Sennheiser, one of the country’s best-known audio specialists, recently unveiled its first wireless gaming headset. The expectations placed on the headset are, of course, huge. So far, Sennheiser has stood for the highest quality, the best sound and an all-round outstanding experience. The pressure to meet the high demands even with the first wireless headset is correspondingly high. We wanted to know whether Sennheiser had succeeded in making the leap into the new area and tested the device.
Scope of Delivery: No Surprises
We tore the carton open with excitement – and didn’t experience any surprises. Wireless-headsets hardly differ from their wired relatives. Only the dongle in the product package is added. In addition to the headset and the dongle, which bears the designation “GSA 70”, the product box also contains a USB cable for charging and an instruction manual. There is nothing more, the software has to be purchased online.
Design and Workmanship: Restrained and Good
Once removed from the packaging, the GSP 670 makes a good impression. It is made of black plastic throughout, feels high-quality and looks quite noble. The hinges are made of metal, which is likely to make them durable. Since Sennheiser only uses matt black, the headset has a high-quality look.
Overall, the design can be described as inconspicuous. It is by no means extroverted, it is not subject to any trend and it is not particularly noticeable. This may sound boring, but it could also be described positively as a timeless design or charmingly reserved.
We definitely liked the design of the headset and were also satisfied with the workmanship. Those who lift the device will quickly notice that high-quality materials and batteries are not lightweights – it weighs 398 grams.
Software: Basic Solid Design
There is basically little to say about software. It can be downloaded free of charge from the Internet, is quickly installed and comes with all the features you would expect from an average headset software. The user menu is surprisingly clearly arranged so that all important functions can be found in an instant.
In the software, for example, it is possible to choose between different sound options. You can easily switch between 2.0 and 7.1, but you can also change the sound curve using an equalizer.
There are also settings for the microphone. So the voice can be filtered to make it sound “warmer” or “clearer”. Unfortunately this didn’t work in our test yet, the software doesn’t seem to be fully developed yet.
In addition, noise suppression can be controlled in three different stages. This filters out typing noises from the keyboard better, for example.
Last but not least, it is also possible to update the software and firmware directly via the program. That is to be seen as positive. With our test device we had to update the firmware of the dongle and headset. This was only possible when the headset was only connected by cable. The update for the headset was not displayed before. After the headset update was completed and we reconnected the dongle, it could also be updated. Before the update we had some software problems and the update wasn’t quite uncomplicated, but Sennheiser is actively working on the software and the current version seems to be mostly error-free. Only the Voice Enhancer has no effect on us yet. But at least now we can also see the current version and possible updates for headset and dongle during the wireless connection.
Basically the software offers no big surprises and is rock solid – but so far not in German. The German version, however, is already in progress at the time of the test, several languages will be released this year.
Connectivity: Absolutely Problem-free
The wireless headset is connected via the supplied dongle. The functionality is self-explanatory: The dongle is inserted into the USB port of the output device and the connection is established. In our practical test under Windows 10, we were actually able to establish the connection so easily.
There are several other ways to connect the headset to another device. With the smartphone, for example, we were able to establish a Bluetooth connection. Particularly exciting: At the same time, the headset can be connected to another device via the dongle.
The third connection option is to connect the wireless headset to a cable. This is no problem with the USB charging cable. We did not have any problems with any of the connection options and are accordingly satisfied.
Wearing Comfort: Excellent
Anyone approaching the headset with a more technical eye will soon find out that the joint mechanism is comparatively ingenious. Sennheiser relies on a two-axle mechanism, which is also equipped with a return spring. This construction helps to maintain the individually selected position, which should be comfortable to wear.
The length of the headset can be adjusted using the headband. The length of the extendable hanger really surprised us. The headset is therefore also suitable for people with particularly wide skulls. The bracket can be adjusted in several steps. Reaching a level is noticeable by a click noise. If you want to remember the selected setting, you have to listen particularly carefully, as there are no markings on the bracket – which is a pity. The inside of the hanger is covered with fabric to cushion pressure. It did well in the test.
What is particularly positive is the fact that the contact pressure of the headset can be freely selected. Especially spectacle wearers who suffer from very tight-fitting headsets benefit from this possibility. With this, Sennheiser has come up with an extremely clever solution that we like very much.
The ear pads are made of fabric, imitation leather and plastic and can be removed without problems. The inside of the upholstery is made of fabric and dampens, which not only improves wearing comfort, but also the sound experience – more on this in the next section. Overall, we were very satisfied with the wearing comfort. The GSP 670 offers many options for influencing the seat and can thus be adapted to a wide variety of head shapes. In the test it could convince with it.
Sound: Virtual Surround Sound
Before we consider the results of the sound test, we would like to point out that the device is explicitly labelled as a gaming headset. It is therefore also and above all tailored to the needs of gamers and not primarily to those of music lovers with regard to the tonal conditions. This circumstance will of course be taken into account in our evaluation.
Our subjective hearing impression is quite positive in the first practical test. We didn’t notice any latencies. All in all, the sound can be compared with the corresponding wired Sennheiser headsets. In this respect, Sennheiser has thus managed to meet the high demands.
A special highlight is the virtual surround sound, which can be activated in the software. If this sound option is activated, a spatial sound is simulated. Of course we have also tested this function.
Especially in shooters and similar games, where opponents can approach from all sides, the surround sound is extremely advantageous. In fact, he has helped us to locate sneaking enemies spatially quite unerringly. In case of doubt this can be decisive for the game.
When listening to music, the headphones perform on average. Here the bass is good, while the midtones can’t really get through. When it comes to gaming, the headphones are absolutely ingenious. If you want to use the Sennheiser GSP 670 more for listening to music, you can also use the equalizer to set an almost neutral sound image.
Microphone: Clear, but in Need of Improvement
The built-in microphone is located on the left side of the headset and can be unscrewed. The distance to the mouth can be changed minimally. In the test, the microphone was easy to adjust and delivers a decent performance.
In principle, ambient noises are recorded, but can be filtered out as far as possible by the noise suppression that can be activated in the software. Dull noises are filtered out by a low-cut already without noise suppression.
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Voices are recorded absolutely clear and understandable, but don’t sound quite like in nature due to an abruption at approx. 8 kHz. Unfortunately, most headset microphones have this problem. Overall, the recording quality is therefore good, but unfortunately not perfect.
Battery: Comes Loosely over the Day
The battery life is specified by the manufacturer as sixteen hours in dongle mode. In practice, we were not able to achieve this quite high value, but this is also due to the fact that we have fully exploited the headset. The runtime is then about two hours below the specified value. But if you are moderate, you can certainly reach the sixteen hours.
If the headset is operated via a Bluetooth connection, the battery life should be even longer. Sennheiser speaks of twenty hours here. In our estimation, that can actually work.
Conclusion of the Sennheiser GSP 670 Review
All in all, Sennheiser presents a wireless headset with perfect sound and technology that can be operated both via a USB dongle and via Bluetooth. The headset fits snugly, adjusts easily, and delivers excellent virtual surround sound for a number of in-game benefits. Bluetooth connectivity also allows the device to be used for other purposes and as a mobile Bluetooth headset. Only the microphone could be a bit better.
All in all, Sennheiser manages with flying colours to build on the success of the wired headsets. We congratulate the first wireless gaming headset and recommend Sennheiser GSP 670.