Sennheiser delivers premium, multi-use headset, but at a price
Most audiophiles would balk at the thought of using a pair of headphones designed for gamers, but Sennheiser’s flagship GSP 670 wireless gaming headset is a versatile all-rounder that will surprise all but the pickiest of audio aficionados.
The GSP 670 can be wirelessly connected to your device in two ways – via a little USB dongle or Bluetooth. If you’re listening on a PC the USB dongle is the way to go as it sends audio with less latency than Bluetooth (important for gamers) and enables the Sennheiser “Gaming Suite” application that features an EQ, voice enhancer, mic gain settings and “surround sound” enhancements. The USB dongle also works on PlayStation 4. You don’t get all the same settings as there’s no Gaming Suite application, but you do benefit from lower latency and skipping the Bluetooth pairing ritual.
For all other devices (smartphones, smart TVs, set top boxes, etc) you’re connecting via Bluetooth. The GSP 670 can pair with up to eight Bluetooth devices at once, seamlessly switching between them so you can listen to music on a Mac while answering a phone call, for example. It’s a little disappointing that the increasingly popular aptX HD codec isn’t supported by the GSP 670 (just AAC, SBC, aptX and aptX low latency) – a shame considering the price and quality of the headset.
Battery life is great, with the GSP 670 living up to Sennheiser’s 16-20 hour claim (Bluetooth is less draining on the battery than USB) and charging is done via a simple microUSB cable. Wireless range is around 10 metres via either Bluetooth or the USB dongle.
The GSP 670 is comfortable to wear, albeit a little heavy. It’s snug, soft replaceable cups enclose your ears for an incredibly immersive sound that has the benefit of blocking out a significant amount of background noise. The GSP 670 has a premium, sturdy build quality. Unlike most gaming headsets the Sennheiser has a subdued appearance to ensure it won’t look out of place in an office environment.
The GSP 670’s microphone is a bit of a letdown, sounding more like a cheap telephone than a basic USB mic. It’s fine for phone calls or basic voice chat, but if you’re a streamer or were hoping to use the GSP 670 for podcasting you should look elsewhere. It’s a shame as Sennheiser makes superb quality tiny microphones for professional use. One of those mic capsules would have been a great addition to the GSP 670.
Another downside of the GSP 670 is the lack of an optional wired connection for when the battery is flat or if the device you want to listen to doesn’t have Bluetooth. There’s also no Bluetooth noise cancellation. Adding those two features would make the GSP 670 even more versatile.
Leveraging Sennheiser’s headphone pedigree, the GSP 670 is just as comfortable handling your favourite album, blockbuster movie or phone call as it is the latest video game. Sure, the GSP 670 is pricey at $500 and the mic is average, but a single pair of headphones capable of multiple roles is a valuable tool.