Sennheiser's PC 373D Dolby 7.1 gaming headphones sound best with it disabled – TechCrunch

Sennheiser is great at doing a lot of things, namely in the audio space. Headphones, microphones and the like. When Sennheiser combines the two and creates a gaming headset, you’d expect it to be pretty good, if not great.

The 373D is an attempt at integrating 7.1 Dolby Surround Sound into a pair of headphones. The problem is it’s not exactly as impressive as it sounds.

Dolby in headphones isn’t mind-blowing

By definition, Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound is a method of delivering omni-directional, immersive sound. It’s best experienced in home cinemas, living rooms or otherwise in spaces where sound can propagate before it hits the listener, to give that “being part of the sound” effect.

Before I get to how Dolby performs here, I’ll talk about the 373D’s design: The build quality is solid, but it feels nothing like headphones the German audio company has produced in the past, like the Sennheiser Momentum, for example.

The 373D’s build uses a variety of plastics, including a plastic volume wheel and headband. The nicest parts about the 373D are simply its plush, red velvet interior on the ear cups and black head cushion — which makes it incredibly comfortable to wear for extended periods of time — but otherwise, that’s all.

By contrast, Dolby 7.1 in this pair of headphones is an odd experience. No matter which of the presets I selected — music, eSports or Game — I lost the significant amount of detail that I had in regular stereo mode and had it replaced with a less satisfying “big room” sound.

In an application setting, it wasn’t useful for detecting enemy players traversing a room while playing Rainbow Six: Siege or listening to Apple Music.

Recently, Windows 10 added native support for Dolby 7.1 sound, but more often than not users forget that you

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