Sennheiser G4ME ONE Gaming Headset - Testing and Usage

Article Index
Sennheiser G4ME ONE Gaming Headset
Closer Look
Features and Specifications
Testing and Usage
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

G4ME ONE Testing:

Testing a gaming headset is pretty simple - and a lot of fun. The best types of games that demonstrate precision multi-channel audio are usually FPS games such as Titanfall and Battlefield 4. I played quite a few different games with this headset including League of Legends, Titanfall, Call of Duty: Ghosts and more - just to test out the full scope that this stereo headset has to offer.  Please remember that this a stereo headset - not a 5.1 headset so it will not offer as positional audio as these other units.  What Sennheiser attempts to make up for is quality.  None of these 5.1 headsets offer a great music listening experience.

Gaming:

Testing a headset is pretty easy, but writing about it is a little bit tougher. It's hard to really explain the feel and sound of any audio product. Also, because of the size of the headset speakers, it's pretty hard to test them with reference microphones here at BCCHardware. Most of my "testing" will be mainly my experiences with the headset and what I liked and didn't like.

Before we start I should let you all know that I am not a professional gamer by any stretch of the imagination. Sennheiser states that these are good for the professional gamer, but when I tried these on, they didn't magically turn me into a pro. They did however make me want to play games more and make sure that next year I get on a team that can beat down "Jimmy the King". The truth is, I am more than a casual gamer and have been involved in a gaming clan, "The Devil's Rejects" since the Call of Duty World at War days. I've played with a lot of pretty nice headsets over the years - including some great 5.1 setups as well as other premium stereo headsets.

In the days of yesteryear, most of my headsets had been of the closed design and while this helps block out external sounds, it does make it hard to hear other people in your house or at the LAN if you have the headphones on. For just over a year, I've been a convert to the open air design and am glad to give these a go. This headset should allow you to hear some of the noise in your non-virtual world.

Much like the PC 360 headset, the G4ME ONE gives you the ability to hear generally where sound is coming from. Again, this is a stereo headset, so don't expect any amazing ultra-precise directional audio. What it does deliver is ultra-rich, high quality and crisp audio out of two channels. The quality of the in-game audio coming out of these when connected to any soundcard I tried is amazing. If you have an older motherboard with crappy audio, you may want to upgrade to something a little better so you will be able to enjoy the excellent THD levels and just relish in the audio coming from this headset.

While the headset alone won't make you a better gamer, it does provide extreme comfort, amazing audio and a wonderful experience overall. During testing time here at the office and even when writing reviews, hunting for news, editing and even playing at a LAN party, I've worn this headset for hours on end and I've never found them to be uncomfortable at all. The G4ME ONE follow the leader of comfort - the Sennheiser PC 360 headset and don't disappoint.

Side View

 

Music and Movies:

According to the specifications, the frequency response range of this headset is from 15Hz to 28,000Hz which should make it ideal for pretty much any audio that you pump through it. Listening to music through the G4ME ONE amazing. I used an SPL meter and measure the maximum audio output I can get from these when plugged into my computer's ASUS Xonar soundcard.  They max out ~112dbi and remain pretty much distortion free all the way to the top.

 

The G4ME ONE headset provides a wonderful user experience. For normal music listening - and even listening to it loud - they are crisp, clear, clean and offer a lot of bass - where they need to. They seem very accurate in their reproduction of audio and don't have heavily tweaked bass that ruins the experience. My subjective analysis is that they are accurate. Vocal tracks and power ballads are stellar, while guitar solo's and treble charged tracks are crisp. Bass heavy tracks won't disappoint either. I really enjoyed an older Buckcherry album with this headset. A lot.

The same rings true with movies. They are great and offer a tremendously robust listening experience. Volume is more than adequate in every instance that I've used them and the on-ear volume control and on-mic swing-up-to-mute feature are fantastic.

 

Microphone Quality:

On the mic side of things, it is a similar story. The mic is extremely good and appears to be identical to the one found in the older PC 360 headset. Take a listen to the microphone sample here and you'll know what I mean.