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Sennheiser Game One (G4ME One) Gaming Headset
The Sennheiser Game One is a simple and comfortable gaming headset with a great sound quality. These headphones 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.
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- Open and balanced audio reproduction.
- Great microphone quality.
- Comfortable fit.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Slightly bulky and cumbersome design.
- High leakage.
The Sennheiser 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 Sennheiser 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.
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These headphones are fairly breathable thanks to their open-back design and porous ear cup pads. They won't be the ideal choice for sports since they are not designed for that use case and will make you sweat during intense exercises. However, for gaming and casual listening, they are a lot more breathable than most gaming headsets.
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 Sennheiser 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 the 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 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 is a very good sounding open-back over-ear gaming headset. These headphones have a consistent bass with a good amount of body and punch, a very good and even mid-range which produces clear vocals, and an excellent and well-balanced treble. However, their bass lacks a bit of sub-bass which may also distort under loud volumes, and their mid-range is slightly overemphasized, adding a bit of muddiness to the overall sound.
The bass is good. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 53Hz, which is about average. Also, low-bass, which is responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy genres and video games, is lacking by more than 5dB. This tends to be a common shortcoming among most open-back headphones. Mid-bass, responsible for body and punch is well-balanced, but the 2.5dB bump in high-bass adds a bit of muddiness to the overall sound.
The mid-range is very good. The response is virtually flat, which is great for vocals and lead instruments. However, it is consistently over our target by about 2dB, especially in low-mid. This adds a little bit of clutter to the mix and makes the overall sound a tad mid-rangy.
The treble performance is excellent. The overall response is rather uneven, but quite well-balanced. Low-treble is within 1dB of our neutral target, and mid-treble is within 0.3dB of our target. This suggests a well-balanced reproduction of vocals, leads, and cymbals.
The Sennheiser Game One has a great frequency response consistency. Due to the open-back design, and unlike closed-back ones, these headphones don't rely as much on an air-tight seal for their bass delivery. Therefore, they performed quite consistently across our human subjects. They are also quite consistent in the treble range across multiple positions, likely due to their small ear cups.
The imaging performance of the G4me One is excellent. Weighted group delay is at 0.16, which is excellent. 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 very well-matched in frequency, amplitude, and phase. This is important for the proper placement and localization of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field.
The soundstage is about average. The PRTF response shows a decent amount of activation, but the pinna interaction is not very accurate as there's not a 10KHz notch present. This results in a relatively small soundstage that is perceived to be located inside the listener's head. However, the open-back design of these headphone could make them feel more open sounding than closed-back headphones.
The Sennheiser Game One have a 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, which suggests they may struggle a bit with low frequencies at very high volumes.
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.
The isolation is poor. These open-back headphones don't isolate at all in the bass range, and therefore, will let in all the low rumbling noises of your environment. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they also don't achieve any isolation. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds like S and Ts, they reduce outside noise by about 11dB, which is inadequate.
The leakage performance of the Game One is poor. The significant portion of their leakage is between 200Hz and 20KHz, which is a very broad range. This means that their leakage will sound a lot fuller than that of closed-back headphones, and in-ears. The overall level of the leakage is quite loud too. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 62dB SPL, and peaks at 77dB, which is quite higher than the noise floor of most offices.
The Sennheiser Game One have an impressive boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, natural, and present, but lacking slightly in airiness. In noisy situations, they can fully separate speech from background noise even in very loud environments, such as a subway station or game competition.
The recording quality of Game One's boom microphone is great. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 20Hz, which results in the recorded/transmitted speech to sound full-bodied. The HFE (high-frequency extension) of 8KHz, suggests a speech that is clear and present, but lacking slightly in airiness and brilliance. The response between LFE and HFE points is very good, and results in a natural speech.
- 100% SpNR
The boom microphone has an excellent noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 41dB, which is great. This means they can separate speech from ambient noise even in the most demanding situations.
The Sennheiser Game One do not have any active features or app support.
These headphones are passive and have no battery life.
These headphones do not have any compatible software for added customization.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The Sennheiser Game One have a wired 1/8" TRS connection and come with an additional headset adapter for PCs. On the upside, the microphone is compatible with both compatible with the PS4 and Xbox One controllers. They also have negligible latency since they're wired, which is good for gaming and watching movies. Unfortunately, they won't have the range and convenience of wireless gaming headsets.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
The Sennheiser Game One have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox One or PS4 controllers. They also come with Y-splitter headset adapter for PCs.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
The Sennheiser Game One do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the Astro A50.
These headphones have negligible latency thanks to their wired connection. This makes them suitable for gaming and watching movies but they are limited by the range of their relatively short cable.
In the box
- Sennheiser G4me One Headphones
- Audio cable
- Headset Adapter
Compared to other Headphones
The Sennheiser Game One are comfortable wired gaming headphones with a great sound quality. This makes them a good choice for critical listening, and their wired design means they have no latency when watching videos and gaming. Unfortunately, they lack in features compared to most gaming headsets in their price range, so they won't be as convenient for gaming as some of the models compared below. You also can't remove their boom mic, and since they have an open back design, they will not be suitable for outdoor use.
The Astro A50 is a better gaming headset than the Sennheiser Game one. They have a great wireless base that provides a lot of connection options and dock charging. They're comfortable, have low latency and a good set of wireless features. Unfortunately, they're not as compatible with all consoles and since they do have a wired connection, you won't be able to use them with your Xbox One and PS4 controllers or your phone. However, on the upside, the Sennheiser have a well-balanced sound that's suitable for critical listening, especially since they have open-back earcups that create a larger soundstage than the A50s. If you have the budget, then get the Astro A50 since they're more customizable and a bit more convenient for gaming than the Sennheisers.
The HyperX Cloud II are a more versatile pair of gaming headsets when compared to the Sennheiser Game One. They're a more outdoor-friendly headset with a removable mic and closed back ear cups so use them as casual everyday headphones while commuting. They have a decent sound quality and a more bass than the G4me One but also have less soundstage since they have a closed design. If you need a gaming headset that you can also use with your phone outdoors then go for the Hyper X. They are cheaper than the Sennheisers, better built and a bit more versatile although they do not sound quite as good.
The Sennheiser HD 598 Cs is a worse gaming headset than the Sennheiser Game One. These headphones are less optimized for gaming since they do not have a dedicated boom mic. They're also a bit less breathable for long gaming marathons since they have a closed back ear cups. On the upside, they're a more outdoor-friendly headset since you cannot remove the boom mic of the G4me One and they have a block more noise which makes them a bit more suitable for commuting and traveling. The HD598 cs are regular critical listening headphones with an in-line microphone that's compatible with consoles. If you need something more optimized for gaming, then get the Game One although they are not the best gaming headset for their price range.
The Steelseries Arctis 7 are better more feature-packed gaming headphones than the Sennheiser G4me One. They do better for most use cases thanks to their multiple connection options and semi-casual design that you can use outdoors. They have a more balanced sound quality although they cannot produce a soundstage as spacious as the open Sennheisers. On the upside, they have more customization options thanks to the Steel Series engine that offers a great equalizer and multiple settings for the mic. The Arctis 7 are the better choice overall for gaming and most use cases. However, if you must have an open soundstage for critical listening and don't want to buy another headphone for gaming, then the Sennheiser Game One could be a decent option.
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