Sennheiser X 320 Xbox Gaming Headset - Closer Look

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

Closer Look:

As you noticed on the previous page, the package is not quite as posh and polished as the PC 360 headset.  This headset is in a flashy plastic clam-shell packaged that actually opens quite easily and doesn't require a knife for removal of your fingers.  Inside the package are the appropriate cables and everything you need to get going on your Xbox. 

 Bundle
Bundle

 

The headset is not a really small unit as you can see in the image above.  It is a full over-the-ear headset (thankfully) and with it's open air design is comfortable and cool to wear for hours.  The microphone boom is quite large as well but the entire headset is very light - much lighter than the PC 360 and that kit was pretty light.  When the microphone is in the "up" position, it automatically mutes and you can hear a soft "click" when the mute switch is activated.  I hope that they are using a high-quality switch on the headset as this would be a shame to lose the mute feature down the road.

Mic Cable
Mic Cable
Audio Cable
Audio Cable

 

   

The cables connect to the Xbox controller, and the USB port - pass-through connector that plugs into the Xbox.  If you are using an HDMI-enabled Xbox, you'll need to connect the main audio cable to your TVs audio output as well.  This will complete the circuit and you can then take control of game audio and chat audio levels with the in-line control.

USB Connector
USB Cable

 

One thing that is nice about the PC 360 is the on-ear volume control and I do miss that on the X 320, but the control unit on the cord houses more than just the simple volume control.  It contains two rotary adjustments - one for game volume and one for chat volume.  These are awesome and SteelSeries does the same thing with their Xbox headsets as well.  This allows you turn down the volume of the noobs if you want to play Halo: Reach or Gears of War 3 in peace.

Controller
Controller

 

The controller also houses a "bass boost" switch that gives explosions in your game an extra punch.  Overall the control is straightforward, simple and not bulky.  SteelSeries does their control unit on the controller bottom pin-out and this works well with standard controllers, but it won't fit aftermarket units like some Madcatz or Razer products.  The approach Sennheiser takes will worth with all controllers.  Score one for compatibility.

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On the next page, we'll take a quick look at the features and specifications of this headset as stated by Sennheiser before we jump into testing.