Sennheiser is revisiting its GSP gaming headset lineup as soon as once more. In becoming with the final theme of 2019, the revered audio model is taking the shell we’re now very aware of from the GSP 500, GSP 550, and GSP 600 headsets and lopping the wires clear off to create the Sennheiser GSP 670 wi-fi gaming headset… and none too quickly.
I’ve all the time been a bit sceptical to the considered fully overhauling my rig with wi-fi equipment. It’s not that I’m apprehensive concerning the high quality dipping or something negatively experiential like that – a very good a part of wi-fi know-how these days is first rate sufficient to placate my desires and desires in relation to gaming – it’s extra that it’s one other gadget, with finite battery life, to fret about.
Just a few units have satisfied me in any other case, nevertheless. Some long-life gaming mice, for instance. But if there was one peripheral that I need, nay demand, be wi-fi with out fail: it’s a gaming headset. A wi-fi set is actually releasing. No extra untangling cumbersome braided cables and you may say sayonara to violently whipping your headset off as you attain for your telephone or scoot your gaming chair a foot to the left.
With Sennheiser’s pedigree within the audio enterprise, the arrival of the GSP 670 peaked my curiosity. We’ve reviewed its wired counterpart, the GSP 600, prior to now, and likewise the open-backed wired variant, the GSP 500. The latter undoubtedly received our hearts with its pure and softer tone, however closed-back tends to get probably the most love within the gaming sphere in the intervening time so it’s to be anticipated that it’s first to obtain wi-fi remedy – to not point out you’ve bought to squeeze a battery contained in the headset someplace.
The closed-back sound of the GSP 670 shouldn’t be all that dissimilar to its wired variant. It’s one of many few gaming headsets that refuses to blowout bass, and provides a large, wealthy sound with surprisingly expansive imaging for a headset that has been designed to such nice lengths to maintain sound contained inside. With a spotlight tonally within the excessive frequencies, it could, nevertheless, come throughout piercingly sharp at occasions – the Senny fashion maybe compounded by the remoted earcup design.
|GSP 670||GSP 500||GSP 600|
|Connector||Micro USB to USB Type-A||2x 3.5mm, 1.35mm||
2x 3.5mm, 1.35mm
|Cable||1.5m||2.5m PC / 1.5m console||
2.5m PC / 1.5m console
|Frequency response||10 – 23,000 Hz||10 – 30,000Hz||10 – 30,000Hz|
|Microphone||Bi-directional flip to mute||Bi-directional flip to mute||
Bi-directional flip to mute
|Microphone response||10–7,300 Hz||10 – 18,000Hz||10 – 18,000Hz|
|Price||$350 (£299)||$230 (£199)||$250 (£220)|
On that observe, noise isolation is great. From its clamping headband design to its leatherette-edged earcups, the GSP 670 is all-encompassing and completely engrossing. Little noise leaks in, even in our bustling workplace. Perhaps to a fault when paired with Sennheiser’s attribute excessive frequency focus, which might turn out to be harsh and a little bit edgy when listening to music. It’s much less noticeable in-game, nevertheless, particularly if music is a light-weight contact.
It’s not that the GSP 670 is inherently unhealthy for its divergence from the same old gaming headset sound – removed from it. It’s merely a far colder profile than many is likely to be used to from in style gaming manufacturers in the marketplace as we speak, and its largely flat, correct, and detailed audio is well-suited to having fun with each music and gaming, which might be seldom stated for a lot of others.
You may tweak the sound profile your self by way of the Sennheiser Gaming Suite – out there for Windows 10 solely. Through the good, well-to-do app you’re in a position to modify the EQ, noise gate, achieve, aspect tone, and noise cancellation, together with straightforward updates to each gadget and dongle. Software-based 7.1 encompass can be only a toggle away in-app or the ‘smart button’ if configured to take action.
This good button is situated on the suitable ear cup, beneath the chat quantity and game quantity wheels. By default it’s set to change between app presets – together with flat, film, music, and high-treble esports mode – nevertheless, it may also be set to change between encompass and a couple of.1 audio.
And the 7.1 encompass sound is among the higher implementations going. It provides some depth with out shedding too a lot from the game audio, helped alongside by discrete reverb ranges in-app. And whereas we’re on the topic, it helps to be heard by your teammates, too. Luckily, the boomarm microphone on the left-side of the GSP 670 is among the finer microphones in the marketplace, and is suited to even reasonably noisy environments due to pretty aggressive noise-cancelling.
Offers a large, wealthy sound with surprisingly expansive imaging
The GSP 670’s body is nigh-on equivalent to its predecessors. It’s weighty, positive, however extremely adjustable. I’ve discovered this headset goes from uncomfortable to safe and cushty with solely a little bit tweaking throughout its granular construct. But I may by no means fairly mitigate this headset’s total weight, even when Sennheiser has managed to maintain the wi-fi mannequin to very practically the identical because the wired GSP 600 – at 398g to 395g.
But there’s nonetheless the aforementioned matter of battery life, and maybe a few of that weight-saving has come on the expense of a bigger battery. The GSP 670 is able to 16-20 hours in response to Sennheiser, which ought to imply a few days of mid- to heavy-use gaming. But at that charge, and as a result of its lack of a detachable dual-battery answer, the GSP 670 is certainly a headset you’ll need to get within the behavior of charging when not in use.
With dual-connectivity, each wi-fi by way of a direct dongle and Bluetooth, the GSP 670 is extensively appropriate with many units past the PC. You ought to, nevertheless, prioritise the USB dongle for one of the best connection. Range by way of the dongle is stable, too. Rated at 10 metres, I’ve skilled no connectivity points with the dongle plugged into the rear I/O of my machine strolling across the PCGN workplace inside the given radius.
As a whole package deal then, the GSP 670 provides high quality that’s second to none, and audio constancy like no different. It is, in spite of everything, the one place you’ll be capable of get your arms on the Senny sound in a wi-fi gaming design. But whereas there’s so much to like – and there’s a lot, this headset is big – the GSP 670 wants some work to essentially nail the wi-fi components down and convey the very best of Sennheiser’s sound to the cable-free gaming world. Most of all, it’s exhausting to think about a value premium for wi-fi as nice because the GSP 670’s remaining acceptable within the busy and altering gaming headset marketplace for lengthy.