Sennheiser have always had a rep as being top of the tree for personal music listening, and now they’re in the gaming, erm, game. We took the EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 500 wired gaming headset for a spin.
It could be argued that as long as headset sounds good, it doesn’t matter what it looks like. We’d never make that argument, because to us, like to many, aesthetics do indeed matter. The GSP 500 is one seriously slick looking headset, coming in classic black with metallic red and silver highlights in a design that looks like it means business without being too showy about it.
This particular headset is an open back design, which is helpful both for delivering natural sound that helps maintain a feeling that you exist in the world around you – closed back models can tend to cut you off a bit too much (although admittedly some prefer that sensation) – and for comfort. Especially in extended listening sessions, the GSP 500 allows your ears to breathe and, coupled with the padded, adjustable headband, makes for less of a sweaty head. These things matter!
“The GSP 500 is one seriously slick looking headset…”
Despite its weight of 358gms, which is a little chunkier than many competing headsets – the efforts made to make the GSP 500 feel comfortable on the head meant that we found it supremely comfy for long gaming sessions. With four adjustment points you’re sure to find the right fit for any sized bonce. Meanwhile, that little bit of extra weight over some competitors has also been used to make the GSP 500 tough, as it really feels built to last.
There are no RGB bells and whistles or software to go with the GSP 500, with its modus operandi being great sound out of the box. That Sennheiser heritage comes through as soon as you pump any game – or music – through it, with clear, natural sounding audio filling your ears. The bass is excellent, too, as is the sense of space when playing. You want heaps of controls? Look elsewhere, as here you get an easily accessed volume wheel on the right earcup and that’s about it. Wonderfully uncomplicated.
Being a gaming headset, naturally there’s a noise-cancelling microphone attached. In our tests we were coming through loud and clear, and we appreciated how it can be snugly folded up and out of the way when not in use. The flexible boom makes it easy to position just right, and the automatic mute functionality when you fold it upwards is very handy. It isn’t removable, but this likely isn’t the sort of headset that you’d take with you outdoors anyway.
The GSP 500 being a wired headset has distinct advantages, in particular that it can be used on pretty much anything that comes with a 3.5mm jack, be it games console, portable audio device or phone. We tested it on PC, PS4 and Switch, all of which were easy to set up via one of the two included detachable cables, one for PC, and one for 3.5mm equipped devices.
If you’re looking for a really great sounding headset that looks the part and is built to last then we highly recommend shortlisting the EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 500.
The EPOS|Sennheiser GSP 500 wired gaming headset is available now.