Sennheiser X320Headset Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Design 8.9
Audio 8.9
Features 8.8
Value 8.8
Distributor: Sennheiser
Review Date:
Jan 2012
Reviewer:
Edwin Millheim

8.8


Sennheiser X320

The Sennheiser X320 is the perfect headset for your XBox 360 Gaming console that provides exceptionally clear audio and a whole wealth of features to not only improve your gaming experience but give you the edge while your playing online via XBox Live.



The first thing that you'll notice with the X320 headset (besides the extremely long cable length... 4 metres to be precise) is the exceptional build quality that was designed with gamers in mind. It's quite a sturdy headset with a rather unique look that more importantly feels very comfortable while in use and doesn't get too hot on the ears either. The ear cups have been designed with comfort in mind and definitely minimise outside noise as well.

Sennheiser have even kept the design in line with the XBox 360 with its distinct green metallic rings on the earpieces that matches the look of this console well. The microphone boom sits on the left of the headset and by raising the boom, it automatically mutes the microphone which is definitely a brilliant idea while gaming.

Installation of the X320 was a breeze and it simply connected into our XBox 360 (USB) and our FULL HD TV with another connection for the controller for the Live feature and we had no issues whatsoever. The product is compatible with the Microsoft XBox 360 Composite A/V Cable, HDMI Cable, Component HD A/V cable and VGA A/V Cable. For newbies, the connectors of the headset are coloured, ensuring a relatively hassle free installation but just be warned, it is a little messy due to the XBox 360 architecture.

Once connected, I promptly loaded Battlefield 3 on the console and was pleasantly surprised at the audio quality of the headset as I heard the sounds of war around me. Sliding down the boom, I engaged in a healthy dose of competitive play on XBox Live as I attempted to talk my and sometimes shout my way to victory. If the volume of the players around you or the game is unbalanced, this can be adjusted thanks to the dual volume control. I found this feature quite a useful feature in maximising the audio levels of both the game and your fellow players. From Need for Speed to Max Effect 2, the headset worked a treat with all games and even movies.

Technical Details

 
Cable length 4 m
Connector 2 x 2,5 mm + 2 x RCA
Weight 280 g
Headphone
Frequency response 15 - 23000 Hz
Impedance 32 Ω
Sound pressure level (SPL) 113 dB
Microphone
Frequency response 70 - 15000 Hz
Pick-up pattern Uni-directional
Impedance 2 kΩ
Sensitivity as per 121 TR 9-5 -38 dBV/PA

When I compared my standard XBox headset to the X320, their was a marked improvement of the microphone quality. This comes down to the pro microphone and with its noise cancelling technology, it captures your voice clearer without all the background noise disturbances. Now if only more XBox Live users had these headsets, we wouldn't be inundated with poor audio.

As mentioned, the audio quality of the headset is quite impressive thanks to its low noise amplifier that removes and reduces much of the background hiss. I remember one moment in Battlefield 3 where there was no sound at all, it was eerie silent and then I heard that bullet whizz pass my head. It was one of those "wow" moments. Explosions also sounded amazing as well, thanks to the bass boost of this headset which went BOOM! This was one good headset.

Final Level

For a recommended retail price of $199AUD, Sennheiser X320 is definitely a very affordable headset and more importantly offers the end XBox 360-user decent audio quality and some great features for XBox Live. Add in a 2 year warranty and you have everything you need to help your victory streak.






 
 



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