IntroductionNot long ago SteelSeries announced that they were going to produce a so called neckband headset under the Siberia product line. Today I will be taking a look at their SteelSeries Siberia Neckband headset. The special thing about this newcomer to the SteelSeries product lineup is the fact that it's a neckband headset which means that the band that holds the two cups together is placed behind your head just over your neck, hence the name neckband.
Since the headset is labeled Siberia it comes in the iPod white style that we saw on the old more conventional "Icemat Siberia headset". Despite the close relation to the old Siberia headset the new one is nothing like it. Every aspect of its design is radically different and even incorporates more functionality than the old one. This new Siberia headset even offers support for Xbox 360 via a neat little transformer that allows you to use this headset with any Xbox 360 console.
Another new feature on the Siberia Neckband headset is the retractable microphone first introduced with the SteelSeries 5H headset. It looks and functions just like the one on the 5H, but look cleaner due to a sleeker white microphone headpiece. As with the old Siberia headset the new one also aims to be a comfy headset.
The SteelSeries Siberia Neckband headset arrived in a very stylish black box with a lot of text on it. Even through the clear plastic on the case you can see that this headset is very different compared to what you are used to looking at. Besides being a neckband headset the design of the ear cups is also very different compared to what SteelSeries have recently launched.
That the Siberia can function with PC as well as Xbox 360 is a brand new feature. The Xbox 360 support is made possible through a converter cable that changes the otherwise standard mini-jack cables to the type that the Xbox uses. This is nice because it adds a lot of value to the headset.
The specifications for the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband headset are ok nothing new here, except the support for Xbox 360.
With the SteelSeries Siberia you also get an Xbox 360 converter which basically is a micro-jack to mini-jack converter with a twist. The converter is made in the same white as most Xboxes are delivered in. Since I don't have an Xbox 360 I will not be testing the converter, but I can hardly see any reason why the converter should make the sound quality better or worse.