. There were a couple of times I thought the sound was also playing through my speakers because it seemed to come from so many directions… It’s hard to believe it was all coming out of the PC 363D. I would appreciate more volume, however. They get loud with no distortion whatsoever. But I feel the volume should have a higher ceiling.

We ran the Sennheiser PC 363D gaming headset through hours of games and movies. Wow, was that fun! Games really shine. Explosions in BF3 erupt with crackles and sparks that I had only heard in the Tiamat from Razer. Plus, the mic is outstanding, and effectively cancels out ambient noise. Players on the receiving end complimented the clarity and had no problem hearing me clearly. The PC 363D opens up a lot of unheard audio sounds and effects for those hampered by lackluster stereo cans. The clarity even surpasses the Creative Recon Omega3D Wireless, Astro Gaming A50 wireless, and the Razer Tiamat. Yet users should know, at the highest volumes, there is some sound bleed, probably because of the slots on the ear cups. So be conscious of sleeping housemates. However, if you are still not sure which headset to get, you can check out our comparison of the Astro A50 vs Sennheiser GSP 670 to help you out.

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These are the new undisputed reigning champs of the multichannel arena.

Pros

·  Masterful audio reproduction

·  5.1 and 7.1 Dolby

·  3D USB sound card adds versatility

·  Soundstage reveals all

Cons

·  No audio mute

·  Some sound bleed

The Sennheiser PC 363D 7.1 Headset  is available at Sennheiser.

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