Sennheiser G4ME ONE Over-Ear Gaming Headset

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The preferred headset for professional gamers throughout the world. German-engineered speaker technology and a top-notch noise-cancelling microphone deliver outstanding hi-fi performance that let you focus on the game, not your headset.Simply the BestG4ME™ ONE is the crème de la crème headset for home gaming. It is arguably the most comfortable high-end gaming headset on the market and it features an extremely accurate and natural sound experience.Open Design. No Sweat: Air is led through to your ears, keeping your head light and cool.Hi-Fi Sennheiser Sound: Excellent hi-fi sound, reproduced exactly the way the game developers intended your game to sound.XXL Ear Pads: Plush velvet ear pads for ultimate comfort and plenty of space around your ears.Sennheiser Transducer Technology: Extreme clarity and accurate, developed at our own labs.Noise-Canceling Microphone: Professional-grade noise-canceling microphone with intuitive mute function."Ergonomic Acoustic Refinement": Sennheiser technology delivers ultimate sonic accuracy and clarity by channeling signals directly into your ears.Feel the Game, Not the HeadsetFeel the rush, the beats, the tension and the awesome sound. Not your headset. The G4ME™ ONE gaming headset features an extremely accurate and natural sound experience. The open design ensures that air can be led through to your ears, keeping your head light and cool for hours of non-stop gaming.Soft and LightWhether you play for 30 minutes or a

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Pros: Microphone, Stylish
Cons: Almost everything else.
I've owned these headphones and I see a lot of people using them. And that's great.. if you like them, you like them!

Looks:
I was excited to get them. They look very cool without being over the top 'gamery'

Build:
For a $150 it's kind of subpar.. but sadly imo most of Sennheisers stuff feels like this. So if you're used to that, you won't mind.

Comfort:
I kept seeing people touting how comfortable they were but I didn't seem to think so. The clamp is pretty un even, putting a lot of pressure under the ears for me. I guess I have a big head, I'm not really sure. I have more of an oval shaped face and I'm 6'1".. maybe if you're smaller this isn't an issue? I just personally have never had an issue with headphones being too small.

My biggest gripe is with the pads.. they're 'velour' but I found them extremely itchy, particularly where the pads touched my face. There's also this weird nub in the earcup (that I've seen on other sennheisers in the family they're modeled after) and the side of my ear would press against it, which was pretty annoying.

IMO comfort can get a pass because everyone is different.. but I just couldn't stand these on my head.

Sound:
This isn't my first sennheiser headphone.. there's definitely a general darker veiled highs signature that they tend to have.. but these??

I feel bad because I know somebody worked hard on these, but I have to tell the my truth.

What's confusing to me is they sound like somebody badly tuned them for gaming, but apparently this is just how which ever non-gaming headphone this sennheiser is, sounds.. which is baffling.

I always hate when people whine about average dynamic drivers rolling off sub-bass, like that's just how it is. You're not going to get 20hz with authority.. but these man. 20-120 hz is non existent. There's no lower midbass at all.. The upper midbass that is there sound muddy and muffled, mids are ok, and then outta nowhere around 2.5k things get crazy harsh, and drop back down and then peak again at 8-9k.. It's offensive.

These aren't fun sounding, they're not 'detailed but fatiguing'.. they're just bad. I had to EQ them with EQ APO severely to get them to sound DECENT.. and even then something still felt off like they were just incapable of mediocrity.

The microphone sounds good, but even that needs EQ to sound 'normal', but in comparison to most headset microphones is one of the better.

I'm just confused honestly, why everyone loves these so much, but if you do.. great, enjoy them.
Pros: Great gaming sound, Great mic. Rediculously comfortable, excelent build
Cons: Sort of veiled sound
I tired these for a while as a friend owns them. I have the Game Zeros and I actually like those a bit better than these. These game ones sound closest to my HD555's for gaming. They have a fairly flat and neutral sound with a decent little bass hump that makes explosions sound good in games. Being open back they inherently have a good sound stage and are pretty decent at placing enemies. They however sound a little bit veiled. Everything sounds pretty flat and nothing really pops out at you. All the details are there but you have to hunt for them a little bit. That does tend to make you turn them up a little more than other headsets. Could be a good thing or a bad thing. They have the normal smooth pleasing, non fatiguing veiled Sennheiser sound. Not to say there is anything wrong with that. They sound great for music as well and I can't say that for the Game Zero's. They pair fine with just about any surround sound software. The Razer and Creative SBX studio both sound pretty decent on these. I might actually prefer the Creative for these as it makes the details pop a little bit more than the Razer software due to the mid boost that the creative software applies.
 
This is a Copy paste from my Game One review for the mic as they have the exact same mic:
 
Now on to the mic... The mic on these sounds great... If your sound card can power it up. This mic with my Creative Sound Blaster Z might have been the absolute worst mic and sound card pairing I have ever heard. In fact once I got these my 2 year old SBZ got ripped out of my PC and thrown in a box. I have a Schiit stack now so it was time for it to go anyways as I was just using it for mic in. After researching I found that headsets all use small condenser mics that need power. Sort of like regular condenser mics that require phantom power but on a lesser scale. Usually headsets run on 'line power" between 2 and 9 volts. PC sound cards put out voltage to mics usually in the range of 2-5 volts. Most gaming headsets with tiny microphones are perfectly happy getting 2v and sound fine... However the mic on the Gzeros is a bit bigger and is pretty quiet with 2v going into it. More voltage = more sensitivity with condenser mics. Creative cards appear to only put out about 2V. With my Creative Sound Blaster Z I had to max the mic volume and mic boost to get enough volume from this mic which resulted in tons of white noise. Asus sound cards tend to put out a little more voltage to mics (Around 3V) so I would pick that over a Creative card if you are considering these headphones. I would also steer clear if you have Realtek onboard audio as all the Realtek chipsets I have tested put out about 2.2V. There are a few chipsets out there that put out 4.5V and I would assume that would be ideal for the Gzeros or G1's for that matter. Still trying to find a small USB sound card to use for mic input only that puts out 4.5V to use with the mic on these. So far I haven't been able to confirm voltage for anything other than the ones I have personally tested because that information isn't published by sound card manufacturers.
Pros: Convenient, compleate, stylish
Cons: Smaller ear cups, slightly closed, hard clamp

So the Game One seemed like the answer to all my gaming needs, especially as an upgrade to my ageing Logitech G430/230. An integrated volume control and mutable mic go towards this being an amazing all round headset for gaming. The build quality is very nice and I love the styling of the headset (Black/Red). The sound is very clear, compared to other gaming headsets I have used including Razer Krakens, Razer BlackSharks, Sennheiser 350SE and Sennheiser 360. They are open-back cans which really help with positional audio in games like CSGO, driven by my SoundBlaster Z, but obviously do not isolate you from external distractions (Google closed vs open headphones). I tested the microphone with both subjective recording listening and opinions of my gamer friends over voice coms such as TeamSpeak and Mumble. This mic is superior to all the previous mentioned headsets and is way beyond the needs of the average gamer and even perhaps game casters/streamers. There is a nice addition of a detachable cable which allows for a relatively cheap repair if you break the cable with a chair/kid/hover/pet; something that a lot of gaming headsets lack.  
 
I can say without a doubt this is one of, if not the best gaming headset available. But, and there is the but, my 598's are just better. Supposedly they have the same 50 ohm drivers but the technical specifications are different:
 
Game One:
15 - 28000 Hz, 94 dB Sensitivity
 
598:
12 - 38500 Hz, 112 dB Sensitivity
 
Now, this was not supposed to be a Game One vs. 598's review, but the 598 ruined the Game One for me. It’s not to say that the 598s are amazingly different because they are not night and day different. The 598’s are just a little more open and airy leading to a slightly bigger soundstage. This gives games a more immersive feeling and allows for better location of footsteps and other positional audio cues. The clamping force on the Game Ones is also harder, and again if I hadn’t used the 598’s would be fine but the 598’s are just more comfortable. The ear cups are smaller on the Game One, just small enough that they sit slightly on the ears compared to the 598’s that surrounds them. Interestingly, my 9-year-old son preferred the Game One for comfort, they seem to be almost made for smaller heads (Not that I have a big head, I’d say average sized when looking at hat/helmet sizes etc.). Musically, the Game One’s are really good compared to any other headset I’ve tried. However, again the 598’s is just a little better, with greater clarity and separation.
 
TLDR: The Game One is an all-round awesome headset, with good style, great sound quality, much more than adequate mic, convenient volume control and even a detachable cable. If you are purely into gaming and want a convenient and great sounding headset you can’t go wrong with the Game One. However, for a little bit more money and a bit of inconvenience of having separate mic/volume control. The 598 is better for gaming, and noticeably better for music and comfort.
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