EPOS H6PRO Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset Review

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EPOS H6PRO Closed Acoustic Gaming Headset Review

Summary

The EPOS H6PRO closed-back headset is a superb gaming headset for serious or even professional gamers that demand no latency and the absolute best performance.

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Pros

  • Premium Product
  • Excellent neutral sound profile, ideal for gaming
  • Comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions

Cons

  • Premium Price

The EPOS H6PRO was launched last year and is the official headset for all EPOS Esports teams. Like most of the EPOS gear, it is a wired gaming headset providing minimal latency and is essentially an upgraded version of the older EPOS I Sennheiser GSP 600.

One key difference with these new headphones is that they come in both open and closed back models.

Open Back vs Closed Back Headphones

I was sent the closed acoustic, which is the most common style of headset.

Many audiophile headphones opt for the open back style as they tend to offer a more natural sound profile without the low-frequency build-up caused by closed backs.

Due to air being able to pass through the headset, they should help with heat regulation, making long gaming sessions a bit more comfortable.

I have not tested this personally, but I would assume open back offers superior virtual surround sound. They naturally have a better soundstage giving you more separation between the left and right channels.

The reason why open back headphones are not more popular is because they let sound both in and out. Using them in public or loud spaces is not ideal at all.  

Closed back headphones, therefore, offer far superior noise isolation and improved bass response.

While I have not used the open back variant of the EPOS H6PRO, if you tend to game by yourself in a quiet room/house this will likely offer better performance than the closed model.

EPOS vs H3 and GSP 600

Looking at the FAQ on the EPOS website, the EPOS H6PRO is essentially an upgrade of the GSP 600.

In comparison, the H6PRO has a new sleeker design and slimmer headband. Then the microphone is now detachable with a magnetic connection system to ensure easy removal and attachment. Furthermore, the microphone boom arm is longer for improved microphone pick-up and positioning flexibility, with a slimmer design.

In comparison to the cheaper H3, the H6PRO has a completely different headset speaker system and the materials used and finish are of higher quality. It also has a detachable mic.

Specification / Features

  • Driver: 42mm Dynamic, closed
  • Frequency response: 20-20.000 Hz
  • Impedance: 28 Ω
  • Sensitivity: 117 dB SPL @1kHz 1V RMS
  • THD: <0,7% @1kHz 1V RMS
  • Microphone:
    • Frequency response: 100-10.000 Hz
    • Pick-up pattern: Bidirectional
    • Sensitivity: -35 dBV/Pa @1kHz
    • Style: Detachable

Design / Comfort

The above photos show how the H6PRO has a very different design than the GSP 602. It is a bit more subtle and sleek, though I actually liked the way the GSP 602 looked.

The headband is quite a bit slimmer, but perhaps the biggest change for me was the switch from the leatherette earcups to felt cloth material. I found this improves comfort, helping keep the clamminess down to a minimum.

On your head, they feel about the same; both headphones comfortable cover my large ears.

The combination of the lighter weight and cloth earcups make these feel a bit more comfortable for long term use than the GSP 602.

Conversely, the H3 is much smaller, and the earcups sit on top of my ears. They feel far less comfortable to me than the H6PRO.

Performance / Sound Quality

The sound quality is similar to the GSP 602; both are excellent for gaming headsets and both sound quite a bit better than the H3.

Similar to most EPOS gear, these offer a well balanced, relatively neutral sound profile that works well for gaming, music and movies.

In comparison, most mainstream music focussed headphones will have a V-shaped sound profile, accentuating the lows and highs. This often sounds pleasing for the user but sacrifices detail and is not ideal for gaming.

Therefore bass is more subdued than compared to normal headphones. It helps the ambient in-game noises come through without being overwhelmed by gunfire or explosions. This also works well for vocals too, both with music but also when in-game.

Treble is good too because there is not too much uplift in the highs. I found that these don’t suffer from the same fatiguing nature many headphones have nowadays.

Microphone performance is excellent for a headset, my voice is clear, and background noises are filtered out well. You can then disable the microphone by lifting it up, or alternatively, the microphone is easily detachable thanks to the magnetic mounts.

Price and Alternative Options

The EPOS H6PRO are priced at £150, available from EPOS and Amazon.

The EPOS H3Pro Hybrid are available on Amazon for £225, and the EPOS H3 Hybrid are just £105

You can still buy the old EPOS I Sennheiser GSP 600 models, and these are around £105.

While £150 isn't that expensive in the world of music orientated headphones, it is quite pricy as far as a gaming headset goes.

It is only a couple of Astro headsets or the Steelseries Arctis Pro that are wired and cost around the same price as this.

For a similar price, you can pick up a lot of excellent wireless gaming headsets, including the HyperX Cloud II Wireless, Razer Blackshark V2 Pro and SteelSeries Arctis 7X. The EPOS Sennheiser GSP 370 wireless headset is also just £135, available on Amazon.

Overall

The EPOS H6PRO closed-back headset is a superb gaming headset for serious or even professional gamers that demand no latency and the absolute best performance.

They sound great, with a natural sound profile that provides plenty of detail ideal for gaming, and they are comfortable to wear for prolonged periods of time.

However, the price puts these well into the price range of good quality wireless headsets and for casual gamers, that makes them a bit of a hard sell.

Last update on 2022-05-28 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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