SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full Size Headset - The Suspension!

12/5/2012 9:11:57 AM

That’s where comfort lies…

We’ve seen a lot of headsets over the last few issues. That’s often the case when new brands come to market and, within the last while, we have seen two major brands arriving in South Africa, via two different distributors. One of those brands is a focussed headset manufacturer, while the other looks at a broader range of peripherals. It is the latter that we are looking at here.

SteelSeries prefer simplicity. They say as much in their mission statement. And yet, hidden in the simplicity is an idea that – while not extremely complex is so good that it makes the Siberia V2 Full-Size Headset just about the most comfortable thing that can go on your head. At least, in terms of headsets.

Description: SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Headset

At first glance, the design of this particular headset looks quite different, and possibly a little flimsy. That’s because there is lots of space built into the headset. It’s a large device, despite the fact that there are big gaps and negative spaces in the design. One such gap appears between the two supports that, initially, appear to be associated with the headband. But they simply hold the ear cups in place. The headband--- well, that’s where the magic of that clever idea happens. See, the headband uses a simple yet effective suspension idea. What this means is that the headset more or less automatically adjusts in size. And it also is extremely comfortable. You need to take some care when putting them on, but you get used to that.

Even more comfort comes from the large ear cups, which feature sound dampening foam for passive noise reduction. Housed within these ear cups are large, 50mm drivers. These are a good distance from the ear, too.

The result is exceptionally good sound. We mean really good. SteelSeries know, just like the other headset manufacturer we feature in this issue, that large drivers and well-designed ear cups are crucial to good sound.

Another great feature here is the retractable mic boom. It pushes back into the left ear cup, keeping it safe and out of the way. An in-line volume control allows the mic to be muted, as well as adjusting audio volume.

The device comes with a one meter cord attached, and a two meter extension cord. The one meter cord is a little short – you will almost always be using the extension cord, which is a bit of a pain.

Description: SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full Size Headset

SteelSeries has a strong focus on PC gaming, and it shows here. This device is not directly compatible with consoles, but anything that uses a 3.5mm jack can be used with it. It’s a small downside, considering the excellent performance and comfort…

A glance:


Extremely comfortable and great sound… that really is enough said.


Tech Specs:

§  50mm drives

§  In-line volume control

§  3m total cord length

§  Retractable mic

§  3.5mm jack

§  Sound dampening foam


Manufacturer: SteelSeries

RRP: $104

Pros: Very comfortable, Great sound

Cons: Simple in-line controls, ‘PC only’

Score: 90


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