SteelSeries Siberia Headset

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SteelSeries Siberia Headset
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Product: SteelSeries Siberia Full-Size Headset
Provided By: SteelSeries
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Introduction:

Over the past few months, we've taken a look at quite a few headsets here at BCCHardware.  These have ranged from vibration feedback to in-ear units and from USB Surround Headsets to Dual Stereo designs.  Today we are looking at a large headset that is very stylish, isn't loaded down with gimmicks and promises great sound at a fair price.  We are looking at the SteelSeries Siberia Full-Sized Headset and will find out if it lives up to its claims.

Siberia Box
Siberia Box

 

This headset may look a little familiar to you, and if you're thinking that it looks a lot like the Icemat Siberia headset, you'd be right.  It's a fact that SteelSeries and Siberia and one in the same company and former Icemat branded products are now branded SteelSeries.

 

First Impressions:

I don't often use a headset when gaming as my main computer is located in the back room of my garage and it's far enough away from the house, I can enjoy the volume of my favorite game through the Logitech Z-5500 Speakers.  When gaming with a headset though, I do like a set that is comfortable and that has a very wide dynamic range.  Some other headsets I've used have failed in the bass area, and with these Open Air design, I don't think they'll blow me away either.  That being said, the do look pretty classy and can be plugged into any device that uses a 1/8" Stereo Jack.

Headset Profile
Headset Profile

The headset uses a cord that comes out from a single side and this prevents tangling.  I'm a fan of the single-side cord for sure.  The cord itself is very thick and only about 3' long.  While this may trouble some users at first, I applaud this idea as this allows you to comfortably use the Siberia headset with your favorite MP3 player without having a 9' mess of cords to wrap up and stash somewhere.  Included is a headphone extension cable and a microphone that allows you to use this with a computer for your favorite VOIP-enabled game.

Mic - Close
Mic - Close
 Volume Control
Volume Control

 

Although the microphone is a separate unit, it comes clipped to the 6' headphone extension cable.  At the end of the cable is a rather large rotary volume control.  This module looks quite sleek but is a little larger than it needs to be - in my opinion.

Before we jump into testing, let's take a look at the features and specifications of the Siberia Headset.

 

 

Specs & Features:

Headphone

  • Frequency response: 18 - 28.000 Hz
  • Impedance: 40 Ohm
  • SPL@1kHz, 1V rms: 99 - 104 dB
  • Cable length: 9 feet (with extension cord)
  • Jack: 1/8" (1/4" converter included)

 

Microphone

  • Frequency response: 80 - 15.000 Hz
  • Impedance: 2K Ohm
  • Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional
  • Sensitivity (1V/P@1 kHz): -38 dB

The black and white versions of this headset feature identical specifications.

 

SteelSeries Siberia full-size headset highlights:

  • Designed for gaming + MP3-players
  • Extremely comfortable
  • Seperate microphone


The SteelSeries Siberia full-size headset was developed in cooperation with professional gamers to ensure that the soundscape, specifications and comfort is suitable for long gaming sessions. But the SteelSeries Siberia full-size headset is also designed for multi-functionality. Apart from using the headset for PC-gaming, this product has been designed so gamers can use it with their favorite MP3-player, handheld gaming device or practically any other kind of portable digital device.

And that is why the headset features a separate microphone, so users can enjoy music on the road without having to bring carrying unneccesary gear. The cord length has been optimized for use with MP3-players and similar products, and comes with an additional extra long cord for use with stationary computers.