Sennheiser does make some cool headphones that are aimed at serious audio junkies. Released in the Q2 of 2014 is the Sennheiser G4ME One headphone. It is targeted at serious gamers looking for non-stop action without any distractions and discomfort caused from other sloppy headphones. There are not many gaming headphones that offer great sound reproduction as well as long lasting comfort. We reviewed HyperX Cloud II headset earlier. It happened to be one of the top notch budget gaming headsets that offered performance equivalent to an expensive pair but at a much lower price. Today, we are going to take a look at Sennheiser’s G4ME One high end Gaming headset.
Build quality and appearance
The G4ME headphones comes in two different colours, white and black. The white one has glossy ear cups and the colour combination of black headband and the white ear cups look quite appealing. There are parts where red colour is also used to raise the visual appeal. The black version of the headset has a matte finish black ear cups and everything else is black as well.
The ear cups are connected to the headband with a foldable metal hinge which can allow you to fold the headphones into a compact shape to tuck them in your bag. Entire body is made from rugged plastic. The headband has a soft foam to give a comfortable feel while using it. Ear cups are covered with a plush velvet material which feels very smooth and soft. Overall design of the headset appears to be quite large, but it feels just right when you actually wear them. The ear cups being large can gulp your ears entirely so that your ear lobes do not press against your head and cause discomfort.
There is also a boom mic that automatically switches on and off when you move it. You will hear a click when you raise it back towards the headband and that indicates that the mic has been shut off. The boom mic is located on the left ear cup whereas on the right ear cup we have a volume wheel. It is quite rare to see a volume rocker on the ear cup itself because most headsets come with an in-line volume control. The location of the volume rocker is a good design decision and easily accessible.
The G4ME One headphones produce excellent sound and perform great for all kinds of music. The audio drivers have a 3dB bandwidth ranging from 15Hz to 28kHz, which ensures us that it will not give a roll off response in the treble range. In other words, we can expect a pretty flat response over all the audio ranges. The kick bass produces that desired punchy bass without any distortion, whereas the mids sound exceedingly well.
Being a gaming headset, one can expect it to have artificial bass boosting, but that is not the case. The headphone drivers are designed to reproduce the game audio the way it was meant to be heard and it does that very well. Having a flat response over the entire audio range has also made this headphone audiophile friendly and it can very well play music in all its glory. But, having a flat response is not everything, the audio drivers have a 50 Ohm impedance that ensures us that it will be able to chomp high volume levels easily without going into saturation. A whopping 115 dB of sound pressure level can be produced from the headphones, but no one needs to go that high. Although, the SPL just tells us that we can very well listen to all kinds of audio very clearly without any distortion.
Being an open headset, you will not get any kind of noise isolation. So that is one point you will have to keep in mind. A good thing about open headset being that they can produce good sound as compared to the closed ones. That is mostly because of the acoustic design of the ear cups.
The microphone isn’t something extra ordinary. It works neatly and it performs quite well for gaming needs. Just to note a simple fact that the microphone is designed to pick up your voice only and effectively rejects quite a lot of background noise thereby giving a good team chat experience while gaming.
For $200+ there are a lot more gaming headsets available in the market. Considering the fact that G4ME One does not even have a proper metallic body at this price range, it feels unworthy of the money. There are similar headsets in this price range that even have built in 7.1 surround sound and many other DSP mixing circuits to give a wide variety of sound effects while playing games. Take a look at the Astro A50 gaming headset that goes for around $299 and has been a respectful gaming headset for a while. A not so expensive $99 HyperX Cloud II, a closed headset also performs exceedingly well for such a low price point making it a lot more worthier to have than the G4ME One.
In addition to the G4ME One, the G4ME Zero has a similar construction and performance, except that it is a closed headphone which can give better noise isolation.
I have not found the Sennheiser G4ME One to be extra ordinary. The audio performance is excellent and it is extremely comfortable, but there are other headphones in a similar price range that have a lot more to offer. If you are a Sennheiser fan, you will not be disappointed.
Note: The headphone does not plug in to your gaming console right out of the box, you will need to have PVC-05 accessory (Audio adapter) to do so.
Sennheiser G4ME ONE Gaming Headset
One of the good sounding gaming headsets that won't disappoint you, but there are other, better options to look at in this price range.
Reader Rating3 Votes
High impedance drivers
Flat audio response
No bass boosting
High sensitivity drivers
Unidirectional microphone pickup pattern that avoids background noise
Very comfortable and light weight
Build quality is good, but not the best for this price range