Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition 2015 Gaming Headset – Good for gaming, bad for music

Christmas present for gamer son. He is delighted with it and was testing it as soon as he was allowed.

I use these on my gaming pc and they are so light i never really notice them at all no discomfort like with other headsets, when they said they where noise blocking they where not kidding. I have had family stand at the bottom of the stairs shouting me for dinner and i never heard them at all. I would say they are a little expensive for what they are but they are good,light and do the job very well.

Not much in the box but they do sound very good. . My set came in a brown box which was very simple to open. There really wasn’t much in the box aside from the headphones and a converter which takes the mic and headphone jacks and combines them so they work on things such as a smartphone or the ps4s jack. I do like that the mic boom folds up and automatically mutes it with a nice soft click. I haven’t got much to compare it with but it certainly sounds good enough to me when using a loopback kit. As for the headphones, it actually took a little while for me to get happy with these when testing on my pc – at first i though they were a little flat when listening to music and also lacked presence during battlefield but i then discovered some settings on my pc were throwing them off. After correcting this the sound was very even with nothing being pushed too much – not as good as my studio monitors but good enough for headphones and certainly i’ll keep using them if the situation called for it.

Sennheiser pc-350’s have actually been around for a few years now and have previously been acclaimed as one of the best gaming headsets available – these special edition versions keep the same basic technical spec’s but have a couple of style differences compared to earlier pc350’s. The high-gloss blackness of the originals has been swapped (and in my opinion improved) by switching to a graphite coloured matte ribbed effect on the outer shells, these reportedly have better sound insulation too. They still have exceptional build quality, with very little squeaking or creaking while you’re wearing them. Despite being built like a tank they really don’t feel that heavy on your head, the weight is nicely distributed and the fit means they don’t slide forward if you look down at your keyboard. In fact if you slump into a dead sleep after an all-night session you’ll almost certainly wake up that afternoon still wearing themthe sound is quite amazing, at least in some respects – the precision of the placement of sounds is really extraordinary, you can tell exactly which direction sounds are coming from, even judging the distances from you too. The definition is superb but it’s quite different from most music-orientated headphones – there’s no thumping dj-style bass or soaring treble, it’s all been carefully attenuated for clarity. So you’ll hear, with terrifying clarity, the grenade launcher firing that shell at you, hear it arc through the air on its way to visit, hear exactly the spot on the ground where it lands – but it won’t quite shake your world as it detonates. On the plus side, that kind of accuracy means you’ll be more likely to get the heck out of the way, so maybe sennheiser know what they’re doing. The microphone is good too and the clever way you can mute it (into ‘sheldon cooper afk’ mode) by just raising the boom is handy, you hear a little mechanical click as the switch works.

  • A refined gaming headset for the PC and it’s VOIP friendly. I prefer my identical looking PC 363D’s (but both can warm the ears)
  • Great, but not perfect
  • A really nice set of premium closed back gaming headphones.
  • Expected better from Sennheiser!
  • Not worth the money
  • Tinny to start, but let them warm up

Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition 2015 Gaming Headset

  • Sennheiser’s original speaker technology delivers ultimate sound accuracy and clarity
  • Professional noise cancelling microphone ensures crystal clear conversations
  • Convenient microphone mute by simply raising the boom arm
  • The intuitive volume control is integrated on the right ear cup
  • Extra-large ear pads ensure supreme comfort for long gaming sessions
  • Sennheiser special edition and does not come in Sennheiser branded packaging

I’d heard that the sound on this headset wasn’t as great as expected for the price, and so i’d prepared by purchasing a sound card (asus xonar dx) so i could fiddle with the audio settings. After owning £40 sennheiser 150s then £50 160s i didn’t really think that at double the price the sound would be inferior, especially after reading the plethora of positive reviews. I was very much disappointed with their sound out of the box, and frantically compared them with my cheaper 160s to justify my £90 purchase, but was left distraught. Although the highs were clear and pretty damn good, bass sounds were just terrible. I clung to hope that they would ‘break in’ over time as many reviewers had advised, but ultimately it was the sound card’s equalizer settings that brought me a huge feeling of relief as i managed to tweak them to sound pretty decent. After setting them up right, they come through with the quality you would expect from sennheiser headphones, crisp and bassy. Comfortit’s really the comfort of the pc 350s that makes them shine. With complete ear coverage you can wear them for hours on end without any ear pain as your ears are barely touched. The padding on the cups and on the roofare wonderfully soft and comfortable as well, and it keeps itself nicely and gently wrapped around your head.

Best gaming headphones money can buy. There’s absolutely nothing bad i could say about these headphones. Sound is very ‘real’ and sharp, you’ll hear everything just like it’s meant to be heard. And unlike original pc350s, these can be used with music tooit’s not easy to be the best, but sennheiser surely makes it look easy.

Feels like a sennhesier knock off. . Packaging it comes in was disappointing as was for a gift. No fancy box, just a small brown box looked like it wasn’t new. The headband is rather annoying have to mess with it each time i wear it to get the ear cups to seal right around my ear otherwise it doesn’t sound right. Would have rather stick with my old headset tbh even if the sound isn’t as good just because of the headband.

One comment

  • Amazon Customer

    This review is from : Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition 2015 Gaming Headset

    They seem good but i am currently using them on the ps4. They seem good but i am currently using them on the ps4 and the game sound is not loud enough.
  • Wookey

    This review is from : Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition 2015 Gaming Headset

    I purchased these to use with my ps4, sound was good but wouldn’t go loud enough. Might be better for pc users but wouldn’t recommend for ps4 / other device users as though they are good they don’t perform to the level you’d expect for the money. I have a £25 pair of old sennheisers that did the job just as well. I have since bought the ps4 2. 0 wireless headset and it is half the price and twice as good sound for gaming and goes plenty loud enough. Also has adjustable sound settings.
    • S. D. Spicer TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
      They sound good, look good, and are outstandingly comfortable to wear. . Possibly the best gaming headphones or indeed amongst the best headphones i’ve used. These sound brilliant, they are lightweight and very comfortable. Sennheiser put the money where it counts, not in gimmick lights or trick sounds, but in good quality sound engineering. The noise-cancelling was uncanny, but to be fair the environment that i tested them in wasn’t that noisy; how they would fair in a really noisy environment is a different matter. There’s two down features and one up feature which i why i gave them only four stars. Unlike the other brand i tested recently, the microphone doesn’t neatly tuck away when you don’t need to have it around. It does fold up and get out of the way, but for just listening it would be nice to have it completely hidden. Also this pair came in eco-friendly relatively plan packaging – a good thing. But an earlier pair of sennheisers also came with a rather nice case for them to fold down into and i appreciated that for a £130 pair of headphones.
      • Charlie-CJ HALL OF FAME TOP 100 REVIEWER
        A refined gaming headset for the pc and it’s voip friendly. I prefer my identical looking pc 363d’s (but both can warm the ears). I got these pc 350 special edition gaming headphones free-to-review via amazon vine. These sennheiser headphones are 150 ohm impedance rather than a normal 50 ohm so a decent sound card or headphone amplifier be will needed to get them sounding at their very best (we use the creative sound blaster zx and zxr pcie sound cards). That said they also sound ok via my gigabyte z97-hd3 motherboard’s onboard sound. I’d advise unpacking these headphones carefully when they arrive as they are easy to box up again and return for a refund if you find you don’t get on them (gaming and music headphone preferences are very personal). I have the more expensive but visually similar sennheiser pc363d’s and my 19 year old son compared these sennheiser pc 350 se’s to his rechargable turtle beach ear force z300 gaming headset (playstation vita/mac/pc dvd) and his preferred tritton 720+ (xbox 360/ps3/ps2/pc dvd). And there’s lots to like about the sennheiser pc 350 se’s:1. They are well built (in germany) with aluminium headphone cups and quality plastic. They just feel better made and more refined than the like of the trittons.
    Top end performance for gaming and teleconferencing. Gamers’ devices are always pricey and this headset is no exception. For £50 shy of the price of a ps4, you could have a headset – seems like poor value, but wait. First, games do sound incredible wearing these headphones – not only are you immersed in the soundstage with great fidelity, but external noises are also actively cancelled out. If you’re into online gaming, the headset does a great job of connecting you with your fellow gamers, providing clear voice relay in both directions. But there’s more – i have found that the sennheiser’s also the very best teleconferencing headset i have ever used. Like most office workers, i am situated in a pod, which is prone to a lot of external noise, from colleagues and from the non-stop construction work that occurs outside my office. I do spend a lot of time on conference calls and this headset is great for that – they are light enough to be worn for long periods and offer fantastic sound quality and noise cancellation. The cups on the pc350s are large, so unless you’re gary lineker, they shouldn’t be resting on your ears in any way – this makes them very comfortable. The only disadvantage is that the cups can leave indentations in your hairstyle – i only bring it up in case it might bother you (at about £200, you probably want them to be perfect in every way).
    • Richard Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWER
      Really good quality headset. Sennheiser headphones have always been something that i would recommend to friends and colleagues and the these are no exceptions. They are obviously aimed at people who play team based online games, probably for long periods of time. They are very comfortable, surprising as they are quite heavy for headphones. They have excellent noise cancelling – not a problem if you wish to ignore your other half whilst gaming, but can lead to problems if you are a 40+ year old with a wife and children. The mic boom is positioned quite well and sound quality of good, but not spectacular. I have the basic packaging version (brown box with no instructions) and everything that was needed was in there. Plug into the correct ports, place headphones over your head, move mic near mouth – fire up game, become immersed, get shouted at by wife – repeat until impending divorce. Really good quality headset – you could also use it with skype if you wanted, but where is the fun in that.The only down side that i can see is the price.
  • unwind-protect

    This review is from : Sennheiser PC 350 Special Edition 2015 Gaming Headset

    But nowhere near as noise-blocking as i would have liked. . They’re ok, but nowhere near as noise-blocking as i would have liked.