Published: 8th January 2010 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: |
SteelSeries 5H v2 USB
In recent times it has become very popular for headset manufacturers to provide a USB soundcard along with their high-end headsets to ensure that the sound quality remains consistent no matter which PC you are using them with. SteelSeries are no different and supply the 5H v2 with a 7.1 virtual surround soundcard. However, unlike most manufacturers where the addition is nice, but the headphones are so bulky that one wonders where you'd use them, the SteelSeries 5H v2 easily disassembles for those lanparties and gaming tournaments.
Unlike a lot of fancy packaging that only gives you a hint of what is inside the box, SteelSeries have chosen to go for the attractive clear box which nicely highlights the 5H v2.
Taking the clear box off we can see the a nice pale insert holding the headphones themselves that is an almost suede feeling plastic.
Flipping the box around shows off the very crisp screen printed SteelSeries brand logo across the band of the headset, in a white that nicely matches the cans themselves. The actual headphones are a closed-back design which not only should ensure a tighter sound quality, but also allows you to increase the volume without having the "drum and bass guy on the bus" problem. Especially good for those of us with our PCs in the room with the TV.
One of the key points about the SteelSeries 5H v2 is it's ability to disassemble easily for transportation around wherever you might need them. There are two incredibly sturdy clips that allow the ear sections to be removed from the headband. These re-assemble with a very satisfying clunk and any doubts about the longevity of such a system can be dispelled. Even the most heavy-fisted attempts to bend, stretch and generally mutilate the 5H v2 were shrugged off.
The microphone is a very swish piece of design resembling a tadpole or a stretched spade for those of you who play cards. It recesses back into the left earpiece when you aren't using it, but has a nice thick neoprene coating and is very easy to slide in and out.
Special mention must be made of the cables. Rather than the standard plastic coated cables we're all used to that you can never quite put where you want and over time become a little stiff or twisted, the 5H v2 come with braided cables. And not just any old braid either but some of the finest braid we've been fortunate enough to see. It's super soft and really tightly weaved. Very nice.
Time for a look at the Siberia Neckbands.