Sennheiser PC150 Headset - (Paging Jason Cross)

I saw your sidebar article on the Sennheiser headset product line in November’s Computer Games magazine, and I wanted to ask you a question about the PC150. Are the earpads sized to go completely around your ears?

The pictures make it look that way, but since I can’t find anyplace that carries them locally, I can’t just go and look for myself. I’m interested because the earpads on the headset I use now (a Plantronics Audio 90) press the tops of my ears against the earpieces of my glasses, which makes my ears ache after a while.

Thanks in advance.

I have the Sennheiser HD500’s.

If the PC150’s are labeled as “binetic” headphones, it means they’re designed to rest on your skull, surrounding the ear.

Sennheiser = Pure gold, by the way. I don’t think it’s possible to go wrong with them.

These are mine.

I have a pair of Sennheisers, original cost around $75, that I bought a few years ago… not bad, still gave me “ear burn.”

I’m very tempted to get one of the newer ones, maybe one with a mic or the one in the new CGW, since I can’t seem to find my old pair… Generally though, yeah man, Sennheisers rule. Got mine from

— Alan

I’m not seeing the PC150 on Sennheiser’s website. Got a link?

HD 580s here… first pair of “over the hear” headphones I’ve owned, and I love 'em.

My home gaming is almost exclusively through the 'phones, and these things are so comfortable I can wear them for hours with no complaints. And the sound quality is exceptional.

Link for the PC150:

Those are definitely gonna rest on your ears, not on your skull.

Do you really need a boom mic? I mean, couldn’t you just get a good digital noise cancellation mic, and a good set of headphones?

I’ve worn my HD500’s to bed, woke up with them still on, and there wasn’t the slightest bit of discomfort.

I used to have a pair of Sony headphones that somehow went around the ears without being the incredibly large kind that you guys have linked to. Of course, since it was a good product that worked very well, I don’t think they’re made anymore, nor can I remember the model number in order to find a picture. I’m still annoyed at the cat my dad used to have for chewing through the cord. I should have repaired or replaced them when I had the chance. :( (This was about 4+ years ago.)

I’d prefer to have a boom mic, as my desk is crowded enough already what with the CH Fighterstick on the right, the CH Pro Throttle on the left, and the standalone numeric keypad to the right of that… :) (The headset is for voice comms while flying IL-2FB in case you couldn’t tell.)

While I would be willing to spend some extra money to get good comfort, the $70 for the PC-150 is well on the steep side to me. I imagine that the headphones you guys have linked to plus a standalone mic would total up to more than that.

Quite a bit more. The HD500’s by themselves run a good $80 retail.

Are you looking for something with awesome sound fidelity, extreme comfort, or do you want both?

Because if you’re willing to sacrifice audio quality a bit, you can always get a pair of those smallish headphones that aren’t attached to one another and sorta hang on your ear. As for desk clutter, you’d be suprised. Some of those USB directional mikes can pick up audio from 10 feet away, as long as you’re speaking toward it. The don’t need to be right within your maximum clutter area.

I have a pair of “behind-the-head” style headphones that seem to work well for me comfortwise, so the PC-140 might be another option.