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SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset Review
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Written by Munk   
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Gaming headsets are getting better and better all the time. With companies like SteelSeries pumping out performance headsets the overall gaming experience seems to be improving. Comfort is the single most important part of a gaming headset, if you are going to spend hours playing the headset better be comfortable. A very close second of course would be over all sound and speech quality. We will be delving deep into this headset review and see if it is really worth dropping extra coin on a performance headset like the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset. Let’s get a closer look:

Provided by: SteelSeries

Price: $79.99

Closer Look:

 

 

Specifications and Features:

 

Headphone

- Frequency response: 18 - 28.000 Hz

- Impedance: 40 Ohm

- SPL@1kHz, 1V rms: 104 dB

- Cable length: 1,2 m + 1,5 m = 2,7 m / 8,9 ft.

- Jack: 3,5 mm (6,3 mm converter included)

 

Microphone

- Frequency response: 80 - 15.000 Hz

- Impedance: 2K Ohm

- Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional

- Sensitivity (1V/P@1 kHz): -38 dB

Testing:

In order to test the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset I decided to test its capabilities for gaming first and foremost and to a lesser extent movies and music. Let me touch on a few things before we get started I love the style of this headset and the free air styled design is a personal favourite of mine. I was able to get one session in gaming on xbox live with this headset then unfortunately I wasn’t able to get the 360 adaptor to work and of the additional times I tried testing it. This isn’t a hit against the build quality any number of things might have happened just a friendly reminder to always test every aspect of a product before the warranty is up. Now let’s get into it:

Gaming:

Thankfully my first session on live was a full 3 hours of Halo 3 bliss I was able to clearly hear my teammates and there was no issues with them hearing me. Xbox live has a lot of issues when it comes to voice so I also tried the headset features on skype and it was clear as a bell. Back to gaming: when I decided to use the ridiculously long cable and plug it in to the TV I was able to very clearly hear where guns were being fired from and accurately circumnavigate potential ambushes. Throughout the whole gaming experience I never had tension headaches or any discomfort to speak of at all. I loved both the look and feel of this headset. A point worth mentioning is that I normally feel like a complete tool when wear headsets of any kind but this headset doesn’t scream loser like so many I have used in the past. My wife didn’t even make fun of my (as much) while wearing these.

Movies:

I use my Creative Fatal1ty for everything I would use a nice pair of headphones for when it comes to my computer. If a headset can’t do gaming music and movies then it’s not for me. The SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset did a fantastic job of giving me a top notch isolated movie experience. The quality for the bass was extremely impressive and the mid range rang through incredibly well with footsteps and shell casings dropping. Treble was smooth and not too sibilant which is exactly what I like in a headset. I also like that you can slide the mic out of the way when not in use online the Fatal1ties which you need to remove and I have misplaced more than a few times. Over all for movies I would have no issue using this headset in fact I was more than a little impressed.

Music:

 This is exactly where I hoped the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset would shine, and I wasn’t disappointed. The fact that they do simulate a free air headphone style like Sennheisers the room filling sound was very impressive. For everything from bass heavy songs to classical music the overall quality and range was quite surprising. I would recommend these to anyone that loves music they are an incredible substitute for a pair of Sennheiser 437HD’s maybe even the PXC 450’s. The frequency response is very impressive and the higher Ohms make for a very amp-able headphone. I ran these through my Qinpu desktop amp and I was very impressed with the performance boost.

 

Conslusion:

Even though the adaptor failed on me over all the performance was awesome I was more than a little impressed with these in every test. I will say that to be honest I didn’t like the 360 adapter at all they should either remove the long cable from the adapter or make it detachable. Or possibly make 2 series on specifically designed for the Xbox and one for your PC. All of this aside the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset rocks I absolutely love it and endorse it.


Would I recommend these? Yup, for anyone that loves using their headset for everything this is an ideal choice for all of your multimedia needs. If you are still sporting the dorky headset that came with your Xbox 360 bundle you should slap yourself them pick up a set of these.

Pros:

  • Style
  • Quality
  • Mic Slides out of the way 
  • Lots of Extras
Cons:
  • Long cable on the 360 Adapter

 

 

 

 


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Gizmobry  - Help with this?   |71.102.145.xxx |2009-07-14 15:57:28
I cannot get mine to work. I've fit this in my controller, but I don't know
where the other plug goes into for it to work on my 360. Any thoughts?
admin   |SAdministrator |2009-07-14 16:02:29
you plug the pc connectors into the xbox adapter then into your controller and
run the long white cable into your tv headphone jack
Gizmobry  - TV headphone jack   |71.102.145.xxx |2009-07-14 16:09:10
I checked my TV and I don't see a headphone jack in the back? I have a newer
LCD HD TV, but don't see a headphone jack. Do I need an adaptor for the audio
plugs? Thanks for the response, its been frustrating
admin   |SAdministrator |2009-07-14 16:11:15
there should be an audio output in the back of your tv you may need to get an
rca to female headphone converter in order for it to work.
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