Drop + Sennheiser PC38X Gaming Headset – PowerUp!

The Drop + Sennheiser PC38X gaming headset is a sequel to the legendary PC37X that garnered much acclaim at the time. Formerly known as Massdrop, Drop is a company that partners with bigger brands such as Sennheiser to create special or limited edition variants of existing products. In this case, Drop and EPOS Sennheiser have created a variant of the EPOS Game One Open Acoustic Gaming headset. The result is one of the best sounding gaming headsets I’ve ever heard. Hell, it’s one of the best headphones I’ve ever heard.

Drop + Sennheiser PC38X Gaming Headset

The PC38X, which costs $169, is a refined version of the Game One, looking slimmer and sleeker than its predecessor. It is lighter for one, weighing 253g, which is a 50g drop in weight. It doesn’t look much different from the PC37X either, that is, it looks like old-fashioned Sennheiser gaming headsets that were frankly over the top. What’s worse is that it looks and feels so tacky, which would work against you if you judge books by their covers.

Plus, Drop hasn’t adopted EPOS’s new magnetic removable boom arm, which is a damn shame as that’s one of the best things about the new headsets. That said, the microphone sounds pretty decent and will work perfectly for game chat and Zoom calls. The voice is clean, clear without sounding compressed or nasal like most headsets. Here’s a quick example.

The comfort is great with just enough clamping force to hold the large oval ear cups in place while providing adequate sealing for the sound. The headband has a soft memory foam cushion and a small opening in the middle to relieve pressure on the top of your head. I can testify that I have never had any discomfort even with daily use.

The ear cups use a similar memory foam wrapped in a soft cloth or mesh-knit fabric. Swapping them is just a simple pull to remove and click to place. Neither is remarkably comfortable, but they’re good enough for several hours without heating or damaging your skin. If you prefer leather, you can buy optional Dekoni pads from Drop for $40.

As a wired headset, there isn’t much control, other than the flat volume dial on the outside of the right earcup. The design of this drive is more tactile and easier to use than the indented EPOS H3 headsets† There’s also no mic mute button, which is built into the arm’s folding mechanism. The left earcup houses the 3.5mm audio cable port and the PC38X comes with a braided cable that is sturdy and durable. It is, however, a little stiff and prone to kinking, but otherwise not disruptive to the listening experience.

The PC38X is designed to work with any device, whether it’s a powered DAC/AMP system or simply plugged into a console controller. This makes it a true multiplatform headset that you can just plug in and play – no software or dongles required. Drop has (pun intended) lowered the driver’s power requirements to just 28 Ohms, meaning this headset will work with just about anything and still sound great.

And sound great, it really does. So good, in fact, that the PC38X almost matches my professional studio quality Beyerdynamic DT 900 Pro X who are simply in a different league. Even more surprising, the PC38X uses similar drivers to the EPOS GSP 500, which I initially found rather disappointing in my review.

That headset was very clean and airy as an open back should be, but seriously underwhelming in the bass department – even when plugged into the GSX 300 amp. The PC38X is a completely different beast and I was immediately blown away by the sound reproduction, powerful bass, rich mids and clear highs.

As a result, games sound more realistic, detailed and immersive. The combination of open back and unique angled drivers results in excellent imaging and positional accuracy. While these aren’t surround sound headphones, the soundstage is so expansive that I often caught myself taking the headsets off to make sure what I was hearing wasn’t in the real world.

Play games like Red Dead Redemption 2 with its intricate and detailed world is such a delight. Hear the knock-knock of your horse or the massive thud of a shotgun or listen to the various conversations that take place as you walk through the city. In Lot 2I could clearly hear enemies running around and pointing out where they are just by the sound of gunshots, footsteps, or Super activation.

Even connect the PC38X to my Playstation 4 controller to play Ghost of Tsushima still delivered an incredible audio experience that made the game even more awesome than it already is. Every bit of my Katana or the soft sound of the guiding wind rustling through the trees. Everything was so clean and detailed.

And yes, as open-back headsets you can still hear the real world very clearly, but I actually liked that. This is similar to my DT 900 Pro X, but as a work-from-home dad, I’m thankful that I can still hear my kids and wife talk around or to me without interrupting my listening experience.

verdict

The Drop + Sennheiser PC38X is an easy recommendation for anyone looking for the best gaming audio. I’ve reviewed dozens of gaming headsets over the years and nothing comes close to the PC38X’s prowess. The legend is really well deserved. The only issues I have are purely aesthetic. The PC38X just looks so plasticy and old-fashioned in its design compared to the much cooler EPOS H3 and H6 designs. And that non-removable microphone doesn’t help. But none of these issues are enough to stop me from calling this one of my top three gaming headsets ever.

Drop + Sennheiser PC38X Gaming Headset

LIKES

Phenomenal sound in games and media

All day comfort

Good microphone

Replaceable ear cushions

DISLIKES

Old-school aesthetic

Non-removable microphone

9

It doesn’t get much better than this

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