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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).
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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.

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 wish I paid so little. I had noise the cancelling ones.
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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.
Mic quality is top tier. Not quite broadcast quality, but people on Xbox, PS5 and Zoom all comment about how excellent and clear the mic's sound quality is.
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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.
I would recommend. Mic quality is top notch. Also, you'll be able to hear your environment enough that if your family needs you, you could hear them, but not enough where it should be a distraction in the background.
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Got mine yesterday and the left headphone isn't producing sound at all. Right one sounds good. Did I get a faulty pair or could this be operating error somehow?
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I don't know about all these rave reviews. Here is crinacle's take on it below. Basically lacks detail with basic imaging and narrow, "Sennheiser" soundstage. All recipe's for a lackluster gaming hp.

The PC38X kind of sucks as a gaming headphone. Spatial localisation is pretty basic (nothing much beyond the "3-blob"; left, right, and centre) and the soundstage is extremely narrow for an open-back. Think HD650-tier.

Detail is sorely lacking. Very blunt hits that only barely resolve the most surface-level of details. A shame given the excellent tonality.


https://crinacle.com/2020/10/24/d...pressions/
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Got mine yesterday and the left headphone isn't producing sound at all. Right one sounds good. Did I get a faulty pair or could this be operating error somehow?
You probably have a dead driver. Time to return.
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I don't know about all these rave reviews. Here is crinacle's take on it below. Basically lacks detail with basic imaging and narrow, "Sennheiser" soundstage. All recipe's for a lackluster gaming hp.

The PC38X kind of sucks as a gaming headphone. Spatial localisation is pretty basic (nothing much beyond the "3-blob"; left, right, and centre) and the soundstage is extremely narrow for an open-back. Think HD650-tier.

Detail is sorely lacking. Very blunt hits that only barely resolve the most surface-level of details. A shame given the excellent tonality.


https://crinacle.com/2020/10/24/d...pressions/ [crinacle.com]
Crinacle's full review

https://crinacle.com/2021/02/10/d...y-musical/

The positives for this hp is its EXCELLENT SOUND SIGNATURE and EXCELLENT MIC, possibly a GREAT WFH/zoom headphone. Just to add, Crinacle does recommend this hp in terms of value even at the original price. I would use this for other types of games, and even for FPS since I'm just your average FPS gamer and I don't need pinpoint imaging or wide soundstage.

Gaming Highlights

Technicalities

How can I put it nicely… the PC38X is not resolving. It's mostly surface-level detail with it, and definition takes a rather big hit as a result.

Since we're talking about a gaming headphone here I'll use a game-related example here: use a high-enough RPM weapon and the PC38X would just make it sound like a single-tone laserbeam.

Footsteps are hard enough to notice as it is given its tonal balance, and the environmental noise threshold required to overwhelm footstep noises is embarrassingly low on the PC38X compared to something like the HD600.

And that's just talking about its resolution. Moving the topic to stereoimaging capabilities, the one thing a headphone like the PC38X is supposed to do well given its gamer branding,

(Imaging)
it's not any better. The PC38X has HD650/6XX-levels of that infamous "3-blob imaging", that is to say that it can really only properly localise "left, right, and centre".

(Soundstage)
The soundstage itself is rather intimate and narrow, and while this could be advantage considering that a more forward presentation does help in localisation, it's not really a benefit in the PC38X's case.

The PC38X is not a technical headphone, and certainly not one I'd recommend for hardcore gaming.
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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?
You still need to replace cushions every year or so because they do flatten out and change the tonality.
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I don't know about all these rave reviews. Here is crinacle's take on it below. Basically lacks detail with basic imaging and narrow, "Sennheiser" soundstage. All recipe's for a lackluster gaming hp.

The PC38X kind of sucks as a gaming headphone. Spatial localisation is pretty basic (nothing much beyond the "3-blob"; left, right, and centre) and the soundstage is extremely narrow for an open-back. Think HD650-tier.

Detail is sorely lacking. Very blunt hits that only barely resolve the most surface-level of details. A shame given the excellent tonality.


https://crinacle.com/2020/10/24/d...pressions/
subjective opinions , not everyone will agree on them being the best but they are good for the price . I liked the HD560s more and also the TYGR 300R way more. Those are more expensive too but personally these at 140 with an extra set of ear pads and a mic are pretty hard to beat.
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I received my headset today, the PC38X.

I have been using the HyperX Alpha S, and the HyperX Cloud II before that, for mainly FPS gaming.

I also have the Sennheiser HD 560S with a FiiO DAC-AMP. I just received those last week.

So far my initial impression is the PC38X sounds great for music. This was expected based on the reviews from RTings. I also tested the microphone and a couple of people have told me it sounds better than the HyperX Alpha S microphone.

I'm pretty happy with the performance - it enables me to use this as a WFH headset, and listen to music without sacrificing all that much in terms of sound quality. Because this has a built-in mic, I can switch to Teams meetings and phone calls through my desktop computer quite easily.

I'm wondering if there's a DAC AMP that I can connect to with an input for a microphone.
Other than this, I'm pretty happy.

I can use this PC38X all day for music, for work, for phone calls. And then use it for FPS gaming after work.

I can use my HD 560S with my FiiO DAC AMP for music and videos AFTER work.
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I received my headset today, the PC38X.

I have been using the HyperX Alpha S, and the HyperX Cloud II before that, for mainly FPS gaming.

I also have the Sennheiser HD 560S with a FiiO DAC-AMP. I just received those last week.

So far my initial impression is the PC38X sounds great for music. This was expected based on the reviews from RTings. I also tested the microphone and a couple of people have told me it sounds better than the HyperX Alpha S microphone.

I'm pretty happy with the performance - it enables me to use this as a WFH headset, and listen to music without sacrificing all that much in terms of sound quality. Because this has a built-in mic, I can switch to Teams meetings and phone calls through my desktop computer quite easily.

I'm wondering if there's a DAC AMP that I can connect to with an input for a microphone.
Other than this, I'm pretty happy.

I can use this PC38X all day for music, for work, for phone calls. And then use it for FPS gaming after work.

I can use my HD 560S with my FiiO DAC AMP for music and videos AFTER work.

There is a former cs 1.6 pro that swears by the 560s for fps gaming.

He likes it better than the highly touted akg k712 or the tygr 300r.

The 38x is dang good for the $139. A good all rounder..
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There is an a former cs 1.6 pro that swears by the 560s for fps gaming.

He likes it better than the highly touted akg k712 or the tygr 300r.

The 38x is dang good for the $139. A good all arounder..
I watched the youtube review by the former CS 1.6 pro as well.
So I've tried the 560s a little bit in Overwatch. It seems pretty good but haven't had an extended testing period.

The primary issue is the 560s doesn't come with a microphone, and so would need to purchase that separately from Amazon.

The 38x really is a good all-rounder. A solid step up for music compared to your standard gaming headset, with a very good built-in microphone. Seems pretty good for gaming based on overall reviews, and I am anticipating it being good for Working From Home as well. On sale so I felt comfortable pulling the trigger.
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There is a former cs 1.6 pro that swears by the 560s for fps gaming.

He likes it better than the highly touted akg k712 or the tygr 300r.

The 38x is dang good for the $139. A good all rounder..
he actually was undecided on the 300r Smilie . I think he was keeping them both as one was better in some games than the other. I was a bit surprised on AKG 712 pros i thought that one would win out of the 3
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he actually was undecided on the 300r https://static.slickdealscdn.com/ima...lies/smile.gif . I think he was keeping them both as one was better in some games than the other. I was a bit surprised on AKG 712 pros i thought that one would win out of the 3
me 2. I thought they were the best. I can tell they would be lacking bass though as the akg701/702 have no bass either. I'm still surprised the 560s is ranked so highly in terms of imaging/soundstage.
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me 2. I thought they were the best. I can tell they would be lacking bass though as the akg701/702 have no bass either. I'm still surprised the 560s is ranked so highly in terms of imaging/soundstage.
Ive bought a used HD560s from amazon. They are good headphones i just dont see them being a significant improvement over my old pair of AKG k702. At least they dont require an amp unlike the K702. I plan on grabbing a tygr 300r and see if the hype is real Smilie
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