Hi all - I've been using the PC38X for about a month and wanted to share my thoughts. I couldn't see a way to post a review, so I'm sharing my personal impressions here. I hope it helps!
My Review of the PC38X
I received the Drop + Sennheiser PC38X about a month ago and have been testing it ever since. As a big fan of the PC37X, I was excited to give it a try, especially since it wasn’t supposed to be a replacement but a “next tier up” from that headset. It was worth the wait. My full review will be forthcoming, but hopefully these early thoughts will help you to decide if it’s worth buying into at this phase.
The first thing to know is that, while the headset looks very similar to the PC37X, it’s a very clear upgrade once you actually begin using it. I find it to be much more comfortable, which is absolutely core for any headphone I’ll be wearing for hours at a time. It’s lightweight at only 253 grams and the split head cushion really does help avoid any soreness at the top of my head. I have short hair, so this is a pretty frequent problem for me.
I also like that it comes with two pairs of cushions, velour and mesh fabric. I prefer the velour, but I also live in New York where the extra warmth is nice as the season ticks into Fall. The mesh cushions are very breatheable and definitely stay cooler. I didn’t hear a major difference between the pads, but more experienced listeners might be able to pick out some more meaningful differences.
The big upgrade here is the drivers. They come “from the same family” as the GSP line. That’s a very welcome thing, as the GSP 500 and GSP 600 variations sounded great. Even though I reviewed both of those headsets, I didn’t stick with them long-term due to their bulkiness and overly “gamer” design. Here, you get the best part of that headphone in a much more comfortable and easy-on-the-eyes package.
When it comes to sound, these have a nice low-end push. For gaming, that’s great for big cinematic moments. The mid-bass becomes this wide, tight wave undergirding what’s soundtracks and washes the during big explosions. I play the Battlefield series and the sound of tanks rolling by is glorious with these. At the same time, they’ve been tweaked to draw out footsteps and callouts. The positionality on these cues is excellent and much better than most of the virtual surround sound solutions I’ve heard. I say it in my formal review, but I’ll say it again here: this is the kind of headset that makes people say “great stereo beats virtual surround any day of the week.”
The soundstage is expectedly excellent. It was good on the PC37X and continues to be a high-point of Drop’s gaming headsets.
For cons, the black and yellow on the headset itself doesn’t really bother me, but I’m not a fan of it on the cables. Maybe it’s just me, but the yellow checkering makes it feel less premium for some reason. The volume wheel is also very odd in that it offers very little resistance (one) and is also unable to actually mute your audio. Turning it all the way down just makes the sound quiet, not silent.
The microphone, which you’ve probably heard all about, is very good, but it’s not as great as it used to be. The headset industry seems to have taken note of gamers’ demands for better microphones and there are some very competitive options out there. The noise cancelling is very good and the compression is slight, but still audible. I would have no qualms using this for Zoom calls, chatting with friends on Discord, or playing games with friends. Like all headset mics right now, it’s just not going to compete with a standalone mic for something like streaming.
Overall, the PC38X is excellent. It has a few quirks but is a solid upgrade that’s proven to be great for gaming, music, Netflix, and chatting with friends. It sounds better and is more comfortable than the PC37X, which was already a very good headset. I would have no problem recommending this to a friend and so also recommend it to you 😊
I would recommend this product to a friend.
Would recommend to a friend.