Product Name: GSP 600 (Headset) + GSX 1000 (DAC)
Product Type: Gaming Headset + DAC
Cost at Time of Review: £219.99 (Headset) + £199.99 (DAC)
Works With: Headset – PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 + DAC – PC
Release Date: Out Now!
Sennheiser GSP 600
Appearance + Features
Let’s begin with the main part of this setup of Sennheiser’s new gaming gear. The look of this looks like it could be army grade. Don’t let that dishearten you. While the headset does look big and heavy, until you try it on you will feel otherwise. You can compare this to many other headsets like the Steel Series Arctis range or the Corsair Void Pro and you can clearly see that the Sennheiser GSP 600 is a brute yet oh so comfy.
On the left ear cup, it contains your mic that is a swivel up and down. This is your mute. Up – no one can hear you, down – everyone can hear you. This is to remove any other buttons that aren’t necessary to compensate on the looks and usability; keeping it simple. Normally I do not like the mute buttons being like this however on the GSP 600 it has a nice crisp click, indicating to you that the mic is muted. There is also another indication when plugged into the GSX 1000, but we will get to that soon. If you haven’t noticed, however, the mic is a direct take on the Sennheiser PC 373D. Seeing that, it was like a little easter egg from playing a game. The mic itself boasts Noice-Cancelling, a big feature of Sennheisers and works incredibly well. If you have a very clacky keyboard like myself, you will be surprised it picks this up very little and very little background noise. The first thing a friend of mine had said was the GSP 600 was a lot clearer than the previous Corsair Void Pro I used to use and the Corsair had one of the best mic’s.
Moving on over to the right ear cup it’s simple. No over the top buttons, no programmables, nothing as such, all it is, is the volume control. The volume control is a swivel control and is rather tough. The weird thing is, the more you use it in quick succession the easier it is, you then leave it and it goes back to being tough again. Is that part of the design? An issue with this headset? Or a known issue with the GSP 600. However, without the DAC you’re going to use this quite a bit, with it, it’s going to be very rare you use it and control it all from the DAC.
The cups feature a skeletal design with silver metal holding the frame to the cup that makes it look like the cups are kind of floating and makes you question where are the cables but if you look hard enough behind the frame you can just see it, you have to actively look for those wires to be able to even notice they’re there and hidden really well. The skeletal design isn’t all about looks either, it does add extra swivel to the head make them extra comfy fitting even my huge head. You have your standard in and out but you also have the swivel moving back and forth setting the cup on an angle while on your head making sure it covers your ear entirely helping block out any background noise. This combined with the memory foam, leather and suede sit beautifully on your ears without any friction. All of this helps create a Noise-Canceling without the feature even being in the cups cause it’s not necessary.
The cups can slide up and down meeting your ears nicely and also has a customizable design on top adding to the comfort in the form of adjustable headbands helps with the tension on your head so the cup fits just nice but not too tight on your head. I can absolutely say with all those design and features, the headset feels incredible. I have never actively had to take the headset off due to weight or being uncomfortable. You can clearly see Sennheiser has taken control of the situation, took a step back and took a hard stance that it isn’t all about sound while not losing their signature sound that Sennheiser is known for.
We all know who Sennheiser are. You listen to music often enough you know who the big boasters are and Sennheiser are up there adding bang for their buck so you know exactly what comes when you use any Sennheiser product, you won’t be let down and they have taken what they are well known for in the music world and added it to their gaming line up without removing any quality. I have tested the GSP 600 with and without the DAC. This will lead on perfectly to the GSX 1000 review as they’re the perfect setup. I tend to watch a lot of YouTube and TV Shows on my PC so this perfect for me. I tend to use the Corsair Void Pro for comfort while gaming and switch to the Bost QC35 when watching shows for sheer sound quality. With the GSP 600, I don’t need to do this. The sound quality for music and TV shows are one to be proud of. When using the GSP 600 without the GSX 1000 it is connected via 2 aux leads. 1 for audio and 1 for mic. Very unnatural for headset boasting it is used for gaming as they tend to be wireless or USB but if you use it as is it is perfect for music, phone calls, Skype etc but I fully recommend getting the GSX 1000 if you are going to be using it for gaming.
Sennheiser GSX 1000
Appearance + Features
The GSX 1000 is not big at all. Not compared to many amps/DACs on the market but boasts big things. The size does it justice for sure, it looks good on the desk and doesn’t take a lot of space in between my keyboard and mouse. Easy to move around and place where needs be. The design is a solid black, matte top finish with 4 red lights on each corner and a dial in the middle to control the DAC features. The red lights on each corner act as touch buttons. You can set a profile to each on by holding them in for a few seconds. The center has an aluminium dial controlling the volume of the device. If you have the GSP 600 plugged in you won’t ever need to use the dial on your headset and will always use the dial on the DAC for volume so no need to worry about that stiff volume dial. On the display, you can control everything easily with it being touch buttons again.
When not in use, after a few seconds, the display will dim and will show a very faint volume so you know where it currently sat at as well as a very faint white light showing what profile you have chosen. The great thing about this is less energy being used and added feature being if you hover your hand just over the top of the display it awakens again for a few seconds if not in use.
The display features 6 icons to control various features and very easy to understand with the images shown. With a simple touch, you can go through the settings of those set features. These contain various settings from side tones which is superb on this and can be adjusted so you don’t have too much background noise. Up to changing the output from 7.1 to 2.0 if needed.
If you turn over to the back of the DAC you see a very simple design of inputs keeping everything to a minimum so no messy cables. You have 3 3.5mm inputs and a USB cable. Mic, Headset, and speakers are the three main inputs here and the USB, of course, going to the PC. On the bottom, you have a clip out stand that allows the GSX 1000 sits at a slight angle so you’re not constantly looking down on it.
The beauty of the GSX 1000 is that there is no software required what-so-ever making this one of the easiest DAC’s to control. No clutter of settings it does it all for you on the display while retaining all of the quality Sennheiser is known for and still giving a range of settings to adjust with.
Using the GSX 1000 with the GSP 600 is hands down the best headset for gaming I’ve ever had the chance to use. The way the GSX 1000 controls the virtual 7.1 output for gaming is incredible. This is the best virtual 7.1 I have ever heard in any headset I’ve used for gaming and I use the Corsair Void Pro which is one of the best 7.1s out there! This all comes at the helping hand of Sennheiser’s superb Binaural Rendering Engine that converts that 7.1 audio and gives you that full sense of direction. The music output makes a huge difference. I play a lot of PUBG and can usually tell roughly on the top compass a direction a shot came from giving a rough area. It is weird but you can pretty much guarantee where the direction is with the use of both of these incredible pieces of hardware. The GSX 1000 was already great with a simple 3.5mm input for music but with the GSX 1000, it takes it to a whole new level. Where the lows were the key point, we now have a nice balance of bass to audio quality on music, shows, and gaming.
While setting up my profiles it was so easy to use. Not having to equalize sound on a PC program and having it all on one small screen that does it for me. While there are 4 profile buttons in each corner I only needed 3 to set up. Gaming, Movies, and Music. Gaming, obviously having the 7.1 on and also sidetone set to high to be able to hear me think while talking to friends also I did mention muting, you know it has been muted with a slight click on the mic being lifted up but also turns of the sidetone so you definitely know nothing is being picked up. Also turning on the gaming feature which is in the top right of the DAC display pretty much-setting everything up for me and doing the same for Music and Movies, most of it is done for you with little changes to suit you.
The GSX 1000 and the GSP 600 work so well together I’m surprised they are not packaged as a bundle. You do have to purchase them separately but if you are in the market for a new headset and have a nice little budget you’re going to be looking at the Arctis Pro Wireless and the Victrix Pro AF so you might want to check this set up also. While the Arctis and Victrix at this price range already include DAC’s included in their packaging so you may look at the GSP 600 or the GSX 1000 separately but they, in all honesty, be bundled as one as this, is the ultimate gaming headset.