Monday, November 16th 2009

SteelSeries Announces Market Availability of New Siberia v2 Gaming Headset

SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, today introduced the SteelSeries Siberia Headphone. Modeled from the award-winning Siberia Headset, the new SteelSeries Siberia Headphone presents gamers with an audio option of superior SteelSeries sound quality and comfort at an entry level price point.

"We're introducing the new headphone right before the holidays with the notion that high-quality, professional gaming gear can be offered at an affordable price for both novice gamers and pro-players," said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. "The Siberia Headphone rounds out our audio line-up as the opening level SteelSeries audio option for gamers who are looking to experience professional quality headphone technology."

The Siberia Headphone is designed for gamers, but can also be used with iPods, MP3 players, handheld gaming devices, or practically any other kind of portable digital device. The comfortable foam earcups that surround the ear and the unique Siberia head-band suspension provides continuous comfort during long gaming, music, and movie sessions.

Key product specifications of the SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headphone include:
  • 40mm speakers
  • Impedance: 40 Ohm
  • Frequency: 18-28,000 Hz
  • SPL@1kHz: 104dB
  • Cable: 1m + 1.8m extension
  • Jack: 3.5mm
The Siberia Headphone will be offered in either glossy white or black for $49.99 this holiday season at retail partners worldwide, including Amazon, Newegg and more. The recently launched Siberia v2 Headset equipped with an “invisible" retractable microphone is available in two versions, with and without a USB soundcard that are priced at $109.99 USD and $89.99 USD.
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9 Comments on SteelSeries Announces Market Availability of New Siberia v2 Gaming Headset

#1
btarunr
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This was first announced back in September, with market availability slated for now. They've made significant changes to the specs, lots of cost-cutting there.
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#2
Reefer86
around £70 in the UK bit steep if you ask me. I was hoping to pick up a pair of these.
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#3
Nemo~
sweet, gonna change my old siberia with one one of these babies.
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#4
araditus
<(not trying to brag or e-peen)>

I played Counter_Strike professionally from 2004-2007 and let me just say the icemat (were icemat) siberias where my favorite headphones, and believe me, I tried them ALL. Comfort, topnotch, depth of sound amazing, besides I wore them for the MP3 player on the plane trips, so they are pretty baller. They were one of the only headphones I could distinguish above and below me easily.

However I must say I am skeptical on these, they seemed to have changed them and use different components, perhaps I will pick up a pair and let you all know how they sound
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#5
Benetanegia
What's the difference with the old ones? I own a pair (Icemat) and it's exactly the same if my memory isn't failing.

Also I'm confused with the price: what's the difference between the $50 and $100 ones?? The microphone??
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#6
hv43082
If you were to spend $100 on gaming headphone, I would strongly suggest bypassing all these companies and go with something like Sennheiser HD555 or Audiotechnica AD700. Both are far, far superior in terms of sound quality. Their sound stage can mimic surround sound better than any of these so-called "5.1 gaming headphone." Mic can be had for cheap so don't let the absence of built in mic dissuade you from getting good clean sound. Don't forget the 100 hours burn in time for these headphones above.
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#7
Kantastic
The headset has been selling from a few retailers for a while now... if I can spot one for around $70 on Black Friday I'm going to eat cafeteria lunch for 3 weeks and buy it.
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btarunr
Editor & Senior Moderator
by: Benetanegia
What's the difference with the old ones? I own a pair (Icemat) and it's exactly the same if my memory isn't failing.

Also I'm confused with the price: what's the difference between the $50 and $100 ones?? The microphone??
The USB sound card. Older one (first iteration of Siberia V2, not Siberia "V1") had better specs.
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Benetanegia
by: btarunr
The USB sound card. Older one (first iteration of Siberia V2, not Siberia "V1") had better specs.
I thought the USB sound card made the difference between the 90$ and $110 versions. I'm even more confused now. :ohwell:
The recently launched Siberia v2 Headset equipped with an “invisible" retractable microphone is available in two versions, with and without a USB soundcard that are priced at $109.99 USD and $89.99 USD.
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