gaming headsets epic game one it’s purist, concentrating on sound and comfort during the longest gaming sessions. In the test, Game One has to prove if that’s enough to play. However, many musicians do not give much importance to the sound. Usually what counts here is a sharp picture, an accurate mouse, and an accurate gaming keyboard. The sound is often forgotten next to him. It can even be decisive for the game.
Gaming headsets not only guarantee an impressive sound image, powerful explosions or clear dialogue. It also helps to locate the objects in the game. In this way, players can quickly hear which direction an opponent is stalking from or which corner kicks are being shot from. The test shows whether the Epos Game One masters this acoustic challenge.
- 170 euros
- 270 grams
- Cable length 3m / 1.2m
Epos Game One in the test: comfort and finish
As a new brand and spin-off of sennheiser “Epos” first has to prove himself to the critical target group of players. In addition to sound properties, wearing comfort and workmanship are important for musicians. This is where the Epos Game One scored its first positive points in the test: The headset always sits comfortably and never weighs heavily on the head, even after many hours of gaming.
The loose fit also ensures good “ventilation”. Because even during heated gaming sessions or when listening to music in the garden, sweat stays within limits.
Overall, the material quality is good: the black plastic is solid and should withstand rough handling and drops. The ear cushions are made of cloth, which looks less valuable, but is noticeably more comfortable.
Few connections with Epos headphones
The Epos Game One is very spartan when connected to console, gaming PC or smartphone. Because the headphones are only wired, a wireless connection via Bluetooth is not possible. Therefore, the package includes two cables (1x 1.2 meters, 1x 3 meters), which Epos will replace free of charge within the first 6 months in case of cable breakage or defect. This means there is no need for any annoying software or setup, just plug it in and go. Any PC or game console with a standard 3.5mm jack is compatible with Epos.
However, since many modern smartphones lack the classic 3.5mm jack connection, setup is a bit more complicated here: a USB-C (Android) or Lightning (iPhone) audio adapter is required. Only then do they transmit the sound signals to the headphones.
Easy operation of the gaming headset.
But the operation is very simple: the microformed arm of the Epos Game One is located on the left side and can be adjusted continuously. Even with strong head movements, it remains firmly in the same position. If the microphone is folded, it is automatically muted. On the right is the volume control, which allows very precise control. Curious: the sound is not entirely silent. The corresponding key on the keyboard or PC must be used to mute.
Game One headset: try different sound sources
IMTEST uses the Epos Game One in the test:
- on a high quality audio receiver (Marantz SR7015),
- with different sources (Tidal High-Res Audio, 4K-UHD Blu-Ray, game consoles)
- and a typical gaming laptop (Razer Blade 17 2022).
The headphones must prove that they can work well with different output sources. Here are the most important technical data in the field of sound:
- Sound pressure: 116db
- Audio frequency range: 15-28,000Hz
- Microphone frequency range: 50-16,000 Hz
- Impedance: 50 ohms
The sound reproduction of the Game One headset is convincing
It was already clear from the first listening: The Epos Game One provides a very wide stage. Music, noise, voices and sound effects by reproducing sound as if it were coming from a large surround sound system, and not from small membranes placed in the ear. This sense of space was particularly useful in the game “Elden Ring”: despite the bombastic soundtrack, enemies sneaking up from behind could be spotted immediately, a real advantage in the game.
The Game One even cuts a fine figure when watching movies: The 4K UHD version of “The Lord of the Rings” is characterized by bombastic 7.1 surround sound, which plays excellently with headphones. Headphones can’t replace a great surround sound system and there’s also a lack of bass power and clear targeting, but the headphones still blew us away with very impressive sound.
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Open Construction in the Epos Game One
The realistic sound quality and the wide stage are due to the open design of the Epos Game One. “Open” here means: The earphones do not completely surround the ear. At the same time, this also ensures that ambient noise can still be heard clearly. Therefore, the device also lacks a corresponding noise suppression function (“noise cancellation”). Interestingly, some noises are even amplified when you put the headphones on without playing sound. For example, gaming laptop fan noise was audibly louder in the epic Game One test.
The microphone, on the other hand, is the Game One’s only big weakness in terms of sound. The voice is intelligible, but suffers from a somewhat loud noise. Even when the microphone is held directly to the mouth, the person on the other end hears a slight echo and the sound seems a bit faint.
The Epos Game One is above all one thing: purist. It doesn’t require frills like Dolby Atmos surround sound, Bluetooth, additional software, or numerous buttons. This is also where the weaknesses lie. After all, headphones are not very versatile.
The focus is exclusively on sound quality and wearing comfort. And this is where the gaming headset is also impressive in the test. When gaming, the spatiality was particularly convincing, while watching movies and listening to music, the soundstage balanced and clear. This shows the expert edge that Epos has thanks to Sennheiser’s background.
- Very good sound quality, great wearing comfort.
- Without Bluetooth, there is no way to adjust sound quality through software
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