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Manufacturer: Sennheiser
Min OS X: Any Version    Requires: Minijack Audio Port


Sennheiser PC 150
November 19, 2003 | Tim Morgan
Pages:123

The microphone, a uni-directional noise-canceling simpleton, was clearly designed only for voice pickup. This aims it directly at multiplayer gamers utilizing voice-communication programs. Although the technology is stagnant on the Macintosh (of the largest voice-communication technologies, Roger Wilco hasn’t been updated in years, and TeamSpeak lacks any Mac version), it does exist, and gamers still using legacy versions of Roger Wilco will find the PC 150’s microphone a great convenience.

In addition, the microphone’s voice-oriented design makes it ideal for speech recognition. What the Mac lacks in voice communication programs, it makes up for in robust speech recognition support. Though not as much directly related to gaming, owners would be well advised to revisit Apple’s speech recognition technology with the aid of this microphone.

The microphone has a frequency response between 80 Hz and 15 KHz, just fine for voice pickup, and a sensitivity of –38 dB. This precludes the mic from any form of medium- or high-quality recording use. Although the noise-canceling features are certainly effective, they aren’t effective enough for quality sound recording. This microphone is clearly designed solely for voice pickup, and will probably disappoint in the field of audio recording.

Cheers, Catches, and Conclusions
The PC 150, while giving relatively great sound reproduction, is certainly not without its problems, the most glaring of which is the sound leakage. The headphones simply cannot keep inside sound in; at comfortable volumes, sound is audible to anyone nearby, and at high volumes, anyone in the room would be able to hear the faint but recognizable tones of the PC 150. While not so loud as to be unacceptable, the amount of leaked sound is certainly worth note.

And while the headphones can certainly be turned up to the point that no reasonable exterior sound could drown it out, at lower volumes, the headphones do not block out sound as much as other sets of their size. It’s clear that the comparatively large size of the ear pads is for breadth of sound reproduction, not for drowning out exterior sounds.

However, if one is willing to live with these inconveniences, the PC 150 should prove a comfortable headset with a microphone ideal for voice pickup and noteworthy sound reproduction. Anyone who has had to suffer a large discrepancy between his or her speaker and headphone performance will find the PC 150 a welcome way to close the gap. The PC 150 brings a taste of Sennheiser sound to the budget-minded gamer willing to spend a few extra dollars for a better audio experience.

Pros
• Excellent sound reproduction for its price
• Superb volume range
• Microphone wonderful for voice pickup
• Inline volume control

Cons
• Excessive sound leakage
• Somewhat pricey



Sennheiser PC 150
Manufacturer: Sennheiser


Pages:123




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