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SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Gaming Headset - (Black)
- Closed ear headphones
- Pull-out microphone
- Crystal clear high, low and mid-tones
- 50mm driver units
- Lightweight suspension construction
- Integrated volume control located on the cord
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SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Gaming Headset (Black)
The Siberia v2 headset is a member of SteelSeries’ iconic Siberia line, which revolutionized the gaming headset with unparalleled comfort and sound quality. The headset features a beautiful design, enduring comfort, and excellent audio performance all in one package.
Siberia v2 is built around the Siberia suspension system, the most comfortable headset headband in the world. This lightweight headband is designed for maximum comfort and a perfect fit during long gaming sessions. SteelSeries believes in keeping the gameplay heavy, not the gear you’re wearing to play it.
At the core of the Siberia v2 Illuminated’s incredible audio experience are 50mm SteelSeries speaker drivers that pump out crystal-clear, full-range audio. We want you to hear more, know more and win more.
|Siberia v2||Siberia v3||Siberia v3 Prism||Siberia Elite Prism||H Wireless|
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|RGB illuminated ear cups||✓||✓|
|Earcup volume control||✓||✓|
|2m Extension cable||✓||✓||✓|
|Dolby 7.1 virtual surround||✓||✓|
|Dual Analog 3.5mm/4-Pole 3.5mm||Dual Analog 3.5mm||Dual Analog 3.5mm & 4-Pole 3.5mm||Dual Analog 3.5mm & 4-Pole 3.5mm||Dual Analog 3.5mm & 4-Pole 3.5mm|
Based on the award-winning SteelSeries Siberia Full-size Headset, the v2 features major enhancements in sound quality and comfort plus the addition of a built-in microphone that can be retracted into the ear-cup - making it virtually invisible. Every element of the v2 has been optimized for pro gaming, making the headset a preferred piece of equipment for the worlds' best competitive PC gamers - the most demanding headset users in the world. Sporting 25% larger 50mm driver units, the SteelSeries Siberia Full-size Headset dramatically boosts overall acoustic performance, while the closed type ear cups are built from a sound dampening foam offering passive noise reduction.
Top customer reviews
So I want to keep this more focused on gaming, since this is a gaming headset. I can't tell you how angry it makes me reading reviews on gaming headsets where the reviewer is just talking about how great or terrible it sounds listening to classical music, when all you want to know is how well it performs while gaming! I will include a bit about music, but I won't wax on about it.
So I've previously owned Turtle Beach x1, TB x3 (wireless), and Tritton AX pro headsets. I can say with great confidence these blow all of them combined out of the water! I also have experience using the Astro A40, and Sennheiser PC360s (Currently called the G4ME One) both with Astro Mix amp. Far and away the Mix amp with PC 360 is the best setup I've ever experienced (For gaming).
Siberia V2 without mix amp tested on PC with AC Unity, Battlefield 4, and Left for Dead 2:
*Good sound stage for positional Audio. Caught a few people sneaking up on me, but got caught a lot when a lot of sound was happening. Could not tell whether enemies were up high or low, but could hear them walking all around me.
*Kind of quite compared to what I am use to, but still loud enough to make gaming enjoyable.
*The Lows are very dominant, but not overwhelming. They Handle the blends of highs mids and lows all happening at the same time, without the sounds all bleeding together, or cutting out like some headsets (Astro A40).
*Microphone works well, and friends noted that I sounded allot clearer and louder than before (which sometimes isn't always good)
*Very Comfortable once broken in. Can wear them for hours and hours. I was worried about the ear pad material making my head sweat, but it doesn't. Before they were broken in, they clamped to my head and pressed together a bit too hard, but not much of an issue now that they are broken in.
Siberia V2 With Astro Mix amp tested with Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360, and PC with AC Unity, Battlefield 4, and Left for Dead 2:
*Great sound Stage for positional Audio. Noticeably better than without the mix amp (I run with the clean EQ). With some Juice, these things BANG! I could hear people or zombies sneaking up on me allot easier with other sounds banging in the headset. In battlefield, I could hear people running all around, And had an easier time telling where enemies were. Still had the problem of not being able to tell if they were high or low.
* The lows were still more dominant, but the mids and highs sounded much better! No bleeding or smearing tones at all. Everything was very well defined, but the bass being more dominant, sucks sometimes for FPS gaming. Was awesome for Assassins Creed Unity. Makes it way more cinematic, and thus more enjoyable.
*Microphone, of course, no difference.
So the Headset by itself is good, but pump a bit more juice to it, and add Headset virtual surround, and they come to life! This is the least expensive headset I've ever purchased, but the best sounding. Forget Triton, forget Turtle beach. Comparing to the other High end sets in the Astro A40s, and the Sennheiser PC360s, I would say this is an incredible bang for your buck headset, but not the go to for a highest quality audio setup.
Compared to the Astro A40s:
*They sound way better overall. Better sound stage, better defined tones, however... With the Mix amp, The A40s barely edges out the Siberia V2 for positional queues, which I believe is the biggest factor for FPS games. The A40 however does have issues with allot of sounds happening simultaneously and the Highs are very dominant. So if there is an explosion, footsteps your tracking, gunfire and friends talking, it all sort of blurs together and sounds god awful. The Siberia V2 handles everything very well, and keeping everything better defined. Dollar for Dollar between the two, plain and simple.. Siberia V2 all the way.
Compared to the PC 360s:
Without the mix amp, I definitely prefer the Siberia V2. With the mix amp, however.... The PC 360 wins by a large margin. The only thing the PC360 doesn't do as well is bass. But for gaming audio, too much bass can make you audibly blind for seconds at a time, and that's just when someone will sneak up and take you out. The PC360 with mix amp is hands down the best audio system I've ever experienced in gaming. Handles all sounds perfectly defined, and you can hear if something or someone is dropping in on you, or something from any direction, as well as how far away that sound is. It's absolutely amazing! Sorry for rambling there, I'm just a big fan of that configuration. But you're talking a $330 ($200 for the headset $130 for the Amp) config vs $180.
Sound Stage: 7/10
Overall sound: 8/10
Finally, the music review section. Audiophiles who review gaming headsets against listening to music will love this detailed review:
It sounds good.....
(lol) Hip-Hop and Dub step are the standout genres, especially with an amp.
Hope this helps someone out, who was in my position of wanting to find a quality headset for gaming audio, across multiple platforms, but didn't want to break the bank. If you have any questions or would like further information, write me a comment and I'll get back to you.
I'm not a headphone connoisseur, but as an avid player of games (particularly first-person shooters), these headphones give you clarity of environmental awareness that you cannot get with a speaker set-up. I put these on and realised for the first time that I could hear the ejected shells from my shots landing on the ground off to my right.
Also important for gaming, I find that I can wear these for hours without feeling uncomfortable. If you've read any of the other reviews, no doubt you would have heard about the headband design. Well, they're right. The headphones sit on your head and just - just - hold on with enough pressure to keep them around your ears but not to the point they attempt to get through your cranium.
The microphone is good. It's clear and adequately sensitive. It's no studio recording microphone and some friends have said that I sounded unusual, but given its size and the fact that I can push it away when I'm not using it, I have no complaints there.
I bought the Frost Blues, which comes with a USB sound card. Now, not being an audiophile, I honestly have no idea what the sound card is doing. But the benefits of having this output from a USB port means I don't have to take my speakers out. It also means I can plug this into my keyboard's USB port. Note that it also means you can't use this with your phone if you intend to bring it around. But I didn't, so that sat fine with me.
Why isn't this five stars? For several reasons.
As earlier mentioned, I plug this into my keyboard. The cable is a little too short to reach my CPU - and I think my CPU is located about an average distance from my head, it sits on my table and about an arm's length to my right. Maybe it's just the way my USB ports are situated, but bear that in mind. The cable itself is just about over a metre long (that's shy of four feet for you imperial types) which may seem long enough, but bear in mind the in-line volume control box that sits about halfway along it (a little closer to the USB side), which makes it a little unwieldy.
The headphones come with an extension cable that's long enough for most. But it was too long for me. I was fortunate to have a side port on my keyboard, which I could plug the headphones into.
And while we're on that in-line control box. It works great, but the microphone mute switch is not textured, which makes it a little difficult to switch at times. Otherwise, it works as advertised.
The sound. As far as games are concerned, this thing is pretty much perfect.
But then I listened to some music. These headphones have a wonderful bass range and can handle mid-tones well. These are the ranges you'd hear playing most games. But the headphones seem to struggle slightly with the highs. It's probably not a problem with most popular music these days, but unfortunately I listen to piano and string music, which can have fairly high average ranges. The sound crackles ever so slightly, something I do not notice when listening to the same material on my speakers. So there's that.
That about wraps this up. Bottom line: if you want to use these for gaming and cannot be bothered to look that far into headphones to find "pure" headphone + clip-on microphone solutions (which I've heard people claim is better-priced and of a better quality), then these are for you. If you are an audiophile, you probably shouldn't be looking at these.
I didn't talk about the glowing blue LEDs, did I? Well, they're LEDs. They glow blue. You can make them glow faster, slower, brighter, not so bright, or not at all. You can also make them glow according to the amount of sound you're receiving. It's nifty, but really, don't buy these headphones just because it has glowing blue LEDs.
Hope this helps! Please rate this if you found it useful. It is surprisingly gratifying to know that somewhere, someone out there has benefited from my pattering on my keyboard.