Friday, September 18th 2009

SteelSeries Introduces New Siberia v2 Headset

SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, today introduced the new SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset. As the successor to SteelSeries' signature Siberia Headset which launched in 2004, the new Siberia v2 offers gamers and music enthusiast's superior speaker and microphone technology that delivers impeccable sound quality, integrated control capabilities, and enhanced design for greater comfort and improved passive noise reduction.

The original SteelSeries Siberia Full-size Headset became a huge success in the professional gaming community and also extended its reach into the music world being used by professional musicians in several high-profile international music videos.
As an upgrade to the original Siberia, the v2 sports an “invisible" retractable microphone system that pulls out from the left ear-cup, allowing for a more convenient and travel-friendly headset especially for tournament players.

The Siberia v2's increased 50mm speakers will amplify the bass and overall volume as well as improve the frequency response to 10-28,000 Hz. Optimized for professional gaming, where crisp detailed sound can mean the difference between winning or losing, the soundscape features crystal clear high, low, and mid-tones. Tournament players and gamers that battle with loud households will appreciate its new closed ear-cup design which features thick leather padded cushions built from sound dampening foam to increase outside noise isolation, especially important for first-person shooter (FPS) games when footsteps and grenade pin-drops are so important to hear.

“Every element of the Siberia v2 has been optimized for pro-gaming, making this headset a preferred piece of equipment for the world's best competitive PC gamers," said Bruce Hawver, CEO of SteelSeries. “What's even more impressive is that the headset is multifunctional with its ability to deliver an unparalleled audio experience for music lovers and VOIP users."

Key product specifications of the SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset include:
  • 50mm speakers
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Frequency: 10-28,000 Hz
  • SPL@1kHz: 112dB
  • Cable: 1m + 2m extension
  • Jacks: 2* 3.5mm
  • Retractable microphone: 50-16,000 Hz, unidirectional
Along with the new thicker leather ear-cups for sound isolation, the Siberia v2 remains lightweight while its trademark headband suspension construction makes it extremely comfortable for use over long periods of time. The volume regulator, the cord and its base have also been upgraded. The primary cord is shorter in length for optimized use with portable gear and comes with an additional extra cord for use with stationary computers.
The Siberia v2 will be offered in two versions, with and without a USB soundcard. The virtual surround 7.1 soundcard offers a consistent sound experience, ensuring gamers the exact same sound and settings no matter where they are in the world or at what computer they are playing. With the easy to use software provided with the headset, the user can easily customize equalizer settings, profiles and other output settings.

SteelSeries Siberia v2 Full-size Headset will be available all over the world in November 2009. Pricing will be announced at that time as well. For more information, visit the product page.
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12 Comments on SteelSeries Introduces New Siberia v2 Headset

Great, but the changes isn't so BIG....... ;/
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skylamer said:
Great, but the changes isn't so BIG....... ;/
I disagree, these of some of the best changes that could have happened to an already *almost* perfect headset. I've had a pair of Siberia's for several years and love them. This is just a great excuse to go and get another pair :P

Inline microphone, more comfortable earpads and better sound quality! :toast:
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Is the 7.1 soundcard anygood?

and these specs:
- Frequency response: 10 - 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 Ohm
- SPL@1kHz, 1Vrms: 112 dB

I wanna compare this headset to that of the Razer Megalodon. But i dno whats good and thats why i asked about the 7.1 as the Megalodon has it.
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Hmm interesting that's what always was a let-down with the originals with the mic been separate. With mine I put the mic on the top of the cord. Be nice to have it integrated like those. But I don't use my siberas much anyway. They are definitely the comfiest headset iv had. Unfortunately my in-line remote has started to fail... keep meaning to strap it across so it bypasses the variable resistor!
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I think 7.1 whether true (yet to see an actual physically true 7.1 headset) or emulated is wrong for a headset. 5.1 is more phesable, but it's been around a lot longer too. I'm sure 7.1 will eventually become a more polished emulated product down the road because of companies like SteelSeries and Razer. The new V2 looks decent and comfortable to say the least.

The 7.1 usb sound card is probably similar to that of other headsets that use cmedia technology, except with an extra 2.0 as many are 5.1. It won't sound crappy, but it won't be the best either...for many it'll probably suit just fine. From what I've heard of the Megalodon's 7.1, it's not really a desirable feature in many games. Too bad they didn't include a 5.1 option, it's either 7.1 or 2.0...meh. I'll stick with my JVC's and my Auzen X-Fi + CMMS-3D, nothing else has proven as effective to my ears in the same price-range yet.

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I highly doubt that 7.1 soundcard will be any different to the old one and yes, as someone mentioned it will be fine but it won't give you any super powers in games or make you enjoy listening to music (unless you have low standards ofc).
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so what is the icemats considered with out the little sound card thing they provide? 5.1? 2.1?
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-1nf1n1ty- said:
so what is the icemats considered with out the little sound card thing they provide? 5.1? 2.1?
Just normal 2.0 headphones? Like about 99% of other headphones except for those that have like 5 or more speakers built inside them. You're better off getting an actual sound card instead of the USB one and it will sound about 10x better, even for the same price (Creative Soundblaster Audigy 7.1 SE even)
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@ h3llb3nd4

think the black one is USB. Going to pick one of these up when they come out! Pretty ace
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In the past years i had roccat kave, SS siberia v1, SS 3H and Sennheiser HD598.Guess what?Now i use the Siberia v2 and they are the best!The bass on this thing is damn good, as a soundcard i use the Essence st.
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