While Sennheiser are no strangers when it comes to making high end headphones, they’ve only recently up their efforts to carve themselves a niche within the video game market. The GSP 670 wireless headset is by far the most advanced product in this range and one that embodies the German’s manufacturer’s flair for style and versatility. It’s one of the best gaming headsets we’ve ever tested, but comes at a cost.
The GSP 670 has launched at £299, making it considerably more expensive than Sennheiser’s GSP 600 and almost double the price of the new GSP 370. You’ll also be spending an awful lot more tha So what’s in the box? Nestled within are the basics: a USB cable, a GSA 70 wireless n dongle, and then the headset itself.
There’s almost no setup required for this headset. Once you’ve plugged in the wireless dongle or connected over Bluetooth you’re ready to go, with enough juice to last up to 20 hours. Switching on the headset is done by turning up the audio volume dial on the right ear with a switch under the opposite ear cuff that will read out the device’s battery level to you after a quick press.
Although the GSP 670 can be hooked up to any Bluetooth device (also offering Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity) it’s mainly being pitched as a premium option for both PC and PlayStation 4 gamers. That chunky microphone arm is a bit of a giveaway there.
The GSP 670 looks just as stylish as you would imagine a £299 headset to look like. Sturdier than most gaming headsets, this premium Sennheiser model is surprisingly lightweight at just 398g. Bulky yet compact in its design, there’s nothing flimsy or fragile in its construction so durability should never be a concern. Its overall design isn’t breaking any conventions and ticks off those top of the range essentials with convenient control placement and memory foam earpads for comfort.
What makes a headset look aesthetically pleasing is completely subjective though few will be able to find flaws with Sennheiser’s modest yet premium look for the GSP 670. Matte blacks combine with gunmetal greys to create something that will help the headset blend in with the rest of your gaming hardware without being needlessly ostentatious.
With a fairly hefty price tag, you’d expect a degree of customisation. Sennheiser provides its free gaming suite software which lets you dig around to change some more advanced options using its equalizer and microphone tuning features. You can also adjust a handful of presets that can be switched between at the press of a button (these are labelled flat, music, mobile, and esport by default). The biggest downside to the GSP 670 is that these advanced options don’t carry over when using the device on PlayStation 4. You also lose the ability to adjust game and chat audio separately using the two built-in volume dials.
As a result, PS4 gamers may feel slightly shortchanged. One alternative, Sony’s own Platinum wireless headset, is a far more versatile option thanks to its own dedicated console app with game-specific presets and its heavily marketed 3D audio feature.
However, in terms of overall sound quality, the Sennheiser GSP 670 comes out on top. It bombards your ears with much richer soundscape than most lower and mid tier headsets, yet you’re able to discernibly pick apart the layers of music, dialogue, and audio effects.
We put the headset through its paces, sampling a number of recent games including Metro: Exodus, Rainbow Six Siege, and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. Although headsets can amplify those engrossingly cinematic solo experiences, multiplayer gamers are the main focus and the GSP 670 doesn’t disappoint.
Even with a constant cacophony of explosions, we were able to slice through the noise to pick up character voice lines, footsteps, and other audio cues. They won’t affect your trigger finger in online shooters, but gives you a better idea on where to focus your firepower.
The Sennheiser’s microphone also impresses with its noise cancellation tech, allowing for crystal clear comms between teammates. Beyond playing in matches, the voice audio quality is great for recording and broadcasting too, making the GSP 670 an attractive option for streamers and content creators in need of a reliable upgrade.