SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Gaming Headset with Built-In USB Sound Card (Frost Blue)
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- Closed ear headphones
- Pull-out Active Noise-Canceling microphone
- Crystal clear high, low and mid-tones
- 50mm driver units
- Lightweight suspension construction
- Integrated volume control located on the cord
- Programmable Frost Blue Illumination
- PC and Mac Compatible
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|Item Dimensions||4.41 x 9.45 x 10.47 inches||7.68 x 3.94 x 8.27 inches||6.69 x 4.72 x 2.76 inches||8.27 x 7.68 x 3.94 inches|
|Item Weight||1.54 lbs||0.64 lbs||0.61 lbs||0.62 lbs|
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. The SteelSeries Siberia v2 Frost Blue features an incredible soundscape via 50mm driver units in a lightweight design with brilliant blue illumination options including: on/off, pulsation, intensity and trigger-modes. The headset includes a pullout, noise-cancelling microphone, inline volume and mute controls, and can be customized through SteelSeries Engine software.
The SteelSeries Siberia v2 Frost Blue features all the sexy features that have earned the Siberia series many awards and much fame since the original. SteelSeries has added brilliant blue illumination that functions in 6 modes and an integrated USB sound card that is supported by the SteelSeries Engine.
The over-the-head suspension design keeps the headset light and adjustable for every head size. The earcups feature noise-reducing foam covered in grey leather to keep out noise and help you focus on the important audio or voice communication. Lastly, the retractable, active noise-canceling microphone is there when you need it and hides in the left earcup when you don't.
Frost Blue Illumination
16 super-bright LEDs create a beautiful, even illumination around each ear cup capable of functioning in 6 different modes. Through the SteelSeries Engine, users can customize illumination in pulse (fast and slow), intensity (low and high) and even a sound-activated mode. Of course, in true SteelSeries fashion, you can turn off the lights and still enjoy the amazing quality and audio features of this advanced headset.
The earcups feature a noise reducing foam, which helps you to focus on the important audio or voice communication, and not being disturbed or interrupted by outside noise.
50mm driver units that reproduce crystal-clear sounds in high, low, and mid-range tones are at the core of what is creating an incredible audio experience. Powered by an advanced built-in sound card that features customizable equalizer settings and upgradable firmware for future expanded audio and illumination settings.
The Siberia v2 Frost Blue features a retractable microphone that can be hidden in the left earcup, which means you can use it when you need it, but don't have to flash it in public if you don't want to.
Smart Noise-Canceling Mic
When you're playing multiplayer, it's more than just rugged skill that will win you achievements, it's communication that will help you dominate. To support that, the Frost Blue Headset features an active noise-canceling, "smart" microphone that allows your team to hear you above whatever is happening in the area around you - appliances, dogs barking, whining spouses, and more.
The integrated volume controller on the cord offers an option to handle sound volume manually. This feature is especially useful when you are using your Siberia v2 with other devices and don't have swift access to setting volume levels in your software.
- Frequency response: 18 - 28,000 Hz
- Impedance: 40 Ohm
- SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112 dB
- Cable length: 6.5ft
- Interface: USB
- Frequency response: 50 - 16.000 Hz
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 dB
- Active Noise Reduction: Up to 20dB
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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 $180.
Sound Stage: 7/10
Overall sound: 8/10
Finally, the music review section. Audiophiles who review gaming headsets against listening to music will love this detailed review:
It sounds good.....
(lol) Hip-Hop and Dub step are the standout genres, especially with an amp.
Hope this helps someone out, who was in my position of wanting to find a quality headset for gaming audio, across multiple platforms, but didn't want to break the bank. If you have any questions or would like further information, write me a comment and I'll get back to you.
The only cons to these things are as follows: They are NOT ps4 compatible. This is stated in the product description, I bought them for PC gaming...but I have a ps4 now that I got for an early christmas gift and I cant use these with it, which is what it is but it'd be nice. Also, the software you use for setting the headset up is downloaded from the website. Which isn't a big deal in itself but the software is only usable on an operating system windows 7 or newer...I've got vista so I can't use it. Other than that, the headset is a great buy...I'm pretty satisfied with my purchase.
I play a lot of FPS games as well as league of legends and a few other steam games, this headset is perfect for FPS's. The mic is very clear, the people I play with immediately noticed the difference from my last headset (plantronics ~30$ model) and said I sound completely different. I'd highly recommend these if you're into PC games-especially first person shooters.
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They are insanely comfortable, you get the usual ear sweating you get with closed cup headphones but the isolation and sound quality more than makes up for it. The base you get on the headset is amazing and I would recommend when using on a PC to setup virtual surround sound which is usually available for most sound cards. This makes the audio appear more realistic rather than inside your head which can happen with closed cup headphones.
The headphones come with a short cable for people who are close to their PC but also a much longer one. This is a great idea as obviously there are so many different kinds of PC setup it is hard to decide on the right cable length so including a decent length cable on the headset with a long extension is the right way to go here. I personally have attached the extension to the underside of my desk so I simply need to plug my headphones in right next to me and not fiddle about with the front/back of my pc.
The microphone quality is amazing and it is also unidirectional so avoids picking up external noises in the room. Another amazing feature is you can use these as just headphones without looking stupid as the microphones actually slides into the headset. Meaning you can wear these out and about as a stylish pair of headphones (make sure you pay attention as closed cup means you might not hear cars etc) you can wear without looking dumb.
All in all these are the most comfortable and high quality headphones I have every owned and stylish to boot. For the price you really can't complain so buy a pair and find out for yourself!
Somewhere in the middle of the second year, the volume knob got buggy and was screwing and losing the sound in my right ear while operated. I kind of ignored the problem for a while, and when I finally decided to try to repair it, I realised I was 6 months over my warranty period.
Nevertheless I contacted SteelSeries and explained the situation to them, and they agreed to have a look at it and replaced it straight away.
I recommend this item because the head set itself is really good, and because the manufacturer is also sensible and willing to help.
Regarding other qualities:
- They are also quite comfortable to wear, not pressing too bad on the ears but still holding good and blocking a reasonable portion of outside sound.
- The only downside is that they creek a little when I chew food :P
- You get a single extension cable, for both mic and sound, in the box.
In the past I've had a few Creative Fatal1ty headsets which were a good entry level headset, but this just takes your gaming experience that one notch higher, incredibly crisp sound reproduction with 50mm drivers for that bassy kick for music and films, They are designed to they fit over your ears and partially block background noises and other sounds, and the way they fit over your head is a wonderful innovative design feature, I believe it's called a suspension system, anyhow you can wear these for 4-6 hours straight and be in no discomfort at all.
The mic is very clear and crisp too, retracting (you just push it in]] into the ear cup if you want it to be discrete, if for example you were using them to listen to music whilst walking along in public.
Overall I couldn't be happier, if you want a great, comfortable headset for gaming of any kind (although I believe they are geared towards the FPS market) then look no further, these are a well made product that you will be mightily impressed with for fifty odd quid.
1. Headsets. Really I could say that it's the best headsets I had (considering that previous one were 2 times expensive). The most comfortable and easy to wear. And I have no complains to sound quality too. All perfect here.
2. Reliability. Again, no complaints here apart from the head holder. It's very tiny and was broken some time ago. I were able to fix it, but still it's the weakest part here and you can't wear without them.
3. Microphone. Well here where I would not recommend it to you if it's important to you. Noone can hear me, it's not comfortable to use (you almost need to put in in your mouth) and the sound quality it the worst here. :-(
Summary: It's a great and super comfortable headset but only if you don't care about the microphone.
Highly recommended go for it if you are deciding to buy a headphone in this price range best deal there is.