Sennheiser PC 163D Headphones Review

By on January 7, 2011
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Surround Sound headphones that are brilliant in any situation.

Good: Brilliant surround sound, Compatible with all 3.5mm jacks , 3D Engage button easily switches between Stereo and Surround
Bad: Cheap looking build
Price: AED 650
* The price is the Suggested Retail Price at the time of review. Please call a retailer to confirm the latest price for this product.

Sennheiser is a brand name synonymous with any audiophile, as manufacturers of various studio and professional audio equipment, including the aviation industry, it’s not an exaggeration to say that their headphones are one of the best in the world. As such, it is no surprise that they are actively taking part in the video games industry with headphones targeted specifically towards professional gamers and enthusiast PC players. While they have dabbled in the past with gaming oriented headsets, today I’ll be looking at their recently launched PC 163D 3D Gaming headphones.

Now, opening this thing was quite a feat in itself, so complicated was the packaging. However, this is a small issue you’ll only have to face once, so it’s no big deal. Good things don’t come easy after all. Moving along, the PC 163D is is split into two parts. The actual headset end in two normal 3.5mm audio jacks, one for the speakers and the other for the microphone. The other part is the USB extension cable which is where things get interesting. Plugging in both audio jacks to one end of the USB extension, the now complete PC 163D headphones can be plugged into any USB port on your PC. Before plugging in the headphones though, you will have to install the audio drivers without which the PC 163D will function as just another pair of really good stereo headphones.

one thing you have to keep in mind though is that the USB extension cable as a “3D Engage” slider, and without actually activating it the surround sound won’t come into play. For the longest time I was wondering why the PC 163D wasn’t giving me actual surround sound, the answer came as I accidentally slid the 3D Engage audio button. So make sure the button is slid into position and the 3D Engage logo is glowing blue all the time, except for when you’re listening to songs.

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