Sennheiser X 320 Xbox Gaming Headset

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Sennheiser X 320 Xbox Gaming Headset
Closer Look
Features, Specs and More
Testing the X 320
Final Thoughts

Product: Sennheiser X 320 Xbox Gaming Headset
Provided By: Sennheiser
Price: ~ $149 Online at time of publication

 

Introduction:

BCCHardware is all about computer and gaming hardware and sometimes that takes us out of the PC arena and puts us in the console arena.  I'm a happy Xbox user and have been for quite a few years and enjoy certain games on my Xbox better than on the PC.  These games include racing titles and some adventure games.  Of course you can't forget console-only-titles such as Halo or Gears of War.  Today we are looking at a headset from Sennheiser that is geared specifically for the Xbox gamer and those who enjoy playing multi-player.  The X 320 headset offers some great audio as well as Sennheiser's traditional microphone quality that we've come to expect.

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The X 320 headset has a lot of great features making it very comfortable and the open design allows sound to leak in (and out), but also helps keep your ears cool during those long gaming sessions.  As is the case with the PC 360 headset we looked at recently (link), the X 320 headset also offers a microphone mute feature if you raise the boom.  This is great when you get a phone call and you don't want everyone online listening in.

Another great feature (at least on paper) is the dual volume control that allows you to adjust you in-game volume and the voice-chat volume independently of each other.  This is handy if you want to hear the strategy of your team, in-game sounds or if you have some 12-year old talking smack that you simply want to turn down.  It will work for all of these.

Before we jump into the review any further, let's take a quick look at Sennheiser and what makes them tick.


About Sennheiser:

Sennheiser has been around for over 65 years and they know audio.  They have pioneered some great audio technology over the years and have positioned themselves for a long and healthy future.  below is some information from their site that better explains a few aspects of their vision.

Integrity
We apply the highest ethical standards, exhibit honesty and fairness in everything we do, and honor our commitments. We take personal responsibility for our actions and treat everyone fairly and with trust and respect.

Respect
We treat our team members, clients, partners, and suppliers with respect and sensitivity and recognize the importance of diversity. We respect all individuals and value their contributions.

Entrepreneurial Spirit
We believe in developing a sense of entrepreneurship in each and every employee with regard to their work, projects, and roles. We all strive to be proactive and take an active interest in Sennheiser’s business. We continuously strive to improve efficiency, quality, and cost control. We encourage innovation, new ideas, and opportunities for improvement.

Empathy
We carefully consider all perspectives and consequences in our decisions and acknowledge our responsibility for the things we do. We work towards solutions that are optimal for the company, considering all stakeholders’ input.


Excellence
We strive for excellence in everything we do. This includes, but is not limited to, serving our clients in the best possible way, managing our internal processes and people as well as focusing on financial performance.

Passion
We do business with our full energy and commitment for the industry we work in. We take pride in our job and draw satisfaction from excellence.

Curiosity and Openness
We support and foster a climate of innovation in the things we do. Innovation is a key element of our success, be it in our products and services as well as in the way we do business.

 

We've reviewed quite a few headsets over the years - most recently the Roccat Kave 5.1 headset (link) and the Sennheiser PC 360 headset for the PC (link).  The X 320 marks the first review of a Xbox headset that I've done, although I've been using a SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB for a few months.  I will make a few comparisons to that headset during the review, but I won't compare it extensively as I haven't reviewed that headset.  That is my personal headset that I've been using.

X 320 Profile

The X 320 is the top-of-the-line model for Xbox from Sennheiser and is their only current stereo headset for the console.  When priced out at $150, it ranks up there with other good headsets from Turtle Beach, Triton and Psyko Audio.  Sennheiser plans to trump the competition by offering a great quality unit at a decent price and we're going to try and find out if they succeeded.  Let's take a look and see if they can impress us as we get this party started.