Epos has a new gaming flagship in H6PRO, which uses the core concept introduced by the Epos H3 headset, but with some improvements. This means that this headset is very similar to other headsets in the Epos series, but if you are buying a new gaming headset on the market, then it has some new features worth considering.
H6PRO can be used as open or closed. The difference will have an impact on noise isolation, audio response, and the feel of the headset on your head. So you can say that this is a pretty big decision, in terms of gaming headset features.
I have experience in open and closed designs, so I will try my best to guide you to find the best unit for your skull. However, in essence, if you want to isolate noise (prevent external noise from reaching your ear holes), you will need enclosed H6PRO headphones. If this is not important, then the open H6PRO headset will be a better choice.
Both versions of H6PRO share the same core design and functionality, which means that both are wired headsets. If you are looking for wireless earphones, you can check Epos’s H3 Hybrid, or look for the best wireless earphones we recommend further afield.
type: Open and closed, wired
Frequency response: 20–20,000 Hz
driver: 42 mm
Connector: 3.5 mm
weight: 322 g
Warranty: 2 years
Price: 179 USD / 149 GBP / 179 Euro
H6PRO is fairly standard in terms of wired connections. A 2.5m braided 3.5mm analog cable connects the headset to your PC, console or other device. The included cable is sturdy, not loud, but a bit stiff. This means that I often hide it under my keyboard to prevent it from getting in the way. Ideally, the cable will relax a little after further use, but I can’t help but feel that the braided cable is better left for other PC peripherals than on my favorite gaming headset.
Still for that little inconvenience, there are very useful new removable microphones. The microphone itself is of high quality and sounds good. The most important thing is that it can not only be flipped to mute, but also because of its magnetic structure, it can be completely disassembled. In theory, this turns this gaming headset into a headset that you can take with you without feeling a bit stupid. There is even a magnetic cover in the box that can be attached to the side of the earmuffs to make it look clean without a microphone.
In fact, the entire H6PRO is very neat. It feels very good. Although it is mainly plastic, there is a metal headband that passes through the top of the leather-covered belt. If you are a bit rough on it, it will provide enough elasticity.
Let’s continue to discuss the most important audio factors, both models of H6PRO are equipped with a brand new 42mm driver.
The open design provides a light and airy soundscape thanks to the use of breathable mesh ear cushions. This model is softer, wider, and easy-going in tone.
The closed version with leatherette ear pads is more harsh to the touch, but in turn, you will indeed feel this pair of low-end products. So if you want more bass, volume and resonance, a closed type is your choice.
However, neither of these two headsets are particularly overwhelming, and the adjustments to these special drivers, no matter which one, are more balanced than some of the gaming headsets I have tested. For this reason, if you want bass to vibrate your eardrums, you’d better look elsewhere.
However, personally, as a fan of Sennheiser HD 650, I am not too worried about putting more bass into my ears. I would rather have a more balanced response, which is provided by both models of H6PRO. Open the back a little more.
In other words, the rear opening is really aurally transparent. This means that you can hear almost everything around you as if you are not wearing headphones, and to a lesser extent, people around you can hear the tune of your choice. The closed cup can block most of the background noise.
The difference in noise isolation is so obvious, because I have already handed my next desk partner, hardware nerd Alan Dexter, to the enclosed H6PRO to give it a try. It is much more difficult to get his attention. Either he chose to ignore me.
On the other hand, for my favorite open earphones, I found that I can almost hear everything happening in the office around me through the mesh on the back of the earmuffs.
Therefore, your choice should really boil down to your environment. If you are in a quieter place, such as your own bedroom, an open plan is best. If you want to wear headphones to walk around, or share a space with another person, closed headphones can well isolate the hustle and bustle of the wider world.
These two pairs have many desirable qualities, and I believe you can’t go wrong either way. In terms of the new flagship, Epos has integrated some truly competitive and impressive things in H6PRO. On the downside, their flagship price is also $179 (£149, 179 euros), and you really need to discuss whether you are satisfied with wired or you might consider using wireless-if there is a peripheral worth cutting the cord, This is your headset.
In other words, if you are willing to spend that much money, you can rest assured, because Epos H6PRO is manufactured according to standards commensurate with the price tag. Not only that, they sound great, they are equipped with first-class microphones, and they are comfortable to wear on the head. Even in the crowded headset market, it is definitely worth considering.