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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

 

Highlights

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.
 

Features

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.


What's in the Box

SteelSeries Headset

Learn more about the SteelSeries 9H

General

Brand
SteelSeries
Model
9H
Part
61101

Feature

Color
Black

Headphone

Headphone Frequency Response
10Hz-28KHz
Headphone Input Impedance
32 ohm
Headphone Signal to Noise Ratio(SNR)
110 dB
Connector
3.5mm/ USB
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Cord Length
3 ft.

Microphone

Microphone Impedance
~2K ohm
Microphone Frequency Response
50Hz-16KHz
Microphone Sensitivity
-37 +/- 3 dB

Feature

Features
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.

Quick Info

Warranty

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


Customer Reviews of the SteelSeries 9H

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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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  • James 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.
Comfortable.
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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  • Brian W.
  • 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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4 out of 5 eggsSteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset

Pros: very decent sound quality
light weight
easy to wear (comfortable)
very decent sound quality (for gaming)
braided cables
volume control on the headset cord
mic sounds good

Cons: probably should be in a little lower price range.
USB sound card is kind of worthless
not very loud (with out a good sound card and amp)
ears get sweaty from leather after a while of gaming

Other Thoughts: After spending a little time with these headsets I give them a 4 out of 5. Over all these are good headset for gaming and very comparable to my A40s as far as the sound goes. With them hooked up to the "sound card" that comes with it the volume leaves something to be desired. I hooked them up to my ZX sound card with the amp that came with them and it is a night and day difference. So much that it is hard to tell the difference between these and my A40s that I use on a daily basis. They have very good stereo sound stage and 3d positioning in my FPS games sounds very good. If you are going to listen to music then its best you use an EQ to tune them to your liking because these are set up for gaming right out of the box. So real world sounds in game sound great and has a great deep bass for explosions, that's why you will probably have to tuned them differently for music playback. The metal headband and metal hinges feels like a fairly durable construction and they feel fairly light weight. Over they are a very decent headset for all around listening as long as your willing to EQ them for music. I personally feel they should be in a slightly lower price range but that just me being cheap:-)

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  • Nicholas D.
  • 6/5/2014 1:21:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsDecent Sound Quality, Way Too Quiet

Pros: +Comfortable
+Decent Sound Quality
+Light
+Modular Cables

I purchased the SteelSeries 9H headset as a replacement for a broken Logitech G35 which I have used for a few years. I mainly chose the 9H because of the USB soundcard and the modular cables system. I expected the 9H to be a decent upgrade from the G35 but was left sorely disappointed.

Overall, the sound quality was decent, but not as good as my old G35 even after messing with the equalizer for a bit. They were a lot more comfortable than my old G35 and also much lighter but still felt solid.

Cons: -Sounds are quiet even at max volume, with or without sound card.
-Mic was broken upon arrival.
-Does NOT block out sound well.

First off, the microphone was defective. I tried it with and without the USB soundcard, messing with the SteelSeries software, and on more than one PC.

While the sound quality was decent, at max volume the headset was very quiet. I tried it on several devices and was really disappointed. In a room with a fan running I had trouble even hearing music and game audio at max volume on my PC. It's possible that there was also something defective with the speakers causing this but I'm not going to waste any more time on this headset to find out.

Overall, I am disappointed by this headset and have returned it for several reasons. There are plenty of cheaper options that are just as good or better than the 9H.

Other Thoughts: While not really pertaining to the quality of the headset, apparently newegg does not consider the "SteelSeries 9H Gaming Headset" to be a headset. Good to know if you have a headset coupon from newegg.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood, except connection flaw

Pros: Great looking headset – they look like they cost over a hundred dollars.

Retractable mouthpiece - it feels pretty sturdy and I like that it can be hidden (if you wanted to use them in public for music)

I think that this headset doesn’t accentuate lows, mids, or highs in a distracting way. This can be a good thing for gaming and even listening to music. I suppose iTunes/media player’s EQ could help you out if you wanted more lows for bass heavy music.

They work well for FPS games.

Analog mute/volume control on the headset cord – cord is a good length (several feet) and adjustable depending which attachments you are using

Cords are lightweight and are braided with similar color as the headset

Surround sound and noise cancellation work well. I can only compare it to real surround sound which is obviously much better but the headset sounds good to me

Ears didn’t get overly hot in an a couple hours of use

Cons: Despite the headset looking nice, the construction may be somewhat lacking. My connector where the cord plugs into the headphones was slightly askew. At first, I thought this new headset was not functional because the cord’s plug would not fully connect to/align with the headset’s socket. I forcefully shoved the cord’s plug in, moving the internal receiver/socket a couple millimeters, and finally got them to work. I worry that over time this coupling will become loose and cause problems. My headset may be an outlier, but considering the price, this should not happen. Because I had problems with the connection between the cord and the headset, I also have to complain about the price. They should be flawless for $160. I don’t think they deserve 3 stars, but they may not deserve 4 either.

I really hate that these have a proprietary cord coupling. If it broke, which seems to be more than plausible with the one that was sent to me, you could have a hard time fixing them or need to pay money to send them to SteelSeries… there is only a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer.

I feel like the soundcard is trying to prevent you from hurting your ears with too much volume. Certain features, like surround, sometimes seem to reduce the overall volume.

Other Thoughts: Although I built my own gaming computer and game a fair amount, I have never used an over the ear headset for gaming until I got these. Most of my experience with headphones is from fairly cheap earbuds – this headset obviously sounds much better and let in much less noise. But, the cord shaking around/hitting things can cause noise in both kinds of headphones.

I have a pretty small head, maybe medium hat size

I often use music production software (Digital Audio Workstations) and flat sounding speakers are supposed to work well for determining discrepancies in studio sound. I don’t have studio monitor speakers, so I think these could be a decent compromise for hearing the music in a ‘flatter EQed’ way.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/4/2014 3:43:27 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggssolid comfort

Pros: One piece design. Very comfortable to wear. sometimes you forget that you have it on. Excellent fit and finish. No qualms about workmanship.

Creamy rich bass and good midrange for music.

I compared these with my old fatality creative headset and it is rungs above it in looks, design and functionality. These are much lighter and the sound is much more immersive as if you are on your own planet of gaming.

Multiple adapters for phone, pc, and mac.

Cons: There is some leak when gaming, so you may hear outside interference from your enviroment and home. It is not total isolation that many gamers prefer, but at this price range it is a worthwhile exchange. For next level headset, you'd have to pay upwards of $300.

It locked up my xbox when plugged in.

usb sound card is a bit weak.

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