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SteelSeries 61001SS 3.5mm/ USB Connector Circumaural 5H v2 Professional Gaming Headset

  • 16Hz-28KHz
  • 3.5mm/ USB Connector
  • 10 feet Cord Length
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SteelSeries 5H v2 USB is one of the most popular gaming headsets on the planet. This headset has been used by talented gamers to win major international events like Electronic Sports World Cup, World e-Sport Games, World Series of Video Games, Kode 5, World Cyber Games, Samsung Euro Championship, ESL Extreme Masters and many others.

When wearing the SteelSeries 5H v2 USB you'll immediately notice the enormous full-size ear cushions which gently fit around your ears and reduce background noise. The comfort is something that has to be experienced first hand, either at a friends house or at one of the many LAN-centers and Internet cafés that offers the headset to their customers.

The headset features a custom-engineered soundscape designed to enhance performance and immersion in FPS-games. This headset was developed and optimized specifically for in-game sound frequencies found in the most popular shooters - making in-game sounds like footsteps, alerts and gunfire especially clear. You will be able to hear and pinpoint the location of your opponents, often before they hear you. Thanks to the USB soundcard you can boost and lower frequencies of your own choosing, allowing optimization for your favourite games.

  • newegg Prefect for FPS Games Armed with custom-engineered soundscape design, the steelseries 61001SS let you hear the location of opponents before they hear you in FPS games!
  • newegg Maximum Comfort The steelseries 61001SS features the enormous full-size (XL) ear cushion to fit your ears comfortably, perfect for extended listening periods.
  • newegg Dismantled Design The steelseries 61001SS can be dismantled into 3 separate parts easily to fit into your briefcase or bag for superior portability.
  • newegg Convenient In-line Controls With the convenient in-line controls and mute switch, adjust the volume or mute the microphone easily.


Learn more about the SteelSeries 61001SS

General

Brand
SteelSeries
Model
61001SS

Headphone

Headphone Frequency Response
16Hz-28KHz
Headphone Input Impedance
40 ohm
Headphone Sensitivity
110dB S.P.L. at 1KHz
Connector
3.5mm/ USB
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Cord Length
10 feet

Microphone

Microphone Impedance
~2K ohm
Microphone Frequency Response
75Hz-16KHz
Microphone Sensitivity
-38 dB

Feature

Features
USB soundcard with 7.1 virtual surround

Pull-out microphone system

Custom engineered soundscape for gaming

Specifically optimized for FPS games

Comfortable XL-sized ear cushions

Features extra durable braided cord

Can be dismantled into 3 seperate pieces.

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Charles C.
  • 6/22/2013 10:50:27 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBad company

Pros: Good Sound and mic while they last

Cons: Wires failing just after warranty. Needs more Base.

Other Thoughts: I contacted them and ask if they could fix or replace the headset. I got the run around. I'm now going to buy a new headset and it's NOT going to be steelseries. My whole platoon on BF3 has decided not to go with them after my results from a company that don't care about you after they get their money.

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  • William A.
  • 3/29/2013 12:10:05 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsThey fell apart

Pros: OK sound, the collapsible option was nice.

Cons: The wires inside broke shortly after the warranty expired. My friend opened them up and the soldering was pretty poor on the very fine wires inside.

We replaced all the wire inside them with heavier gauge and they work again.

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  • Anna L.
  • 3/22/2013 8:25:39 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs5H V2

Pros: Comfortable

Cons: Sound isn't as good as the Siberia v2's or the 7H headsets. They didn't last very long, one of the earphones sound went out but that is a common issue I've found over the 7 headsets I've owned from SteelSeries (4 had the issue - mainly between the siberia v2's and 7H's) and no I do not pinch my coords or push them in bad angles, I line them straight as can be

Other Thoughts: Computer Specs:
CoolerMaster HAF X (Case)
ASUS VW246H (Monitor)
CoolerMaster SilentPro Gold 1200W (Power Supply)
EVGA nVidia GeForce GTX 680 FTW+ 4gb (Graphics Card)
Intel 520 Series 240GB (SSD "Amazing") + Seagate 1TB (HD "Junk")
ASUS Maximus IV Extreme-Z (Motherboard)
Intel i7-2600k Sandy Bridge 3.4ghz Quad Core (Processor)
Corsair Vengeance 16gb 1600 mhz (Memory)
200mm x4 red LED /CoolerMaster/, 140mm x1 red LED /XIGMATEK/ (Fans)
Logitech G9x (Mouse)
SteelSeries QCK+ Heavy (MousePad)
SteelSeries Siberia V2 (Headset) /// Backup SteelSeries 7H (Headset)
Cyborg V.5 (Keyboard)

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  • David L.
  • 10/9/2012 1:47:18 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: sound quality is beyond excelent. i have a upgraded sound card but the 5.1 it comes with is great too. these sounded even better with the siberia 7.1 card. extremely comfortable. could wear for hours and did not start to feel uncomfortable as some head sets do around your ears.

Cons: between my brother and i we have owned three and they have all failed in the same spot. the wires sever under the wire casing where they split to mic and audio plugs. this is a known issue with the 7hv2 and 5hv2 alike. tried to RMA but im just out of the 1yr warrenty and steelseries acknowleged it was a issue but still wont RMA. international warrenty is 2yrs though. why is America only one?

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/30/2012 8:08:35 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGreat Headphones, but Weak Hardware

Pros: Extremely Comfortable - I've worn these headphones for over 8 hours a day for 7 years, and never once have they been uncomfortable. They can be worn on either ear if you need to listen to someone babbling at you while you try to play,

Great Sound Quality - For a non-audiophile, at least. It will degrade, however, with some of the hardware faults I'll talk about later.

Good Connection Placement - I prefer to watch movies with headphones rather than speakers, so I don't irritate neighbors and sleeping family at night, and I don't have to fart around behind my computer to unplug these and head over to my TV.

This isn't really a pro, but I've used these headphones for ages, and having since used them I've never had another desire for speakers again. I've liked them so much that I've bought the same pair when they failed... 5 times in 7 years... here's why:

Cons: There are several faults in the hardware design of these headphones, and all of them lie in the connections between these points. The flex of the cord will cause failure inside all of the following joints (starting from the headphones, working down the cord):

Left Ear to Cord
Cord to Volume Control (from Headphone)
Volume Control to Cord (to Plugs)
Cord to Plugs (this is the first set of connectors, not the ones that lead into the on-cord sound card)
Plugs to Cord

The cord itself will not fail, I've seen 3 different types of cord on this headphone, and it never has it failed itself, but the flex and tension on the wire will sever some connections in all of the joints I've listed above. They will also half-sever, leading to a sometimes unnoticed degradation in sound quality and maximum potential volume.

The soldering inside the Volume Control is poor, specifically the ground wire for sound. Of the 4 of 5 pairs have had this specific solder fail. If you do not own a high temperature soldering iron and decent knowledge of wiring, you are up sharts creek when this fails.

The driver is poor. The sound quality I get from this headphone is great, but the microphone quality is mediocre. Depending on the program you're recording microphone with, there may be different noise in the background. When I'm on Vent/Teamspeak/Mumble, there is a persistent beeping sound in the background that I have not been able to find a solution to. I'm able to minimize it by cranking the mic volume to max (boosted) and letting each of the programs normalization drag it back down, but it's still there. Friends with sensitive hearing will notice it.

Other Thoughts: I would recommend these headphones to everyone, but there are a few things you need to know before you buy them.

Headphones in general take a lot of abuse. They are not like mice, keyboards, and speakers. The cord gets twisted in every possible way, the cord gets caught and pulled on the arm of your chair, hooked on your clothing or elbow, they fall, they flex as you take them on and off, and they get set down on the desk, and when people get frustrated, the headphones never avoid the rude dismount. Your mouse and keyboard might last 10 years, your speakers might last 50, your headphones will last for around 2 years. Buy any in-store warranty to can get your hands on. I've owned 6 pairs, and paid for 2. All of them used for more than 8 months.

You will need to protect the cord, in all the joints near to the volume control.

TL;DR - You will love them. You will have to replace them after around 2000-4000 hours of use (1-3 years).

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  • Michael P.
  • 6/10/2012 2:10:30 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsPoor assembly & cheap parts

Pros: Comfortable, retractable microphone

Cons: Poor audio drivers, crackly sound. Poor construction & bad wiring leads to a common problem noted here, namely the right headphone going silent. What happens is that the retraction mechanism for the microphone slides along a circular path, clipping the wire that travels to the right side of the headphones. After a while, sound will completely cut out, leaving you to try to repair them yourself, or sending them back at your expense for service.

These things are not worth anywhere near the money they cost, and will break on you if you retract the microphone on a regular basis. Avoid.

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  • Kyoon S.
  • 3/6/2012 1:49:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggs3rd Steelseries 5H V2 i've owned..

Pros: Nice mic(+1 to retractable), really comfortable, worked pretty well when it worked for over years.. long cables made it easy for me to move around the desk.

Nice detachable Build-in Sound card

Cons: I've purchased the first set on 5/12/2008, replacement in 2009, and got the last replacement in 2011. ALL 3 of these had SAME problems with in-line volume/mic.. It worked fine for a couple of months until the controller became static and kept on losing sound either on the left or right ear pieces. Only way to "fix" was to scroll and play around with the in-line volume control. Those controllers were so sensitive that I've taped them on the back of my monitor where nothing would be in contact with the controller. Warranty is over, but it's not worth of spending 120dollar on the headset that only lasts 1~2years. I'd never purchase another set of Steelseriest until they get a different/stronger in-line controller OR just not install it at all.

Bass? I don't know about that.. surround is not as good as other headset i've used in the past..

Other Thoughts: I don't usually write reviews, but this was so frustrating that I just wanted to warn the buyers. I'm seeing a lot of Newegg reviews that show 4~5stars(I was on the same boat when I liked it at first), but most likely you'll have the same problem as I had. I've also found out recently that these problems are very common for steelseries in-line controllers.. I've researched and a lot people had the similar problem. Please research on these before you purchase. You might regret later.

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  • Evan L.
  • 1/21/2012 9:01:03 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsBought three pairs of these - all failed

Pros: The first pair of these I bought a few years ago when they first came out and were around $65 USD. I bought them because they looked great, had what I needed (USB, as my 3.55mm jack was faulty on my mobo) and SteelSound had a decent reputation for making good audio equipment and other gear in the gaming community.

Cons: I can't express how much displeasure i've had with these headphones. ALL THREE PAIRS experienced the same issues you read from other people giving reviews. The nylon cable that comes with the headset easily frays over time -- the longest of the three pairs i've ever owned lasted about six months. The nylon cable is not very sturdy-the material is cheap and if you don't take perfect care of them, you'll notice considerable wear over time. The price you're thinking about paying for these-over $100, should give you some easy of mind knowing that they would be durable. Well, they aren't.

The 3.5mm connector that connects to the USB port will go out over time. It might last anywhere from six months, but no longer. First you'll lose audio in one of the earpieces and have to twist it or slightly pull it out of the USB connector to get proper sound to come out of it. If you move at all, you'll lose sound again in one of the head phones and have to adjust it again--such a hassle. MORE---

Other Thoughts: Slowly over time, after having to adjust the metal connector to the USB port or 3.5mm jack in getting your sound right in one of the headphones, the other one will go out. Sometimes you can get the sound right by bending the cheap nylon cord just right, but you can tell that SteelSound manufacturer's these with cheap parts.

I know I didn't have bad luck with THREE PAIRS of this headset. But I gave SteelSound a chance and I loved how they sounded/looked so much that I went back again and again. Don't do it--it's not worth the frustration or money you spend when there are far better options out there

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  • Daniel T.
  • 12/15/2011 12:23:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsUSB soundcard is junk

Pros: Overall it's very comfortable. It fits my head like a glove. Not so tight that it feels like a vice grip, but not so loose that it moves around. It's also light. I don't foresee much in the way of headphone fatigue. Braided cord is a plus, it feels very sturdy.

Cons: The USB sound card that came with it is absolute garbage. I tried as many adjustments and settings that were possible, and music was very distorted. I couldn't hear vocals at all, and there was this very odd oscillation where the sound would switch channels and go up or down in volume randomly. After I plugged the headset directly into my onboard soundcard it worked fine. Sounds great.

There is also no option for noise suppression on the USB soundcard settings, so there was this really awful background hiss at all times. That also went away when i plugged it directly into my onboard card.

Other Thoughts: Save yourself some cash and buy the one without the USB soundcard. It's marginal at best.

Not sure how I feel about the mic boom yet. I like the concept, but it is hard to slide out, and once it's extended it doesn't really like to stay where I positioned it. Time will tell, I guess.

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  • Regan F.
  • 12/15/2011 11:51:00 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsBest Headset I've Owned

Pros: Feels really sturdy. Really nice feel when wearing it. Sounds great. Microphone seems to be well made too and I sound clear to other people listening to me.

Cons: Cost would be one, but oh well. Other is that really squeezes your head. Have to take a break from it every once it a while or I'll get a headache. Still great otherwise.

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