Sennheiser U 320 Universal Gaming Headset - Final Thoughts

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Sennheiser U 320 Universal Gaming Headset
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Final Thoughts

Final Thoughts:

After reviewing the last few Sennheiser products, my expectations were a little higher than they used to be when it came to German-engineered headphones.  I expected quite a lot and after playing around with the U 320 headset for about a month, I got what I expected - a lot.  The U 320 headset is a pretty solid piece of kit and while it extremely light-weight, it performs like a champion.

While I'm a pretty decent PC gamer, my expertise at console gaming is limited to Break-Out, or maybe even some Need for Speed.  I played around quite a bit with a lot of different titles on both the PC and the console and overall, I'm very impressed with the U 320.  The stereo headset may not make you a professional gamer, but it does add a lot more enjoyment to every game I played.  I can play my favorite games late into the night without having to worry about keeping others awake - or experiencing the crappy audio of a TV.

I'll try to break down my final thoughts about this headset much the same way I did for other headsets I've reviewed recently.  This will help me determine a final score for the product.

Audio Quality - This is one of the areas when Sennheiser shines.  The audio quality for games, movies and music is very good.  All of the aspects appear to be quite balanced and while I did turn up the bass in some games, the overall experience and quality didn't require a bass boost - although it helped.

Functionality - The Sennheiser U 320 headset fits great and they are so light and comfortable that I can wear them for hours without discomfort.  Even though they are light, they don't feel too flimsy - albeit they do feel a bit more fragile than the 5XB from SteelSeries.  Those things are a tank.  The U 320 fits well and the microphone mute feels natural.  If I don't want everyone in game to hear me rage, I flip it up and contain my ranting to those in the immediate area.  The in-line control and way the microphone hooks to the controller allow it to be used with any controller than has an multifunction port in the bottom.  I love the fact that the USB connection works for both Microphone and Headphones on the PC side of things. 

U 320

Gaming - Gaming is what these are designed for and gaming is what they do best.  For ~$170 they are a decent value for what you get in terms of quality, features and compatibility - a bit on the expensive side for sure, but when you figure in the fact that they replace headphones on all of your gaming systems, they gain some value points for sure.  I love the open design of the ear cups and enjoy that I can hear those around me without tipping up one to hear and thereby losing the in-game audio experience.  The microphone works well for multiplayer games and according to those I queried, sounds great.

Value - The Sennheiser U 320 headset is not the cheapest headset on the market - nor is it the most expensive.  As I mentioned before, it comes in around $170 (at time of publication) and when you compare the audio quality, comfort and compatibility of this headset, it's not a bad buy. 

Quality - The overall quality of the U 320 headset is above average.  The microphone boom seems to be solid enough and after hundreds of mute flips, it still feels nice and tight and secure.  The overall light weight of the headset can make you feel that the build quality is lacking, but I'm not gentle on stuff like this and they seem to be holding up like a trooper.

At the end of the day the Sennheiser U 320 headset for the your universal gaming needs is a pretty solid product and if you have the budget for these I know you won't be disappointed.  They are very comfortable, have great audio quality and plug into any device that you use for mainstream gaming.  These did win our Editor's Choice "Gold" award, but they could use a tweak on the price to really make them stand out.

Pros:

  • Super comfortable
  • Excellent audio quality
  • Good build quality
  • Lightweight and open-desing allows for long wearing
  • PC, Mac, PS3 & Xbox 360 support

 

Cons:

  • Lots of wires for the Xbox
  • A bit expensive

Gold

 

I'd like to thank Sennheiser for letting us take a look at the U 320 Headset.  If you have any questions or comments, please post it in the forum at the link below.