SteelSeries Siberia V2
Published: 23rd March 2010 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: £63.22 |
Headsets are a complex thing. The addition of a microphone usually means a vast increase in price over a standard set of headphones, and in some ways the fact they are for the PC/Gaming brigade also means they cost more than a similar pair.
Sometimes this is a cause for great frustration when you're reviewing a product that is merely average, because it becomes even worse in light of the ridiculous price tags.
As online gaming becomes more popular and people start to meet up for LAN gaming sessions then a headset is something that is an unavoidable expense. They are also thankfully useful as a VOIP device if you don't wish to splurge out on a dedicated phone.
So with their uses as a all-around pair of headphones, but also with VOIP and Teamspeak applications, the demands on a headset are many and it takes someone special to be able to adapt all these various uses into a single product.
Thankfully SteelSeries made their name with exceptional headsets and of these the Siberia proved very popular. Today I take a look at the updated Siberia, unsurprisingly called the Siberia V2.
SteelSeries Siberia V2
Before we take a look at the technical specifications, let's have a look at what has been updated on the new Siberia V2 headset :
- 1. It sports an “invisible" retractable microphone system that pulls out from the left ear-cup.
- 2. Increased 50mm speakers will amplify the bass and volume as well as improve the frequency response to 10-28,000 Hz.
- 3. New closed ear-cup design which features thick leather padded cushions built from sound dampening foam to increase outside noise isolation.
4. The primary cord is shorter in length for optimized use with portable gear and comes with an additional extra cord for use with stationary computers.
It's lovely to see a genuine list of improvements. Sometimes manufacturers can be guilty of "refreshing" a product purely to reinvigorate sales even if nothing has really changed. Not so here with all the updates being meaningful.
As always our technical specifications are taken directly from the manufacturers website to ensure they are as upto-date and accurate as possible.
- Frequency response: 10 - 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- SPL@1kHz, 1Vrms: 112 dB
- Cable length: 1,0 m + 2,0 m = 3,0 m / 9,84 ft.
- Jack: 3,5 mm
- Frequency response: 50 - 16.000 Hz
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 dB
So SteelSeries have genuinely given us an updated product. Let's get a close look.