SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset


Review <script type="text/javascript" src=""></script> Posted 01/04/07
Author: Llwyd Johnson
Source: SteelSeries

Testing: Gaming

For the first gaming test I started up Counter-Strike: Source. The first thing I noticed after starting the game was the bass. More specifically, the amount of bass. The previously tested, higher level SteelSeries headphones were slightly lacking in the bass department, especially at high volumes. The 3H however, I am very glad to say provided full, smooth bass. In games such as CS:S, accurate and heavy bass is a must for creating a feeling of realism and immersion. This headset kept this up with each soundcard used and across a wide range of volume which was fairly impressive.

Sound clarity can only really be described as average. I had no trouble identifying footsteps over other noises but found it harder to distinguish surfaces and numbers of opponents despite using several of the ingame sound modes. Directional sounds were fairly good for a stereo headset.

For testing with Quake 4 I played the first section of game over for each soundcard. The opening level of Quake 4 starts with a large range of gunfire and explosions at various distances, making it a perfect test for the headsets ability to convey atmosphere.

Quake 4

Again, the first thing I noticed with the 3H headset was the bass. Explosions and gunfire sounded extremely realistic, with the headset providing punchy bass and next to no distortion on high rate of fire weapons when at full volume. The fact that the headset is a stereo configuration limits the level of realism but I strongly feel that the 3H comes very close to fulfilling the full potential of stereo output. Which, given the headsets size, weight and price has left me happy to leave these on for gaming in preference to my Speedlink headset.
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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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