German manufacturer Sennheiser has long been known in the market for headphones, but so far he has not paid attention to gamers. However, with the new gaming headset Sennheiser GAME ZERO, it is trying to attract this audience. Headphones are aimed at professional gamers who need to get the most reliable sound environment in headphones. Extraneous noise should not penetrate inside, so the headphones belong to the closed design. Note the excellent design and high sound quality. You will learn all the details in our review.
Manufacturers often choose bright and aggressive colors for their game products, but Sennheiser has approached differently. Sennheiser GAME ZERO headphones are available only in white or black colors. We got a black model that was packed in a reliable hard case and a simple white box. There are no special functions like simulations of surround sound, headphones do not. The price is 190 euros, which is typical for the upper segment of the mass market. But is the price justified?
German manufacturer supplies headphones Sennheiser GAME ZERO in a hard case, which we liked. It protects the headphones during transportation. And you do not hurt them during a trip to a LAN party or travel. The cover is made on conscience, it has an additional pocket for accessories, and the zipper cover closes.
The headphones in the black version look pretty simple, unlike many gaming competitors. GAMER ZERO does not have bright colors or carbon inserts. Unless the manufacturer added red accents, emphasizing the overall style of headphones. When choosing accessories, much decides the first impression. As you would expect from Sennheiser, the workmanship is impeccable. The headphones are made of quality materials, the components are tightly fitted to each other, the strength of censures does not cause. The weight of the headphones is only 300 g, that is, they can not be called heavy. As a result, we get a mixture of high quality, reliability and low weight.
Sennheiser chose black synthetic leather, which has a smooth and pleasant to the touch surface. Headphones earpieces with a soft padding provide excellent wearing comfort, the same goes for the pads under the shackle. The manufacturer added a red cloth inside the cups of the headphones. The length of the cable is quite decent – three meters, it is encased in a fabric braid, but it retains a good level of flexibility. Sennheiser supplies two cables, one with two 3.5 mm plugs, which is convenient to use for connecting to a PC. The second cable is equipped with a single plug, it’s convenient to use to connect Sennheiser GAME ZERO to a smartphone or a PlayStation console. Especially we liked the luxurious cable length of three meters, because a short cable can easily spoil the fun.
The comfort of wearing headphones is quite important, since one game session usually lasts for several hours. Do not interfere with the convenience of adjustment, because the size of the head of each person. In the case of Sennheiser GAME ZERO, the bow is adjusted 5.5 cm on each side. As a result, we can extend the arch by 11 cm, which in practice is quite enough. Adjustment is carried out in small steps, in the specified position, the handle is held securely. Sennheiser used reliable stainless steel hinges that show marks for the right / left earpiece. Hinges allow you to rotate the cup in all directions.
A pillow under the arch well distributes pressure on the head, it can not be called excessive. The same applies to the two imitation leather skins with a soft padding that surrounds the ears. That is, the ear pads do not lie on the auricles, but completely surround them, the places inside the cups are enough. The ear pads provide good insulation, the surrounding noise does not penetrate the cups. Sennheiser chose a closed design that provides maximum insulation. Unless the artificial skin leads to the accumulation of heat inside the cups, the ears begin to sweat. But it is hardly possible to avoid such an effect. A light weight of only 300 grams also positively affects the comfort of wearing.
The comfort of wearing is good, but what about the sound quality? The Sennheiser GAME ZERO headphones do not offer surround sound with a lot of speakers, they belong to the stereo category. Headphones are aimed at professional gamers, while Sennheiser is trying to stand out among other manufacturers of gaming headphones is the high quality audio. Sennheiser did not pop out the low frequencies, in the foreground there are middle frequencies. In a network shooter, for example, it gives its advantages: if you track the opponent in steps, the percussion bass will become more of an obstacle. We tested Sennheiser GAME ZERO on our reference composition “Forgiven not Forgotten”, the quality can be called convincing.
The midrange is pleasantly pleased with the details. The headphones of a German company generally give a very good level of detail, especially for vocals and instruments. The positioning of instruments on the stage is also very good. They provide an excellent surround panorama. Closed design isolates the user from external noise.
The volume can be adjusted using the dial on the right earpiece. In principle, the absence of a wired control panel in practice does not manifest itself negatively.
The microphone also showed convincing results. It works with a sensitivity of -38 dBV / Pa @ 1 kHz, the noise reduction technology is built into the headphones, in the same Teamspeak the quality of the voice was crystal clear. Other players in the team heard our messages clearly and distinctly. The microphone successfully copes with the suppression of background noise. In addition, thanks to the isolation of the cups, the echo effect does not arise, which also increases the overall quality. The headphones do not have a dedicated microphone mute button, but it automatically turns off in the raised position. A soft click signals a shutdown.
In our tests, the Sennheiser GAME ZERO headset showed convincing results. The workmanship is impeccable, simple, but stylish design pleases the eye. All in the style of Sennheiser. Also, the wearing comfort was very good. Soft ear cushions and a pillow under the handle make it possible to wear headphones for many hours without fatigue. A good range of adjustment of the arch provides comfort for users with different head sizes. Note the convenient hard case in the package, as well as the second cable to connect to smartphones.
Tests of audio headphones Sennheiser GAME ZERO passed “with a bang.” Sennheiser concentrated on medium frequencies, which are reproduced with good detail. From headphones, it’s hardly worth expecting shock low frequencies, since they are not accented. But the sound is rich, balanced and neutral. The microphone also showed itself perfectly, it successfully coped with killing the ambient noise. Of course, the price 190 euros – not the lowest. But the buyer will get very good headphones, which can be used not only for games. All this allows us to recommend Sennheiser GAMZE ZERO to purchase.