SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset
Author: Llwyd Johnson
For the first gaming test I started up Counter-Strike: Source. The first thing I noticed after starting the game was the bass. More specifically, the amount of bass. The previously tested, higher level SteelSeries headphones were slightly lacking in the bass department, especially at high volumes. The 3H however, I am very glad to say provided full, smooth bass. In games such as CS:S, accurate and heavy bass is a must for creating a feeling of realism and immersion. This headset kept this up with each soundcard used and across a wide range of volume which was fairly impressive.
Sound clarity can only really be described as average. I had no trouble identifying footsteps over other noises but found it harder to distinguish surfaces and numbers of opponents despite using several of the ingame sound modes. Directional sounds were fairly good for a stereo headset.
For testing with Quake 4 I played the first section of game over for each soundcard. The opening level of Quake 4 starts with a large range of gunfire and explosions at various distances, making it a perfect test for the headsets ability to convey atmosphere.