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SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset

  • Dolby 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
  • Double Enclosure Technology
  • Retractable Noise Cancelling Microphone
  • Swappable cable ends for use with PC, Mac, or mobile devices

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SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset



SteelSeries Headset
  • SteelSeries Audio
    Powerful, detailed sound experience via tournament grade audio drivers.
  • Dolby® Technology
    Featuring both Dolby Headphone and Dolby Prologic IIx for superior surround experience.
  • Custom-Engineered Soundscape
    Specifically optimized for in-game sounds such as footsteps, alerts and gunfires.
  • Double Enclosure Technology
    Double enclosure, closed design isolates outside noise for less distractions.
  • Extended Comfort
    Extra-padded, soft all-leather design provides comfort during long sessions.
  • Retractable Microphone
    "Invisible", retractable, uni-directional microphone in left ear-cup.
  • Control Your Audio
    In-line audio controls for volume control and muting microphone.
  • Ready for Everything
    Swappable cable system for use with PC, Mac®, tablets and phones.


SteelSeries Headset

Steelseries 9H with Dolby® Technology

Delivering a tournament-grade audio experience, incredible digital features, and best-in-class comfort, the SteelSeries 9H with Dolby® Technology is our best competitive gaming headset yet. Equipped with an advanced USB soundcard, the SteelSeries 9H provides users with Dolby® technology, SteelSeries Engine support and much more.

Dolby® Technology

The SteelSeries 9H when used with the included advanced USB soundcard features two Dolby® technologies. Dolby Headphone allows up to 7.1 channels of realistic multi-channel surround sound. Dolby Prologic IIx can convert a simple stereo signal into a rich, surround sound experience. In addition, it can convert a true 5.1-signal in a full 7.1-surround experience allowing for multiple listening modes and a more realistic sound.

SteelSeries Audio

Building on the historic SteelSeries audio tradition, a custom-engineered soundscape features a wide dynamic range, which makes it possible for 9H to deliver a balanced and linear tournament-grade advantage. Powerful, detailed audio experience via tournament grade, next generation SteelSeries audio drivers that feature a wide dynamic range that allows you to hear all levels of your audio: lows, mids, and highs. Our audio engineers custom-engineered the soundscape for the best possible gaming experience. Advanced components like high grade mylar film to further perfect the sound with added clarity and no distortion.

SteelSeries Headset

Retractable Microphone

The 9H features a retractable microphone system. Pull it out when you need it. Hide it in the left earcup when you don't.

Smart Noise-Canceling Mic

When the SteelSeries 9H headset is plugged into its advanced USB sound card, it enables a noise cancellation microphone. When you're playing multiplayer, it's more than just skill that will win you achievements, it's communication that will help you dominate. To support that, the 9H 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.

Swappable Cable Ends

The ends of the 9H are swappable so that you can use your headset with PC, Mac®, phones and tablets. A mobile end with a single three-pole 3.5mm jack and a PC cable with a 3.5mm headphone jack and a 3.5mm microphone jack have both been included.

SteelSeries Headset

Double Enclosure Design

The SteelSeries 9H features double enclosure technology. A second internal enclosure is sealed around the back of the speaker creating a closed design typically only found in high-end audio studio and DJ headphones. When coupled with the extra-padded, leather ear cushions it creates a level of noise isolation unlike any other headset in gaming.

In-Line Controls

The double braided cable gives the 9H increased durability and also features an integrated volume controller on the cord also offers a microphone mute switch, all for instant control without having to navigate through software settings.

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 9H Headset users the ability to adjust, personalize and save all of their audio and equalizer settings. Save eight equalizer settings for each of your game profiles.

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Warranty, Returns, And Additional Information
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Matthew C.
  • 9/3/2015 9:52:33 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsExtremly quiet

Pros: Crystal clear sound yet quiet, surround worked nicely but very quietly, comfortable feel. Headset seems extremely well made, feels like it surely would last, not break. Could have loved these.

Cons: Extremely quiet! Using the surround sound feature made everything quieter still. I mean very quiet. Very. Quiet!!!

Other Thoughts: Turned all the way up in a quiet room I had a hard time hearing and understanding dialog in movie's and tv shows even during louder parts. Imagine your idea of perfect headphones. Feel, design, features so on. Now imagine that its Vol knob goes from 0 lowest - 10 loudest. Now imagine that its Vol knob will never ever go above 2. Let me put it another way, while watching a movie with these on turned all the way up, during an action sequence, I could easily hear someone in the next room talking in a low voice. And thats using it as stereo, with its surround feature its quieter still. I lost $40 in return and restock fees. Do not buy these.

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  • Benjamin H.
  • 7/28/2015 11:40:12 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsIt is amazing

Pros: This headset is amazing if you have a nice sound card. I have a very good creative sound card to power this headset. This is where this headset shines. This is not a good headset if you do use the included sound card or a cheap inboard audio. This is a headset that needs a good amp with very good analog audio to excel. It adds a lot of base with very crisp treble, but i did spend about as much on the sound card as I did the headphones.

Cons: I have none, it sounds very good on my Windows Phone. Which is a very underpowered phone for audio.

Other Thoughts: I would buy this if you want good music on a gaming headset. The mic is okay, but that is what you get on a headset.

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  • Brandon W.
  • 5/19/2015 12:55:44 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsGood sound, mediocre quality

Pros: These sound pretty good and do an excellent job of keeping out external noise. The earpads are fairly comfortable, they can feel a little tacky with high humidity but I can wear this headset for hours and not have it be uncomfortable.

The microphone sounds great and there is no distortion, it also does not pickup a lot of background noise. I like the braided cables and the unique plug system to connect the different components is interesting but seems an odd choice.

Cons: My biggest complaint is the inline volume dial/mute toggle. If I twist the cable this thing flexes, it is plastic and terribly cheap- it does not feel solid in any way. If it bumps into something the volume changes, when the dial does not move. I occasionally have to tap it against my desk to restore volume. The mute switch also does not mute my mic, just reduces the volume so everything can be heard just at a lower level.

The top portion of the headset where the extensions come out wore down very quickly after 3-4 months, there is almost no grip to it any longer and it does not stay where I set it.

Very minor, but the braided cable is fraying threads all over. I guess it brushes against clothing and other things but this is unexpected.

Other Thoughts: I have tried to see if I can get a replacement cable but it appears they are not available separately and I'd need a new headset.

I do not feel the need to purchase a new headset at this point, but based on this and previous ownership of a SteelSeries Siberia, I do not think I will try SS again.

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  • Terrence G.
  • 4/11/2015 10:56:53 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDo Not Buy

Pros: Decent noise canceling.

Cons: Internal equalizer that cannot be easily controlled externally. Still works technically but are now very distorted sound on lows and high sounds, happened after about a week of use so might as well be fully broken. Save your money and buy different headphones.

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  • Allan B.
  • 12/7/2014 7:52:51 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Good headset. Great sounding quality mic. retractable mic with no poof so its not really noticeable. strong detachable cord, so if you mistakenly yank it by it getting caught under a chair, it detaches so you wont break it.

Cons: i little bit tight on the ears, which makes it slightly uncomfortable. i would honestly recommend the Siberia headset, but if you're on a budget, these are great.

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  • Garrett C.
  • 12/4/2014 3:52:24 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsI don't understand the good reviews.

Pros: Good build quality on the external parts.
Decent range and depth with the included sound card (lol)

Cons: When I try to use this with my sound card... I lose every bit of depth that I get when I use their tiny little USB card. The biggest example is ARMAIII - using the Steel series headset, I can kind of tell that someone to the left of me, in a 90 degree arc, is shooting at me.

When I use my Panasonic RPHT480CW headphones with the same sound card (not the steel series one) I can tell you exactly where the shot came from, give a good elevation estimate and I can clearly tell you where the bullet impacted as well.

TL;DR: There is no depth to the audio on the SteelSeries. So much disappointment. Returning for RMA - maybe I just have a lemon pair.

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  • Trina M.
  • 11/30/2014 5:16:30 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb Quality

Pros: My first SteelSeries purchase, and one I'm very happy with. I wasn't sure about how well 7.1 headsets would work. This one erased those worries.

In games like ARMA 3, I could easily hear the faintest of sounds and discern what direction it came from. When racing in iRacing or Assetto Corsa, it actually sounds like you are in the car. You are able to tell where exactly a car is beside you without having to look. Audio quality across the whole range is superb!

Construction and materials are solid. Definitely feels like a quality headset. The foam is cushy and comfortable!

Software is very easy to use and configure multiple presets.

Cons: Wish the cord was a little bit longer. No eggs off for that though.

Other Thoughts: I can't get sidetone to work. I suspect that is just operator error though.

I have had issues with the microphone intermittently working. Sometimes it would cut out completely, other times it would make me sound like I was underwater, or turned into a robot. Simply unplugging the headset from the USB sound card and plugging it back in fixed it, for a few minutes. I haven't had this problem for a few months now, so perhaps an update fixed it and I just didn't catch it in the patch notes.

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  • Nicholas W.
  • 9/6/2014 11:20:17 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsalmost a 5 egg

Pros: Good build quality
+these feel really sturdy

Good quality materials used in construction
+The fabric and foam used for the ear cups and head band are really soft and comfortable. Even though there's a plastic shell on some of the bits, the plastic doesn't feel cheap. The cable is braded which is also a nice touch.

Nice sound
+These sound really good while playing games (I mostly play FPS games), and still sound good for music ( I listen to rock, techno, dupstep)
+Comes with an external USB sound card

Cons: Like others have said, the mic is not up to par for this headset.

When using their external USB sound card, you are limited to how loud they can get. They still get loud enough to drown out everything around you, and someone will have to poke you to get your attention. You could plug these into your mobo's onboard sound to get it louder, but the sound quality isn't as good then.

Digging around the internet, I found that SteelSeries was limited by law (Dang Danish law makers!) with how loud they could allow these to get by default.

Other Thoughts: Overall, I'm really happy with these and would recommend them to others.

Would be a 5 egg if I could decide if I wanted to damage my hearing instead of Danish law makers deciding it for me.

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  • Kevin W.
  • 6/18/2014 5:38:42 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsVery good headset, but probably worth closer to 100$

Pros: This thing is great, definitely delivers great sound, and feels quite high quality, from the headset itself, to the cords. The mic goes into the headset which I love.

Cons: 160 seems quite high, if I were to guess the price of these after using them for a couple of months, my guess would be 100$.

Other Thoughts: If you can get them on sale for not more than 120$, then I highly recommend them.

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4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Build – The headset is built well. Nothing about it is loose or squeaky.

Cords – The cords are very nice and proper lengths, no complaints there. And of course they give you the various connectors.

Comfort – It is a very comfortable headset. I had no problem wearing for hours. The leather cups feel nice and it isn’t too heavy. If I’d tweaked on thing it would be slightly larger ear cups because the pushing on the outsides of my ear a bit.
Surround Sound – The surround sound works well (except for my volume note in the cons). It is very clear where the sounds are coming from.

Microphone – The mic on this headset worked well for me. My voice came through clearly and it did an ok job with filtering out background noise. I did not have the same negative experiences others had with the mic being too sensitive. I also liked the retracing attribute of the mic. It is actually a decent length and flexible so you can adjust it. When you retract it there is a nice click and it stays in securely.

Noise Isolation – they may over hype this in the product description but this headset does a better job than most I have used as isolating out background noise.

Cons: Volume – Like others I am listing volume in cons because this headset is not loud enough. However, I don’t think it is as big a problem as others have made it out to be. When I usaed it with my phone, it did have enough volume. The only time it was not loud enough was when using it with the included USB Sound Card. This is very disappointing since this is how they intend for you to use the headset and is how you get surround sound with it. It was just able to get to a volume that worked for me but could go no higher. They probably should have made it USB 3.0. I will note that there is no reduction in volume when switching on surround sound.

Other Thoughts: Sound quality - The sound is on this headset is good and about what you would expect from a $160 product except the bass is a little heavy for my taste (easily fixed with an equalizer program). I don’t think the sound quality is good enough to move it into the pros portion.

Software – I am putting this in other thought because the SteelSeries Engine is easy to use but not very robust. I have to mention the Mic Sidetone did not seem to work for me but I don’t know anyone that uses it so I’m keeping it out of cons.

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