The Sennheiser Game One are simple and comfortable gaming headsets with a great sound quality. They have a wired design so they suffer in range but have practically no latency, making them suitable for both gaming and watching movies. They also have open ear cups which is relatively rare for gaming headsets. This gives them a better soundstage but makes them even less suitable for loud environments and outdoor use. Unfortunately, they lack a few active features compared to other gaming headphones in their price range.
- Open and balanced audio reproduction.
- Great microphone quality.
- Comfortable fit.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Slightly bulky and cumbersome design.
- High leakage.
The Game One have a straightforward design that looks somewhat similar to the HD 598. They're very comfortable headphones with large, spacious ear cups, and ample padding that feels pleasant to wear for long gaming sessions. They're also very easy-to-use since they only have a simple volume dial and a mute switch embedded in the Mic swiveling mechanism. Unfortunately, this control scheme feels a bit lacking compared to other gaming headsets. Also, since you can't remove the mic, and they're not really stable, they won't be the best headphones to use outdoors.
The Sennheiser Game One look somewhat similar to the HD 598 or an open HD 380 Pro which we haven't yet reviewed. They come in two color schemes; an all-black variation and a two-tone black and white scheme that's a bit more flashy. The microfiber padding on both the headband and the ear cups give them a more high-end appeal although they do not have the versatility of having a removable mic so that you can use them outdoors like regular headphones.
The Game One headphones are similar in fit and size to the super comfortable Sennheiser HD 598. They're a bit tighter on the head than the 598 but the ear cups are large and fit well around most listeners' ears. The headband and the ear cups are also well-padded and covered in a microfiber fabric that feels soft and pleasant on the skin. They're not as comfortable as the HD 598 but you can wear these headphones for hours and not feel any fatigue, making them suitable for long gaming sessions.
The Game One have a very basic but easy to use control scheme. They have a volume dial and a mute switch embedded in the Mic swiveling mechanism (i.e. placing the mic in the upright position will disable it). Unfortunately, the volume dial doesn't have any distinct notches to better set your preferred volume level, and the overall control scheme feels a little lacking in features when compared to other gaming headsets and more casual everyday headphones.
Game One headphones are slightly more stable than the HD598 because they are tighter on the head but have the same issue. They should be fine for gaming and casual listening sessions but they will easily move and sway if you wear them while doing physical exercises. This makes them not suitable for sports but on the upside, they have a detachable cable that easily disconnects if it gets hooked on something.
The Sennheiser Game One like most gaming headphones are not really portable. They're bulky and do not fold up into a more compact format. The ear cups also do not lay flat, making for a cumbersome and difficult to carry headphone. Unfortunately, they do not come with a case or pouch, which is slightly disappointing.
The Game One headphones feel sturdy enough that they won't break from a few accidental falls. The headband is flexible and has a wide metal frame for support but it's also a bit creaky. Also the plastic casing covering the headband looks and feels a little cheap. On the upside, the ear cups are dense and durable and the padding material used in their build quality feels high-end. However, like similarly designed HD 598, the hinges are the most susceptible points and may not be as durable as the rest of the build quality.
The Sennheiser Game One is a very good sounding open-back over-ear gaming headset. They have a good and consistent bass, a very good mid range and an excellent treble. The also image well and have an open soundstage. However, their bass lacks a bit of sub-bass which may also distort under loud volumes.
Good bass range performance. Low-frequency is extended down to 53Hz, which is average. This is a limitation of most open-back headphones. Low-bass, which is responsible for thump and rumble is lacking by more than 5dB. The 2.5dB bump in high-bass adds a bit of boominess to the overall sound.
Very good mid range performance. The response is virtually flat, but consistently over our target by about 2dB, especially in low-mid. This adds a little bit of clutter to the mixes.
Excellent treble range performance. Although the response is rather inconsistent, it is virtually flat and within 1dB of our target up to 10KHz.
Great consistency. Due to the open-back design, and unlike closed-back ones, these headphones don't rely as much on an air-tight seal to produce their bass. Therefore, they performed quite consistently across our human subjects. They are also quite consistent in the treble range, likely due to their small ear cups.
Good soundstage. Due to their open-back design and high openness value, these headphones will have a relatively open and spacious soundstage, and will let the outside ambience be mixed with what you're listening to.
Very good imaging performance. Phase error is minimal and negligible. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched in amplitude, frequency response and phase.
Very good harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is quite low, especially, in the treble range. In the bass range however, there is a noticeable rise in THD as the volume increases.
The open ear cups of the Sennheiser Game One means they won't isolate well enough for loud environments. They barely block any noise which improves their soundstage but also makes them less suitable to use outdoors. They also leak a lot so they will be distracting to those around you in quieter settings. If you game alone or online then they should be fine but they won't be the ideal headphones to use at a competition where there's a lot of ambient chatter, as the noise will easily seep into your audio.
Poor isolation. Due to the open-back design, these headphones don't isolate below 1KHz. Above that, they achieve only about 11dB of isolation, which is poor.
Poor leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 200Hz and 20KHz which is quite a broad range. The overall level of leakage is very loud too.
Impressive microphone performance. Speech recorded with the microphone of the Game One will sound full and easily intelligible, but lacking slightly in airiness. The noise handling of the microphone on the Game One is also quite impressive, making them excellent for the most demanding environments such as a subway station or game competition.
Very good recording quality. With LFE at 20Hz and HFE at 8KHz, recorded speech with the Game One will sound full in the low-end, but lacking slightly in airiness and brilliance in the high-end. The response between LFE and HFE is very good.
- 100% SpNR
Excellent noise handling. The microphone on the Game One achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 41dB, which is excellent. This make them ideal for the most demanding situations.
No active features.
Wired connection, negligible latency.
No compatible app.
In the box
- Sennheiser Game One Headphones
- Audio cable (x2)