The Sennheiser Electronic Corporation has been in business for more than 50 years, designing and manufacturing a variety of audio equipment. The Sennheiser PC 330 is one of the company's PC gaming headsets, and it is a less expensive version of the PC 360 headset. The PC 330 took many of the design and capability features of the other and simplified them to bring you a quality product for a lower price.
Both models offer quality stereo sound. The PC series now also includes the PC 363D, which is worth a look for hardcore gamers who want some of the latest features like 7.1 virtual surround sound. The Sennheiser PC 330 has incorporated many features that specifically appeal to gamers, like intuitive controls on the headphone and the ability to mute chat by raising the mic arm. This, along with the superb mid tones that the speakers output, makes this our TopTenREVIEWS Bronze Award winning PC gaming headset. Overall it and the other PC series models covered all the areas that we wanted.
This PC gaming headset has a stereo output that adds an audible environment to the viewable world that you play in. The human ear can hear frequencies in a range from about 20 to 20,000Hz, but the Sennheiser PC 330 claims to dip into subsonic and ultrasonic frequencies. Subsonic and ultrasonic frequencies are those that extend beyond the 20 to 20,000Hz range. This gaming headset drops down to a 15Hz subsonic frequency and reaches up to an ultrasonic level of 28,000Hz. The reason for exceeding the standard is that some of that additional range can be felt, if not heard, by everyone. The headset's mid-levels are great and the highs are good but the bass is a little weak.
Maybe our expectations from Sennheiser were just inflated, but unfortunately, that additional range does not necessarily make the sound better. The Sennheiser PC 330 headset allows you to effectively communicate with your teammates, but it is not perfect. The mid tones are clear and precise, but the lows are weak. The highs are fine, but we would have liked just a little more out of these gaming headphones.
Once again, the PC 363D is an improvement in terms of sound, and the surround sound it offers is crisper, clearer and deeper on all levels. You’ll pay quite a bit more for PC 363D model, but serious gamers will want to give it a look. If you want to go the more economical route the PC 330 is a solid option.
The Sennheiser PC 330 is a closed-type headset that is somewhere between circumaural and supra-aural. The cups just are not big enough to fit completely around your ears. The volume control is positioned with gamers in mind since it is located on the right ear cup rather than integrated into the cable. Cable controls can be difficult to locate without looking away from what you are doing. The placement on the ear cup offers a simple alternative that makes finding controls more intuitive.
You can mute the mic by flipping up the mic arm, but it takes both hands away from what you are doing because it is too resistant to operate with one hand. That eliminates the possibility of using it in the middle of a firefight, unfortunately. The right ear cup on the Sennheiser PC 330 pivots out of the way so that you can hear what is going on around you. This also requires both hands, so if you need to hear what your buddy is saying, it is easier just to slide the whole right cup off like you would with any other PC gaming headset. It would be good if the headband were more adjustable to accommodate bigger heads too.
Since the Sennheiser PC 330 utilizes 3.5 mm connectors, that means you can use them with any mobile device that requires 3.5 mm connectors. That includes everything from music players to full-fledged media devices like tablets. The length of the cable is about 10 feet, which leaves more than enough room to plug this PC gaming headset into the rear ports of your computer. In addition, it comes with a carrying case so that you can more easily transport this secret weapon to LAN parties.
Sennheiser is one of two PC gaming headset companies we reviewed that offer more than the typical single-year warranty. No, they go the next step and double the warranty just to ensure that you are protected from any belated defects cropping up. For technical support, the company has lots of online content you can peruse, including FAQs. If you cannot find the information you are looking for there, feel free to call or email the tech team and they will be happy to assist you.
The Sennheiser manufacturing company really knows what it is doing, and the evidence is apparent with the Sennheiser PC 330 headset. This PC gaming headset has an intuitive design and quality sound. There are still a few minor details that need to be improved, such as a smoother volume control, mute and a band that can be adjusted to accommodate larger heads. But overall this is a solid headset and the PC series is headed in the right direction, keeping it competitive with the best series in our PC gaming headset reviews.
The Sennheiser PC 330 headset has an attractive, gaming-friendly design and a flip-up mute system.
The bass frequency response is a little weak.
This PC gaming headset is a great value as it is well made and has many features gamers look for, like intuitive controls on the headset.