Sennheiser EPOS Adapt 360 Headset REVIEW
PAT PILCHER reviews a stunning new headset that does the business on every level and therefore, wins Witchdoctor’s ultimate accolade.
The latest ear gear from EPOS (the Sennheiser business unit that deals with gaming and business headphones) comes in the form of their ADAPT 360 Headset. Its arrival couldn’t have been timed better. With lockdowns requiring that many work from home, its industrial-strength active noise cancelling promises to free workers from all the noisy distractions that working from home entails.
I was impressed by their build and how comfy they were to wear. This probably comes down to their weighing in at a mere 248 grams. Foam-padded earcups and an adjustable headband also help to make for a fit so perfect that it’s easy to forget you’re wearing them.
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Speaking of padded earcups, they did a decent job of providing passive noise isolation. This helped make their active noise cancellation even more effective, resulting in blissful and zen-like quiet. Built-in mics also make the ADAPT 360 cans ideal for use with Zoom/Skype/MS Teams. In fact, it’s certified for MS Teams.
Unlike other similar cans, there’s no clunky microphone boom. EPOS has instead opted for two microphones with beamforming built straight into the earcups. This helps keep everything less cluttered. Further helping video and audio meetings along is audio processing that enhances speech and gets rid of background noise.
Last but by no means least, there are controls located on the bottom of the right earcup. These consist of a button for power, Bluetooth pairing and ANC settings, a volume control, a slider for media playback and a button for initiating/ending calls. To start with, you might find fossicking about for the right control tricky, but once you get used to their layout, driving the ADAPT 360 is a doddle.
EPOS earns brownie points by bundling everything you’d be likely to ever need with the cans. These extras include a USB-C cable, a 3.5mm audio cable and a Bluetooth dongle. Rounding things out is a handy storage bag that the headphones fold up and stow into.
From a 2.5-hour charge, I got just shy of two days’ use with ANC disabled. I got a day and a half with ANC turned on. I was also able to pair and seamlessly connect to two different Bluetooth devices.
Connecting the ADAPT 360 to my Android smartphone was a doddle. Plugging in the bundled Bluetooth dongle and pairing them with an older non-Bluetooth PC was easy peasy. They also connected flawlessly to my Bluetooth capable Surface book. In the audio department, the ADAPT 360’s Sennheiser DNA shone. Mids and highs were crisp but not shrill, and bass sounded and felt plentiful, yet controlled. All told, listening to a variety of music genres was a pleasant experience. I was also surprised at how well the ADAPT 360’s handled gaming and video meetings.
Their sheer versatility aside, there’s a lot to like with the ADAPT 360s. Decent active noise cancellation combines with a comfy fit. Solid ANC plus good audio makes the ADAPT 360 Headset a gem for anyone in a noisy office/home office environment wanting a break from distracting background noise. Adding to this is their excellent design and the bundling of all the additional bits you’ll be likely to need, which is why it earns a solid 10/10.