Sennheiser has given gamers some impressive gaming headsets with the GAME ONE and the GAME ZERO. With the success of their gaming headsets, the company decided to branch out with a new gaming accessory.
The Sennheiser GSX 1000 amplifier made its first appearance back in August. The company’s Binaural Rendering Engine is said to offer gamers next level audio experience when they use the amplifier with their headsets. But, can this small amplifier actually make a significant difference? And with the price point being as much as a gaming headset, will the Sennheiser GSX 1000 live up to the hype?
So I decided to test the GSX 1000 to see if this audio amplifier is worth adding to your gaming setup.
GSX 1000 Design
The Sennheiser GSX 1000 comes in a small box, which also includes a micro-USB cable, along with a guidebook. I didn’t know just how small the audio amplifier was until I actually took it out of the box, it fits perfectly in the palm of my hand.
The design is pretty simple, the amplifier is all black, the writing is in white, with silver on the top. It’s made of plastic so it’s lightweight. On the back, you will find a USB port, as well as ports for your headset, microphone, and your speakers.
On the top, you will find your volume wheel which also features a touchscreen panel, the touch screen panel is backlit, allowing to display the volume as well as the playback settings. The volume wheel moves without any hesitation, no clicking, just a smooth movement.
GSX 1000 Sound
The amplifier comes with 7.1 Surround Sound capability, and you will notice the difference in quality when you go from using the amplifier to just to using the headset. The clarity and amazing Surround Sound were personally the first thing I noticed while using the GSX 1000.
While playing the game Paladins, you have enemies you can hear before you see them. While using the GSX 1000 – I was able to hear my enemies crystal clear, allowing me to make a move before my enemy could.
I will also say, that I was quite impressed with the wide range of frequency the GSX 1000 has to offer. The Frequency range is: 0-48,000Hz, and the company does recommend using one of their headsets. If you don’t use a headset that is between 16-150 ohms you will notice the difference in quality.
You also have three different equalizer modes: Story, music, eSports, Off/neutral (which are displayed by symbols on the panel). This will allow you to set the reverb levels to your preference giving you the best sound for your gaming experience.
At first, I didn’t think the Sennheiser GSX 1000 would make a difference when it came to sound. I was thinking “well, it’s a gaming headset, how much of a difference can the amplifier make?” Well, I was wrong. The GSX 1000 makes a huge difference. I can tweak the sound settings to my personal liking, and with the touch screen being so responsive I don’t have to take my eyes off my monitor for a long period of time.
The GSX 1000 is small enough to take on the road with you. Just plug the amplifier into your laptop, choose your settings and you have surround sound giving you that extra crisp and clear sound that you only get at the movies.
The design and quality make the Sennheiser GSX 1000 a must-have accessory to add to your PC/MAC Gaming setup.
Platform: Mac and PC