SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset

Test Methods

Testing Methods

To gain a fair feeling for the 3Hs abilities, I have tested them across a range of soundcards with a range of games and music. Fistly the headset was tested with the ASUS Commando onboard sound (SupremeFX), a Creative Live! Soundblaster Platinum and a Creative X-Fi XtremeMusic.

- Counterstrike: Source
- Quake 4
- CD played with WMP 11
- DVD played with WMP 11
- High Bitrate MP3 played with WMP 11 and Foobar2000
- Teamspeak RC2 and Ventrilo

With Counterstrike and Quake 4, I was obviously looking for different things from the headset. With counterstrike, my main priority is accuracy. A player needs the ability to pinpoint an opponents location. This needs directional accuracy and clarity to distinguish between surfaces. Quake 4 on the other hand offers far more of an immersive soundscape, requiring a high frequency range, good bass response and again, clarity.

With the music testing, I opted for some of the most testing tracks I could find, including a range of genres and bass tests. With each test, I would look out for any form of distortion or crackling and the overall sound quality. In addition to the music testing, I watched the same section of the film 'The Pianist' on DVD for each soundcard.

Lastly, I used the 3H microphone for ingame communication via teamspeak and ventrilo with a range of audio codecs to see just how clear the output of the microphone was.
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Most Recent Comments

04-04-2007, 10:24:56

I got sent the 5H V2's a while back, they had a great design but sadly i just cant use 2.1 Headsets.

Zalman Theatre 6 all the way, i've had two pairs of them for the last 4 or 5 years taken them everywhere from London to Singapore while playing CS Source.

Sadly you just cant find them in the UK anymore and im in desprate need of some more!Quote

04-04-2007, 10:29:05

Aye the 5H's we've reviewed too and didn't find them ameniable. However these look far better value for moneyQuote

04-04-2007, 11:01:02

glad to see a steelseries headset performing well for a change, looks like good value for what you are getting.Quote

04-04-2007, 11:03:25

Originally Posted by name='Dav0s'
glad to see a speedlink headset performing well for a change
Speedlink? Dont you mean SteelSeries :PQuote

04-04-2007, 11:06:22

I would expect so Quote

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