Logitech G432 Gaming Headset HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
6.2
Mixed Usage
7.3
Neutral Listening
5.6
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
6.3
Office
6.1
Wireless Gaming
7.7
Wired Gaming
7.5
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Logitech G432 are straightforward wired gaming headphones with a great microphone for online games. They have a very good audio reproduction and they are comfortable to wear during long gaming sessions, although some may find them a bit tight. They also don’t isolate against ambient noise and won’t be very versatile for uses other than gaming. On the upside, they are compatible with the G Hub app and are fairly customizable. Also, they can be used with practically any platform and offer great value overall.

Test Results
Design 6.3
Isolation 5.3
Microphone 8.7
Active Features 7.5
Connectivity 3.7
Pros
  • Good audio reproduction.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Great microphone performance.
Cons
  • Plasticky build quality.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Sound delivery varies significantly across users.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 7/23/2019: We've updated the Base/Dock section of the review, for comparison consistency with similar headsets, untill the next testbench update.

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6.3

Design

The Logitech G432 are pretty simple well-padded gaming headphones; they are quite similar to the Logitech G430. This newer model has pleather padding, which feels better on the skin than the G430's mesh fabric, but that’s about the only difference in design. These headphones feel fairly cheaply built and won’t be the most durable option. They are straightforward and easy-to-use, but won’t be very versatile for any use other than gaming.

Style

The Logitech G432 are very similar in style to the G430, but the pads are not as colorful. The coating is also made of pleather, which gives the headset a better overall look. However, the build is similar and is mostly made out of cheap plastic. The cups are large and there’s a small cyan accent, common to Logitech’s designs. The mic is also foldable if you want it out of the way when you're not using it. These are gaming headphones, and their look shows it.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.67 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.2 lbs

The G432 are fairly lightweight headphones and are comfortable to wear for a while without feeling too much fatigue. However, they can be a bit tight on the head, especially for people with bigger ones. On the upside, the cups are large and spacious and should fit most ear sizes and shapes. The padding material is now pleather instead of mesh fabric, which feels better on the skin.

5.1 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling Control : No
Talk-Through
:
No
Additional Buttons : N/A

The control scheme of the Logitech G432 is pretty lackluster and doesn’t offer many options. You only have a single wheel for volume control on the cups, and you can mute your microphone when flipping it up. On the upside, this means they are very easy to use, and the wheel doesn’t infinitely scroll, which is good since you can easily know when you’re at maximum or minimum volume.

6.4 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 5.8 C

These headphones, like most over-ears, are not the most breathable and trap heat inside the ear cups. They get a bit warmer than the G430 since the cups are not covered in the same porous fabric. This shouldn’t be an issue during casual gaming sessions, but they aren’t designed for sports and you should feel a noticeable difference in temperature. This will make you sweat more than usual.

5.5 Portability
L : 7.5 "
W : 8.0 "
H : 2.9 "
Volume : 174 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most gaming headphones, the G432 are pretty bulky and not very portable. Their cups can’t fold into a more compact format, but the cups do lay flat, which makes it easier to slide the headset in a bag. Also, they don’t come with a case or pouch to help you carry them around. However, you shouldn’t be on the move too often with a gaming headset, so this might not be an issue for most.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones do not come with a pouch or a case to protect them.

6.5 Build Quality

The Logitech G432, build-wise, are almost identical to the G430. They have a metal frame that makes the headband somewhat durable, but the overall build of the headphones isn’t great. They are very plasticky headphones and the joints don’t feel very solid. The cups are somewhat dense and could survive a few drops without too much damage, but it isn’t as solid as other gaming headphones we’ve reviewed so far.

6.5 Stability

These headphones are fairly tight on the head, so they are somewhat stable. However, the cups’ large design sway around with head movement. This shouldn’t be an issue when gaming, but they won’t be suitable for sports. Also, their wired design means you have to make sure their cable doesn't get hooked on something, which could easily yank the headphones off your head.

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Sound

Their bass is punchy, extended, and accurate, while their mid-range is well-balanced and even. The treble range is also very good. However, their bass is slightly light on thump and rumble and ever so slightly boomy. Some may also find them too mid-rangy and forward-sounding, while their treble lacks a bit of detail. They also don’t have the best frequency response consistency, so their delivery may vary significantly across users. Overall, these headphones are still fairly versatile for a wide variety of music genres and will also be good for video games.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
8.1
Bass-Heavy
:
4.0
Warm
:
7.2
Bright
:
5.6
8.1 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.18 db
Dips
:
1.05 db
6.0 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.92 dB

The Logitech G432 have a mediocre frequency response consistency performance. These headphones are prone to consistency issues throughout the range. The maximum variance measured across our five human subjects was more than 10dB at 20Hz, which is noticeable. We also noticed that certain types of glasses could break the seal on these headphones and cause a drop in bass. In the treble range, the maximum amount of deviation below 10kHz is about 11dB around 4kHz, indicating that these headphones' treble delivery is rather sensitive to positioning.

7.5 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.35
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.69
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
3.13
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
15.36

The imaging performance is good. Weighted group delay is at 0.35, which is within very good limits. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were well-matched in frequency and amplitude. This is important for the proper placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field. However, we measured a significant mismatch in their phase response. This could make the stereo image a bit weak in the higher frequencies and give the sense that there's a hole in the middle of the stereo field. Note that these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.2 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
1.59 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
5.78 dB
PRTF Distance
:
9.68 dB
Openness
:
5.7
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.1

The soundstage of the G432 is mediocre. The PRTF graph shows a good amount of pinna interaction, with a decent degree of accuracy. This results in a soundstage that sounds large, but their closed-back design and the fact that there is no 10kHz notch present will make it sound unnatural and positioned inside the listener’s head as opposed to in front.

7.9 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.267
WHD @ 100
:
0.099
5.3

Isolation

The isolation performance of the Logitech G432 is sub-par, but it is slightly better than the previous G430 thanks to the new pleather padding, which isn’t as porous as the G430's mesh fabric. Although the ear cups make a decent seal around your ears, noise will easily seep into your audio and the headphones will also leak a bit of sound. This means the G432 aren't ideal if you have a very noisy gaming environment or if you’re trying not to disturb roommates or your partner.

4.2 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-10.4 dB
Bass
:
0.3 dB
Mid
:
-6.42 dB
Treble
:
-25.55 dB

The noise isolation of the G432 is poor. Although their enclosure design is closed-back, these headphones don’t block a lot of ambient noise and won’t be suitable for noisy environments like your commute or a large gaming event. Since they don’t have the same porous pads as the G430, they isolate a bit better, but they don’t do a great job. They do not achieve any isolation in the bass range, important for cutting out the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, occupied mostly by speech, they reduce outside noise by about 6dB, which is barely noticeable. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they achieved about 26dB of isolation, which is decent.

7.3 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
37.7 dB

The leakage performance is decent. The significant portion of their leakage is between 1kHz and 7kHz, which is a relatively broad range. This means their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as full-bodied as that of open-back headphones. Also, the overall level of their leakage is not very loud. At 100dB SPL and 1 foot away, the leakage averages 38dB SPL and peaks at around 51dB SPL, which is just about the noise floor of most offices.

8.7

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
No

The Logitech G432’s boom microphone is very good. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, detailed, and natural. In noisy situations, it performs great and is capable of separating speech from noise in the most demanding environments, such as big gaming events.

8.6 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
162.33 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.38 dB
HFE
:
10388.94 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.119
Gain
:
30.58 dB

The boom mic has an excellent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 162Hz, which is good. The HFE of 10kHz is also very good, resulting in a speech that has good presence and detail, making it very clear and easy to understand. Speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, detailed, and natural.

8.8 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
41.69 dB

The noise handling performance of the G432's boom mic is great. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 42dB, indicating they are able to separate speech from ambient noise to a very good degree, even in very loud environments.

7.5

Active Features

The Logitech G432 are passive gaming headphones and don’t have a battery for any active features. On the upside, they are compatible with the Logitech G Hub, and you get a decent amount of customization and control options. However, they won’t have all the functions of the G933 and G935.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A

These headphones do not have a battery.

7.5 App Support
App Name : Logitech G Hub
iOS : No
Android : No
Mac OS : Yes
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
Graphic + Presets
ANC control
:
No
Mic Control : Yes
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
No
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : DTS 7.1

The G432 are compatible with the G Hub software, but it doesn’t have the same amount of customization as some other Logitech products. With these headphones, you get a nice 10-band EQ, volume, mic, and sidetone levels, on top of surround sound customization. Also, you have a few EQ presets that you can’t modify. However, you can create and save your own EQ settings, which is nice. You won’t be able to map buttons like on the G933 and G935, as these headphones don’t have additional buttons for it.

3.7

Connectivity

The Logitech G432 are wired gaming headphones that come with a USB dongle that is compatible on PC and PS4 but won’t be usable on Xbox One. You won’t have the best range, since their cable isn’t the longest. Thanks to their wired connection, you won’t have any latency issues, which is great for watching videos and gaming.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

These headphones are not Bluetooth-compatible. For gaming headphones with Bluetooth connectivity, take a look at the HyperX Cloud Mix.

Thanks to their wired connection, the G432 doesn’t have any latency issues, which means you won’t have any audio delay. This is great for gaming and watching video content.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.3 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
Yes
Detachable : No
Length : 6.8 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
8 ms

These headphones are very versatile and can basically be used with any platform for mic and audio support. However, you won’t be able to use their USB dongle on Xbox One, so you will need to use the 1/8” TRRS connection with a controller. On PC, you’ll have to use the included Y-splitter to use both the mic and headphone ports if you are not using the USB dongle.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wired USB Dongle
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

Update : 05/30/2019 We've removed the base dock score of the G432 until we have a better implementation of wired gaming headsets with simple USB DAC dongle that has no other inputs. This is to maintain comparison consistency across similar headsets while we rework this test for the next testbench update.

Their USB dongle is compatible on PC and PS4, but won’t be usable on Xbox One. You can also set your EQ inside their app on PC and use the dongle on PS4, with your settings still in use.

In the box

  • Logitech G432 headphones
  • USB dongle
  • PC cable splitter
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Logitech G432 are good gaming headphones that set themselves apart by their good sound and great microphone. Their performance is pretty good for an affordable headset, which means they offer great value. However, they aren’t the most durable and customizable headphones on the market. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets under $50 and under $100, and the best PC gaming headsets.

Logitech G430 Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G432 are better gaming headphones than the Logitech G430 thanks to their great microphone recording quality. They also come with a USB dongle that gives you access to the new G Hub app for great customization, although the older Logitech Gaming Software had similar options. Their sound quality is pretty similar, and you can use a 10-band EQ on both headphones inside their app. Other than the microphone, the only noticeable difference is that the G432 ear cup padding is now pleather and feels better on the skin than the mesh-like fabric of the G430, but it isn’t necessarily much more comfortable.

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G433 feel better made than the Logitech G432 and they have a more accurate sound out-of-the-box. However, you can EQ both headphones easily inside their app. There’s not much of a difference between these two headsets other than their style, as they perform fairly similarly across our testing procedure.

HyperX Cloud Stinger
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G432 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. While the Stinger are slightly better-built headphones, the G432 have better sound quality and their USB dongle gives you access to the G Hub app, which allows you to EQ them easily. You also have access to a few level sliders for your volume and microphone. The G432 also has a surround sound feature, which the Cloud Stinger is lacking.

Corsair HS50
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G432 are better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS50 thanks to their amazing microphone recording quality. They have a companion customization software, which the HS50 doesn’t have. On the other hand, the HS50 is noticeably better built and more durable than the G432, on top of having a slightly more accurate sound right out of the box. You can’t EQ the HS50, but you can detach their microphone, which makes them a bit more outdoor-friendly.

6.2 Mixed Usage

Okay for mixed usage. These headphones will be suitable for critical listening, thanks to their good audio reproduction, and are designed for gaming thanks to their good microphone and app support. However, they barely isolate against ambient noise, which won’t be ideal for commuting or to use at the office. Also, their bulky design isn’t designed for sports, and they don’t have enough range to watch TV from your couch.

7.3 Neutral Listening

Good for neutral listening. Their bass is punchy, extended, and accurate, while their mid-range is well-balanced and even. The treble range is also very good. However, their bass is slightly light on thump and rumble and ever so slightly boomy. Some may also find them too mid-rangy and forward-sounding, while their treble lacks a bit of detail as well. They also don’t have the best frequency response consistency, so their delivery may vary significantly across users. Overall, these headphones are still fairly versatile for a wide variety of music genres and will also be great for video games.

5.6 Commute/Travel

Sub-par for commuting. These headphones barely block any noise, which means a lot of ambient noise will seep into your audio in public transit. They don’t do much against the deep rumble of bus and airplane engines. Also, their bulky design won’t be ideal to carry around and you won’t have the freedom of a wireless headset.

5.8 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre for sports. The Logitech G432 headphones were not designed for this use and won’t be ideal for physical activity due to their bulky over-ear design. They sway around a lot and won’t be great for running or any type of sports. Their bulky design traps heat inside their ear cups, which will make you sweat more than usual. Also, you’ll constantly have a wire in your way if you decide to work out with these.

6.3 Office

Okay for the office. The Logitech G432 don’t isolate much noise and leak a bit, but their audio reproduction is pretty good if you want to enjoy your favorite tracks at the office. Also, they are comfortable to wear for a while and you won’t have to manage a battery life, which some may prefer.

6.1 Wireless Gaming

Good for gaming. These simple, wired gaming headphones have a good audio reproduction, a great microphone for online games and their wired connection offers no latency issues. They aren’t the most customizable headphones, but they offer great value. They are comfortable to wear for a while and are versatile enough to be used with pretty much any platform.

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