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SteelSeries 5H V2 USB Gaming Headset with Virtual Surround 7.1 Sound (Black)

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  • Amazing sound quality
  • Optimized for gaming
  • Pull-out microphone
  • Detachable headband
  • USB Soundcard
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Technical Details

Color: Black | Style: USB
  • Model: 61001

Product Details

Color: Black | Style: USB
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 8.7 x 4.1 inches ; 1.3 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000UP83SQ
  • Item model number: 61001
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

Product Description

Color: Black | Style: USB

From the Manufacturer

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset
Designed and developed specifically for gaming

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset
Microphone can be retracted and hidden in the left ear cup

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset
Dismantle the 5H v2 USB headset into three pieces for easy carrying

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB--trust your senses with this truly remarkable professional gaming headset. Every detail and aspect has been designed and developed in cooperation with the best gamers in the world. The sound quality is awe-inspiring, allowing gamers to rely fully on their senses.

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB has a pull-out microphone attached to the left cup; the microphone metal goose neck is covered in high quality transparent plastic to ensure durability. Included is a USB soundcard that features 7.1 virtual surround sound which is a great alternative for your on-board soundcard. The headset can be disassembled into three separate parts to ensure safe and easy transportation.

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset
USB 2.0 soundcard features a 12-channel equalizer and 7.1 Virtual Surround sound.

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset
Padded ear cups provide maximum comfort

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset
Designed Specifically for Gaming

The SteelSeries 5Hv2 USB is the first headset ever to focus on enhancing certain gaming related sounds for optimal information to the wearer. Pitch sounds like footsteps and reloading are carefully enhanced to give you the information you need to win.

7.1-Channel Virtual Surround USB Soundcard

The USB 2.0 soundcard that is featured with the 5Hv2 USB has a 12-channel equalizer and 7.1 Virtual Surround sound. This device really makes a difference in terms of the USB soundcard, giving you the sound you are used to, independent of any other soundcard or other computers or devices.

Full-Size Ear Cushions

The 5Hv2 USB has XL cloth padded ear cups for maximum comfort when gaming for a long period of time. Aside from being comfortable, the ear cups also serve as noise reducers so that you’re able to focus on your game.

Retractable Microphone

The retractable microphone in the left earcup makes this headset perfect for gaming without having the microphone being an annoying device hanging out all the time.

Volume Control

The braided cord gives the 5Hv2 USB increased durability and also features an integrated manual volume control. This is especially handy when you don’t have access to regulating volume with software settings.

Easy to Carry

The SteelSeries 5Hv2 USB is especially popular and loved at LAN-events and internet caf�s around the world. With the ability to dismantle the headset into 3 pieces for easy carrying and transportation it is the first choice headset for many gamers.

What's in the Box

The SteelSeries 5H v2 USB Headset, USB soundcard, extension cord.

What Critics Are Saying About the SteelSeries 5Hv2 Headset

"Overall though the Steelsound headphones do what they say they will do: provide an unrivalled experience in online shooters. My feeling is that if you want the ultimate setup for an online shooter you won't be able to get better than this (without spending ludicrous amounts of money)."
--Ryan Garside, Bit-Tech.net

"I have no problem awarding the Top Rank Award to this product and highly recommend them if you are looking for an excellent set of headphones that won't break the bank."
--Nathan Glentworth, TweakNews.net

Technical Specifications

Headphones
  • Frequency response: 16 - 28,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 40 Ohm
  • SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 110 dB
  • Cable length: 9.8 ft. (1 + 2 = 3 m)
  • Jacks: 3.5mm
Microphone
  • Frequency response: 75 - 16,000 Hz
  • Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
  • Sensitivity: -38 dB
  • Impedance: 2K Ohm
Soundcard
  • USB: 2.0
  • Surround sound: Virtual 7.1
  • Equalizer: 12 channels
  • Jack: 2 x 3.5 mm (USB cable included)
  • Operating systems: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME

Which SteelSeries Headset is Right for You?

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Siberia v2 USB
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Siberia v2
SteelSeries 7H USB
7H USB
SteelSeries 7H
7H
SteelSeries 5H v2 USB
5H v2 USB
SteelSeries 5H v2
5H v2
SteelSeries Siberia Neckband
Siberia Neckband
Braided Cable
Pull-Out Mic
In-Line Volume Control
Easy Dismantling
50 mm Drivers
USB Soundcard Included
Multiple Colors
Red & White
Black & White
Closed-Type Headphones
Xbox 360 Compatible
Retracting Headband

Product Description

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB - trust your senses. A truly remarkable professional gaming headset. Every detail and aspect has been designed and developed in cooperation with the best gamers in the world. The sound quality is awe-inspiring, allowing gamers to rely fully on their senses. SteelSeries 5H v2 USB has a pull-out microphone attached to the left cup; the microphone metal goose neck is covered in high quality transparent plastic to ensure durability. Included is a USB soundcard that features 7.1 virtual surround sound which is a great alternative for your on-board soundcard. The headset can be disassembled into three separate parts to ensure safe and easy transportation.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Overall, I would recommend this headset, and any Steelseries product, at that.
greenblaster
I was never able to get the driver to work offered on the steelseries website for this headset, as others had this same issue.
Bruce
That being said these headphones fit me great and seem to be very good sound quality.
Cody C. Gaither

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

15 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Steven S Garcia on January 7, 2011
Style Name: USBColor Name: Black
Like other reviewers, these failed on my after a few months with the right speaker cutting in and out. For the money you can get much better sound quality, I would not recommend these to anyone.
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21 of 28 people found the following review helpful By T. J. Wright on March 28, 2008
Style Name: USBColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
Let me start off by saying, for gaming i don't think there is a better headset out there. The virtual 7.1 works flawlessly and the mic on this thing is crystal clear. Its relatively comfortable, although I start to sweat around my ears around the 1 hour mark. Also if you are considered one with a small head, i might go try it on first. I have what you call a large head with some hair and i have this thing cranked all the way down. Works for me but not so sure about others.

Music - Very mediocre. i know it is optimized for GAMING but i still feel it fell short in this department. don't expect to be blown away or even satisfied if you want to listen to music a lot on headphones.

All in all its a solid headset, and is well worth the money if you are into gaming.

UPDATE:so it has been 4 days and the right side of the headphones has stopped working. i am very surprised/annoyed because i handled these things like a baby and still went out on me. i thought it was something funky with vista so i turned on the "flip sound" so the left side plays on the right and visa versa and no sound still. plugged it into a friends computer and same thing. not very happy that i spent $100 on these and they fail within such a short amount of time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Chaz Palio on October 2, 2011
Style Name: USBColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
I was expecting more from this product after reading dozens of reviews on the quality you get in fps games.
I was sadly mistaken, this headset sounds awful.
VERY awful if you enjoy listening to music or pretty much anything other than games.

There is 0 bass whatsoever in this headset no matter how much you play with the drivers EQ it will not put out bass.
Sort of sounds like ipod earbuds but larger.

Their claims about positional sound with this headset all derive from the simple fact that high frequencies emit a clearer direction than lower frequencies. This modification can be done to any headset that gives you 10 band EQ adjustment. just up your treble and lower your bass and mids, now you've got better positional audio for gaming.
I hear the siberia v2 usb has decent bass, so I'd go for that set before purchasing the 5hv2 usb.

experience: 5 years playing cs 1.6 competitively and gone through around 30 headsets/sound cards in this time.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Joyner on September 23, 2008
Style Name: AnalogColor Name: Black
I bought these to replace a broken pair of 4H's.

These have the same sound as those, so if you're looking for something cheaper, get those. I bought these because I needed to take these apart because I move them around a lot, and I needed the braided high-quality cables because they're abused by other people.

As some other people on the internet have noted, this headset is geared towards gamers with its custom high-treble soundscape (for bullets and footsteps, which are very noticeable), so if you're more than an occasional music listener, these might not be too good for you. I hardly ever listen to music, so this wasn't a problem for me.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris on November 27, 2011
Style Name: AnalogColor Name: Black
I've had this headset for close to 2 and a half years now. The sound seemed good. Gunfire was crisp, footsteps were nice and clear in first person shooters. However, a couple of months after I've used it, the sound from one of the cups started to cut off. You could get it back by moving the volume dial until you hear sound from both cups again. That didn't really affect the sound as much as it was just an annoyance. Then shortly after, the thin plastic cushion on the headbands started to disintegrate. Little black pieces of the plastic would flake off and the sound now is static-y in the cups.

Overall, for the price, the quality is really bad. The build material needs to be upgraded or else this headset would probably not even last a year. The new 7H seems to have the same material on the headbands so I would watch out for the flaking problem. A suggestion for Steelseries would really be to use cloth for the headband cushion and just overall have better wiring in these cans.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Cody C. Gaither on September 19, 2008
Style Name: AnalogColor Name: Black Verified Purchase
Let me start by saying I have a big Head - Fitted caps give me a headache after 5 minutes IF I can find one that fits my head. That being said these headphones fit me great and seem to be very good sound quality. The microphone seems to perform well (I've had no complaints from my cohorts)

Overall a great headset, especially for the price.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruce on February 19, 2013
Style Name: AnalogColor Name: Black
My title says it all. I'm honestly kind of glad they broke, since now I can invest in a better quality headset. If you do decide to purchase these, understand they this headset has 0 bass; it's mainly for FPS games. For some odd reason, the "sound card" causes a high pitched ringing sound that others can hear on skype/vent/mumble/etc, but you won't be able to hear it. It's not very noticeable, but it's annoying since you're aware that it's happening and can't do anything to fix it. This is the case for my headset and my brothers pair. The ringing goes away if you don't use the sound card, but what's the point, you payed a decent amount of money to not use it? I was never able to get the driver to work offered on the steelseries website for this headset, as others had this same issue. I used the default windows USB PnP driver, which worked fine.

Hope this helps.

UPDATE: I had them replaced since mine was under warranty, and the right earphone in the new headset rattles. The ringing I mentioned previously was still there, even with a newly provided sound card. Customer service was good, but that's probably because they're familiar with having to replace their products.

Bye steelseries.
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