GAMING audio is one of those things where you should get the best your budget allows for.
There are a great range of headsets at pretty much all budget points, but when you get up to the pricier levels, you’ll notice a significant improvement to your gaming experience – and this headset an excellent example.
The EPOS GSP 602 is essentially the closed-back version of the GSP 500 I reviewed recently – and like its open-backed counterpart, it is excellent.
Pretty much everything I said in my review of the GSP 500 applies to the GSP 602 as far as build quality, comfort, etc. I’m a big fan of wired headsets and this one is no exception.
The sound quality in the 602s is just absolutely outstanding no matter what you’re playing on. Whether it was plugged into my PS4 controller as I was playing Marvel’s Avengers or connected to an my desktop rig for a spot of Fall Guys, or playing World of Tanks Blitz on the Nintendo Switch, it was great.
The unit’s frequency range runs between 10-30,000hz which allows for some great clarity at the high end – things like glass breaking or spent brass landing on concrete come through really well, while down at the low end of things explosions, gunfire, engines roaring and the like are distinct and clear too.
One of the most noticeable differences is the GSP 602 comes in a fetching blue-and-orange colour scheme, which seems like a fairly minor thing but takes an already appealing unit and gives it a little something extra.
Given how many people out there are gaming on a camera of some sort, having a stylish headset matters a lot and the GSP 602 does a good job of providing top-notch audio quality with appealing visuals.
The closed back design provides for a more intimate audio experience than the G502, and the passive noise cancelling is very good too; it all helps bring you into the action although the soundscape is (by design) not as expansive as on an open-backed headset.
The wide cross-compatibility (it works with anything with a 3.5mm jack) is another plus; I was able to use it with several separate gaming and content devices without any issues at all.
It is worth noting that it is not a native 7.1 surround sound unit, so unless you connect it to an amp you’re only going to get stereo sound (it’ll still be great stereo sound though).
Besides the lack of native 7.1 support, the earpads are also leather cupped, which can lead to your ears getting a bit sweaty, especially when things are getting intense or if you live somewhere warm.
While it retails for an RRP of AUD$319, IMO it is worth the price tag, especially if you’ve got an amp available.