Sennheiser U 320 Universal Gaming Headset - Closer Look

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Sennheiser U 320 Universal Gaming Headset
Closer Look
Features, Specs and More
Testing the U 320
Final Thoughts

Closer Look:

As you'll notice on the previous page the package is a nice clear clamshell that opens very easy - just like the X320.  Inside the package is the headset, the cables and a quick install card - again, just like the X320.  In fact, at first glance you can't really see any difference between these two packages - other than the X320 has a green theme and the U 320 is done up in blue.

Cables
Cables
Profile
Profile

 

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 the 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 probably a couple pounds lighter than a Psyko Audio headset.  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 due to wearing out.

U 320 Headset
Headset Upright

If you're hooking this up to your PS3, PC or Mac, all you have to do is plug in the USB cable to the device and you're good to go.  If you want to still have sound on your TV, you'll have to  use the included RCA audio cable and pass-through in order to get audio out of each of these.

USB Connector
USB Cable

The Xbox 360 requires the additional cable that goes from the control module located on the cord and will connect to the controller.  This is solely for the purpose of microphone communication - as Microsoft has bound the wireless microphone through the controller - this sucks, but that's how it is if you choose the green team.

Controller
Controller

The controller also houses a "bass boost" switch that gives explosions and music an extra thump.  Also located next to the "bass boost" switch is a "side tone" switch that monitors voice levels in the game for better adjustment.

Control Module
Other Side of Controller

The circle-flex infused ear pads make sure that their is even pressure on your head - all the way around and this gives the headset extra comfort and it's clearly wearable for hours.  I've done it lots of times, so I can vouch for that.

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