Practical Test: Headphones and Microphone
Of course, we have also dedicated ourselves to the central functions of the headset. First, it should be noted that Sennheiser offers several sound modes. In addition to the standard mode, there is a music mode, an e-sport mode and a game mode.
We were dissatisfied with the music mode. In this mode, the bass seemed to be loud and booming, which might be nice for some songs, but absolutely counterproductive for many. The idea of implementing a music mode is perhaps a nice one, but in practice it’s a rather ludicrous one, since the individual music genres and their sub-genres and their individual pieces of music, which perhaps cannot be meaningfully classified, differ in such a way that a single mode will never be able to do justice to the vast number of very different pieces of music.
We liked the e-sports mode better. The bass is largely contained here, which led to good results in the test. In game mode, on the other hand, the bass is raised again so that everything sounds deeper and duller. This may work sometimes, but in many cases it does not.
In normal mode the bass is also very dominant. Usually this is not noticeable in a negative way, but with deep and loud tones, which occur in games and movies for example with shots, explosions and the like, the bass sometimes becomes unpleasantly dominant. Apart from this weakness, we have nothing wrong with him. In the mid-range, which should be of particular interest to music and film lovers as well as Discord and Co, the headset is fully convincing. The middles are balanced and differentiated. The same can be said about the heights. Here, too, we were very satisfied.
The headset is capable of reproducing surround and Dolby sound, which most users should be happy to hear. We were really enthusiastic about these two sound effects in the test. The GSP 550 clearly outshines many other headsets in this respect. However, this should be deactivated for voice transmissions.
We noticed the microphone positively in the test. Due to its orientation and shape, it hardly picks up lateral tones, which is an advantage in gaming. The voice of the speaker is transmitted well and clearly. We rate the noise cancelling offered, which can be activated in the software, as average. Noise is largely eliminated. The microphone is well suited for ordinary conversations. But hear for yourself:
The associated software can be obtained free of charge via the Internet. The installation is done enormously fast. Afterwards some settings can be made in the software. The three presented profiles can be activated or deactivated here. Noise cancelling and surround sound can also be switched on and off here.
The software does not offer much more – but more is not necessary. The software is designed in such a way that quick orientation is possible without any problems. If you want to do without additional settings, you can also use the headset without any software at all. In principle, it is ready for operation immediately after connection.