Sennheiser has announced a new set of headphones designed specifically for gamers.
Building on the company's previous Game Zero headphones, the new Sennheiser GSP 600 model features improved aluminum voice coil speakers said to deliver an increased sub-bass range that can add impact to games and movies. However, Sennheiser is quick to add that the "warm, deep bass never overpowers the well-controlled mid-range and finely detailed high frequencies."
The integrated microphone is said to deliver "advanced, broadcast-quality" input, with noise cancellation. The mic automatically mutes when its boom arm is tilted up. A volume control wheel is conveniently integrated into the ear cup.
For long gaming sessions, the GSP 600 uses an "ergonomically shaped and ultra-deep" memory foam pad design, intended to block out external noise from the gamer, and contain game sound so as to preserve the intensity of bass frequencies. Leatherette is used around the edges of the ear pad, while a "cooler feeling suede-like material" is used around the ear.
A new solid-metal hinge system provides durability and freedom of movement. Sennheiser notes that the hinge can adapt to fit a wider range of face shapes, pivoting to conform to either narrow or broad jawlines. An Adjustable Contact Pressure feature lets users get a fit that's as snug as they like, without feeling too tight.
The GSP 600 is compatible with PC, Mac and consoles, using a 3.5mm jack input. The reduced-impedance design is said to improve compatibility with low-power mobile devices.
"In the creation of the GSP 600, we took our very best closed gaming headset and made it even better," explained Andreas Jessen, Head of Product Management Gaming, Sennheiser Communications A/S. "The Game Zero broke new ground by building a high quality audio headset that was created entirely around the needs of gamers. With its successor, the GSP 600, we have stayed true to this ethos with a headset that even more perfectly matches the needs of each individual gamer."
The GSP 600 headphones will come with a two-year warranty, and are expected to be available at the end of this month, at a suggested retail price of $249.95 USD.