Over the years I’ve seen many people praise Sennheiser gaming headsets, but I never had the chance to actually use one for an extended period of time. So when Drop reached out about taking a look at the PC38X I was extremely excited. Well I am happy to report that I was not disappointed at all! This has to be not only one of the best sounding analog headsets I’ve ever used, but also one of the best in general.
The open back design of the earcups giving you a larger sound stage makes all of the difference. This not only translates into a more natural sound for watching media and listening to music, but a more accurate sound for gaming. Playing Apex Legends I was able to pinpoint where an enemy was coming from, where a battle was happening, and where a revive ship was coming in from. As a gamer location accuracy is extremely important and you want a headset that is accurate in that regard, the PC38X is just that. One thing to keep in mind since this is an open back headset is that people around you will be able to hear what you are listening to since the earcups “leak” sound.
The headset is extremely comfortable, although it will take you a bit to get used to. The oval earcups are definitely unique, but after a day or so things should feel pretty normal to you. I had multiple 3+ hour gaming sessions using the headset and after I was done I did not have any pain or irritation around my ears or at the top of my head where the headband sits. If a headset sounds amazing, but is not comfortable you aren’t going to use it, so its great that the PC38X is very comfortable.
The microphone on the headset is quite good too. It has a very full and unprocessed sound, unlike many other gaming headsets. I did notice that it had an odd pickup pattern where the first second or so of you talking would be quiet then the sound would normalize after that. We went over this on the previous page with an audio sample if you want to take a listen. It also would have been nice if the microphone would have been removable from the headset.
Right now you can pick the headset up directly from Drop for $169. While this may seem expensive for an analog headset this is the best-sounding analog headset we’ve ever tested! Overall ThinkComputers gives the Drop + Sennheiser PC38X Gaming Headset a 9 out of 10 score and our Recommended Award!
– Amazing sound for an analog headset
– Open-back design makes for a larger sound stage
– Very accurate in pinpointing enemies in games
– Volume dial on earcup
– Quality build
– Microphone has a weird pickup pattern
– Open-back design means people around you will be able to hear what you are listening to