Steelseries Steelsound 4H Gaming Headset

Introduction

Introduction

To most in the gaming community, SteelSeries is now a household name, with the company producing everything from keyboards to gaming apparel. As would be expected from any major manufacturer of gaming products, SteelSeries also produce quality headsets with their SteelSound range. Catering from the ultra-portable 3H's to the ultimate gaming essential 5H's. Today I will be looking at SteelSound's mid-range headset, the 4H's.

To give you an idea of what kind of headset we are looking at, here is a picture of the headset from the SteelSeries website.

Website Image - Angled Headset


As you can see, the 4H headset is medium sized, with large padded earcups and adjustable headband. Clearly identified as an inferior to the 5H headset, I will evaluate just what you get for your money.

Before we take a detailed look at the specification, let's view the bullet pointed features list found on the back of the packaging.


- Lightweight gaming headset with XL-sized earcushions
- Developed in cooperation with professional gamers
- Retractable uni-directional microphone system
- Volume control, featuring 3 microphone settings
- Full-size earcups for maximum individual comfort
- Strong and deep resonating in-game sound projection
- 40mm SteelSound SunDancer Units

SteelSeries continually claim to be in close contact with real gamers to find out what they want, and looking at these features, it seems that's exactly what they've done. In many headsets I've used the microphone has been sub-par, or they have been uncomfortable. If this headset is as good as it looks on paper, it might be what gamer's on a budget have been waiting for.

Right, onto the specification list then, as taken from the SteelSeries website.



Headset

Frequency response 16 - 28.000 Hz
Impedance 40 Ohm
SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms 110 dB
Cable length 1.8 meters (6 feet)
   
Microphone  
Frequency response 75 - 16.000 Hz
Pick up pattern Uni-directional
Sensitivity -38dB
Impedance 2k Ohm
   

For the audiophiles amongst you, you will see that the microphone specification looks promising, and for the more practical amongst you, note the generous cable length.

Next let's take a look at the packaging and presentation on the 4H's.
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Most Recent Comments

21-02-2007, 05:48:34

FarFarAway
Review by Dav0s himself.

Dave took a look at the 4H Headset to see if it was worth 30 of your money

What did he think?

Read on...

21-02-2007, 07:40:54

llwyd
good work dave, very thorough review

21-02-2007, 07:43:56

Ty07allstar
Very nice review!

21-02-2007, 08:26:06

Toxcity
Nice reveiw, but as soon as I saw "LAcking bass" I died!

21-02-2007, 08:50:02

Dav0s
thanks people

21-02-2007, 12:01:09

chudley
Nice timimng as I am looking for a new headset, found your review very helpful. may have to ask in a different thread, dont want to hijack this one.

21-02-2007, 12:03:12

llwyd
Quote:
Originally Posted by name='chudley'
Nice timimng as I am looking for a new headset, found your review very helpful. may have to ask in a different thread, dont want to hijack this one.
Wouldn't bother really lol, the general consensus is that for gameplay you want Speedlink Medusas and for sound quality / music something like Sennheisers

21-02-2007, 12:09:26

chudley
Cheers got sennheisers already and using them for gaming too (no mic) just read the 5H review and got the jist about medusas. Cheers now know what i am looking for
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