Although many may not know about EPOS, they have heard of their products. The newly formed company came out of the Sennheiser brand, which in recent years has dabbled in gaming products. The venture wanted to "evolve in different set-ups" and the result of that is EPOS, which will still sell EPOS Sennheiser gear but will push for more of its own brand in the future.
The move gives the company a compelling pedigree, but at the same time, it's a name that will have be more familiar with consumers.
One of the last products to launch under the EPOS Sennheiser branding is the GSP 300. It's the most affordable of EPOS entry level products, and for the $99.95 price tag, players get a solid set of cans. At 362 grams, it's light enough to be comfortable for extended periods of play, and the design echoes its highest end wired headset - the GSP 600.
Although it has the looks of a great product, it's the details that matter, and the GSP 300 has several issues that knock it down a few notches. One of the clear differences is the headphone jack. Instead of one 3.5mm jack, it has two separate ones for microphone and headphone audio. It's a detail that's no problem for PC players but will be an issue for everyone else. An included adapter fixes the issue, but it's still another part that users have to worry about.
When it comes to communication, the headset has a great microphone. It picks up a user's voice precisely and the noise canceling makes sure outside noise doesn't garble messages. Functionally, muting is as easy as lowering and raising the boom mic. It does the job for gamers.
That's the theme surrounding the GSP 300. It doesn't have any frills and is singularly focused on giving players a good but unexceptional experience. For those who want the best, it's better to look at the more expensive models, but for the price, the GSP 300 has above-average sound quality.
It doesn't have the punch of the GSP 600, Logitech Pro or the HyperX Cloud Alpha S. That doesn't mean the GSP 300 is bad. The audio has clarity but the bass isn't as beefy as one would expect and the mids fail to stand out from the rest of the audio. Players will get an accurate soundscape, but it won't be as impressive as its peers. The audio feels cooler and focused on balance.
The benefit of this tamer sound is that the bass has a nice roundness that generally holds up at loud volumes. With that said, the headset has its limits and it will produce distortions on bass heavy tracks. At the same time though, the minute details of the audio like bells in the distance or whispers from behind clearly come through.
EPOS is positioning itself as a high-end audio brand for gaming. Thanks to its ties to Sennheiser, the company has the right pedigree for that aproach. The GSP 300 shows what EPOS can do on the affordable end. It's a good but not great device that offers users a hint of what the company is capable of but to hear its best, it's better step up to their premium offerings.
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