SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size USB Gaming Headset with Virtual Surround 7.1 Sound (Black)
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- Closed ear headphones
- Pull-out microphone
- Crystal clear high, low and mid-tones
- 50mm driver units
- Lightweight suspension construction
- Virtual Surround 7.1 USB Soundcard
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From the Manufacturer
Based on the award-winning SteelSeries Siberia Full-size Headset, the v2 features major enhancements in sound quality, comfort and its microphone. Every element of the v2 has been optimized for pro gaming, making the headset a preferred piece of equipment for the world's best competitive PC gamers--the most demanding headset users in the world.
Sporting 25% larger 50 mm driver units, the SteelSeries Siberia Full-size Headset dramatically boosts overall acoustic performance. Experience a rich and detailed soundscape from immersive atmospheric background music to precise 3D positional sounds of footsteps, gunfire and more.
Closed Type Headphones
The close type ear cups feature thick leather padded cushions built from sound dampening foam, designed to offer passive noise reduction from loud surroundings and improve comfort over prolonged use.
The USB version features a 7.1 virtual sound USB soundcard that which is a great alternative for your on-board soundcard. The USB version supports the following systems: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME. The USB sound card is compatible with Mac, however the software is only available for Windows operating systems.
The SteelSeries Siberia v2 USB headset is the successor to SteelSeries Siberia Full-size USB headset, which revolutionized several features in the headset industry. The Siberia v2 USB features a beautiful design combined with functionality and performance, all in one headset.
The Siberia v2 USB 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.
Quality Driver Units
It's one thing to have a beautiful exterior, but it's what's inside that makes these one of the best quality headsets on the market. A 50 mm driver unit with crystal clear sound in high, low, and mid-range ensures quality output for multiple uses.
7.1-Channel Virtual Surround USB Soundcard
The Siberia v2 USB also includes a 7.1 virtual soundcard, which is an improved alternative from your normal on board soundcard. The USB plug-in option makes this version of the headset even more convenient. The Siberia v2 USB supports the following systems: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME. The USB soundcard is compatible with Mac, however the software is only available for Windows operating systems.
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 USB with other devices and don't have swift access to setting volume levels in your software.
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.
What's in the Box
The SteelSeries Sibera v2 USB Headset, USB soundcard, extension cord.
What Critics Are Saying About the SteelSeries Siberia v2 Headset
"... Modern Warfare 2 multiplayer provided my main test bed for audio accuracy, and I was surprised at how efficiently stereo sound works in the game. I was able to determine the direction of enemy fire and distant explosions as well as I can wile using my 5.1 headphones. The new piano black earcups are awesome ... and like the last model in the Siberia line, they're as comfy as a Snuggie." Score: 93%
"They look awesome enough to be teamed with an iPod, and the tiny, responsive geektastic mic tucks away nicely."
"All-in-all the Siberia V2 is a brilliant all-round headset and should be considered when looking for a decent pair of headphones for any purpose, not just gaming. Its sleek design and high quality finish combined with its superb sound quality mean I would personally recommend it to anyone."
--Henry Butt, HardwareHeaven.com
- Frequency response: 18 – 28,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112 dB
- Cable length: 9.8 ft. (1 + 2 = 3 m)
- Jacks: 3.5 mm
- Frequency response: 50 – 16,000 Hz
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 dB
- USB: 2.0
- Surround sound: Virtual 7.1
- Equalizer: 12 channels
- Jacks: 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|
Top Customer Reviews
I actually bought this headset for use with my Astro Mixamp, which unfortunately didn't come in until much later than this headset. Not knowing Astro had changed the hookups for their A40s and thus not knowing that the A40 + Mixamp would NOT come with the cable I needed to use the Siberia V2, I've yet to fully realize this purpose. The Y Adapter is on the way, and I'll update this review after getting to use it for a bit.
I have so far sampled the sound through the Mixamp, and it is excellent. The best of the thousands of dollars of headsets I've used over the last few years.
Now, I can say, the USB sound card that comes with this headset is excellent. It may not be as good as the Mixamp, but I'm not sure anything compares in that case. It had very clear surround sound, and was a breeze to setup and configure.
The headset itself is the most comfortable I've ever had the pleasure of placing on my head. More comfortable than the Siberia Neckband, which I fell asleep while wearing the first night of owning it. This headset auto adjusts to your head. No need to wrestle with tightening, loosening or with it sliding out of position. It holds on tight, and stays comfortable while doing so.
Having recently gotten a pair of Astro A40s as well, I had a very clear line with which to compare. The A40s only arrived last week, so I've been using them to judge which headset I'll ultimately use with the Mixamp. After comparing sound quality in games, music, and movies (Avengers Assemble!Read more ›
So you (the reader) can have a sense of reference for my review, let me start off by saying that I am a PC gamer and planned on using this headset primarily for that purpose alone.
As a gamer I am interested in the following:
1) Sound quality
3) Directional sound
4) Design/construction of headset
The games I wanted to use it for were: Battlefield 3, Mass Effect 3, Portal 2, and others (as I purchased/played them). That being said, I can not and will not cover any movies or music usage aspects of this headset in my review, since I am not an expert at those two at all.
I have recently tried out the Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Headset as well (my review can be found on there too), and decided to go with the Steelseries V2 Siberia.
1) SOUND QUALITY = A
Really, really good. The virtual 7.1 surround sound (achievable with the included USB sound card) actually works! The 50mm drivers sound wonderful and are able to accurately reproduce everything from base-rich explosions to light footsteps.
I personally did not hear any background "hissing" sounds. And my mic quality was superb as well (verified with friends over Skype, in-game voice).
2) COMFORT = A
I really think THIS is where Steelseries has an edge over other similarly-priced headsets. Their design (although appearing flimsy) allows for an insanely comfortable fit. I do not have a very large head, nor do I have over-sized ears, but most of the other headsets were uncomfortable for me (the Corsair Vengeance felt like it was constantly squeezing my head). This is not so with these! I can wear them for hours and not feel ANY discomfort.Read more ›
Downsides- price. SteelSeries stuff is more expensive and these are no exception. If you are not gaming, don't wear your headset more than an hour at a time or are not that picky on sound quality you may want to go with a cheaper Logitech. But if you have the money, you will not be disappointed with the performance of the Siberia v.2's.
Big problem with them I read about them online is the right speaker tends to go out due to bad wiring. And it happened to me. I bought them last year. I leave them on my desk everyday I don't throw them, I am pretty careful about my electronics. So bad design in the wiring is pretty believable. My problem is after one year and a few days the warranty is over, so I tried to contact customer service.
It's like they don't read the messages you send but just copy/ paste off a clipboard.
They are comfortable. No seriously the most comfortable headphones I have ever owned.
They sound good even without the sound card.
Look very nice, big plus for the mic hiding.
Not durable for the price. Customer service is ummm...
If you want headphones that look good these are great. They are comfortable. They are pricey. After a year they probably won't work and you might be in my shoes. But hey you might get lucky.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Broke within a year. Support was a long slow month process where they finally gave in and sent me a different headset back. STAY AWAY.Published 1 month ago by Malcom
Still liking these headphones after a year of daily use. Only complaint is that I wish the cord was a bit longer.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
These headphones are great. They are extremely comfy, even while wearing eyeglasses. They always fit nice and snug on my head, and adjust automatically to get a good fit. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Erik
As a Gamer I love these headset especially the design and sound. I played with these for years. Footstep are very clear. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Jeffrey Velez
Using them every day at work for over 8 months. No problems as of now. Good sound quality for price and fairly comfortable.Published 7 months ago by SSD