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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From the Manufacturer
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.
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.
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.
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)."
"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."
- 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
- Frequency response: 75 - 16,000 Hz
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 dB
- Impedance: 2K Ohm
- 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?
Siberia v2 USB
5H v2 USB
|In-Line Volume Control|
|50 mm Drivers|
|USB Soundcard Included|
|Multiple Colors|| |
Red & White
Black & White
|Xbox 360 Compatible|
Color: Black | Style: USB
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.
But I had been so happy with the rest of the performance that I ultimately wrote it off as a fluke, and put another 5H V2 on my wish list, and received another one as a Christmas present. Again, it worked really well... for a month. At the time of writing, 5 weeks after Christmas, my new 5H V2 had just broken, once again losing sound in the right earpiece.
This kind of terrible durability is just unacceptable. I use my computer accessories pretty lightly, and I expect a good headset to last at least a few years. Instead, I had my first headset break in four months, and when I made the error of getting a new one, it broke in only 5 weeks. That it should break so quickly both times I bought it is a clear indicator that this headset just isn't built properly.
It pains me to give this product one star, because it's a pretty good headset when it's working properly. Normally I'd give something like this a three-star review, saying it was good but with a caveat that it has maintenance issues. But you know what? A product that performs well is useless if it can't maintain that performance consistently. I paid $80 for a high-end headset, and I expected it to last me for a while. For all its virtues, SteelSeries has made a crucially flawed headset here, that just isn't suitable for gaming or serious audio usage. I can not in good conscience recommend such a flimsy product to anyone, under any circumstances. As such, I give it one star out of five.
Music does not sound good on these headphones. These headphones are allegedly optimized for gaming, but what really comes out is a very high-treble sound that "focuses on the most important elements of your game, such as footsteps." When it comes to music, there is no bass and the volume is not very impressive for what you've spent. I heartily recommend the Razer Carcharias headphones as they are built of much more solid construction, simpler interface (just plug them in and you're done), great for games and music, and they cost at least $25 less. May you have better luck with your headphones than I've had!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very conformable. Excellent buy. My only problem is the mic. Its good. but not great. It has to face my mouth and be pretty close to it to pick up sound. Read morePublished 4 months ago by S Bear
This is by far the most comfortable headset I have ever used (I've tried two other headsets at this price). The retractable microphone is extremely convenient and effective. Read morePublished 6 months ago by ehsan habib
The sound is crystal clear when I used this headset while playing my favorite video games. It makes playing more fun and exciting because I can hear all the sound effects really... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alan The Dean Machine
So comfy! I wear these while gaming at home for a couple hours at a time, and also use them with me on long international flights. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Cohn O'Donnell
They were a great headset for the sound. But the plastic at the joints failed after about a month of wear. I was not happy!!!Published 13 months ago by Charles Sustarsic
excellent product, product as stated - excellent service! A+Published 13 months ago by Deokumar Gandharry
can't figure out where the drivers are to make this surround sound. stock, it sounds like a half decent pair of headphones, nothing more.Published 13 months ago by Matt Sweny