SteelSeries Siberia V2
Published: 23rd March 2010 | Source: SteelSeries | Price: £63.22 |
So have SteelSeries taken a winning formula and tinkered too much, or have they refined something good into something great?
Thankfully, they've refined them.
Sonically the Siberia V2 are exceptionally impressive and unlikely to be beaten without going on to a dedicated HiFi pair. The only caveat is that I don't need my headphones to make me go deaf, nor do I like so much bass my heartbeat changes. If you do desire exceptionally earth moving volume and bass then these wont be for you. That isn't to say that they are bad in those areas, far from it, merely that if you have extreme needs to be fulfilled in those areas you might be disappointed.
It doesn't matter if you're a movie buff, an audiophile, or merely a gamer seeking to make the best boom you can, the Siberia V2 will get it done.
The microphone is particularly good. It doesn't pick up the surrounding room noise and can be positioned pretty much wherever you choose. Assuming you don't decide to position it in your mouth you wont have any problems with your Ps and S' either. Especially noteworthy is the method SteelSeries have chosen to attach the microphone. None of that "flapping against your headband" here. It slides in and out of the left ear-piece smoother than a buttered lothario.
Finally comfort. These are deliciously light on your head and easy on your ears. I've been wearing them for about 8 hours a day over the past week and not once felt the need to remove them, nor the problem of "hot ear" that you can get with leather cups.
It took some time and lots of pondering, but I have thought of a few issues. Neither of which are massively problematic, but obviously I need to cover all points. The cable is quite disappointing because although it's plenty long enough and comes with great quality gold plating, nonetheless for this price we'd like to have seen braiding rather than the standard plastic coating. Other than that the only slight issue is that open backed headphones mean it's difficult to have them very loud without your partner complaining. Of course the open backed nature aids the clarity of audio reproduction, but it's worth mentioning.
SteelSeries have refined an already award winning design and come up with something that improves in all the areas you'd hope for, without compromising anything or adding unwanted features just to "add" things.
- Great sound quality
- Long cable
- Microphone solution
- Open back design
- Cable not braided