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Includes:
  • 2 removable cables (PC and console)
  • 2 pairs of earpads (mesh knit and velour)
  • Drawstring travel pouch
Specs:
  • Headphone Specs
    • Form factor: Over ear
    • Transducer principle: Dynamic, open
    • Frequency response: 10Hz - 30000Hz
    • Impedance: 28 Ω
    • Sound pressure level: 109 dB
    • 2.5 m PC cable, 2 x 3.5 mm splitTRS connector
    • 1.5 m console cable, 1 x 3.5 mm TRRS connector
    • Weight: 8.9 oz (253 g)
    • Weight (with cable): 10.2 oz (290.5 g)
  • Microphone Specs
    • Microphone frequency response: 50–16,000 Hz
    • Pick-up pattern: Noise-cancelling
    • Sensitivity: -38 dBV/PA
    • Microphone technology: Electret condenser
    • Microphone pickup pattern: Bi-directional
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DROP + SENNHEISER PC38X GAMING HEADSET $139 - $30 off.
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If you're familiar with the Sennheiser GSP 500, GSP 600 or Game One headsets, this is better version of them all.

I've had Game Ones for years and bought the PC38x for $170 last year. Even though it's cheaper now, I don't regret the purchase. Sound reproduction is better than my older Game Ones. These are really great open air headphones, mic is very good too. My personal favorite thing about the mic is the manual shut off by swinging the mic arm upwards.

Here's some reviews:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zNjO98dZUGQ
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKxsAnTC3PQ


INCLUDED
2 removable cables (PC and console)
2 pairs of earpads (mesh knit and velour)
Drawstring travel pouch
2-year manufacturer's warranty

SPECS
Headphone Specs

Form factor: Over ear
Transducer principle: Dynamic, open
Frequency response: 10Hz - 30000Hz
Impedance: 28 Ω
Sound pressure level: 109 dB
2.5 m PC cable, 2 x 3.5 mm splitTRS connector
1.5 m console cable, 1 x 3.5 mm TRRS connector
Weight: 8.9 oz (253 g)
Weight (with cable): 10.2 oz (290.5 g)
Microphone Specs

Microphone frequency response: 50–16,000 Hz
Pick-up pattern: Noise-cancelling
Sensitivity: -38 dBV/PA
Microphone technology: Electret condenser
Microphone pickup pattern: Bi-directional
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rex5472 asked this question on 07-22-2021 at 10:08 AM
07-22-2021 at 10:08 AM
I don't have personal experience, so I couldn't tell you.

However, one of the biggest differences is the purpose. This is a gaming headset and includes a really high quality microphone with Sennheiser quality speakers and build.
07-22-2021 at 10:08 AM
I wouldn't try to compare a music headset to a gaming headset.

Gaming headsets are usually factory biased to enhance gaming experience and of course has a microphone. (though this Sennheiser seems to have flatter frequency response than others)

Good or professional music headset tends to be a monitor with flat frequency response (which is not easy to make) to have closest reproduction of the sound and users listen it as original sound or use equalizer to tune to their like.
Of course, some people like basshead prefer factory biased headset already tuned to their like (then they shouldn't pay extra for a monitor headset)

My preference is to use a monitor headset with microphone and use equalizer to have a separate profile to tune for gaming experience
07-22-2021 at 10:08 AM
Having used both the soundstage of the X2 is much more pronounced. More bass more punctuation. However for video gaming these are great as the soundstage is immense and locational awareness is great. Also the mic is very high quality and mutes when you life up and pull down. I started with a X2 and a modmic but I greatly prefer the all inclusive product these offer. That being said if I had to choose I would go fully wireless as the cord for these is long and high quality(heavy).
Bowdown619 asked this question on 07-22-2021 at 10:07 AM
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RunningOnEmpty asked this question on 07-22-2021 at 10:08 AM
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Quote from udo2000 :
Would anyone be able to provide some feedback on my issue with those headphones? I just ordered them from Amazon a week ago.

I tried using them for Discord, but the microphone is barely audible, even with everything turned up to max. The sound is also very low, even if I turn it up to max. I have a built-in Audio card (ASUS ROG Motherboard).

Thanks!
Do you have mic boost enabled in your windows or motherboard audio settings? You'll probably need like +10 or +20db boost for the mic.
The same goes with the headphones. If your onboard audio has an option to deliver more power to the headphones, you'll need to use that feature.

I would recommend this sound card [amazon.com] if you're looking for a good fit with this headset. I think it's reasonable at $40 and can drive headphones with up to 300ohm impedance.
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Correct me if I'm wrong. I don't have this headphones, but to my experience, I wouldn't use an open-back for competitive FPS esport game. I have the shp9500 philips open-back and sometimes it is really hard to identify subtle footstep sound that is a little far away. With the close-back I might able to hear the cue better.
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I had a pair of Monoprice headsets where the ear cushions started to disintegrate getting black pieces everywhere. Everyone seem to have had these sennheisers forever, do the cushions ever disintegrate?
Prolly these, the 8323 [monoprice.com]? Haha, mine certainly did/ Everyone raves about them (and a few other monoprice headphones) for value but they didn't even last a couple of years and I take decent care of my gear.
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I have both and I prefer these over the alienware. If the alienware was open back and addressed some issues (that f'n voice telling you when mic is on/off is so stupid!), I would prefer them. If you prefer closed back then you might prefer the alienware sound stage. I have been told that the mic on the sennheiser sounds better, but the alienware mic isn't bad either.

I also have the 37x and those are good as well (got both as open box in pristine condition for super cheap) I do appreciate the 38x having both cables especially in a case where a cable gets damaged (I think my mic cable on the 37x is having issues), so you could replace them. The 38x audio is a little better, and I think I remember that Joshua dude on YouTube having a good comparison video (I want to say the drivers were updated but I can't remember for sure). The 37x is the clear winner for color, though you could fix that by slapping a Wu-Tang Killah bee on the 38x. 😉

Another bonus over the 37x is the 38x comes with 2 sets of pads - velour and I think a pleather. I've kept the velour on as I'm used to those. I have a fat head (bigger than 7.5 hat) and the 38x is comfortable for long sessions. I'd say more comfortable than the alienware.
Where'd you get either of these open-box in pristine condition for super cheap? Amazon Warehouse hasn't had the PC37X > Acceptable or the PC38X for cheaper than what they cost brand new at Drop right now w/ the new user discount (while the latter hasn't even dropped below this price).

I'd love to get these but I don't think I can justify spending up to 50% more than the 37X for which other than the slightly improved sound, is an identical model. While I can always be convinced wrong, it depends on the individual and what they value more and atm (during/after pandemic), prolly won't be, so hope both models will be cheaper on BF.
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Quote from Kailily69 :
Correct me if I'm wrong. I don't have this headphones, but to my experience, I wouldn't use an open-back for competitive FPS esport game. I have the shp9500 philips open-back and sometimes it is really hard to identify subtle footstep sound that is a little far away. With the close-back I might able to hear the cue better.
thats incorrect. open back provides sound stage which helps alot with sound positioning . You want open back for esports. The reason why some people use closed back is to prevent sound leakage so that others around you wont hear the sound coming out of your headphones. .

As far as footsteps you need a headphone that has very good imaging and sound separation so that when multiple players/sounds are around you in game, you can distinguish footsteps from other sounds explosions etc and which direction left right above below . Plenty of higher end cans can do this , the PC38x however is a perfectly good example and top tier in sound stage, imagining and detail under 150.
If you need close back maybe look at game zero from sennheiser but again you will be sacrificing the sound awareness that you get with a larger sound stage in favor of perhaps subbass and sound isolation.
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I use these with my PS5 straight out of the controller without an amp and get fantastic results.
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Quote from TonyGString :
Prolly these, the 8323 [monoprice.com]?

Where'd you get either of these open-box in pristine condition for super cheap? Amazon Warehouse hasn't had the PC37X > Acceptable or the PC38X for cheaper than what they cost brand new at Drop right now w/ the new user discount (while the latter hasn't even dropped below this price).

I'd love to get these but I don't think I can justify spending up to 50% more than the 37X for which other than the slightly improved sound, is an identical model. While I can always be convinced wrong, it depends on the individual and what they value more and atm (during/after pandemic), prolly won't be, so hope both models will be cheaper on BF.
I set an eBay notice and lucked out on both. The 38x almost looked like a bunch were snatched up for an event, I'm not sure. All I know is they didn't look like they were out of the box such as no prints, hair, flakes lol. The 37x were a gift to whoever and they didn't need them. That's how the story went anyway. Both had good feedback and I used paypal in case I needed to reject them.

I got the 38x only because that is what I was after but didn't find a good deal until after the 37x. My son is working towards 'buying' the 37x off of me. 😉
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Can someone pls answer???

So I have Audio Technica ATX50b or something like that. I set that up with a vmoda boom pro mic and then I hooked up to my Xbox controller. So here is my issue: the mic quality is not excellent. My buddies report a faint buzzing/static Everytime I speak. They say it doesn't bother them but it's there regardless. So if anyone can comment on the mic quality for Xbox use I would appreciate it. Thank you.
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Is this recommended for home office Skype / Teams calls? I don't much mind my family hearing noise leaking from the open back, I just wouldn't want too much noise to leak in.
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I upgraded not too long ago with a MSI mag b550 Tomahawk which should be decent I would think. I got a HD58X jubilee and it doesn't have the same problem. Gets plenty loud. It also doesn't have the same problems of muffled sound or crappy sound positioning.
I have the same problem - I'm running a Gigabyte X570 Aorus Elite and the volume maxed out was not good enough. I ended up buying a sound blaster usb DAC, now I have it at like 75-80% volume. Just for comparison if I plug in ear buds that I got with my samsung phone for a zoom call (so I'm not wearing a giant gaming headset for work calls) I have to turn down the volume to like 15-20% so I don't blow out my ear drums.
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Quote from megazone23 :
I wouldn't try to compare a music headset to a gaming headset.

Gaming headsets are usually factory biased to enhance gaming experience and of course has a microphone. (though this Sennheiser seems to have flatter frequency response than others)

Good or professional music headset tends to be a monitor with flat frequency response (which is not easy to make) to have closest reproduction of the sound and users listen it as original sound or use equalizer to tune to their like.
Of course, some people like basshead prefer factory biased headset already tuned to their like (then they shouldn't pay extra for a monitor headset)

My preference is to use a monitor headset with microphone and use equalizer to have a separate profile to tune for gaming experience
It is absolutely fair to compare music headsets to gaming headsets. The best gaming headsets are music headsets. The best gaming headsets are based on music headsets. I used to use the Sennheiser HD598 for gaming and was much better than all my other previous "gaming" headsets". I now use the AKG K712 Pro.

For regular gaming, the X2 would be great, but if we're talking specifically FPS playing then no, the PC83X would be better.
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Quote from jaymiej :
I have the hyper x cloud alpha 2 and debating on returning for this for ps5. Thoughts?
Closed back vs open back. Open back wins every time.
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sounds like alot of people like this headset hmmm
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Picking up a set, thanks!
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Quote from Caffeineman :
I had a pair of Monoprice headsets where the ear cushions started to disintegrate getting black pieces everywhere. Everyone seem to have had these sennheisers forever, do the cushions ever disintegrate?
Never an issue, these come with two styles as well
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Tried a dozen headsets for gaming specifically and these won even compared to many wireless high end options $300+. Wireless just isn't there yet. Mute mic on the headphone ( flip it up ) has been a game changer. Use it all the time when my wife is yelling at me to stop gaming. 😂. There are much better music orientation headsets but I tend to use my 2.1 speakers for music not headphones.
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