Sennheiser GSP 300 Gaming Headset + GSX 1000 Audio Amplifier: The best Sennheiser's gaming division has to offer to budget gamers
In a bid to experience the best Sennheiser’s gaming audio peripherals have to offer, we take a look at the GSP 300 Gaming Headset and the GSX 1000 Audio Amplifier. While Sennheiser has been known in the audiophile community, their recent gaming lineup with the GAME One and GAME Zero headsets have been heavy on the wallet. The GSP 300 is one of their first budget-friendly offerings while retaining the quality of audio that the brand is known for.
Design and Comfort
Featuring a matte plastic body, blue and grey colors accent the design of the headset and provide a simple look. Unlike most other gaming headsets on the market today, the simplistic design may seem drab but it certainly doesn’t cut any corners when it comes to durability.
I certainly appreciated the emphasis on function over aesthetics and the excellent build quality. On the right ear cup, you can find the volume scroller and the headset’s generous cable length ends with a split for headphone and microphone jacks. Sennheiser does provide the adapter to convert it into a single audio cable, which is useful when connecting to your gaming consoles.
The large foam earpads are comfortable and the clamp pressure on the headband wasn’t too high, so I could easily game for hours on end. The earpads may be small for some users at first, but it doesn’t seem to detract too much from the overall design features of the headset. Measuring in at 100x100x27.5mm, we have the GSX 1000 audio amplifier made of solid plastic for the most part and a large aluminum knob right in the middle. With all the LEDs on the touch panel and the sturdy design, the amplifier exudes the quality and effort put into creating it. On the sides, we have inputs for a 3.5mm headphone hack, USB, microphone and speakers.
Performance and Features
The Sennheiser GSP 300 is poised to take over the budget-friendly tier of gaming headsets, with the brand focusing all of its audio know-how to deliver an incredible listening experience. From the deep bass tones to crashing trebles, you can tell that the headset is fine-tuned to the kind of sound you would expect in most video games. While closed-back headsets like the GSP 300 don’t have the sound stage that open-back headsets would have, they still deliver a remarkable stereo atmosphere that makes for a delightful gaming environment.
The non-detachable microphone on the side of the headset performs well when compared to most other gaming headsets, with great noise-canceling features that make sure to pick up your voice while drowning out any background interference.
On the higher-end side of our Sennheiser package, we have the GSX 1000 amplifier that tries to take the experience up a notch. The digital amplifier may not be at the same level as some of the audiophile regulars already available, but with features geared towards gaming, it finds a suitable spot in a niche market.
Sennheiser boasts that their Binaural Rendering Engine delivers a sublime surround sound experience and I could not disagree. I hooked up the GSX 1000 and became immersed in a vastly improved soundstage which not only added a sense of depth, but also a clearer and more solidified sound quality.
While it may not be flashy, the Sennheiser GSP 300 ticks all the right boxes and makes up for its lack of flair for superb performance and a quality that transcends its price tag. At AED 399 in Dubai, UAE, you would be hard-pressed to find a headset (other than the Hyper X Clouds) that can match it in terms of pure performance.
While the GSX 1000 operates as indicated and delivers a package of quality features, at a price of AED 899 in Dubai, UAE, it’s more expensive than most entry-level audiophile DACs that serve a similar purpose. If you’re mainly interested in the aesthetic and features alone, then the price may be a secondary matter.