If you want a gaming headset with features, connection options, and RGB overload, Corsair Virtuoso RGB wireless XT It’s hard to beat (although it’s expensive). Epos’s H6Pro takes a completely different approach. With the company’s long-established Sennheiser brand, Epos’s latest flagship headset is a plug-and-play analog device designed to provide comfort and excellent sound.
In true vintage headset fashion, you can even pick up the H6Pro in closed or open options. The latter (we tested) allows some sounds to seep in from the room around you, while also letting some sounds out, which leads to a wider perceptual audio phase (reading: better sound) and reduces fatigue during prolonged use. It may also be the most comfortable headset I have used in years, thanks to the padded headband and 10.9 ounces of weight.
If you are looking for a good-sounding headset for your PC and/or console without fuss or extra features, then Epos H6Pro is worth considering. But the price of $179 is quite expensive, because you can get the lack of extra features from other headphones in this price range. In addition, although it feels sturdy and sturdy, the main plastic structure does not scream premium.
The 42mm driver in the H6Pro produces good audio, and I like the open design option, it will not completely isolate your ears from the outside world. But the volume is not as high as I wanted. Even in a quiet environment, I find that I usually turn the volume wheel on the right earmuff almost all the way up. Although the down-turned two-way microphone can be detached well with a magnetic connection, I found that it is not very good at filtering the sound in front of me (or even some sounds in another room), my colleagues and gamer friends said It does not emphasize the lower frequencies of my voice so much.
Epos H6Pro specifications
|Drive type||42mm neodymium|
|Frequency response||20-20,000 Hz|
|Microphone type||Two-way, 10-10,000 Hz microphone response|
|Connection options||PC cable (2 meters), console cable (1.5 meters)|
|weight||309 grams (10.9 ounces)|
Design and comfort of Epos H6Pro
Epos has done a lot of right things in terms of the comfort and appearance of the H6Pro. The structure is mainly plastic, but despite its light weight, 0.68 pounds, the headset still feels sturdy, and the padded headband and soft cloth-covered earmuffs are very comfortable. In recent years, I have used several earphones, and I can’t think of any one that can be as comfortable as the H6Pro while still providing just enough clamping force to hold the can in the position I want.
Please note that the closed model weighs slightly higher at 0.71 pounds because of the stronger sound insulation material on the outside of the earmuffs and the different types of fabric on the earplugs.
Compared to some alternatives, the overall appearance of this headset is a bit chunky, but Epos H6Pro is a charming headset with a ghostly white color. If you want something darker, this headset is also available in Sebring Black and Racing Green (with gold and black tones).
In terms of connectivity, this is definitely an analog headset. It comes with two detachable sleeve cables. One is a 1.5-meter cable with a 3.5 mm jack for the console (and a mobile phone or any other device with a standard audio jack). The other is a 2-meter-long PC plug with a 3.5 mm connection for a separate microphone and headset.
When using the former with Nintendo Switch, I found it to be unnecessarily long. When plugging it into the back of the desktop, I found that the 2-meter PC cable is sometimes too short. Both cables are plugged into the left earcup via proprietary plugs, which means you can’t replace them with standard audio cables. Epos does sell Replace the headphone cable, However. Therefore, if something happens to one of yours, it shouldn’t be too difficult to replace it.
The only on-device controls are located on either earmuff. There is a metal ring plastic volume wheel on the right, with lines on it to provide some grip.Although it is easy to adjust with one or two fingers, there is no ratchet for the turning action, although I will not say that the feeling of the wheel is bad, It will certainly not be as high-quality as I expected the volume mechanism of the $179 headset.
Please also note that turning the wheel all the way down does not actually mute the sound output of the headphones. At the lowest settings, you can still easily hear any audio that is playing. Therefore, if you want to truly mute the sound on your device, you must use the controls of any device you plug in.
The outside of the left ear cup is where the microphone is located. This is a fairly standard flip operation with some bends in the middle, so you can control the distance between it and your mouth. There is no LED or other indication when the microphone is muted or enabled (remember, this is an analog headset). It just closes when raised.
Interestingly, if you don’t want to use the microphone for a long time, just pull it outward when you lift the microphone, and it will fall off immediately; it is fixed by a magnet and connected by a few pins. You can cover the hole where the microphone is usually located with a plastic cover. I may lose the cap in a few weeks, but at least Epos contains two.
However, one thing about the design of this magnetically connected microphone is: if you are not careful when turning the microphone up and mute, you can easily pull it down, which may be bad news in a fierce battle with friends. It took me a few days to get used to this, but in the end it was not a big problem.
Audio performance of Epos H6Pro
The H6Pro’s 42mm driver combined with the open design of the earmuffs does an excellent job of providing a pleasant stereo experience.Whether it’s a menacing opening score Metroid Fear On Switch, the suppressed synth and distorted vocals from the title song of Noise Unit’s latest album “Deviator”, or Eternal doom On my PC, H6Pro produced clear and detailed sound.
In other words, there are several things to consider about the sound of H6Pro. The bass here is heavy. The low end is not very powerful, but it is more than what my daily headphone drivers are used to (currently alternating between Sennheisser’s Momentum 3 and Anker’s excellent Soundcore Liberty 3 Pro earbuds).
In addition, despite some additional low-end thumping sounds, the H6Pro, at least in the open-back model I tested, did not become very loud. When I was working in a fairly quiet room and there was some traffic on the street outside during the day, I found myself turning the headphones up all the time to get the sound level that best suits my ears. Therefore, if you are in a noisy environment, or you just like to increase the volume of the jar, you may feel that the volume is not enough.
Also keep in mind that because this is an analog headset, there is no accompanying software to adjust and lower the bass or make adjustments in other ways. At least, if you like loud things, you can consider a closed model, which should essentially retain more audio output by the headphone driver.
I don’t have a deep impression of the two-way microphone. It did a good enough job of picking up my voice and passing it on to my gaming friends and colleagues. But it tends to cut or attenuate the low end of my sound (contrary to what the headphone driver does). Although it avoids the traffic noise from the street behind me well, in my voice recording, I can clearly hear the click of the keyboard and even my air (undeniably grumbling) fan air conditioner, it About six feet away from my table, on the other side of the wall.
Apart from these details, everyone I have spoken to with H6Pro and Corsairs’ Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT said that my voice sounds much better than Corsair headphones. Admittedly, the difference between the two devices is about $45, but with Corsair, you also get wireless connectivity, the ability to connect to two different devices at once, and a host of other features that H6Pro lacks.
I really like the look and feel of the Epos H6Pro headset. Although its shell is mainly plastic, it feels like a sturdy, high-quality headset that can fit on my medium-sized head for several hours at a time while remaining comfortable. H6Pro sounds great too, if you can accept some extra low-end punches. Just know that if you like very loud sounds, the maximum volume may not be enough. If you want to fully adjust the equalizer, you need to bring your own software.
However, the so-so microphone performance and the high price of most standard functions make H6Pro unable to compete with The best gaming headsetBut if you like appearance, want a comfortable set of cans, and don’t mind some extra bass, then they are worth considering.
For those who want to let the ambient sound in rather than block the outside of the earphones, their open form may be the most attractive. Just know the trade-offs of this feature, at least in my experience, it seems to be lower than the expected maximum volume level and not suitable for noisy environments.