Steelseries Steelsound 4H Gaming Headset
Published: 21st February 2007 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |Testing: Music
As said previously, First I played tracks straight from a CD through both iTunes and Windows Media Player. At first I was very impressed, the sound was crisp, and the distance between your ears and the earcup creates a clear speaker like quality. The bass also wasn't too bad, considering it is a lightweight gaming headset I was very impressed.
Then I experienced a problem which we also had with the SteelSound 5H headset in a recent review. The left speaker began to crackle intermittently. I could not pinpoint the problem but it was definately more prominent in songs with a heavy bass drum sound. Even when I turned down the volume I could still hear it and it became very annoying. With the volume turned up, it could be heard in almost every song I played.
Besides this however, the headset did very well at higher volumes. Sound was still clear, however the bass couldn't quite keep up. For the average music listener though, the 4H headset will suffice, but I certainly wouldn't recommend it if you spend most of your time listening to music through your headset.
I watched the beach scene from Saving Private Ryan to test just how the 4H headset performed when watching a film. In terms of soundstage, the 4H was impressive, but there was a lack of atmosphere due to the poor bass output. There just was not enough vibration during mortar fire, something which I have experienced in other headsets.
But, once again we have to remember that this is a gaming headset, and most people will not be using the 4H's primarily for these purposes, it just seems however that they could have performed much better in both of these departments if there was slightly more bass.