The Sennheiser has made many exceptional headphones and headsets on their whole journey. Being the leading company in the best sound quality, the Sennheiser is known for their studio-quality headphones.
However, they have also made quite a name for themselves in the gaming industry. The Sennheiser Game and GSP Series are excellent headsets for gaming.
Same is the case with Sennheiser PC 363D and 373D. That is why we are going to compare these two headsets. If you are looking for a quick answer on which one is better for gaming, then here is it.
The Sennheiser PC 363D and 373D are almost similar in sound quality, build, and comfort. The Sennheiser 373D is the newer variant of the 363D with the Active Noise Canceling feature. The Sennheiser PC 373D has a USB connector, while the 363D has a 3.5mm male connector. And, the 373D is compatible with the Sennheiser Software for more eq and headphone features. These are the only major differences between the two.
Now, without any further ado, let us get started with the comparison.
I have also added the Pros&Cons section of both headphones at the bottom. Make sure to check it out as well.
What are These Headsets Good For?
Before we jump into the comparison, It would be best to know what these headsets are good for to lay the quality guideline and try to test these headphones accordingly.
These two headsets are made solely for gaming. However, with Sennheiser’s traditional transducer, they can also be good for listening to music.
As for gaming, both these headphones come with 7.1 Surround Sound. That is exceptionally good at locating the source of the audio. Therefore, they are good for FPS gamers.
The microphone can be used for standard gaming conversations. Both the headphones are made with Over-Ear and Open-Back design, So if you are planning to use them in crowded areas, these are not best for you.
Side By Side Comparison – Specifications
Here is a side-by-side specification comparison of both headphones; Sennheiser PC 363D and PC 373D.
You can check the In-Depth comparison of the Sennheiser PC 363D and 373D here.
Both headphones have a low-frequency response of 15Hz and 28,000Hz of high-frequency response.
However, there is some difference in the Lows and High Lows in both headphones. The Sennheiser PC 373D produces flat and neutral Bass. While the older version, PC 363D, makes a little deep bass compared to the PC 373D.
The Bass quality could have been improved a bit on the 373D. However, the flat Bass of the Sennheiser PC 373D does not disturb other sound profiles. The 363D is a better option if you are looking for more Bass. However, I would also say that the difference is not big.
The Mids, Highs are pretty much the same on both headsets. The Treble is bright, crisp, and natural. You can use them to listen to Hip-Hop music since the vocals are easy to understand on both.
There is a 4dB/mW difference in the Sound Pressure Level too. The Sennheiser PC 373D has SPL of 116dB/mW while the PC 363D has SPL of 112dB/mW. However, it does not make much of a difference in audio quality.
Both headphones, 363D and 373D, come with 7.1 Surround Sound. As expected, the sound positioning is on point on both headphones. There is almost zero latency in the audio. You will able able to react to your in-game opponent’s footsteps effectively.
However, the method of achieving Surround Sound is different. The 373D uses the Sennheiser Software to activate the 7.1 Surround Sound, while the 363D uses the USB amp (provided with the box.)
Speaking of which, the Sennheiser 373D can benefit from different Sound EQ modes on this software. From Game Mode to FPS Gaming Mode, to Music, you can use them effectively. You can also activate the Active Noise-Canceling feature (for microphone) from this software.
The Sennheiser PC 363D and 373D both have a rated impedance of 50 ohms. You might not need a separate amplifier or sound cards for them to work correctly. However, you might have an issue while using them on your smartphones.
Build and Design
The Sennheiser PC 363D and 373D have an almost identical design. Both of them have a design similar to the Sennheiser Game Zero gaming headset.
Both Headphones have a plastic body finish. The headphones are robust with a flexible body. You can stretch the headband to a great extent.
You can adjust the headband to achieve a proper fit on both headphones.
The Sennheiser PC 363D and 373D have an Open-Back build with an Over-Ear design. The cord cannot be detached on both wired headphones. The 363D features 3.2 meters long cable, while the 373D has a cable length of 1.7 meters. Therefore, the 363D has the upper hand with a 1.5-meter longer cable.
The Sennheiser PC 363D uses a 3.5mm male connector for connection with two separate plugs for both the microphone and headphone. You can also achieve USB input through the USB amp provided with headphones, which is also necessary if you wish to use the 7.1 Surround Sound on the 363D. On the other hand, the Sennheiser PC 373D comes with a USB input by default and uses Surround Sound software.
The XXL earcups on both headphones feature the standard Sennheiser transducers. That is known for producing excellent audio quality.
The Sennheiser PC 373D is equipped with plush velvet ear cushions. In contrast, the 363D comes with velour padding. There is no big difference between the two types of ear cushions. However, the earpads on the Sennheiser PC 363D are more breathable as compared to the 373D. As for comfort, both are very soft and easy on the ears.
The padding at the bottom of the headband is soft on both headphones. The headphone feels very easy on the head; you will even forget that you are wearing them.
However, there is a difference in the weight of both headphones. The Sennheiser PC 363D has a lightweight of 280grams, while the 373D weighs 354 grams. But you do not have to worry; both headphones are good at distributing the weight on the head while achieving a perfect pivot point at the center.
The clamping force is just about right on both. You will not feel any pressure on the ears, while the headsets will stay on your head even if you bend down to pick something up.
Both, The Sennheiser PC 363D and 373D feature a non-detachable microphone. This flip-up/down microphone (on both headphones) can be muted by flipping up. Even more, the microphone can be bent a little for correct positioning.
The mic on both headphones is good enough for standard in-game calls and chats. However, the Sennheiser PC 373D is a clear winner in terms of quality.
The 373D comes with Active Noise-Cancelation, while the 363D has passive noise-cancelation only. The active noise-cancel on the 373D can reduce the background noise to significant degrees.
The microphone catches the vocals with a little bit of nasal tone on both headphones. Even more, the 373D has more clearness in the captured audio.
The 373D has a mic monitor feature, which can be used through their software.
PROS&CONS of Both Headsets
These are the Pros&Cons of both headphones, Sennheiser PC 373D and 363D.
- Both headphones are Over-ear and have an Open-Back Design.
- Both of them can be used for gaming due to their 7.1 Surround Sound features. However, they have a different way of achieving it.
- The Frequency Response and Impedance rate are also the same on both headphones; 15Hz to 28,000 and 50ohms.
- Also, both headphones are almost identical and difficult to differentiate in terms of design.
- The Microphone and cables are not detachable on both headphones.
- Both of them are wired headphones.
Sennheiser PC 363D vs 373D – My Final Answer
If you still cannot make a decision, then here is my final and quick answer.
The Sennheiser PC 373D is a good choice because of the Active noise-cancellation and better microphone. I would go with this headset. However, if I am short on budget, I would not hesitate to pick the Sennheiser PC 363D.
Both headsets are similar and offer identical sound quality, building quality, design, and comfort. That is why it was difficult for me to announce a clear winner.