SteelSeries 3H Gaming Headset

Testing Cont.

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

Testing: Music

The first music test carried out was the playing of a CD through Foobar2000, followed by Windows Media Player 11. Here, once again, the bass on the 3H headset did not fail to impress, in fact, nor did the treble. The overall sound quality was far better than that of the 5H headset and on par with headsets of double their price and reputation.

The volume range of the headset, like mentioned, was very impressive. I was able to take the headset up to a level that was probably unsafe with next to no distortion to the music. I did on several occasions turn the headset up full and leave it on my desk to act as a pair of speakers. Usually this would give a very harsh, tinny sound due to the failing bass but this was not the case with the 3H at all.

Testing: DVD

For the DVD testing I played various clips from the film The Pianist. I chose this film for mostly the same reasons as I chose the opening section of Quake 4. There is plenty of distant explosions and gunfire, emotive and subtle soundtrack, a range of close up sounds such as gravel underfoot people crying, which, all together creates quite a trying sounscape.


Here I feel the headset struggled slightly. The sound was clear and the bass was good but there was just not the sense of atmosphere one would expect, which detracted from this particular film slightly. This is however, like its successors, a gaming headset and so cannot be expected to be an outstanding all round performer.

Testing: Microphone

As this is a gaming headset, it is essential for it to have a good, clear and accurate microphone. The microphone on the 3H, as with the other headsets, is built into the left ear cup and retracts pretty much fully into the cup. As mentioned in the appearance section, when deployed, the microphone naturally sits very close to the corner of your left eye and needs a fair bend to put it where it should be.

The sound quality of the microphone was limited by the two lower end sound cards, which was a good sign. The output over teamspeak and ventrilo was, with all available codecs, clear and understandable, it just lacked in crispness. With the X-Fi XtremeMusic the microphone was available to perform to its full capability. This was not a large step up from the quality seen on the Soundblaster card but did provide better clarity.

Overall the microphone is perfectly adequate for gaming, providing clear and understandable output, which is what matters. For recording or higher definition communications however, you would definitely want look into a separate, higher quality desktop microphone.
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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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