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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset-Artic White by Review Summary ,  Sep 2, 2015

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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism Gaming Headset-Artic White
Report Date: 01/02/2016
Based on 229 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 8.7%

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Individual Feature Rating
Comfortable4.8   above average
Design4.7   above average
Audio4.4   above average
Fit4.4   average
Control4.3   above average
Dolby4.3   above average
Quality4.3   average
USB4.3   above average
Gaming4.2   average
Music4.2   average
Sound4.2   average
Microphone4.0   average
Surround3.9   below average
Volume3.9   average
Listening3.8   below average
Setting3.8   average
Light3.6   below average
Noise3.6   below average
Price3.6   below average
Cable3.5   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"- My music experience seems weak, and what I mean is, gaming audio quality is awesome but it's not the best experience if you are an audiophile or the like."
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"The only problem I have is with the Dolby setting in the software, when it is switched on it gives all audio a high reverb echo that can be kind of annoying in some situations."
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"Forgetting about the price differences for a second, the recording problems were monumental for me - the fact a headset not being able to properly playback audio kind of leads me to think - what's the point of buying it in the first place?"
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"The Audio on this headset is fantastic and I love being able to readjust it on the fly ... however the mic is another thing."
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"These bad boys do an amazing job, perfect for audio period."
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"This is a nice product I wish some of my other sets looked this good because the pain is too real on these and the audio lacks punch."
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"All gameplay audio of my PS4 games sound great and microphone output is very clear from the test i made on it on my ps4.the headset feels comfortable even though it feels at first as if it's trying to put a little pressure on your skull (That could just be me LOL)."
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"I will also suggest to download the software for the headset if you are hoping to get the best audio quality out of the headset."
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Cable

Cable:
"Not great for being cable tidy, but essential for suiting every sort of PC user, which is what I like to see."
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"Connecting to ipod iPhone could not be even easier with the attached cord."
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"Lastly, if the cord was detachable, I could always buy a replacement cord but with this, it's built in so if it's damaged beyond repair, it'll be useless."
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"First the glow light stopped, then the cord broke and finally they just died an early death."
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"The cable is pretty long so it doesn't bother me that it isn't wireless since I have a lot of space to move in and it has yet to get tangled up after having the headset for a month."
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"The cable seems durable so far..Cons:Because the drivers are bigger, the headset is a tad heavier than the Siberia V2 headset I used to wear."
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"In terms of the integrated cable itself, it stretches 1.2m, which is absolutely perfect for listening to your music, with your source in your pocket."
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"The added 2m extension cable makes it absolutely perfect for connecting it to your desktop PC, which often can be over 2m away."
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"With that said, with the cable design being flat, it increases the durability of the headset."
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Color

Color:
"Only downside is you cannot use the colors with a 3rd party sound card (i have a soundblaster z) but i dont see the pretty lights when they are on my head, and i didnt buy them for the lights, i bought them for the sound!"
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"My only complaint is the lack of customization options in the color settings for the led lighting."
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"I've already managed to get a cut in it which ruined the color feature, but luckily the listening and speech still works, which are the most important aspects."
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"The sound quality is fantastic and the color features are a cool addition."
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"Honestly I usually get everything in black but I like the white better, the color on the ears look so much nicer against the white!"
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"these headphones feel so comfortable and i wear them for long periods of time probably around 5-8 hours a day and still feel very good, sound is amazing, and color is an alright touch."
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"It was essentially plug and play for me.+ Simple and well integrated volume mic dial controls on the sides of the earcups.+ Near limitless choice of headset color illumination.+ Crisp and clear Dolby Pro Logic audio quality with highly customizable audio options.+ Mic slides conveniently into left earcup and auto-mutes.+ Sleek and solid metal plastic build quality.+ Flat cable with less tangles.+ Lightweight."
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"These two features alone would make this an excellent headset, but this headset also comes with an extraordinary color display that can be customized for most aspects of your gaming experience! "
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I'm so disappointed with this headset, it is comfortable, stylish, and sounds great."
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"I own the Turtle Beach Seven headphones and I bought this one because she was worried about the comfort of the headphones."
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"The comfort is pretty good even though it feels heavier than my Siberia V2's."
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"The memory foam ear cushions are extremely comfortable and isolate sound very well."
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"They were hands down the best headphones I have ever owned: comfortable, pretty solid sound, and they really held up."
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")The next best thing is the comfort."
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"Although they are very large compared to my previous Logitech G35's, they are still quite comfortable and adjust quite nicely."
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Control

Control:
"The problem is, to take advantage of the LED and control panel you must use the sound card."
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"Very comfortable, even with a larger headThe two points above have actually caused me to forget that I'm wearing them, go to adjust my traditional speaker volume, and be confused for a second or two wondering why my speaker volume control is broken."
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"I really like the ability to control the lighting, but even if you hate it, you can simply turn it off."
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"The comfort is the same--but the new features of volume control on the ear cuff and the color changing aspects makes this his favorite."
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"The settings are very easy to adjust with the SteelSeries Engine as you can control the equalizer or used pre-set configurations and customize the lights."
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"The problem is, to take advantage of the LED and control panel you must use the sound card."
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"The volume and mute control are exceptionally useful as well as the various chords it comes with."
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"Here are some pros and cons for you:Pros:- Awesome build quality- Lights, increases kdr, fps and additional conquest points in WoW (not really, but the lights are cool)- Built in volume control on the side of the headset- Retractable mic mute control on the headset- Supreme comfort with a luxurious feelCons:- It's not straight USB, the cable is like a 5 pin mini that goes into an adapter."
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Design

Design:
"Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, comfort, software, looks and design, softwareCons: Recording problems, physical size, priceBuild quality: 10 10Comfort: 10 10Overall sound quality for a headset: 9 10Isolation: 8.5 10Microphone quality: 2 10Software: 10 10Review price: 180Value: 7.5 10 (at 180 price tag)Overall rating: 5 10First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review."
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"Other than that, the product is very well designed with high quality material."
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"Great sound quality, poor design."
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"THIS headset pretty much beats them ALL.- Design of the headset = fits pretty much ANY head."
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"Pros: Overall sound quality, build quality, comfort, software, looks and design, softwareCons: Recording problems, physical size, priceBuild quality: 10 10Comfort: 10 10Overall sound quality for a headset: 9 10Isolation: 8.5 10Microphone quality: 2 10Software: 10 10Review price: 180Value: 7.5 10 (at 180 price tag)Overall rating: 5 10First of all I would like to thank SteelSeries for sending me their headset for review."
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"With that said, with the cable design being flat, it increases the durability of the headset."
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Dolby

Dolby:
"The only problem I have is with the Dolby setting in the software, when it is switched on it gives all audio a high reverb echo that can be kind of annoying in some situations."
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"Saving the setting with Dolby on fixed this problem."
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"The built in Dolby Digital Surround was absolutely astonishing."
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"The only thing I recommend is turn off Dolby sound and change your settings around a bit because it did need some tweaking to get to the sound I wanted."
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"Starting with the good:Excellent audio, especially with the dolby surround sound."
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"The Dolby Surround Sound in 7.1 Virtual sounds amazing as well, but you have to change a few easy to find sound settings in Windows to get the full 7.1 experience."
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"The Dolby 7.1 surrounding sound is really fantastic! "
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Fit

Fit:
"They fit well, but holy crap the noise problems."
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"However, they fit exactly the same and are too uncomfortable to wear for an extended period of time."
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"They fit well, but holy crap the noise problems."
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"Sound quality is good, they fit well and are comfortable after hours of gaming."
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"They fit completely over your ears, the suspension headband has just the right amount of cushion and alows for a perfect fit."
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"THIS headset pretty much beats them ALL.- Design of the headset = fits pretty much ANY head."
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"I feel like wearing almost nothing, and it fits perfectly thanks to its new improved steel wire headband system."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Although it's good enough for skype game communications (nobody has ever complained about my quality after a LOT of hours spent gaming), as a music producer audiophile, the mic just isn't up there with the microphones you can find on Plantronics headsets, and some Logitech headsets."
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"Save yourself the money, these headsets would be great if it didnt hurt after a couple of hours of gaming..the worst part is i went through 4 headsets, yes four."
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"- My music experience seems weak, and what I mean is, gaming audio quality is awesome but it's not the best experience if you are an audiophile or the like."
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"I've never heard such clear sound from my gaming laptop before."
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"Nevertheless, the microphone rates as better than average, and I would not hesitate recommending the microphone quality for gaming."
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"Not only is this a terrific headset for gaming, it delivers excellent results for music and videos."
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"We already have the SteelSeries Siberia P300 Comfortable Gaming Headset for PlayStation 4, PlayStation 3 which up until now was my son's favorite headset because of the comfort."
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"Easily the best gaming headset for price performance."
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"Save yourself the money, these headsets would be great if it didnt hurt after a couple of hours of gaming..the worst part is i went through 4 headsets, yes four."
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"In terms of audio quality its completely acceptable for gaming and the mic is actually very good."
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"I'm one of those guys in constant search for the perfect gaming headset, no matter the price and the search continues...If you are purchasing the headset for the LED lights or if the LED light feature has any bearing on your purchase, move on from this headset and onto the next."
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Light

Light:
"150 dollars for a headset that's supposed to have lights but you can't use - is pretty awful."
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"Only downside is you cannot use the colors with a 3rd party sound card (i have a soundblaster z) but i dont see the pretty lights when they are on my head, and i didnt buy them for the lights, i bought them for the sound!"
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"First the glow light stopped, then the cord broke and finally they just died an early death."
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"Speaking of which, the headband is shape-able meaning that it can feel light weight and comfortable at the same time."
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"The drivers were customizable and I enjoyed the colored lights."
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"The headband is sturdy, the lights are awesome, and the sound quality is beautiful (though I'm no audiophile)."
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"Lots of lights, love the led light on the microphone when enabled."
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Listening

Listening:
"Not the best for listening to music."
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"good product and beautiful lingt but not a good idea for listening music"
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"I've already managed to get a cut in it which ruined the color feature, but luckily the listening and speech still works, which are the most important aspects."
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"I plugged them into my computer and was amazed by the sound listening to youtube videos of Handel's Messiah, I got them the morning of Christmas eve."
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"After a week or so, I could completely say that these are really comfortable and I could wear it forever while listening to music and playing games, it's a really good pair of headsets."
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"Especially in something like shooters where you want to be able to have it loud when it's quiet and listening for footsteps."
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"In terms of the integrated cable itself, it stretches 1.2m, which is absolutely perfect for listening to your music, with your source in your pocket."
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"But while it's on in music, it makes listening much easier."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"While using the mic on XB1 I get various complaints so I have reverted back to my Siberia V2's with way better results."
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"The only downside to this is the quality of the microphone, it's pretty bad."
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"I ordered them and they worked for awhile, but the microphone on the headset broke and I currently am unable to talk to my friends on Skype."
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"Except the problems the mic has, along with Steelseries hardly caring about their defective products is a true bummer."
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"(I can make it louder on my PC...) In addition to the mediocre performance in sound, the Mic doesn't work well."
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"He was able to get the headphones to work after many attempts, however the mic works fair at best."
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"The mic could be a bit better but I'm not complaining as the people on my team could hear me pretty well and that in my mind is what counts."
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"The Audio on this headset is fantastic and I love being able to readjust it on the fly ... however the mic is another thing."
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"The only downside to this is the quality of the microphone, it's pretty bad."
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"The rest of the headsets was because if you have colorshift on there will be a very loud clicking in your mic, that your friends will be able to clearly hear."
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"Headset has great sound and is very comfortable, BUT:There is a clicking noise when the mic is active."
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Music

Music:
"Not the best for listening to music."
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"- My music experience seems weak, and what I mean is, gaming audio quality is awesome but it's not the best experience if you are an audiophile or the like."
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"good product and beautiful lingt but not a good idea for listening music"
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"I feel that this was a useful add on feature and not the main intent of the headphones, so even though it doesn't perform as well as music headphones in that environment, I give them kudos for adding the feature for the convenience and for those that like this sound signature."
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"However, when I listened to videos or music without the surround sounded it sound great."
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"Sounds are very crisp and clear and music production is actually possible without me swapping headphones."
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"ok well this head set is pretty good, the sound quality for music i would rate 7 10, gaming wise would be like 8ish 10."
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"Sleek and stylish for the avid gamer and music lover."
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"The predefined music setting makes music sound great."
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Noise

Noise:
"They fit well, but holy crap the noise problems."
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"- Mediocre noise isolation."
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"**After Ownership for a couple of months I do like the purchase but notice some white noise when no sounds is played, noise isolation is not too great, the purchase price was jumped from $150-$160?"
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"I did some troubleshooting, but still couldn't figure out what was wrong (one of the things I did was ensure that Noise Reduction was on)."
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"Oddly enough, recordings done in Sound Recorder continues to sound flawless, which leads me to think the background noise issue is a software rather than a hardware problem."
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"They fit well, but holy crap the noise problems."
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"Headset has great sound and is very comfortable, BUT:There is a clicking noise when the mic is active."
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"This leaves the microphone sounding terrible; at a very low volume and or with a ton of static hissing, and at best, mild background noise."
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"They cancel out the outside noise VERY well and are EXTREMELY comfortable."
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"Awesome noise cancel and comfort."
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Price

Price:
"I also didn't like the retractable mic feature; in order to make that work, the mic has to be made of a pretty flexible (read: flimsy) material that feels cheap and not durable."
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"For the price, absolutely terrible."
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"ConclusionsIn conclusion, the headset is a definitive improvement over the previous version, however due to its fundamental recording problems and more so its significantly higher price (115 vs 180)."
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"Forgetting about the price differences for a second, the recording problems were monumental for me - the fact a headset not being able to properly playback audio kind of leads me to think - what's the point of buying it in the first place?"
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"Take away its recording problems and drop the price to around 130-140, then I can see myself actively recommending it."
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"For the price I'm a little disappointed."
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"Easily the best gaming headset for price performance."
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"Save yourself the money, these headsets would be great if it didnt hurt after a couple of hours of gaming..the worst part is i went through 4 headsets, yes four."
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"(On the PS4).In closing, if you are able to secure a low price for these(I got mine for less than a 3rd of the original price), they will make fine headsets for a PC user."
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"I'm one of those guys in constant search for the perfect gaming headset, no matter the price and the search continues...If you are purchasing the headset for the LED lights or if the LED light feature has any bearing on your purchase, move on from this headset and onto the next."
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"I want to start off by saying that, for the price, this is a very good headset."
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Quality

Quality:
"Although it's good enough for skype game communications (nobody has ever complained about my quality after a LOT of hours spent gaming), as a music producer audiophile, the mic just isn't up there with the microphones you can find on Plantronics headsets, and some Logitech headsets."
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"The only downside to this is the quality of the microphone, it's pretty bad."
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"**Full-disclosure: I am hearing impaired, so I'm not a perfect judge for sound quality** I was really excited for this headset as it was suggested to me because of its popularity among Twitch Streamers."
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"Here comes the bad... ON MY Playstation 4(PS4), the sound quality was not a good as my old Astro A40 headset."
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"Worst of all, the sound quality of this headset is just atrocious."
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"Terrible Microphone quality that was extremely EXTREMELY low."
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"The only downside to this is the quality of the microphone, it's pretty bad."
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"I might be able to look over that if the sound quality was astronomically better than the Siberia V2 and paired with my Steelseries sound card, but I was really let down."
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"They're aren't flimsy or feel cheaply made, product quality is great."
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"The headband is sturdy, the lights are awesome, and the sound quality is beautiful (though I'm no audiophile)."
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"I bought this headset with intentions to use it PURELY on my Playstation 4 and based my decision to buy this particular headset because it was supposed to be of high performance(comfort wise and sound quality), has 7.1-channel support and is documented on the box and website to support the Playstation 4.On the positive side, this headset is actually, really, really comfortable."
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Setting

Setting:
"The only problem I have is with the Dolby setting in the software, when it is switched on it gives all audio a high reverb echo that can be kind of annoying in some situations."
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"A little hard to make custom setting, I know for competitive play in TF2 and CSGO the sounds are very different and have to be adjusted to your liking."
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"My only complaint is the lack of customization options in the color settings for the led lighting."
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"Saving the setting with Dolby on fixed this problem."
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"The sound is pretty good but you will find yourself turning up and your volume settings just to get a pretty normal volume sound."
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"The settings are very easy to adjust with the SteelSeries Engine as you can control the equalizer or used pre-set configurations and customize the lights."
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"The light settings are a fantastic cosmetic piece for it."
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"The predefined music setting makes music sound great."
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"The only thing I recommend is turn off Dolby sound and change your settings around a bit because it did need some tweaking to get to the sound I wanted."
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Sound

Sound:
"I am pretty sure this is a problem with the sound card - not the software."
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"(I can make it louder on my PC...) In addition to the mediocre performance in sound, the Mic doesn't work well."
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"**Full-disclosure: I am hearing impaired, so I'm not a perfect judge for sound quality** I was really excited for this headset as it was suggested to me because of its popularity among Twitch Streamers."
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"Here comes the bad... ON MY Playstation 4(PS4), the sound quality was not a good as my old Astro A40 headset."
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"Worst of all, the sound quality of this headset is just atrocious."
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"this portion was very frustrating at first because i had such low sound output when i first plugged it inthe usb plug adapter they give you is needed when you use your microphone because it filters out the static noises, at least thats what my friends tell me--- the sound quality is also kinda better WITHOUT the USB filter on it just FYI"
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"However, when I listened to videos or music without the surround sounded it sound great."
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"I plugged them into my computer and was amazed by the sound listening to youtube videos of Handel's Messiah, I got them the morning of Christmas eve."
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"Sounds are very crisp and clear and music production is actually possible without me swapping headphones."
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"The memory foam ear cushions are extremely comfortable and isolate sound very well."
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"They were hands down the best headphones I have ever owned: comfortable, pretty solid sound, and they really held up."
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Support

Support:
"I suspect this lack of 7.1 channel support is due to not being able to install the SteelSeries Engine on my PS4(It currently only works on Windows and Macs OS)."
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"Product is great, but it came half broken and when contacting the seller, their support is awful."
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"Would not recommend if you value support quality"
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"I contacted SteelSeries support, and I was blown away with how well I was treated."
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"I bought this headset with intentions to use it PURELY on my Playstation 4 and based my decision to buy this particular headset because it was supposed to be of high performance(comfort wise and sound quality), has 7.1-channel support and is documented on the box and website to support the Playstation 4.On the positive side, this headset is actually, really, really comfortable."
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"It's not terrible quality but if it says it supports the PS4, ALL FEATURES should work on the PS4."
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"I sent in a support ticket and the response from steel series was fantastic, they sent me this headset for free, which is quite a considerable upgrade."
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"So far, support is working well, and I'll probably adjust the review to 4 stars once that's taken care of."
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Surround

Surround:
"The surround sound isn't the best I have heard but it is still useful."
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"Avoid the 7.1 surround sound on these though - it's absolute junk."
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"Outside of the errors I face, I find the surround sound quality in-game to be just middling."
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"The Simulated surround is kinda muddy and it's hard to hear things."
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"However, when I listened to videos or music without the surround sounded it sound great."
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"The built in Dolby Digital Surround was absolutely astonishing."
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"Turning surround sound on was a joke, as well."
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"I have a pair of razer kraken 7.1 and they are both louder and the audio quality on the virtual surround is superior."
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"Great Headset, love the 7.1 surround."
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USB

USB:
"The lighting is cool but I accidentally yanked the USB connector out of the adapter dongle and broke the port."
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"But SteelSeries will be updating the USB firmware drivers which should correct this problem."
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"It also includes two wonderful adapters, the usb to 3.5mil single-pole jack (For phones laptops), which works with my Nexus 4, and my laptop which has a single headphone microphone port."
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"The only way to get this headset to sound decent is to connect it without the USB sound card, using the 3.5mm audio jacks instead."
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"Here are some pros and cons for you:Pros:- Awesome build quality- Lights, increases kdr, fps and additional conquest points in WoW (not really, but the lights are cool)- Built in volume control on the side of the headset- Retractable mic mute control on the headset- Supreme comfort with a luxurious feelCons:- It's not straight USB, the cable is like a 5 pin mini that goes into an adapter."
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"USB sound card is pretty awesome."
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"Of the ones I have tried, this is the FIRST EVER USB headset that I found the 7.1 to be really good quality."
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Volume

Volume:
"This leaves the microphone sounding terrible; at a very low volume and or with a ton of static hissing, and at best, mild background noise."
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"In the other hand, the microphone is good and the headset is REALLY confortable but due to the volume problem, IMHO it doesn't worth 200u$s + Shipping."
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"The first start I took off because the volume is terrible on these when connected to the steelseries soundcard that they include with the device."
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"Very comfortable, even with a larger headThe two points above have actually caused me to forget that I'm wearing them, go to adjust my traditional speaker volume, and be confused for a second or two wondering why my speaker volume control is broken."
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"I loved everything about the headset aethetically, but as far the volume and the bass is concerned, terrible."
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"The comfort is the same--but the new features of volume control on the ear cuff and the color changing aspects makes this his favorite."
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"The sound is pretty good but you will find yourself turning up and your volume settings just to get a pretty normal volume sound."
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"This leaves the microphone sounding terrible; at a very low volume and or with a ton of static hissing, and at best, mild background noise."
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"In the other hand, the microphone is good and the headset is REALLY confortable but due to the volume problem, IMHO it doesn't worth 200u$s + Shipping."
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