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Considered one of my first devoted PC “headsets” was a pair of Audio-Technica ATH-M50x’s that I used for enhancing with a mod mic connected to the aspect when gaming. Since then, Audio-Technica has come out with some devoted gaming headset choices just like the wi-fi ATH-G1WL we reviewed. Immediately we’re having a look on the newest headsets from Audio-Technica – the ATH-GL3 closed-back headset and its open-back variant the ATH–GDL3. Coming in at a way more inexpensive value level than gaming headsets of the previous, how do they stack up? From my expertise, it’s a combined bag. Make sure to hit the video under to see all the particulars.


Each headsets are wired, which makes them fairly easy in the case of the function record. There are two variations obtainable – the entry-level and extra inexpensive $99 ATH-GL3 and the open-back $130 ATH-GDL3. Each are available in black or white colorways. 

In addition to an analogous form, they each have a removable mic and are very light-weight. 


Each headsets function a really related design with the one actually noticeable distinction from the surface being the covers on the earcups. The open-back GDL3 has a, I imagine, very skinny steel grill which reveals the drivers contained in the ear cups whereas on the closed-back GL3, the stable earcups cowl up the drivers. 

The skinny steel headband makes use of a rubber strap that truly rests in your head. There’s a clean and straightforward measurement adjustment on either side of the headscarf with uncovered wires that simply transfer together with the sizing changes. Whereas the earcups received’t rotate to put flat, there’s important play in them to make sure that they sit flush towards your head. There’s additionally loads of room for tilting up and down for a safe match. 

Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 and ATH-GDL3: Video

All the controls are positioned on the underside of the left earcup. From entrance to again we now have the removable mic port, the audio cable plug, a recessed quantity dial, and a mic mute toggle swap. 

The recessed quantity wheel could be a bit troublesome to seek out, however that additionally means it’s troublesome to unintentionally bump. In comparison with headsets with bigger dials that I bump each time I take the headset on and off, I want this smaller recessed design. 

Each headsets include two cables. The primary is a four-foot cable with a TRRS 3.5mm plug on the tip to work with gaming controllers and smartphones. The opposite is a virtually 10ft cable with a break up connection for mic and audio. This makes it very easy to run to the again of a PC or sound card just like the EPOS GSX300.

Light-weight consolation

Though the design could be very related between the 2 headsets, there are some huge variations in the case of consolation. 

What they share in widespread, although, is that they’re each extremely light-weight at about 230g for the GL3 and nearer to 220 for the GDL3. As well as, they’ve a fairly gentle clamping drive in order that they don’t really feel like they’ve a loss of life grip in your head. 

One factor that units them aside is the ear cushions. The form is identical with a round outer diameter that matches the form of the cans, however a extra oval form on the internal diameter. Beginning with the closed-back GL3, the ear cushions function a fake leather-based exterior whereas the flat half that makes contact with the pores and skin is a softer material. 

On the open-back headset, your entire cushion is a softer material with no signal of fake leather-based.

One different key distinction is the depth of the ear cups. Whereas the cushions look almost similar in the case of depth, what’s below the material is totally different. Eradicating the ear cushions reveals that on the closed-back Audio-Technica ATH-GL3, the drives are flat, that means they sit straight up towards the material cowl from the ear cushion.

On the GDL3, nonetheless, the drivers are pushed again deeper within the can leaving extra room for ears which makes an enormous distinction to me for consolation. 

On the GL3, the tops of my ears sit up towards these flat drivers. If the headset wasn’t as gentle as it’s, this might shortly turn out to be too fatiguing for me. However because the clamping drive is so gentle, it wasn’t as fatiguing because the MMX line from Beyerdynamic or the Virtuoso from Corsair.

Driver comparability: Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 on the left, GDL3 on the best.

The open-back GDL3, however, has loads of room in there due to that deeper driver design which makes the headset extraordinarily snug. I might simply put on this headset all day due to the light-weight design and deeper ear cup. 

The rubber headband works properly for these headsets as soon as once more due to that light-weight design. When the headset is that this gentle, there isn’t going to be as a lot strain on the highest of your head.

How do they Sound? 

Relating to sound, the 2 headsets are fully totally different. Let’s begin with the nice – the closed-back Audio-Technica ATH-GL3. With an enormous frequency response of 10-35,000 Hz, the GL3 hits low and may attain into the highs however total, the headset has a little bit of a darker sound to it. 

For essentially the most half, issues are fairly spherical. There’s a small increase to the low-end which makes for enjoyable gameplay, however mids observe properly with different impartial gaming headsets that I’ve tried just like the Epos H3 and even my Philips Fidelio X3 headphones.

Highs begin to get a bit shyer on the GL3, although. They’re current however I didn’t discover the most effective readability when in comparison with different headsets. Now I by no means discovered that to be troublesome when enjoying Battlefield 2042 or Escape from Tarkov, however I seen it extra when listening to music. 

When gaming the GL3 nonetheless offered a full and enjoyable listening expertise that allow me simply pick the path of audio cues. Stereo separation and imaging are fairly good on the GL3.

The ATH-GDL3, although, is a unique story. Though I discover this headset to be extraordinarily snug, I didn’t take care of the sound. The lows are nonetheless there and much like the GL3, however the mids take a right away step again that was jarring when straight evaluating the 2 headsets. Blended with the identical type of shy or pulled-back highs, the GDL3 appeared nearly muddy which meant that the readability that’s crucial for gaming wasn’t there. 

It is a large disgrace as a result of on paper I really like all the things concerning the ATH-GDL3. I’ve been a long-time consumer of Audio-Technica’s headphones and the thought of an inexpensive open-back headset from a storied audio model outdoors of the traditional gaming manufacturers was very thrilling to me. However, sadly, it didn’t ship on the audio entrance. 

Mic test

As a gaming headset, the microphone sounds fairly good on the Audio-Technica ATH-GL3 and GDL3 nevertheless it’s not as crystal clear because the HS80 and even the MMX mics. My voice got here by with some good depth and presence however perhaps teetered on the aspect of being muddy. As a substitute of chopping out the low-end like lots of gaming headsets have accomplished prior to now in favor of clear comms, these mics maintain a extra full and pure sound. If readability is of the utmost significance to you and your squad when gaming the total sound is likely to be a distraction on the battlefield, however for many, I believe this extra pure sound is an effective match.

9to5Toy’s Take

For $100, although, there are some nice wired headsets on the market. Whereas scripting this overview I pulled out the EPOS H3 to offer it a take a look at and was as soon as once more very impressed with the consolation and audio high quality. Clamping drive was a bit a lot, however that additionally signifies that the EPOS has a bit higher passive noise cancellation. 

We even have the latest MMX line from Beyerdynamic that we reviewed. I believe the $100 MMX 100 wins by way of audio, however these headsets had been far more uncomfortable for me which is a large consideration in the case of gaming. 

Whereas I don’t assume I can advocate the open-back ATH-GDL3 based mostly on the sound, I’m nonetheless in a combined bag for the closed-back GD3. If it had the identical recessed driver design of the GDL3 giving it some extra room within the earcup, it could be a no brainer. I loved the sound for each gaming and listening to music.

However with my ears urgent up towards the drivers, it could get fatiguing over time. Now I do know that isn’t a difficulty for everybody and loads of folks will discover this passable, however that is my greatest criticism on the GD3. 

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