The gamer’s holiday gift guide: Sennheiser headphones
Too early to think about spending that upcoming holiday bonus on gifts? Maybe. But it’s never too early to think about spending that latest paycheck on yourself. Either way, if you’re gaming on the Mac or an iOS device, allow us to steer you towards Sennheiser.
Back at my previous gig at the now defunct Technology Tell, I spent a lot of glorious time reviewing headphones. Quality headphones. The kind of headphones you don’t know you need until you pull Apple’s PodBuds out of your earballs and try something that’s more about audio reproduction than clever packaging. And during that time, the company that never failed to impress me was Sennheiser. Their products are fairly priced (unlike Beats), expertly balanced (unlike Beats) and look great (unlike…well, that’s a matter of opinion). And now that you’re going to need Bluetooth in order to accommodate Apple’s latest products, it’s important to know they’re mostly available in wireless models.
Perhaps my favorite Sennheiser model I reviewed is the Momentum on-ear ANC wireless headphones. Back in February of 2015, I said, “… the Sennheiser Momentum wireless headphones hit every checkmark necessary for high-end headphones. They’re incredibly comfortable, they sound marvelous, and they’re diverse enough to work in multiple environments and let you ignore or deal with various interruptions.” Because if there’s one thing gamers hate, it’s interruptions.
Of course, you may not need the noise cancellation, but Sennheiser still has you covered. They offer numerous Momentum models, all of which feature “… lightweight stainless steel sliders which reflect the essential design purity of the range. Crafted from genuine leather for the MOMENTUM Wireless and soft Alcantara® for the MOMENTUM On-Ear Wireless, their ear pads ensure excellent wearing comfort.” They’re fantastic headphones for gaming and for those moments (precious as they are) when you’re able to just relax with some good music.
If you do want that extra thump—either for heavy bass or massive explosions—Sennheiser offers the Urbanite XL Wireless headphones. PAG contributor David Temple checked those out for us last year at Technology Tell, and found that they are, “… impressive enough to rate full marks. The function for which they are designed—delivering good sound to your ears—is handled very well while wrapped in a nice looking and well constructed package. The wireless connectivity is nice for wandering about or just not having to worry about snagging your cable on something, and the touch functions are handy and work well.”
Sennheiser would like to add that, “… even though it majors on style, as a Sennheiser product, there’s no compromise on audio performance: The bass-driven club sound of the URBANITE XL WIRELESS still retains crystal clear trebles, while the apt-X® codec ensures clear, CD-quality wireless sound.”
And although we haven’t tried them out personally, you may also want to check out the PXC 550 Wireless, especially if you tend to spend your gaming time in transit. Sennheiser states that the PXC 550 Wireless headphones “… have been designed to be a smart travel companion. They deliver Sennheiser’s renowned high-quality sound, with NoiseGard™ hybrid adaptive noise cancellation in a sleek wireless headphone. With up to 30 hours of distraction-free listening, the PXC 550 Wireless can span the world on a single charge.”
The choice is yours. Your best bet is to figure out your budget then head on in, but if you happen to live in or around New York City you can pop over to the Sennheiser pop-up store at 134 Prince Street or the Soundscape at Westfield World Trade Center to try them all out. For more information and other locations worldwide, visit the Sennhesier website.