Following the success of the EPOS H3, the audio business has returned with the enhanced and improved EPOS H6PRO, which includes a more comfortable design, a retractable mic arm, and the opportunity to select between open and closed acoustics.
What’s the catch? It’s not cheap at $179, and there’s no wifi connectivity to lure gamers. Is the hefty price of the EPOS H6PRO gaming headset justified? Continue reading to find out.
- Ear coupling Around ear
- Transducer principle Dynamic, closed
- Pure Variant Weight 322 g
- Cable length GSA 30 PC Cable: 2 m
- GSA 30 Console Cable: 1.5 m
- Connector plugs 2 x 3.5 mm / 1 x 3.5 mm
- (GSA 30 PC Cable/GSA 30 Console Cable)
- Compatibility PC, Mac®, PS4TM, PS5TM, Xbox One, Xbox Series X,
- Switch and devices with 3.5 mm jack input
- Warranty 2 years, international
- Frequency response 20-20.000 Hz
- Impedance 28 Ω
- Sensitivity 117 dB SPL @1kHz 1V RMS
- THD <0,7% @1kHz 1V RMS
- Frequency response 10-10.000 Hz
- Pick-up pattern Bidirectional
- Sensitivity -35 dBV/Pa @1kHz
- Style Detachable
Design and Features
The EPOS H6PRO is a good-looking, understated gaming headset that wouldn’t look out of place on a work Zoom call – in fact, I wore it during a recent episode of our weekly video podcast, Fast Charge, and received no sarcastic remarks from my fellow podders, making it ideal for those who need a headset for both work and play.
This is owing, in part, to a lack of LEDs, as seen on the Logitech G935 with more RGB lights than a Christmas tree, but it’s also due to the plain yet mature design on offer. The headset’s body is nearly entirely constructed of plastic and leatherette, but with a metal headband hiding beneath the surface and a blend of soft-touch material and leatherette on the earcups, it doesn’t feel cheap in the hands or on the head.
In reality, the EPOS H6PRO is one of the most comfortable headsets on the market, with adjustable ear cups and headbands that provide very minimal pressure buildup on the ears or over the head even during hours of gaming.
The actual material combination of the earcups will depend on the variant you choose; the open acoustic version features soft-touch material that feels exquisite on the ears and keeps you feeling cool at the expense of passive noise reduction, whereas the closed acoustic version features a combination of soft-touch material and leatherette to more effectively quiet the environment, with a more traditional buildup of heat over longer gaming sessions.
There are also variances in the audio experience available, which I’ll go into more depth about later.
The H6PRO, like the cheaper EPOS H6, has a huge volume wheel on the right earcup for on-the-fly audio adjustment, and it works well, with a small resistance allowing for minor as well as major adjustments.
The EPOS H6PRO differs from its less expensive sibling in the mic department; whereas the mic on the entry-level model is fixed, the Pro model has a magnetic, removable microphone arm – and there’s even a second magnetic cover in the box to keep the H6PRO looking clean when not in use.
It’s a significant positive for the H6PRO, allowing customers to swap between a gaming headset and a stylish pair of headphones whenever they want without sacrificing the entire microphone experience.
It’s worth noting that, despite its fairly premium price tag, the EPOS H6PRO only has 3.5mm connectivity. With wireless connectivity nearly a given at the high end of the market, it’s a crack in the H6PRO’s otherwise flawless armor, but with the superb build quality and audio quality on offer, it’s a concession I – and others like me – am happy to make.
Additionally, it includes a short 1m 3.5mm cable for console gaming and a longer 2m cable with splitters for PC use, making it compatible with a wide range of platforms and devices, as well as any 3.5mm-enabled smartphone or tablet.
Finally, both varieties of the EPOS H6PRO are available in three colors – Racing Green, Sebring Black, and Ghost White – so there’s bound to be one that appeals to you.
Audio and Microphone Quality
As previously said, EPOS chose to focus primarily on audio and comfort with the H6PRO line, which makes sense given that these are the two most crucial features when using a gaming headset. The good news is that EPOS has an amazing audio history, which is evident in the audio quality provided by the H6PRO – both open- and closed-back varieties.
In general, the audio provided by the H6PRO is best described as balanced, with lows, mids, and highs providing equally rich detail without one overriding the other. The normal emphasis on the high-end as with most gaming headsets to aid pick up on sounds like gunshots, approaching footsteps, and the clink of a reloading weapon is present, but it’s not as dramatically sharp as other gaming headsets.
The headsets also perform admirably in terms of audio positioning, allowing you to localize sounds and sneak unseen in stealth games and immediately determine the path of an impending attack chopper in shooters. It’s especially enjoyable on the PS5, as the H6PRO cans work well with Sony’s Tempest 3D Audio technology.
While the headset will sound almost the same whether you choose the open-back or closed-back model, there are a few subtle variations that could make or break your gaming experience.
The open-back cans are airier than typical closed-back headphones, which translates to a wider soundscape, with EPOS indicating that the open-back cans are best suited to cinematic gaming. That’s a statement I’d largely agree with, as the headphones provide a vast soundscape with a balanced mid-range and strong bass, the latter of which comes as a surprise given the mediocre bass performance of many open-back headphones.
The open-back design means that passive sound suppression can be an issue, with me being able to pick up on even trivial sounds like the hum of a nearby fan when playing Far Cry 6 on the PS5, and the same is true for sound leaking. If you’re gaming in a public location, competing in eSports, or simply prefer a distraction-free gaming experience, the closed-back option is probably for you.
Closed-back headphones provide a comparable audio experience, but with a narrower soundscape and considerably clearer highs for improved performance in competitive shooters like Call of Duty: Warzone. It’s also much better for passive noise reduction, with very little outside noise – especially when the headphones are turned up. It’s also louder than the open-back version and has less sound leaking, making it suitable for usage in common environments like a living room or office.
The boom microphone that comes with the headset functions as well as you’d expect from a gaming headset. It picks up the sound of my voice well, allowing for clear communication in my co-op Far Cry 6 session, but its comparatively short-range means it won’t be able to replace a dedicated microphone for streaming.
There’s also no visible noise cancellation, so the sound of clinking keyboards and crinkling crisp packets will be picked up — much to the chagrin of everyone in my party chat, no sure. The flip-to-mute technology, which automatically silences the microphone when it is retracted, is one redeeming feature.
The major drawback is the price; despite the wired-only connectivity and relative lack of smarts compared to the similarly priced competition, the EPOS H6PRO costs a hefty £149/$179, putting it comfortably at the top of the mainstream gaming headset market. For that amount, you could get a wireless headset from Logitech or Razer, but none prioritize audio quality and comfort as much as the H6PRO.
If you’re interested, the EPOS H6PRO is available via EPOS in the UK and US, as well as prominent merchants such as Amazon in the UK. If you want something a little different, we describe our favorite gaming headsets as well as our favorite budget gaming headsets for those seeking a low-cost bargain.
- Exceptional sound quality
- Open-back headset is immersive with great bass
- Great noise suppression from closed-back headset
- Very comfortable
- Open-back headset leaks audio
- Boom mic is average quality
- No wireless connectivity
The EPOS H6PRO gaming headset is clearly on the pricey side, especially given the wired-only nature of the cans, but the comfort and audio quality it provides make it well worth the money.
The headphones are really comfy, even during extended gaming sessions, and the audio quality is excellent. Even with no passive noise suppression, I prefer the more natural experience provided by the Open Acoustics variant, but there’s much to be said for the Closed Acoustics form and its tighter, brighter response suited to competitive gaming – it’ll largely depend on how you game.