AudioTechnica ATH-GDL3 High-Fidelity Open-Back Gaming Headset

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Model: ATH-GDL3BK UPC: 4961310158170 Item: 3587

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Product Information

Inspired by the elemental spirit of air, the ATH-GDL3 open-back high-fidelity gaming headset offers an expansive sound for an immersive gaming experience like no other. And at 220 grams, the ATH-GDL3 is near as light as air, making it an extremely comfortable gaming headset. The lightweight headset comes equipped with features like a detachable boom microphone, built-in volume control, and mute-switch for convenient control.


  • Open-back gaming headset lets you localize sounds (an approaching opponent, for example) within an expansive sound field
  • Large-diameter 45 mm drivers deliver high-resolution audio with exquisite detail
  • Incredibly lightweight headset (less than 220 grams) offers long hours of comfortable gaming
  • State-of-the-art, flexible (and detachable) boom microphone, with highly directional pickup, provides crystal-clear in-game voice communication
  • Volume control dial and mute switch are built into the left earcup for convenient control of the microphone 
  • Earpads and head pad detach for easy replacement

The Elemental Spirit of Air

Arising from a deep heritage of Japanese analog audio, Audio-Technica high-fidelity gaming headsets continue to deliver a purity of sound that’s all too rare in the gaming world. The elemental spirit of air inspires the natural, open-back design of the ATH-GDL3 headset, delivering a spacious, immersive listening experience.

High-Fidelity Gaming

Inside the open-back housings are large 45 mm drivers that provide high-resolution audio with exquisite detail. The left earcup has a built-in volume control dial and a mute switch for convenient control of the professional-quality boom microphone.

Extremely Lightweight

The spacious, open-back design provides a truly immersive experience. At less than 220 grams, the headset is near as light as air, allowing you to game for hours in comfort.



  • Type: Open-back dynamic
  • Driver Diameter: 45 mm
  • Frequency Response: 10 to 35,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity: 98 dB/mW
  • Impedance: 45 ohms
  • Weight: (without cable) Approx. 220 g (7.8 oz) / Approx. 227 g (8.0 oz) (including detachable microphone)
  • Cable - Detachable: Detachable cable (1.2 m (3.9')/3.5 mm (1/8") gold-plated stereo mini-plug/4 pole); Detachable cable for PC (3.0 m (9.8')/3.5 mm (1/8") gold-plated stereo mini-plug/3 pole x2)
  • Microphone Type: Electret condenser
  • Microphone Sensitivity: -43 dB (1 V/Pa, at 1 kHz)
  • Microphone Frequency Response: 30 to 20,000 Hz
  • Microphone Polar Pattern: Hypercardioid

What's in the Box

What's in the Box

  • ATH-GDL3 Gaming Headset
  • Detachable microphone with windscreen
  • Detachable cable (1.2 m (3.9')/3.5 mm (1/8") gold-plated stereo mini-plug/4 pole)
  • Detachable cable for PC (3.0 m (9.8')/3.5 mm (1/8") gold-plated stereo mini-plug/3 pole x2)


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Customer Reviews for AudioTechnica ATH-GDL3 High-Fidelity Open-Back Gaming Headset

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Rated 5 out of 5
After a little fiddling with settings, it's great.
To help put my review in context: I used this headset to replace a Corsair Virtuoso SE Wireless headset. Also, this is plugged directly into the rear ports on my PC, which is using an Aorus X570 Elite motherboard. I do not have a separate sound card.

I've used this regularly for about 3 weeks now. I wanted to write a much more thorough review, but apparently there's a character limit.

The tl;dr is that it's been great. I only miss the wireless capability of my Corsair headset a little, but that was a convenience for me, not a necessity. The only hang-up I had was just some initial settings futzing in Windows 11 and the Realtek Audio Console, but that's not something I can hold against Audio Technica. Once I adjusted the bass, and some noise suppression settings for the mic, the input and output sound just as good as my Corsair headset.

The headset is extremely lightweight, coming in at about 8oz on my kitchen scale. I haven't noticed any real fatigue yet, and I typically wear my headset for 3+ hours almost daily. The one potential criticism I have is that I wish there was a smaller-sized headpad available. I have a small head, and it JUST so happens that the smallest size adjustment fits me. But seeing as it's some rubbery piece that pops out, it couldn't be too hard to make some other size-range options to swap in.

With respect to one of the other reviewers, I think they just chose the wrong headset for their needs. If you live/work in a noisy environment where your goal is to block out sound, then open-back headphones are most likely not for you. I've previously used open-back headphones, and personally I like that I can hear somewhat; it helps me be mindful of my volume when speaking. It also allows me to hear things like the doorbell, etc. Once my game/music volume kicks in, ambient sounds like my PC are easily drowned out, even when the fans spin up. I also appreciate that the open-back style keeps my ears a little cooler during long sessions.
June 27, 2023
Originally posted at
Audio Technica
Rated 2 out of 5
Shameful. Just Shameful.
I was excited to try out this headset, but it wasn't what I expected it to be. the mic quality isn't all that good, I can hear way too much background noise to the point in which I can listen to my PC 2.5 Ft away. It makes your ears feel muffled and like you have water in them. The only thing good about this honestly is that it is somewhat comfortable about the only thing you got right on it. The open-back look is cool but just not good for use as I want nor is it good at all, there's a reason the top-of-the-line headsets don't have it. Honestly don't even want to give it to someone else to use because of how much of an atrocity this headset is. My $60 Turtle Beach headset was better than this and I was only going to use it temporarily. Overall out of five stars it'd be lucky to get a 2/5...
June 22, 2022
Originally posted at
Audio Technica
Rated 5 out of 5
This headset is absolutely amazing.
I've been using this headset for about 2 weeks now and couldn't be happier. It's so lightweight and comfortable. 10/10 would recommend to anyone looking for a overall well balanced soundstage gaming headset.
February 19, 2022
Originally posted at
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