Steelseries Steelsound 4H Gaming Headset

Testing Methods

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...
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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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