Steelseries Steelsound 4H Gaming Headset
Published: 21st February 2007 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |Testing Methods
I have been running the 4H headset on an Audigy 2ZS sound card, which has also been claimed to be a gamers favourite. It is a mid range 7.1 capable sound card, which would not be out of place in any gamer's system.
Although SteelSeries to claim to be aimed at professional gamers, I think we all agree that other factors are important aswell. For this reason, in addition to seeing how it performs in game, I will be testing the 4H headset in its abilities to listen to music and watch DVD's.
For gaming, I will be using the 4H headset whilst playing Counterstrike:Source and Unreal Tournament 2004. Counterstrike is an FPS where it is often essential to know where your enemy are by listening for footsteps. I am hoping the 4H headset can supply a good soundstage for the precision you need when playing. Unreal Tournament is a fast paced shooter where although knowing where the enemy is still useful, I find that a good headset in this game can supply a lot of atmosphere, as there is often lots of sound going on at once.
For listening to music, I will play tracks from a CD through both iTunes and Windows Media Player, and also a high bitrate MP3 file. And as for DVD watching, I will be playing the beach landing scene of Saving Private Ryan, as this seems to be a great test as to how a headset performs in terms of bass, clarity and soundstage.
I will also be taking a detailed look at the performance of the microphone on the 4H headset, as most gamers will agree that this is a key factor in more competitive situations.
But first, let's take a look at the headset itself...