Date: January 8th, 2007
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Steel Series
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
SteelSeries Siberia Neckband highlights:
- Developed for gaming and music
- Retractable microphone
- Full-size neckband design
- Xbox 360 compatible
The original Siberia Full-Size Headset was released in late 2004 and instantly became a smash-hit among leading professional gamers. The product was the first professional gaming headset to fully cover the users' ears, adding new levels of comfort to audio products for gamers.
The new SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset features a similar eye-catching visual design, as well as the popular white theme, that made the original Siberia headset so popular. The comfort and soundscape in the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband Headset was fine-tuned with the help of professional gamers, electronic DJ's and rock musicians.
The combined input and feedback from this broad range of picky audiophiles helped create a soundscape optimized for a multitude of uses. Final sound optimizations for gaming were done with the help of Abdisamad ‘SpawN' Mohamed, one of the world's most accomplished Counter-Strike players with 12 major international grand-slam championship titles and “Best of Class" awards by leading eSport sites in 2004, 2005 and 2006.
The headset also plugs directly into the Xbox 360 controller, where in-game sound and voice communication can be combined.
Specifications for SteelSeries Siberia Neckband:
- Frequency response: 18 - 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 40 Ohm
- SPL@1kHz, 1V rms: 104 dB
- Cable length: 1.3 m + 1.4 m = 2.7 m / 8.9 ft.
- Jack: 3.5 mm (6.3 mm converter included)
- Frequency response: 80 - 15.000 Hz
- Impedance: 2K Ohm
- Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity (1V/P@1 kHz): -38 dB
Slightly less impressive on paper than the 4H and 5H V2 specs but, as I'm sure most of you know, the proof is in the testing. In all honesty the difference in specs is unnoticeable anyway.
The Siberia arrived in a neat windowed box instead of the clamshell packaging seen on the 3H, 4H and 5H V2. The box does a good job of showing off the product and drawing the eye when seen on a shelf among other products.
Once you get it all unpacked you get a better look at the headset. The box also contains an extender cable complete with volume control and an Xbox adapter. The style is clean and sharp and gives off an aura of precision and craftsmanship. This set would look at home almost anywhere, be it at a LAN party, nightclub or next to your home stereo system. The simplistic lines and curves lend it to suiting almost anyone's visual appetite and lets face it, not many people buy a neckband headset for comfort. This time round a case badge has also been included. I was wondering when that was going to happen.