Multiformat Headset that delivers the goods.
To some, this review will be familiar. The reason? I reviewed the Siberia V2 headset from Steelseries for PC about a year ago. To those people I apologise. You see, this is the same headset as I reviewed then, but with some very important additions.
So, for the bits that have not changed.
We still have the unique and infinitely comfortable design. The clever wire sprung head strap, whilst looking a little strange (kind of an inverted hammock suspended under two supports), creates a very low pressure cushion. Its design means it needs no adjustment. It just fits, but still keeps the Siberia stable on your head.
The oversized ear covering cups, are nicely padded and covered in leather. This makes them very comfortable to wear for extended periods. They also provide great passive noise suppression. (Sadly, I can still hear the wife shouting!). Similar to other Steelseries headsets, the left-hand ear cup hides a flexible microphone that is fully retractable. I love this feature, as it means it can be totally hidden out of the way when you don’t need it.
the Siberia delivers on the sound front in every way.
As you would expect, the Siberia delivers on the sound front in every way. The 50mm drivers provide bucket loads of bass with great clarity. It never sounds muddy and you never miss a thing. In my previous review of the Siberia V2, I mentioned that voice clarity is superb, thanks to the headsets great frequency response. This has now been augmented with the new features that have been added to the PS3 version.
The Siberia PS3 comes with a few neat tricks. The first of which is Live Mix. This is a feature that I first came across on the SteelSeries 5XB’s. The idea is that the background game volume is lowered as people talk over their headsets. This way, you never miss critical commands because there was a huge explosion just as your team mates started talking. What is a bit different in the PS3 version, is that you have three settings of Live Mix. This allows you to get the balance perfect for your personal tastes.
Another addition to the Siberia PS3, is its compatibility. It is a universal headset that can be used with PS3, PC and Xbox 360. It comes with all of the wires and connectors you need to connect it to your TV and then your various games systems. This adds great value to the package as it can essentially do away with your need for multiple headsets.
My only gripe, and it is nit picking a little, is the build quality of the Live Mix / volume control. The headset is so well built, it seems a shame to have what feels like a very flimsy bit of plastic housing all of the clever bits!
That is a minor gripe compared to the overall quality of the Siberia V2 PS3. I find it hard to find anything coming close to a real fault. Another, very superficial thing I like, is that the Siberia V2 is black. Daft I know, but it really adds to the overall aesthetic!
A bit about the score before I conclude. The more eagle eyed amongst you might notice that the overall score is 9/10 whereas in my previous review of the Siberia V2 for PC got 10/10. As I have already stated, this has all the same great features plus some. The thing is, a year has gone by and I have now seen many more headsets to compare this to.
If you want to cut down on the clutter caused by multiple headsets or you just want a really good headset for your PS3 then I can highly recommend the Siberia V2 PS3. It represents value for money (when you consider it works with all your kit) and it is a solid, great sounding headset to boot.
- Frequency response: 18 – 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112dB
- Cable: 1.0 m / 3 ft.
- Jacks: 3,5 mm
- Frequency response: 50 – 16.000 Hz
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 dB
- Cable: 3.0 m / 9 ft.
- Chat cable: 1m / 3 ft.
Gold Y Award
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