Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset

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Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset
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Testing the In:Ear Headset

Product: Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset
Provided By: Icemat
Price: $59.95CAD - MemoryExpress

 

Introduction:

There are probably more headsets on the market today that there are soundcards to plug them into.  Each headset is different and appeals to different users based on the applications or games they plan on using.  Some companies are actively marketing Surround Sound headsets, whether by means of virtual surround or discrete drivers.  Other companies have products with vibration feedback that accentuate the bass for the users listening (and feeling) experience.  Today we are looking at a headset from Icemat that is straight up.  What I really like about this headset is that it in fact includes a separate microphone and earphones.  This means that you can comfortably use the headphones without having your microphone get in the way.

In this review, we'll take a look at the headset for stand-alone headphone use as well as test the microphone quality and do some VOIP and play some games.  Keep on reading and see if the In:Ear headset is what you've been waiting for.

 

First Impressions:

The Icemat Siberia In:Ear Headset arrived in a nice padded envelop straight from Denmark and we quickly tore open the package to take a look at this headset.  We managed to constrain ourselves until we took a couple of pictures of the retail package first.

 In:Ear - Package
In:Ear - Package

 

I'm a fan of earphones as opposed to headphones in several respects.

  1. In-Ear earphones can be more easily packed away for storage.
  2. Silicon earpieces are very comfortable for extended periods.
  3. Silicon earpieces block background noise.
  4. Earpieces can be removed and washed.
  5. Good earphones provide excellent bass response without "bleeding" out the sound through larger earcups.


Some of the reasons listed above are subjective of course, and truth be told, I was never super happy with a set of earphones until I used the Sennheiser CX300 set.  These were the best I've heard, until my 2 year old got a hold of them and tore the cord into four pieces.  Since then I've been looking for a replacement, and these may fit the bill.

While the retail package is not super flashy, the white In:Ear Headset will be sure to catch the attention of many consumers.  White headphones have become synonymous with Apple and their iPod and these would match nicely with a 60GB iPod Video.

 

Bundled Goodies:

Normally there aren't a lot of goodies that ship with a headset, but Icemat has done a good job of providing you with a few accessories to get you going in different situations.  The package includes the In:Ear earphones, a uni-directional microphone, two extra sets of silicon earpieces (four total), a handy microphone/headphone extension cord as well as a small carrying bag to protect your investment.

In:Ear - Bundle
In:Ear - Bundle

 

Plugging this headset into a computer should be a no-brainer, but Icemat has included a diagram on the back of the package should you need help.

 Connectivity Diagram
Connectivity Diagram

 

If you plan on using this headset with a laptop or a PC that has front audio ports and sits close enough, you won't need the extension cord.  However, in many situations, the provided extension cable can be handy if your soundcard or case doesn't support front audio connections.