4 Stars By Zac on 2017-02-15
Best Audio So Far... Requires A Little Work
Great overall, but it's not perfect. The earcups are very comfortable and don't really put too much pressure on the sides of my head. The headband is fantastic and extremely soft. I commentate live gameplay for 5+ consecutive hours about once a month, and I stream games for 3+ hours every night. Trust me when I say these headphones are comfortable enough to wear for extended hours. My only complaint related to comfort is that my ears just barely touch the speaker plastic on the inside of the earcup. It was uncomfortable for the first day, but I've gotten used to the feeling and really don't notice it anymore. To fix this on SteelSeries's end, I would suggest moving your drivers back into the earcup just a few millimeters.
As far as aesthetics, there are few other headsets that can even compete. The only other headsets that I think look as good as the Siberia 650s is the brand new Arctis Series fro SteelSeries and Astro's A50s. The colored LED rings on the sides are bright, but not blinding. It's great to be able to customize a piece of equipment that is actually visible in my streams and videos.
The audio quality is actually the best I've experienced so far. I've tested a lot of headsets from varying makers (Astro, Tritton, Turtle Beach, etc.), and these are my favorite in terms of audio by far. Now, keep in mind that I stream and run third-party audio EQ software. If I disable all of my third-party software and enhancements and only use the SteelSeries Engine, the audio quality is atrocious. The built-in Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound is echo-y and dull. My workaround and permanent fix to this is to set my EQ to the "Performance" preset inside SteelSeries Engine and disable the Dobly 7.1. Next, I'll use my third-party software to adjust individual frequencies and add in surround sound. Once I got everything set just right, I was simply blown away. The audio depth and soundstage are immense when compared to other headsets like the Astro A40s. These have the potential to be the best gaming headset you'll own for a while, as long as you're willing to do some homework and put in the little bit of extra work.
- Fantastic Audio
- Easy Customization
- Great Build Quality
- Great to look at
- Requires some work to sound just right
- Dolby 7.1 is useless if you're using third-party software
- A little bulky
PS: Thanks for reading! I've ordered the new SteelSeries Arctis 5, and will update this review with a direct comparison.
5 Stars By Hank Gottsch on 2016-07-05
Buy it already!!!
This headset is awesome. I have used it nightly since I purchased it, a month ago. From gaming to music or watching movies the sound is crisp and clear. I have been playing a lot of Squad on Steam and the surround sound can almost pinpoint enemy gunfire and close movements. Reviewers who say the sound is too low are incorrect. That is complete user error! I had an issue hearing at first, but if you read the instructions you will see how to adjust the volume on the headset using the right ear wheel and through the steel series dashboard. I haven't had any complaints from my friends about the microphone volume so I'm assuming its up to par. Lastly, this headset is comfortable. I forget I'm wearing a headset. The construction is light, but not flimsy. The ear cups are soft and I've never felt fatigue on my ears from wearing them. I actually prefer this headset to my Astro A50s that I use for my PS4. The wire is not as annoying as I thought it would be for my PC either. If you're on the fence just pull the trigger. This headset is well worth the price.
5 Stars By silvia correa on 2017-07-23
Comfort and Great quality
Audio, arguably the most important category in this review, is quite good. It features 40mm drivers and a 5 band equalizer built into the driver software. But to be frank the audio is good. I am both an avid music listener and gamer. As far as music goes it has very nice highs and lows, not to much bass and pleasant mids. For gaming its also great. I am a big fan of this headset, and price is good.
5 Stars By DL. Richardson on 2017-03-02
I could not be happier. They work perfectly
I am an online educator and bought these to work in Adobe Connect, I could not be happier. They work perfectly. The are comfortable and while I don't spend the time with them on that a "gamer" might there are days I have them on for four hours and they are very comfortable the entire time. I would highly recommend them.
4 Stars By Kathleen Pahissa on 2018-07-17
Some issues but overall great
I bought these in October of 2016 and they’ve held up very well. They are very comfortable, sound quality is high, and the mic is pretty decent. However, I do have to use a USB extension cord as the cable is a hair too short for comfort, and the in-line volume control is a little wonky—at first it was way too easy to turn and would get triggered by even resting against my shirt, but later on it did become less easily turned but a little too much so, as its surface has no grip to it. The cups are comfortable, but when it’s hot they get uncomfortably warm. Overall a very good set of headphones for gaming. I have had no issues with the frame or the flexible band bending or breaking either despite almost daily use.
4 Stars By Arkadiyavich on 2016-12-28
Good headset, terrible bass.
I will start off by saying that I do like this headset a lot.
Voice clarity is great, and mid/high-range comes in perfect.
Stereo imaging is on point, and sounds come from the proper areas in the headset.
Mic works great and is overall sturdier and better designed than the SteelSeries v2 (the precursor to this).
The software works great and is very intuitive for changing the colors/messing with settings.
Headset is extremely comfortable, although I would not recommend it for large heads, as it doesn't go as large as I expected (unlike the V2).
USB connection works immediately with all machines I have used it with - no issues at all (which I cannot say the same for in other USB headsets).
The bass is almost non-existent.
Normally I wouldn't really expect this from a headset, but the SteelSeries V2 actually had very impressive bass response.
I've had the SteelSeries V2 for 2 years now, and they still sound as good as the day I got them.
This headset, however, simply does not have the low-end the V2 did. As a listener of a TON of music that requires even mediocre bass, this headset is a bit disappointing. However, I have noticed the headset is sounding slowly better in bass over time (I've had them for 3 months now). Either that or maybe my ears are just getting used to it. I will definitely update this review if I notice the bass getting better.
That is seriously the only gripe I have with this headset.
Everything else is exactly I expected the quality of SteelSeries to be.
Even with the bass issue, I would still recommend this headset, due to voicechat still being wonderful as well as mids/top end being great.
4 Stars By Meiling on 2016-01-19
The quality is great but they are a little tight on the head ...
The quality is great but they are a little tight on the head when you have glasses. They push my glasses into my head so after a few hours, I get a headache. I assume I just need to break them in and maybe they will loosen up a bit. Other than that, they are super comfy when I take my glasses off and they feel sturdy, sound quality is great! I use them mostly for playing WoW, using Mumble and watching Netflix. Usually all at the same time. A++
1 Stars By L.G. "Luke" on 2017-09-10
Mic header frayed within 9 months
I'm pretty disappointed, to be honest. I had/have the older Siberia V2 model for probably 5 years before the left ear speaker started to fade. I ordered these back in January and this past week the mic started acting up. Swapped the extension, swapped the audio port, even tried a 3.5mm to USB converter. No luck, the mic jack was frayed internally. I also tested and confirmed it works when held in a specific position, and immediate static when out of that position. Less than 9 full months of operation is abysmal, especially considering I wasn't terribly rough with them. I most likely won't buy these again, which is a shame because the original headset I had went above and beyond.
3 Stars By Kelly Baxter Golding on 2018-01-04
Sound is good, but design isn't durable enough
My son really likes this headset, but it seems to have a design flaw: where the earpiece joins the headpiece (you can see the seam in the picture), the headset extends to accommodate different sizes of head - pretty standard. But the sliding bit that makes the headset adjustable is plastic, and when my son was adjusting it on his head - not that long after he got it - the plastic snapped. We've repaired it with a plastic shim and some duct tape, and the sound is still fine...but I could wish the design had been more durable.
2 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2017-07-16
Alright headset, apparently poor durability/longevity
I purchased this headset at the end of this past November (it is now july), and it has served me well in that time. The audio is good, the mic is mediocre in quality. This afternoon when I went to use it, while the audio was fine, the microphone simply was not working - when I do a sound check on it makes some static and high pitched squeals but it is unable to pick up any sound. I tested it on 3 of my computers I have - first using the 4 pole plug adapter on my laptop and then using the two separate plugs without the adapter on my desktops - all of them had the same problem.
The mic was working the night before, I literally hung it up off a post on a shelf by my desk and there it sat undisturbed until i went to use. Externally nothing is apparently wrong with it. I usually just cheap out and buy communications headsets on sale, but I decided I would go for something a bit spendier and durable in the hopes it would have some longevity - it is very disappointing to have it break after less than a year. I am making inquiries into the warranty on this.