Steel Series Siberia v2 Headset Review
Review Author:Craig H
Review Date: June 30, 2014
|Rating: (4.5 / 5)|
I just got a Siberia v2 Headset and I’m really impressed with these. I haven’t found a set of cans that fit quite as nicely. I have big ears and most of the others I tried don’t fit over these big flaps I have. Not a problem with this headset. It has a nice expandable band on top that gives a snug fit but doesn’t want to ride up. I like the mic too. It seems to be nice from a noise reduction standpoint and the flexible feature lets me put it where it does the most good. It slides back into the headset for storage and if I’m not using it (yeah that happens).
This headset is built to last, the main connectors on the top are metal and give a strong appearance and framework for this headset. The elastic that supports the comfort band is well thought out and is much stronger than the previous version.
The earpieces are generous to say the least. A pleather earcup gives you a nice feel and don’t get uncomfortable after hours of gaming.
The mic slides out from the left earcup and is adjustable to any position you like. Slides back in easily too.
Controls are minimal compared to some but an inline mute and volume are nicely designed so that you don’t mute yourself by mistake and volume adjustment is quick and easy.
One nice feature that has no real purpose (but it looks pretty cool) is the leds in the the earcups. With the software, these can be programmed to either blink at a regular rate or display the relative volume, brighter for louder etc. It seems to work really well but of course, you can’t see it while you are wearing them. Makes a nice splash at the tournaments though.
Inside the Box
Inside the box you get the headset with its attached cord, a connector to plug the 3.5 mm jacks and a USB cable.
There is also a sound card included with the USB version of this headset. Software is downloadable from the SteelSeries website.
The microphone is unidirectional so it eliminates most of the ambient noise around you. It sounds really nice. I haven’t had any complaints from the guys that it drops or sounds crappy.
It stores inside the left earcup when not in use and pulls out easily when you are ready to go. Just bend it into the position you want and you are good to go.
I hear some people poo pooing the sound quality of this headset. They must have been listening to a different one that I had. The sound with these is crisp and clear, the bass although not overly loud is more than adequate. The highs are sharp, the mids are clean. I don’t have much bad to say about the sound out of these.
I noticed in the specs that the range of these is 18 to 28 kHz. Normal human hearing is 20 to 20 kHz. So this headset actually delivers sound outside of the range that you can hear. This means that some of the bass tones are felt rather than heard. Want booming bass how about the kind you hear in your belly that is what low frequencies deliver. What about a feeling of unease, this can be especially effective in game. The ultrasonics produce this effect. So if you want a visceral experience, a headset with expanded ranges will deliver.
I was surprised that this worked as well as it did. Without the Steel Series software, I was able to get a bit of separation with this headset. When I installed the software the soundscape changed radically. While this is synthesized directional sound, it works really, really well.
Some of the other headsets I have tried, with synthesized 7.1 surround sound have been OK. A couple with hardwired drivers and weighing in at a whopping 2.5 pounds were very very nice. This set, coming in at under a pound had me almost turning my head to see people creeping up on me from behind.
You won’t find a better synthesized 7.1 on the market.
This is the best headset that I have tried in its price range. The headset is comfortable with large earcups and a comfortable fit. Well designed to hold up to gaming these are some major cans. D00d get these.