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DROP + SENNHEISER PC38X Review (Headphone)

b7676

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What is a Window's game that I can play in demo mode or something to experience such effect?

I would suggest Metro 2033 (Redux) as one of the most memorable high quality audio/positional audio experiences of the past ten years. Included from the main menu is a classic benchmark run; and the 'demo' first gameplay minutes showcases the engine. Much of the game can get pretty quiet. Plenty of nice music being played in game, over there.
GOG trusted distributor, Metro 2033
It seems no one is serving game demos anymore. Either torrent, pay, or enter a walled garden.
 

phoenixsong

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Would you put them over HD560s or tygr300r for gaming?
I haven't personally heard any of these (only own the HD58X and didn't like what I heard on other Beyer sets like the DT series and used to own an Antlion 5.0 mic), but based on many cross comparisons of measurements and reviews of the HD560s and HD58X and PC38X, as well as microphone demos on YouTube, I'd say the 560s would definitely be better if you are using or plan to use a dedicated microphone (can't comment on the Beyers due to personal bias; the MMX 300 2nd Gen is known to have a great attached mic though if that's what you're looking for).

The microphone quality on the PC38X and its distortion measurements make it kind of meh compared to most dedicated headphones/microphones. Currently I am using a Motu M2 and Rode NT1 setup for my gaming and communication needs. I still think the PC38X is great for its tuning and convenience though, as it needs no EQ, Amp or Audio Interface to deliver what it promises. It hits mainstream standards across all aspects, and is a godsend for those looking for something specifically like it at an affordable price (especially when deducting the costs of needing an XLR/USB mic and audio interface or headphone amp which can easily amount to hundreds).

To summarise, it provides decent (but nowhere near top-of-the-range) all-rounded performance at a great price with nice features in a single package
 
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Would you put them over HD560s or tygr300r for gaming?
Solderdude just measured these, the PC38X indeed would be much more preferable without the prominent spike. Distortion in the TYGR doesn't look desirable either
 

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so I got those from drop.com during Black Friday week, with all discounts applied and my "drop cashback" it came down to $100. Was really hard to resist, and cashback was expiring.
Microphone is meh - cuts off all lower freqs, voice sounds unnatural.
But the headphones. For music, even without EQ, - really good. For games - not so much. I have to apply EQ and retry.
Mobile usage - great, and even better with any external DAC, I used Apple USB dongle, beats my laptop or tablet built-in audio. Keep in mind though - those r really open headphones, outside sounds r not blocked at all. If ur in a noisy env (work or bus or car) - I suggest getting closed back headphones.
Volume control is really distracting and annoying for me - I wish they dropped it (pun intended). At first I thought PC38x is "insensitive", but turns out volume was on low.
Headband is OK for me, those two cushions on it r not comfortable at all - bad choice of material.
Earpads - installed r bad, get ur ears hot, I immediately replaced them with (included) velour earpads. Much improved comfort.
As for stiffness and adjusting headband clamping force - I guess my head is just the right size for Senns. :D
Included cables are both with 3.5mm ends. No 6.5mm love. :( Had to dig thru my collection of 3.5-to-6.5 adapters.
Seeing that 58x costs about the same but has no mic, and higher impedance 28 vs 150 Ohm (which is not good for mobile) - I vote for PC38X.
 
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