Steelseries Headsets

Test Setup and Specifications

Testing Hardware and Specifications

Testing Hardware

Motherboard : ASUS Rampage Formula
RAM : 4gb Corsair Dominator 1066
GFX : ATI HD4870
Soundcard : ASUS Xonar
PSU : Corsair HX1000
HD : Western Digital 320GB
CPU : Intel Q6600
OS : Windows 7 Ultimate

Specifications

As with all our tests, specifications have been taken directly from the manufacturers website. The main thing of note is that the microphone on the 5H v2 USB and the Siberia Neckband appear to be identical, and the specifications bear this out. The Siberia In-Ear microphone has identical specifications too, so hopefully they all provide the same performance.

SteelSeries 5H v2 USB:

Headphones

- Frequency response: 16 - 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 40 Ohm
- SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 110 dB
- Cable length: 1,0 + 2,0 = 3,0 m (9,8 ft.)
- Connectors: 3,5 mm

Microphone

- Frequency response: 75 - 16.000 Hz
- Impedance: 2K Ohm
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 dB

Soundcard

- USB: 2.0
- Surround sound: Virtual 7.1
- Equalizer: 12 channels
- Jack: 2 x 3,5 mm (USB cable included)
- Operating systems: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME

Siberia Neckband:

Headphone

- Frequency response: 18 - 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 40 Ohm
- SPL@1kHz, 1V rms: 104 dB
- Cable length: 1,2 m + 1,5 m = 2,7 m / 8,9 ft.
- Jack: 3,5 mm (6,3 mm converter included)

Microphone

- Frequency response: 80 - 15.000 Hz
- Impedance: 2K Ohm
- Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity (1V/P@1 kHz): -38 dB

Siberia in-ear headset:

Headphone

- Frequency response: 30 - 24.000 Hz
- Impedance: 16 Ohm
- SPL@1kHz, 1V rms: 90 dB
- Cable length: 1.0 m + 1.8 m = 2.8 m / 9 ft.
- Jack: 3.5 mm

Microphone

- Frequency response: 80 - 15.000 Hz
- Impedance: 2K Ohm
- Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity (1V/P@1 kHz): -38 dB

Phew. That's a lot of data to take in so I hope you were keeping up at home. Finally we're going to test these and see if the performance is as good as their looks.

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Most Recent Comments

08-01-2010, 06:48:00

tinytomlogan
We take a look at the 5HV2, Siberia Neckband and the Siberia in-ear headsets

Continue Reading

09-01-2010, 07:03:06

splinter
the in-ear headset should get a higher score than the other 2 headsets imo, kickass noise reduction perfect for lan events

10-01-2010, 08:48:49

Apans
Great review tho i missed "SteelSeries Siberia v2" in the test.. one of there most famous serie for gamers...

but anyways thanks for review

10-01-2010, 09:12:31

tinytomlogan
Those were the headsets steel series asked to be reviewed, have got more planned for a later date though

10-01-2010, 09:41:29

killablade
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
Those were the headsets steel series asked to be reviewed, have got more planned for a later date though
Nice review! Looking forward to a review of the Siberia v2

10-01-2010, 19:41:58

Apans
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='tinytomlogan'
Those were the headsets steel series asked to be reviewed, have got more planned for a later date though
Cheers

looknig forward to it m8!

18-01-2010, 12:33:09

llwyd
Completely agree with the verdict on the 5H v2 headset. When I had a set for testing I just couldn't get used to the lack of bass and would go as far as to call them tinny. I tried to compensate with varied audio settings but they just couldn't manage it.

They were good in game in terms of clarity but when it comes to games like CS, if one was willing to sacrifice ace bass for accuracy they would opt for 5.1 headphones. They're slick and very handy for LAN as said. They struck me as a jack of all trades and a master of none.

Great review too, very difficult to describe sound quality as you did
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