The Sennheiser PC 363D is the best-rated headset we've seen for PC gaming. Reviewers say it has good general sound quality, with excellent surround sound and clear voice transmission. It's also comfortable to wear, and the on-ear volume control is easy to use.
Puts you in the scene. Professional reviewers are enthusiastic about the Sennheiser PC 363D's sound performance. Campbell Simpson of PC World Australia says that with the "excellent stereo separation" in surround-sound mode, "it's a breeze to tell where gunfire is coming from in a 360-degree arc." Reviewers like the overall sound performance as well; Simpson describes it as "very detailed and open for a set of gaming headphones." However, experts and users concede that they don't match the sound quality of top-notch music headphones. Several reviews at Amazon.com say the bass is too weak, while the high end can sound harsh. Reviewers have no complaints about the microphone, however, saying voice transmissions come through very clearly. Keep in mind that surround sound requires the use of an included USB sound card, and that's PC only. Sound is stereo-only on other platforms, and optional adapters may also be required.
Good for long play sessions. Most reviewers find these Sennheiser PC 363D gaming headphones comfortable to wear. The telescoping headband expands to fit a wide variety of head sizes, and the hinges can adjust up and down slightly to conform to the sides of the wearer's head. Both the headband and the ear pads are lined in soft fabric, and the metal ear cups have slits cut into them for cooling. Simpson and Evan Kypreos of UK-based TrustedReviews.com say they can wear these for hours at a time without problems. Only a few users at Amazon complain that the headphones are too tight or too hot for long-term use.
Great … if you only game on a PC. The Sennheiser PC 363D is pricey, and its limited support for console games means it's not the best choice for video gamers who play on multiple systems. On the plus side, Kypreos notes that the headphones are solidly built, despite their all-plastic construction. The main complaint we saw about them on Amazon.com is that the sound card software is fairly weak. "There are no EQ settings, no mic modulation, no level balancing, no adjustments of any kind," complains one user. "You can choose stereo surround or one of the surround sound modes and that is it."
1. Good Gear Guide by PC World Australia
The Sennheiser PC 363D is PC World Australia's Editor's Choice pick for gaming headphones, with a near-perfect overall rating of 4.75 stars out of 5. Campbell Simpson says this comfortable, well-built headset has excellent sound and "all the bells and whistles a PC gamer could need."
Review: Sennheiser PC 363D Gaming Headphones, Campbell Simpson, Dec. 11, 2012
In this detailed review, Evan Kypreos awards the Sennheiser PC 363D 9 points out of a possible 10. He says its audio performance is "fantastic," the headphones fit comfortably, and the on-ear controls are easy to use. Although they're not pretty to look at, these headphones are built to last, Kypreos says.
Review: Sennheiser PC 363D review, Evan Kypreos, March 25, 2014
We found about 65 reviews for the Sennheiser PC 363D at Amazon.com. Users give it 4.5 points out of 5 overall, saying the sound is excellent and the fit is very comfortable. The main complaint we saw is that the USB sound card's software should allow for more user adjustments.
Review: Sennheiser PC 363D High Performance Surround Sound Gaming Headset, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014