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Steel Series Spectrum 7xB Headset for Xbox 360 (Black)

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  • Wireless Xbox 360 headset
  • Noise-dampening, interchangeable leather earcups
  • Easily dismantles into 3 separate parts
  • Retractable unidirectional microphone
  • Independent game and voice volume controls

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  • ASIN: B005D9LG6K
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 9.6 x 4.5 inches ; 2 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: July 10, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,700 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Product Description

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb Headset is the wireless headset designed for Xbox 360 gamers. The SteelSeries Spectrum 7xbcombines advanced wireless technology with SteelSeries ExactSND and LiveMix features, interchangeable leather earcups (withcloth earcups available on our web store), and innovative audio options with SteelSeries’ award-winning, signature features likethe retractable, unidirectional mic, four-piece breakdown and 50mm drivers. The headsets wireless transmitter, no larger than adeck of playing cards, utilizes a 2.4 GHz proprietary radio interface which powers the wireless functionality of the headset. Thetransmitter connects directly into the Xbox 360 console and is equipped with connections for USB, 3.5mm and RCA jacksallowing the user to choose their preferred connection. The Spectrum 7xb will operate up to 30 feet away from the Xbox 360transmitter and features a smart LED to notify when the headset is connected.

From the Manufacturer

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
The Spectrum 7xb is a wireless headset designed for Xbox 360 gamers. View larger

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
Easy, wireless operation with independent audio and voice controls at your fingertips. View larger

The SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb combines advanced wireless technology with SteelSeries' signature features like interchangeable earcups, a retractable mic system and a 4 piece travel- friendly breakdown. The headsets wireless transmitter, no larger than a deck of playing cards, utilizes a 2.4 GHz proprietary radio interface which powers the wireless functionality of the headset. The transmitter connects directly into the Xbox 360 console and is equipped with connections for USB, 3.5mm and RCA jacks allowing the user to choose their preferred connection. The Spectrum 7xb is powered by 50mm drivers for a superior reproduced soundscape. Perfected for Xbox 360, the Spectrum 7xb was tested by professional gaming teams in order to achieve great sound for all ears. The 7xb can also be used as a wireless headphone to enjoy music, TV and movies.

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
Interchangeable ear cushions are available to modify your listening experience

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
Disassemble into 4 pieces for easy transportation

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
Featuring 5 buttons on the right earcup for the ultimate control. View larger
Advanced Sound

The Spectrum 7xb is powered by 50mm drivers for a superior reproduced soundscape. Perfected for both Xbox 360 and PC gaming, the Spectrum 7xb was tested by professional gaming teams in order to achieve great sound for all ears. The 7xb can also be used as a wireless headphone to enjoy music, TV, and movies.

Interchangeable Ear Cushions

It's important to have options. The Spectrum 7xb is equipped with leather ear cushions that are interchangeable with cloth earcups that can easily be swapped out for a completely different audio experience. Regardless of what type of sound you prefer, both ear options surround the outside of the ear, making them comfortable to use. The cloth ear cushions are sold separately.

Intelligent Wireless

The Spectrum 7xb operates with wireless 4Mbit/s bandwidth for true "lossless" digital audio. It was designed to avoid interference from other devices, using intelligent frequency hopping up to 344 times/second to offer crystal clear audio.

The Spectrum Transmitter

The Spectrum Xbox 360 transmitter connects the headset to your Xbox and operates up to 9 meters (32 ft.) away. The headset features a smart LED to notify when the headset is connected.

Perfect for Travel

The ability to disassemble the SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb into 4 pieces including each earcup, headband, and the cord, makes it ideal to travel with.

Five Powerful Buttons

All found on the right earcup, 7xb wearers can access 5 important buttons that will ultimately improve the way they control their audio and hear their game: On/Off, Volume Up/Down, LiveMix, and ExactSND.


SteelSeries LiveMix allows you to hear everything that matters in team-based games; you simply click one button to activate this feature. LiveMix balances the levels between Xbox LIVE chat and in-game audio on-the-fly, as the game develops around you, making it easier than ever before for you to hear your teammates.

ExactSND (pronounced: Exact Sound)

The ExactSND button allows you to switch between 3 settings that have been preconfigured for three very different uses: Performance, for directional sounds footsteps and gunfire; Immersion, for optimized environmental sound and game music; and Entertainment, for increased bass levels and environmental sound when watching movies.

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
Unidirectional microphone can be retracted and hidden in the left earcup

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
You can also connect the transmitter box to your PC or Mac for wireless audio from those devices
Retractable Microphone System

The unidirectional microphone is only compatible with Xbox 360 and can be retracted and hidden in the left ear cup. This signature and durable SteelSeries headset feature allows users to operate the headset in any type of environment, whether in your own home or out in public. The easy and safe mic storage makes travel to tournaments or to a friend's house worry-free.

Automatic Power Off

After prolonged inactivity (approx. 5 minutes) the SteelSeries 7xb will automatically shut down ensuring that you get the most out of your 20+ hours of battery juice from the two AAA batteries powering the headset.

Multiple Headset Connections

Now, because gaming is usually more fun when you play with others, you can connect up to 4 SteelSeries Spectrum headsets to your TV/Xbox 360 at a time.

SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb
More Than Gaming

Tuck away your microphone and simply listen to your favorite movies, music, and entertainment, wirelessly. Connect the SteelSeries Transmitter box to your Mac or PC for a wireless headphone audio experience at a range of up to 30' from those devices.

What's in the Box

The SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb Headset, Xbox 360 transmitter, 2 AAA batteries, voice cable to controller, audio connection cables, and documentation.

What Critics Are Saying About SteelSeries 7xb Headphones

"There are many reasons why you should shortlist the SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb. It combines impressive gaming performance with attractive aesthetics and good build quality. We think that the new ExactSND feature really enhances this headset as it lets the user adjust the sound balance to different styles of game, at the touch of a button. The Spectrum 7xb is ideal for those who frequent LAN events as it is easily portable thanks to the 'break apart' design."
--Henry Butt, Kitguru

"The wireless performance of the Spectrum 7xb is exceptional. Although the transmitter is operating on 2.4GHz the Spectrum 7xb offers flawless audio by utilizing intelligent frequency hopping to avoid interference from other devices. Simple to use, providing excellent sound quality with a number of unique features the Spectrum 7xb offers an attractive package."
--Stuart Kerley, HardwareHeaven.com (9/10 rating)

"The SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb wireless Xbox 360 headset has taught me that a quality pair of headphones can deliver a much richer and more personal gaming experience than mere television speakers or ear buds, crafting an auditory illusion that merges with a game's visuals to create a more immersive whole. I can't recommend the SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb enough."
--Mike Fahey, Kotaku

Which SteelSeries Spectrum Gaming Headset is Right for You?

4xb 5xb 7xb
Compatible with XBOX 360, XBOX Live Communication SteelSeries 4xb SteelSeries 5xb SteelSeries 7xb
Compatible Platforms Xbox 360 and PC Xbox 360 and PC Xbox 360, PC, and Mac
Connection Type Cable
12 ft (3.7 m)
12 ft (3.7 m)
2.4 GHz Transmitter Box
Amplified Audio
Independent Voice and Chat Volume Control
SteelSeries LiveMix
SteelSeries ExactSND
Retractable Microphone
Travel Friendly
Pre-set Equalizer Settings
Interchangeable Ear Cushions
Speaker Size 40mm 40mm 50mm
Battery Life +20 hours
Automatic Power Off
Frequency Response 16 - 28,000 Hz 16 - 28,000 Hz 18 - 28,000 Hz
Impedance 40 Ohm 40 Ohm 32 Ohm
SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms 110 dB 110 dB 112 dB
Cable Length 3.28 ft (1 m) 3.28 ft (1 m) 3.28 ft (1 m)
Jacks 3.5 mm 3.5 mm 3.5 mm
Frequency Response 75 - 16,000 Hz 75 - 16,000 Hz 50 - 16,000 Hz
Pick-up Pattern Unidirectional Unidirectional Unidirectional
Sensitivity -38 dB -38 dB -38 dB

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cool but strange bird January 17, 2012
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Unpacking this thing is a little scary, what with all the cables and parts. But not all of them are needed, thankfully.

The build quality looks good. The transmitter the size of a deck of cards. However, see below:


- Easy setup
- Sounds great, with some isolation from external noise (but also see Cons below)
- Comfortable for hour-long stretches. (I'm wearing glasses.) Probably shouldn't play for much longer than that at a time.
- Interference-free wireless performance, so far
- 30-foot range (but I only need 10 feet or so at most)
- Choice of USB, 3.5 mm, or RCA input
- Disassembles for easy packing (if you do that a lot)
- Retractable mic boom! Very nice.
- Decent directional sound performance (but see below)
- Great balancing of chat versus game sound via "LiveMix" setting. This is a very nice feature that dials down the game volume when you're chatting.
- Auto power-off (after about 5 minutes)
- Connects to Mac or PC as well


- Mic "only compatible with Xbox 360"
- They could have varied the button design a bit more to enable you to distinguish them more easily by touch
- Although they tout their crystal clear digital transmission, this offers analog inputs only ... weird. So the channel separation is limited, not as good as real Dolby Digital. Seems like a waste. However, it's certainly good enough for gaming, if you're not a purist.
- Pricey!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Depending on purpose, could be a winner. April 12, 2014
By Joe T
I wanted something kind of specific in my headphones, a bit different from what other people here are looking for. I watch movies and listen to music when I'm going to bed, and for the last two years I've been running a cable across my room and using the Spectrum 5xb headphones. I specifically like that they disassemble so I can use one earcup at a time (I have the other ear against the pillow). Lately I've been getting sick of tripping on the cord, so the 7xb was the natural progression.

I bought these used for $23, and for that price I'm thrilled. I always found the sound on the 5xb to be great for the price and category, and much better than comparable Turtle Beach and Logitech headsets. I just got them in so I haven't had a chance to play around with all of the little features and buttons, but so far I'm impressed with the build quality, appearance, and ease of use. My earpads from my 5xb headset also fit perfectly on these headphones, and provide something more fabric/plush than the pleather pads that came with the 7xb. Evidently the mic only works for XBOX, so these are not the answer to PC gaming, although I could use a stand-alone mic without much trouble.

These headphones take 2AAA batteries, and I use rechargeable Eneloops. If they could plug in to charge, I'd still prefer the AAA's so I could just swap out a new pair and not have to wait. The receiver for these headphones is kind of large, but does the job. I haven't experienced any cracking like others have, but our router is in another room. It would have been nice for them to use a different wavelength so people don't keep experiencing this. If they were bluetooth, I'd be ecstatic, but I'm not going to push my luck for what I paid.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sounds great, comparison to X41s October 27, 2011
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The Speectrum 7xB headphones are very, very nice but I will say I prefer my old Turtle Beach Ear Force X41 Gaming Headset for the 5.1 capability, though as other reviewers have noted, the X41 is plagued with pops and so on; the 7xBs, no pops or hiccups (I noticed one, but I thought it was interference from the microwave, but subsequent tests show the microwave not being the culprit. One pop in 6 hours of use? Not bad!).

First, the Spectrum 7xB connect to the analog output of your TV, not either the HDMI or the optical output of the Xbox 360, which means what is actually coming out isn't true Dolby Digital 5.1, it's the Dolby Prologic signal which allows for surround sound but not discrete channel surround. Of course, from a pair of headphones there are tricks to pull off faux surround that sounds good, and that's what they've done here as best I can tell. The X41s are true Dolby Digital and have better separation in my side by side comparisons.

One thing I hate about the X41s is the constant hiss from them when you have the headphones connected to the 360 controller for voice chat. The X41s, if the cable is connected, you get constant hiss. With the Spectrum 7xB you only get hiss if you have the voice cable connected and turn the volume on the chat piece up, no audible hiss at lower volumes. This is a HUGE bonus compared to the X41s.

Another place that the Spectrum 7xBs excel is chat. I absolutely love the way, if you turn on Live Mix, if someone speaks to you during game play, the game sounds drop in volume so the chat partner is heard quite well over all the game noise. And the biggest bonus is that this can be turned on or off, so if you don't like it, turn it off.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Pleasant Surprise October 25, 2011
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Last week I just bought my Astro A40 5.8 wireless headphones for gaming. I returned the nightmare setup I tried from Turtle Beach with the DSS mated to the new Earforce X12. But then along comes this set I had never even heard of. I have to say the first thing I liked was the look AND feel when I opened the box. For the selling price I would hope so.

A nice feature if you take your gear to friends homes to game is these break down easily (into 5 pieces) for easy transport. It included ALL the cabling you need though I was sort of surprised it does NOT use any optical cable. It works just fine so who cares. Next you sync it and enjoy a very nice & rich sound. It has audio presets to play with and though I am now already spoiled by my other brand 7.1 surround headset, these do REALLY well. They honestly do. I also like the LiveMix setting that will lower the game volume for game chat for you. I REALLY found myself enjoying this in my online play.
Comfort. I wear eyeglasses and these are much more comfy than my Turtle Beach X12's were. I can go about 45 minutes to an hour before any pain. My Asro's I can wear till I fall asleep with NO pain with glasses but I paid a steep price for that much comfort too.

Controls are fairly easy, MUCH easier than those on my Logitech 7.1 Surround headset I just sold today from my gaming PC. And just to clue you, these are made for the XBOX only but buy a couple cable options (I bet you already have ALL you need laying around now!) and these will also work with your PS3 and PC as well. I really don't know why they don't make this knowledge available and offer to sell you this to expand their presence in the marketplace????? Anyway, these sound wonderful.
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