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I have the steelseries arctis 5 which is a closed back headset and I want to buy the pc37x which is open back , can someone tell me the differences plz
much bigger sound stage but not as much head shaking bass. bass is still there for fps but is much more of an enjoyable experience audio wise through a variety of games and can still perform well on FPS for example soundwhoring on r6.
also if you do not mind the audio leaks from the open back design is something to keep in mind if you usually play on high volume
You will hear what's around you more but your voice won't feel muffeled like with closed back so voice chat feels more natural without sidetone
Open backs provide more ventilation, which is nice for heat but also it helps improve the illusion of “speaker like” sound that seems to come from further away. Closed headphones have a “backwave,” basically the sound that comes off the back of the driver (the headphone’s “speaker”) and echos off the closed back of the earcup... it arrives very close to the same time as the front wave, but it very slightly blurs the sound. The PC37X drivers are also angled 15°, which also helps them sound more like speakers in front of you and project a larger “soundstage.” Neither of them will have game audio bleed into the chat, unless you have a software problem or a bad adapter crossing the signals. The PC37X still has the bass accentuated a bit more than a studio “neutral,” but it does it in a pleasant way (probably less than the Steelseries, I haven’t heard that headphone). EDIT: @Crosshairs made a good point about sidetone and muffled voice. Cover your ears with your hands and talk... that’s what your voice will sound like to you while wearing the Steelseries, unless you add sidetone.
So, in summary, the open backed headset will keep cooler, sound bigger and more speaker like, more natural and detailed, and you can still hear the room you’re in (and someone right next to you will hear a quiet tiny version of whatever you’re listening to, won’t be heard through a closed door).
Sennheiser Impedance: 50 Ω
steelseries Headphone Impedance 32 Ohm
The higher the ohms the more power it will take to drive them.
32 ohm or lower would be more my preference for PC use.
No. Resistance (the impedance measurement) and Sensitivity (SPL) are the two factors that determine how much power is required to drive headphones.
The sensitivity on these are high enough (116 dB I believe) that you won’t have any trouble amping them straight from a PC motherboard. In fact, the slightly higher impedance makes them slightly less susceptible to issues from cheap outputs.
I use half or less of the volume setting on my iMac when I plug these straight into the desktop.