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SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset

Based on the award-winning SteelSeries Siberia full-size headset, the v2 features major enhancements in sound quality, comfort, and its microphone. Every element of the v2 has been optimized for pro gaming, making the headset a preferred piece of equipment for the world's best competitive PC gamers – the most demanding headset users.

Sporting 50mm driver units - 25% larger then older models - the SteelSeries Siberia Full-Size Headset dramatically boosts the overall acoustic performance. Experience a rich and detailed soundscape from immersive atmospheric background music to precise 3D positional sounds of footsteps, gunfire, and more. The closed-type ear cups feature thick leather padded cushions built from sound-dampening foam, designed to offer passive noise reduction from loud surroundings and improve comfort over prolonged use. A virtually invisible uni-directional microphone can be rotated out from the left ear cup, optimized for essential voice communications.

The v2 remains lightweight, and its trademark headband suspension construction makes it extremely comfortable for use over long periods of time.

Highlights

SteelSeries Headset
  • Heat Orange
    16 Super Bright LEDs illuminate the earcups' color with various modes.
  • Integrated USB Soundcard
    Delivers premium sound and enables you to create equalizer profiles for all your games.
  • Active Noise-Canceling Mic
    "Invisible" pull-out, active noise-canceling microphone stored in the left earcup.
  • Closed Headset
    Passive noise reduction via leather padded cushions built from sound dampening foam.
  • Clean Soundscape
    50mm drivers provide a detailed audio experience at high, low and mid tones.
  • Extreme Comfort
    Lightweight headband suspension for comfort during long gaming sessions.
  • In-Line Volume Control
    Integrated volume and microphone control located on headset cord.
  • Backed by Engine Software
    PC gamers will benefit fully from the SteelSeries Engine software.

Features

SteelSeries Headset

Classic Siberia. Enhanced.

The SteelSeries Siberia v2 Heat Orange boasts all the sexy features that have earned the Siberia series many awards and much fame since the original. We have added heat orange illumination that functions in six modes and an integrated USB sound card that is supported by SteelSeries Engine.The over-the-head suspension design keeps the headset light and adjustable for every head size. The earcups feature noise reducing foam covered in gray leather to keep out noise and helps you focus on the important audio or voice communication. Lastly, the retractable, active noise-canceling microphone is there when you need it and hides in the left earcup when you don't.

Incredible Sound

50mm driver units reproduce crystal clear sounds in high, low, and mid-range tones - they are at the core of what is creating an incredible audio experience. Powered by an advanced built-in sound card that features customizable equalizer settings and upgradable firmware for future expanded audio and illumination settings.

Heat Orange Illumination

Alert the world around you that you're in the game. The headset features heat orange LED illumination on the right and left side of each ear cup under the grill.


SteelSeries Headset

Personalize. Equalize.

Let's face it, the way you hear the game is unique to the tones your hearing can pick up, and probably completely different than the next gamer, which is why SteelSeries provides Heat Orange Headset users the ability to adjust, personalize and save all of their audio and equalizer settings. Save up to eight settings for each of your game profiles.

Keep Out the Noise

The earcups feature a leather covered noise reducing foam, which helps you to focus on the important audio or voice communication, and not being disturbed or interrupted by outside noise.

Lightweight Champion

SteelSeries over-the-head suspension design keeps the Heat Orange Headset cans lightweight and adjustable for just about every head size. We believe in keeping the gameplay heavy, not the gear you're wearing to play it.


SteelSeries Headset

In Control

The integrated volume controller on the cord also offers a mute button, all for instant control without having to navigate through software settings.

Retractable Microphone

The Heat Orange Headset features a retractable microphone system. Pull it out when you need it. Hide it in the left earcup when you don't.


SteelSeries Headset

Smart Noise-Cancelling Mic

When you're playing multiplayer, it's more than just rugged skill that will win you achievements, it's communication that will help you dominate. To support that, the Heat Orange Headset features an active noise-canceling, "smart" microphone that allows your team to hear you above whatever is happening in the area around you – appliances, dogs barking, whining spouses, and more.

Light 'Em Up

16 Super Bright LEDs create a beautiful, even illumination around each ear cup capable of functioning in six different modes. Through the SteelSeries Engine, users can customize illumination in pulse (fast and slow), intensity (low and high) and even a sound activated mode. Of course, in true SteelSeries fashion, you can turn off the lights and still enjoy the amazing quality and audio features of this advanced headset.

What's in the Box

SteelSeries Headset

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  • Justin L.
  • 4/1/2015 3:59:22 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsQuality issues

Pros: Comfortable, lightweight -The suspension headband makes these very comfortable and due to not having a solid headband it lowers the weight a good bit as well.

Mic quality - Pretty good. I've had most of the more expensive headsets you can buy from all the big brands and the mic quality is probably with some of the best plus the mic boom is retractable which is a nice feature.

Audio quality - Good but it isn't going to blow you away. I've heard a lot better.

The LEDs - The ear cup lights are nice and have some customization through the software.

USB cable - Very long (which may be good or bad given your setup), also has a breakaway feature and inline mic/volume controls (more on that in the cons).

Cons: Build Quality - This comes from my personal experience with the headset and could differ in other experiences. I've had my headset for only about 9 months and I'm experiencing a fair bit of issues with it. The wire going into and coming out of the inline mic controls feels extremely loose which I believe is the reason that I now have a fairly constant humming/buzzing background noise, and the mute no longer really works. I get a weird echo of myself when the mic is muted which can be heard by the people in my voice chat, and if the cord is moving or the inline controls are resting against something I get often will get the same echo and I'm told it sounds like I'm far away and/or underwater. Also the mic boom, itself, feels a little loose which could become an issue if you were to these long term. The last thing is a small issue with the LEDs' trigger mode which produced an annoying buzzing sound when the lights every time the lights activated.

Other Thoughts: Headsets or headphones with inline mic and/or volume controls can sometimes be a risky proposition given the extra chance of failure in the wire where it goes through the inline controls. I'm fairly disappointed in the fact I've only had them for around 9 months before this occurred and the Steel Series warranty is very limited and doesn't cover normal wear and tear and although I doubt my issues are overly common I do think more people have probably experienced them. There are also a fair amount of other issues that repetitively appeared other reviews that I was lucky enough not to experience. I only paid about $80 for them so I guess they weren't terrible for the price but when I pay that kind of money for an accessory/peripheral I expect them to last a while and I am highly disappointed that they didn't even make it a year given the usual quality of Steelseries products. Overall I probably wouldn't pay $80 for them again much less $100+.

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  • Nicholas G.
  • 3/9/2015 4:59:00 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsBeautiful Headset

Pros: Amazing Sound
Great Adjustable EQ Software
Very Comfortable
Self Adjusting
Excellent Build Quality
Pretty LEDs

Cons: Microphone is a little flimsy. After having it for about 8 months now, the mic has became loose so I don't pull it out all the way anymore so it won't break. Be careful with the mic.

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  • Ryan W.
  • 3/6/2015 8:28:17 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsWish there were a 0 rating

Pros: While this was working it was a pretty nice headset for the price range, the mic was pretty good quality and the headset itself had good mids, ok lows, and subpar highs which is what you expect in a gaming headset.

Cons: Everything that is SteelSeries. After about a month of pretty moderate use, maybe two hours a day at best, the microphone shorted out. It stands to reason that a flimsy retractable mic would short eventually but I was sure to be VERY careful and sparing with the mic figuring that could be an issue.

After a few weeks of having a non-mic'ed headset I decided I should just RMA it. I started my RMA process in December, three months ago. Guess what, I still don't have a headset. UPS Tracking confirmed that the package arrived at their facility two days after my postage, their customer service first never confirmed or denied receiving it but after persistent badgering for near a month they said it had been received (around mid-February).

I was told, and I quote,
"We have confirmed that your replacement product has been added to our latest invoice! This means that our warehouse has all the necessary information available to get your new product out for shipment. Once the product is shipped we will contact you again with a tracking number."

This was ten days ago, or eight business days if I should be forgiving and I'm still without a headset, without a tracking number, and without a response after two more messages regarding this issue. I never plan to buy a SteelSeries product and will adamantly vocalize my feelings to any of my friends or associates considering anything that could involve SteelSeries products or support.

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  • Nicholas L.
  • 7/19/2014 7:05:32 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs2nd

Pros: Its a SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset that is Heat Orange.

The sound is amazing

Cons: No 3.5mm jack option.

Other Thoughts: Accidentally gave only one egg on my last review.

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  • Nicholas L.
  • 7/17/2014 4:00:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsUSB

Pros: Its a SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-Size Headset and its Heat Orange.

Cons: Its USB and will not work with my system unless I find some mythical adapter that's as rare as a unicorn.

Other Thoughts: My Glasses are broken and I'm mostly blind. I broke my old headset because of my lack of vision. I ordered these so I could at least listen to music while I wait. All the other pairs have 3.5 audio jacks. This is the only one that does not. I cant even drive to the local computer store to see if they have that mythical adapter. It would have been nice if newegg put the type of connector in the main description.

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5 out of 5 eggsGreat headphones

Pros: Great sound quality, it feels good on your head.
The mic that comes out is adjustable, and with all of the things I have used it for, they can all hear me well. (Gaming, and I've even used it with Skype, and MS Lync)

Sound is nice, I like the mute button and volume switch on the line, handy for easy adjustments.

My kids really like the orange glow and think it is a neat feature. Don't really see it when wearing them, so doesn't really matter to me too much.

The Quality sounds good, and much better than a cheaper Logitech headset I was using prior.

I downloaded the software from online and it installed fine on a windows 8.1 64 bit system. No issues. Profile management is a cool feature.

Box and Packaging are nice, headset looks nice and feels like something that should last.

Cons: PS3 Comment below, otherwise none.

Other Thoughts: Could be better or same quality out there for about the same or a little less money, but I was pleasantly surprised by these and enjoy them (So do my kids!!)

The MIC on this does work with a PS3, however it does not play any audio in the headset. (Not really a con since this is not a listed feature... just something we hoped maybe it would... wanted to comment and share that with others. Again it's a nice headset :)

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  • Kevin C.
  • 6/27/2014 12:11:07 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsMeh

Pros: -Decent Sound
-Steel Series Engine 3
-LIGHTS!!
-USB
-USB extender cable included
-Retractable and bendable mic

Cons: -The audio trigger setting in the steel series engine will cause a buzzing noise in the left ear phone. RMA'd my first one and it still happened
-Mic is not really noise cancelling. It stills picks up me typing on a regular keyboard (not mechanical)
-Personally, he onboard sound card is very annoying if you plug it in through the front header usb and have a desk drawer in the way
-Uncomfortably tight at first, but with continuous usage, it should feel nice and comfy

Other Thoughts: In the beginning, i was recommended steelseries headsets by a friend and i was ecstatic when it came in the mail. However, upon usage, i realizes it did have its flaws. By the far the most annoying thing is the buzzing noise in the left earphone. It is very minor but if you turn on the audio volume trigger on the steelseries engine 3 software then it gets very annoying. I for one dont understand the point of adding a feature that will cause an annoying problem. This is a very unfortunate problem because it would be awesome to turn that setting on at lan parties. The mic is average. Compared to my $35 plantronics, the mic on it is pretty bad. It will pick up my typing (on a non-mechanical keyboard) and background noise despite being "noise-cancelling." The quality is also worst. I initially RMA'd the first headset thinking it was defective but the 2nd still had the exact same problems. Overall, i have to give kudos on the style and sound of this headset, but because of the microphone and bugs , the overall rating suffers severely. I believe it is not worth $80.00 due to all it problems and if given the opportunity i would opt for a full refund, but hey, ill leave the decision to you.

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5 out of 5 eggsComfortable, Good Performance

Pros: Very comfortable, even after long listening sessions.

The default sound was good, not great. Then I installed the "Steel Series Engine 3" software and more options were opened up. It includes 7 presets, as well as an equalizer. I found the Music preset to be very good, but there are five frequency sliders that you can adjust to your liking.

The configuration software lets you set up different profiles, and if you like you can associate them with specific programs. For example, I set the default to Music, and then created a profile set to the Voice preset. I then associated this profile with voice & video-conference programs such as Skype. Whenever I received a voice call and switch to the Skype window, the sound automatically adjusted. When I moved off of this window, the sound adjusted back. I was impressed at how well this worked.

I tested the mic on some video & voice calls and on extended conversations the people I was talking to had no problem hearing me and said that I came through very clear. Using the Voice preset they came through to me very clear.

It comes with a USB extension cable in case you need to make it longer.

Cons: The only con I have is that these can get a bit warm around the ears. In a hot room, it might be a problem. It was only a minor annoyance to me.

Other Thoughts: I'm on Firmware 1.15.0.0.

I highly recommend installing the "Steel Series Engine 3" software to take full advantage of automatic profile changes and to open up the equalizer for optimizing the sound.

You can change the pulsating lights, for example to match the sound, and even turn them off if that's not your thing.

CloudSync? Keep my settings in the cloud? Seriously? Ok, I don’t doubt that for some this is a worthwhile feature. But for how many? Everybody's jumping on the sync anywhere bandwagon which in theory I don't have a problem with. But in practice it means different accounts with a variety of vendors all implementing their own solutions with their own secure (or insecure) methods. I don't consider this feature a positive or negative, but I won't be using CloudSync.

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3 out of 5 eggsVery Neat Looking

Pros: I found this headset to be very comfortable compared to others I have used in the past. There is a bit of inward pressure on the ears to keep the cups clasped on your head, so this may or may not bother you. Most people will be just fine with it, while others might obtain some discomfort until they get used to it. The suspension makes it exceptionally comfortable for the top of your head though! I no longer have to worry about an impending headache from prolonged use.

Unlike the other versions of the Siberia V2, this headset has a dedicated USB sound card built in, so there are no 3.5mm Y-adapters. This also means that getting this headset to work on consoles like the PS4 will be incredibly tricky (at least for now).

The build quality feels very sturdy. There's no flex creaking, and the overhead band is made of flexible metal inside soft plastic tubes.

Cons: The sound stage is very wide in left-right and sounds a bit different, possibly slightly worse than other headsets for front-back audio; it's a shallow but wide stage that cannot be adjusted by the included software.

The headset also has a large amount of clarity adjustments, which make it seem a little bright. To remedy this a little bit, you have to make adjustments with the Siberia Engine software.

The illumination control seems to add noise to my left speaker when it's not disabled. It is most noticeable when you have the headset's inline volume at maximum and the illumination set to "audio volume trigger". To minimize the impact while still leaving the illumination stuff on, you have to lower the inline volume and increase the computer's volume.

Microphone audio quality is about average. The noise cancellation can be a bit strong but I think it does a decent job. The retractable mic is a nice idea, but it feels like it will wear out if I retract it too much.

Other Thoughts: The steelseries official product page for this headset mentions support for "PS4*" but does not mention what the entailed asterisk means for the future. It could either mean that they are hoping the PS4 will eventually support it. Or, it could mean that they want you to have an adapter to plug into the DualShock 4 controller.

I wish I could adjust more of the sound card's "enhancements". Being able to manually adjust the sound stage is desirable. Considering this isn't a standard feature, I cannot make this a con.

Overall, the appearance of this headset is pretty awesome an its looks are arguably among the least clunky for gaming headsets. However, the apparent signal noise (seems to be mostly due to the illumination) deals a significant blow to my rating.

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3 out of 5 eggsA Couple Tweaks Needed

Pros: Very Comfortable Long Term
Pulsating Orange Lights
Which are cool but to what end? Unless your eyes are on stalks you can't see them glow and pulse. Maybe your girlfriend will think you are cool for having glow headphones but I think not
Cable Length very generous
Inline Volume and Mic Control
Supple and Pliable Cable
Nice space age design
Cool box

Cons: Cable is Hard Attached to Left Side of Phones
(What If your computer is on the right)
Not that isolating I can easily hear the world
Cable, for lack of a better word, is sticky and
will get caught up in clothes as you move.
The volume dial will get snagged and you will be with or without sound
Software is a clunky !
Support is a DUD !
No user forums.
Gotta download the software

I sent e-mail to Steel Series because the software is not intuitive when trying to figure out how to save or create profiles. There is no help file included. The following is my correspondence:


"Where is the manual that shows me what the software can do / how I use it ?
Thanks
6-10-14 19:11 CST"

Reply:
We do not have a manual for this headset. Please go to xxx.xxx.xxx and install that. It will guide you through the process.

Best regards,
SteelSeries Support

My Reply:
How is it that there is no manual that describes how to use the software? There is not even a help file with the software.
How am I supposed to know how to use the software. Trial and error? Why does Steel Series think it's OK for me to just click on everything and figure it out?

After 120 hours there is no further response from SteelSeries.

Customer service dictates that at a minimum I should have been asked: "What is it you wish to do? And we can guide you through the process." But I didn't even get that. So another egg off for bad service from people that apparently don't care. There might have been something I missed during the install process so as advised by SteelSeries I uninstalled the software and during the re-install I watched for prompts that would answer my question. There were none AND no option was given me as to install location.

There is no doubt that bass is not what it could be. I listened to Dave Brubeck's Take Five. For the bass to fit into the music as I think it should I had to crank the software equalizer to the top. The phones do fine on the snare and mids.

The microphone which retracts is fine. It is not as good as the mic on my webcam or my free standing USB mic. I base this strictly on recording my singing voice and playing it back. I am sure it will serve just fine to tell your crew to move out.

Other Thoughts: I love headphones. When the day is too much for me I can put on a set of headphones and game out or listen to music. I can pretend I don't hear the wife or the pets...OH, Sorry, I had the headphones on.

This is a gaming headset thus my primary evaluation will have to be with games and not music or movies. Since the connection is USB there is no way to connect these headphones to your TV OR gaming console.
For me that's a full egg off. Headphones that won't connect to my TV ?! Gaming headphones that won't connect to a console? I evaluated these phones by playing Dead Space, STALKER, Shadow Warrior, Flat Out, Dishonored
and Max Payne 3. There is no doubt that the Siberia V2 sound real good in each game. When I kicked cans around
empty cafeterias in Deadspace it sounded real. The ambient sounds in the STALKER worlds had distance and location. One easy test for spatial awareness is the turn around in one spot and follow the signal. These do a good job.
Flat Out sounded bad but that's the game not the Siberia V2. Bass is less then it could be but then again perhaps it is not overstated. If the game calls for it the Siberia V2
almost delivers. I observed this continually with shotgun fire. The bass is a light.

This set has an inline USB soundcard. Soundcards come with software and perhaps SteelSeries did not want to be accused of providing bloatware. They will not have to worry on that account. The V2 software presents the user with two tabs:
MY GEAR and LIBRARY. Under MY GEAR I have the V2 and under LIBRARY I have options: ADD AN APPLICATION or YOUR FAVORITE GAME CONFIGURATIONS.
Selecting ADD AN APPLICATION windows explorer opens to browse to a game. I selected Dishonored. Dishonored then appears under YOUR FAVORITE GAME CONFIGURATIONS. Which as it sits I can do nothing with. Back on the MY GEAR tab if I double click the V2 banner a new window appears with a headphone graphic, a 5 band equalizer and more options. The equalizer has 5 presets, it doesn't matter what they are called but one of which is CUSTOM. I slid the sliders to a random equalization and saved the profile. OK, SO WHAT? It's saved but I couldn't name it..WHERE IS IT?

In the upper right are 3 icons that on mouse over report NOTHING but the cursor changes to indicate they can be clicked. The first icon looks like a
megaphone and the click tells me the software is up to date. The 2nd icon is a gear which allows for SETTINGS and ABOUT. SETTINGS merely allows language
selection and an option to autostart the software. The third icon is a cloud which allows for synching up to your required SteelSeries account which is in BETA.

Under Library pick Add an Application then browse to your game and select it. The game will then be in your library. Then you must add a device which in my case is the V2.Next click on the pencil icon and the V2's will magically appear There you can set the equalizer to your taste.

Priced right, But software and support need work.

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