Sennheiser GAME ONE Review - Armchair Empire

Sennheiser GAME ONE Review

sennheiser GAME ONE front facing

  • 9.5/10
    Sound Quality - 9.5/10
  • 9/10
    Comfort - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Durability - 8/10
  • 8/10
    Value For The Price - 8/10

Our Rating

We Recommend The Sennheiser GAME ONE Headset For

For the price of the Sennheiser GAME ONE, it is a must have. This headset does great with games, does awesome with voice clarity and above all is comfortable and lightweight. If you do not have a single headset or your last gaming headset broke, get the Sennheiser GAME ONE. This can be your standalone product for not just gaming but also some amount of music and movie watching. If you can then get it along with the Sennheiser sound card, which is available as a bundle. This card introduces the 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound effect into the GAME ONE, which is just amazing when you game with it or watch movies.

Sennheiser 506080 GAME ONE Gaming Headset - Black
  • Extreme sound clarity & accuracy with original transducer technology.GAME ONE has exchangeable cables allowing compatibility with multiple platforms such as PC, Mac, consoles, mobiles and tablets that feature a 3.5mm jack input
  • Noise-canceling microphone ensures crystal clear conversations.Sound pressure level (SPL) headphone: 116dB
  • Convenient microphone mute;Sensitivity : Microphone: -38 dBV at 94 dBSPL

Sennheiser GAME ONE Introduction

Sennheiser GAME series focuses only on the gaming segment without even considering music and other genres of headsets. These headsets are designed for professional gamers and the GAME ONE is Sennheiser’s lowest costing gaming specific headset in the market. This Sennheiser lightweight relies on their patented transducer technology to pack performance into a compact and catchy design. This gaming headset comes with a noise cancelling microphone, simple mute functionality and volume controls – all conveniently mounted on the right ear cup. The headset features open acoustic perforated back design with XXL velvet plush ear cups so your ears can breathe while you engage in some hardcore hours long gaming. Finally, to allow for multi-console support, these earphones come with two cables that can be exchanged.

Sennheiser GAME ONE Design

The GAME series from Sennheiser has basically just two models. This one and another called the GAME ZERO. Now, the specifications on both are the same. The only real difference is the acoustics. While the GAME ONE has open acoustics and thus allows ambient noise from filtering in, the GAME ZERO is closed up and noise isolating to the hilt. We tried out both by the way for this review since almost everyone had a favorite. Some loved the ZERO over the ONE and others had it the other way around. To make up our mind, we got both.

Design wise, we felt the ZERO was better done with its metallic backbone and better use of materials. The ONE features mostly plastics everywhere. It is a lot of plastic going into something that costs so much however, the plastic is not of a poor quality. The ear pads too get a slightly less expensive touch with the GAME ONE. They are velvet XXL ear pads that are comfortable and easy on the ears but the ZERO has leather pads. While this sounds great, trust me, the velvet pads on the ONE feel way more comfortable, especially after gaming for at least two hours. This is because leather tends to quickly heat up from your body temperature whereas the velvet ear cups on the ONE and the open back allows for air circulation thus keeping your head and ears comfortable after hours of nonstop hardcore gaming.

Sennheiser GAME ONE Specifications

Speaking of the specifications, the GAME series is all stereo and there is no surround sound experience involved – not even 2.5D. You can hear voices separated from the game music but that’s about it. What the GAME series though does well is to pair a set of specifications that ensures top notch game sound quality. For instance, take the frequency response and the Sennheiser’s perfectly balanced armatures. Together they manage to differentiate between all lows, mids and highs. The end result is precise sound reproduction in a game. The game ambient noise and music is so nicely set up that you can get lost in the feel of everything.

As for the microphone, it is noise cancelling and designed for game play. Hence, the boom and reach is ideal to stay out of your way but catch everything you say at the same time. Coming to the ONE and the ZERO, we felt the bare back of the ONE was better overall since the ZERO really does isolate you to such an extent that you can’t even hear yourself speaking into the mic over the game music and other players speaking. This can get annoying really quick. Probably the biggest reason why I personally fell for the GAME ONE and decided to get this along with the ZERO for a comprehensive but complete review of the GAME ONE.

Sennheiser GAME ONE Performance and Feel

Sometimes costlier does not necessarily mean better. This is the case of the Sennheiser series for me personally. The GAME ONE is cheaper than the GAME ZERO and the only real difference is in the noise cancellation department. While the ZERO has a closed back and complete noise isolation, the ONE has an open acoustic setting thus introducing ambient noise into the mix. As for feel, the ONE does feel more natural while gaming because you not only hear everything with pitch perfect clarity but also get to hear your own voice when speaking into the mic. This together with the fact that now you can hear the doorbell or your phone buzzing means you need not be afraid of missing out calls and visitors when home alone.

As for the construction being a little below par, Sennheiser doesn’t really bother much with metals and cutting edge materials. They are mostly bothered with sound quality and matching their sound signature in each and every product they build. That is probably why they just stick with plastics of a single grade across their entire line of products. The good news however is that this headphone has a 2-year warranty and the plastic is at par with some of its most expensive headsets ever. It should not crack or wear down before one of the ear cans gives up on you.

Let’s now get to the performance part. In game, you will hear precise movements, gunshots and even footsteps approaching. Yes, there is some sense of direction but at best you can only make out if it is in either of the four directions – left, right, front or back. You can’t really pinpoint which door a person is about to emerge from though you can get a sense of the general direction. What you will get however is even the slightest of noises and sounds. When listening to music or watching movies, this helps as it really does sound as clear as if you were listening on a good set of external speakers.

Sennheiser GAME ONE Pros

  • Exclusively designed for gaming, the GAME ONE is Sennheiser’s response to the rest of the gaming accessory makers showing them how a gaming headset should be made.
  • Instead of concentrating on gimmicks such as design and construction, Sennheiser concentrates on superior sound quality, which is evident the first time you wear these headphones.
  • The microphone is precise and clear. It is audible and with a little tinkering you can record even the faintest of whispers.
  • The controls are mounted right on the ear with mute, volume rocker being your options. This is more than sufficient for gamers.
  • Cable is long and the option to use it as a single 3.5mm 4-pole or a dual 3.5mm connection allows you to work with multiple consoles without needing an adapter.
  • Sennheiser uses open back acoustics on the GAME ONE, which allows for a comfortable fit and increases the hours of unending gaming you can do. You hear your voice clearly without any interference.

Sennheiser GAME ONE Cons

  • Construction is a bit subpar even for Sennheiser. Everything is plastic and though it is of a good grade, would have been nice to see the use of metal somewhere.
  • The controls on the side of the right ear are probably its weakest spot. That is the first thing that will short out in the headphones. Our advice, don’t use the controls at all and keep the headphone volume at full.
  • The volume controls on the headphones does not go down to zero or mute. The lowest it allows is about 25%, which can get annoying if you quickly want to mute the audio.

Sennheiser GAME ONE Conclusion

The GAME ONE is Sennheiser’s perfectly priced gaming headset in my opinion. What do you look for in a gaming headset? It should be clear and precise in a game with the ability to catch every single sound effect, giving some sense of direction. It should have a mic that can clearly decipher your voice no matter what pitch you speak in. It should be comfortable after hours of gaming without getting too hot around the ears or burning into your head. The Sennheiser GAME ONE gaming headset checks all the above criteria and then some. Music sounds splendid on these headsets and so do movies – one area where hardcore gaming manufacturers really suffer because that is not what they test for. Sennheiser instead takes its tried and tested hardware from professional music headphones, tweaking it to meet gaming requirements and thus manages to provide a reliable headset in all departments.