Sennheiser X 320 Xbox Gaming Headset


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



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.

Package Front
Package Front
Package Back
Package Back


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. 



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.



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.



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.

Features and More:

The following information has been taken from the product page over at Sennheiser.  For up to date information, it's always best to confirm with the manufacturer, but we've copy and pasted some of the information here for your convenience.  If you have any questions, check at the manufacturers site.


Even the slightest sounds in the game can mean the difference between winning and losing. And the clarity of communication with fellow players too. So don’t take any chances – raise the level of your Xbox 360® game audio with the X 320 Xbox® stereo gaming headset.

Amplified sound and CircleFlex™ cups
This headset delivers amazing Sennheiser sound with a low-noise amplifier. That means you’ll hear the game’s soundscape in maximum clarity. As an added bonus, you also have bass boost. It brings out the detailed sound nuances of the game so you feel like you’re in the middle of the action. Just turn it on to bring a deeper and more dynamic dimension to your gaming experience.

What’s more, the stereo speakers are mounted on a brand-new, Sennheiser-patented CircleFlex™ system, which ensures that the ear pads can swivel around their base and instantly adjust to your ears and head. This means that the X 320 provides excellent wearing comfort – making it ideal for long hours of play.

Must-have gaming features
The X 320’s easy features are right up there with the sound. They include a dual volume control unit, which lets you adjust the audio of the game independently of the chat from fellow gamers. The professional microphone is noise canceling for crystal-clear online communications, and sensitive to catch your every word. To mute your chat, simply raise the boom arm. The ear cups’ comfortable and open-acoustic design means that you can play for hours and hours and your head will remain cool. Of course, the X 320 is also ideal for gaming at night, when you don’t want to disturb others.


X 320Features:

  • Superb Sennheiser amplified sound – make the most of your Xbox LIVE® experience with amplified sound and clearly hear your teammates or opponents
  • Dual volume control – gives you flexibility to independently adjust the audio of the game or your fellow players
  • Noise canceling clarity – the pro microphone reduces ambient noise and is highly sensitive for taking your gaming chat to a new level
  • Bass boost – turn on the powerful bass to hear the sounds of the engine, car crashes or explosions in more details
  • Soft-padded comfort – CircleFlex™ ear cups ensure the ear pads rotate and adjust automatically to your head
  • Automatic microphone mute – mute the microphone by raising the boom
  • Great for long gaming sessions – open-acoustic design of the ear cups keeps your head cool, so you can play as long as you like
  • Low-noise amplifier – engineered to maximize clarity, while minimizing any hissing sound
  • Hassle-free setup – colored connectors and Quick Start Guide ensure an intuitive, easy start
  • 2-year warranty


Cable length 4 m
Connector 2 x 2,5 mm + 2 x RCA
280 g
Color black



Frequency response (headphones) 15 - 23000 Hz
Impedance 32 Ω
Sound pressure level (SPL) 113 dB



Impedance 2 kΩ
Frequency response (microphone) 70 - 15000 Hz
Pick-up pattern Uni-directional
Sensitivity as per 121 TR 9-5 -38 dBV/PA


X 320 Testing:

Testing a gaming headset is pretty simple - and a lot of fun.  I made sure I scheduled a lot of "bench" time to test this headset out and played a whole lot of Gears of War Horde & TDM online with a few of my friends.  I did play some Halo: Reach, Need For Speed and other games as well to test out the whole scope of the gaming experience.  Unlike the Psyko Audio Xbox headset I got to play around with at VulcLAN 2012, this headset is just a stereo headset, but in turn it offers a wider range of function than just gaming.  I took time to listen to some Zune through the Xbox as well as Hulu, Netflix and more.  All in all, I gave this headset a good "work"over.



As I've said before, testing a headset is pretty easy but writing about it is a little bit tougher.  It's hard to explain the fit, feel and sound of any audio product - especially headsets as there are a lot of different heads for this product to fit on.  Also, because of the size of the speakers, it's pretty hard to test them with a reference microphone so most of my testing will be my experiences with the headset and what I liked and didn't like about the unit.

Before we start, I really need to explain that I'm NOT a good console gamer - especially when it comes to FPS games online.  I can hold my own in a map of rookies, but I'm not way a solid FPS player online.  I enjoy these games and love them on my PC, but I have no skill when it comes to the console.  I do like the sense of community and the relaxed approach to console gaming and that is why I've started playing my Xbox more.  I've played with a few pretty nice headsets over the years - including the 5.1 Psyko kit so I've got a bit of experience (in my mind at least) to compare this unit too.


In the past, most of my headsets for Xbox gaming have been of the closed design - with the exception of the Psyko kit that could be either open or closed.  While closed headsets block out external sounds, they do make it hard to hear the environment right around you.  The X 320's design allows you to be able to listen to the game and those sitting next to you on the couch that are side-seat-playing.

The X 320 headset gives you the ability to hear generally where sound is coming from and when you're trying to survive against the locust Horde, the bass boost can cause chills to run down your spine when the berserker roars and comes charging at you.  The Boomshot is especially impressive - and scary when you hear the Boomer bellows "boom" just before you die.

The quality of the in-game audio coming out of these when connected to the console that I keep in my office is excellent.  The X 320 delivers amazing audio quality in your favorite game in terms of crispness, clarity and bass.  It makes playing a game like Mass Effect 3 a lot more fun when the banshee's shriek before attacking.  (~chills~)

The X 320 probably won't make you that much of a better gamer, but they do provide excellent - I'll say it again - excellent quality audio in game.  I've played with other headsets that offer greater surround sound precision and others that cost less, but the overall price/quality on this headset is wonderful.  During "testing" here at the office and when writing reviews, hunting for news, editing and listening to movies and music, I've worn this headset for hours on end and I've never found it to be the least bit uncomfortable.  These clearly are a great fitting and comfortable kit.  Even though the PC 360 is pretty light, these are lighter and I often forget I'm wearing them.


Music and Movies:

According to the specifications, the frequency response range of this headset is from 15Hz to 23,000Hz which should make it ideal for pretty much any audio that you play on your Xbox and pump through it.  Music is very good on this headset.  All of your audio can be played back uncomfortably loud and I never actually used an SPL meter as audio output is dependent upon direct connection to your Xbox or the display that you hook it too.  If you turn up the audio on your TV, plug the headphone jack in, it will be much louder than a direct in-line connection so this wasn't fair to test.

How do they translate to end user experience?  These are very good for your favorite music genre.  They are crisp and very clean for an Xbox headset and offer a lot of bass - with the boost turned on.  They seem to be pretty accurate on the music I listened to and when the boost is off - they seem to be pretty well balanced.  Vocal tracks and power ballads from the 80's are stellar, and tracks from bands like FM Static and Treble Charger are nice and crisp.  Bass heavy tracks will shake your brain if you turn up the boost.  Really, there is something for everyone.


Microphone Quality:

Because of the format of this headset, it's not as directly PC compatible as something like the SteelSeries 5XB which are more of a traditional headset with a short cord and the adapter that fits onto your stock controller.  Because of this, we don't have a one-to-one audio sample to share with you, but according to other gamers that I talked to, I sounded very clear. 


Other gamers confirmed that I sounded way better than other people using stock or cheaper headsets.  I can't prove it to you unless you add me on Xbox live - BCCZeus.

Final Thoughts:

After reviewing the last two 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 X 320 headset for over a month, I got what I expected - a lot.  The X 320 headset is a pretty solid piece of kit and while it extremely light-weight, it performs like a heavy-weight in games, music, movies and more.

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 and overall, I'm very impressed with the X 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 the PC 360.  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 X 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 X 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.  This applies to stock controllers as well as other custom controllers from Madcatz, Razer and more.  The only downside to this arrangement is the little cables that hook up to your TV, console and controller.  It makes me feel that I'm tied by an umbilical cord to my machine.

Gaming - Gaming is what these are designed for and gaming is what they do best.  For ~$150 they are a decent value for what you get in terms of quality, features and compatibility.  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.

Side Profile

Value - The Sennheiser X 320 headset is not the cheapest headset on the market - nor is it the most expensive.  As I mentioned before, it comes in around $150 (at time of publication) and when you compare the audio quality, comfort and compatibility of this headset, it's not a bad buy.  If you don't have the budget for a headset that costs as much as a 4GB Xbox 360 on sale, that's too bad, because these are great.  If Sennheiser to market these at $119 - or if you can find them on sale for that price, the value is excellent.  As it stands, they are a little pricey when compared to the price of the entire console.

Quality - The overall quality of the X 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 X 320 headset for the Xbox 360 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 non-standard controllers whereas some other ones do not.  These did win our Editor's Choice "Gold" award, but they could use a tweak on the price to really make them stand out.  A $30 price drop would make them more appealing to a larger group of gamers.



  • Excellent comfort
  • Very good audio quality
  • Good build quality
  • Extremely lightweight
  • Works on non-standard Xbox controllers



  • In-line control is not as convenient as on-headset control
  • Lots of wires running to everything
  • A tad on the expensive side




I'd like to thank Sennheiser for letting us take a look at their PC 360 headset.  If you have any questions, comments or general feedback, we'd love to hear it.  Please post it in the forum at the "Comments" link below.