Steelseries Steelsound 4H Gaming Headset
Published: 21st February 2007 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |Testing: Gaming
Firstly I will be testing whilst playing CounterStrike:Source. When I first got in game, the main thing I noticed was how aware I became of the ambient sounds in game. Sounds I had never paid any attention to previously suddenly stood out and added a lot of atmosphere to the game. I imagine this would make other games a lot more enjoyable also, especially scarier ones such as FEAR.
As I continued to play it became clear that SteelSound had put a lot of work specifically into how this headset performed in games. Sounds like footsteps were easily distinguishable from others, and details could be picked out even in the middle of a firefight. It was relatively easy to know where your enemy was, however there were times when I was never quite sure and it took a second too long to make sure. Overall though, in CS:S I was confident enough to trust the headset most of the time, and most of the time it was enjoyable to use, as it presented the sound a lot differently to anything else I had used in the past.
I will have to comment on the lack of bass however. When a grenade goes off, or an AWP shot is fired next to you, you just dont get the feedback you would want, and often it leaves an almost tinny echo around you. I wasn't too surprised by this though, as such a lightweight headset is bound to have sacrificed some bass, and at the end of the day you cannot have it all.
Playing Unreal Tournament 2004 was a similarly good experience, where the lack of bass was less noticable, and the previous comments about the atmosphere created by the headset were also shown. The 4H headset seemed to cope better with the less realistic game, as it was much easier to believe the sound and just sit back and enjoy the game.
On the whole though, the 4H headset is definately a good performer in game, and will be a much better buy than most in its price category. The only thing you must bear in mind, is that due to its lightweight design, it must cut back on some aspects, and it seems that in this case, it is the bass.
On the next page we will take a look at how the headset performs in other categories.