SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset Review

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Steelseries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset

SteelSeries is perhaps a brand that needs little introduction. In-fact, it’s very likely you’ve heard of their name and products through some of your favorite eSports teams SteelSeries sponsors, from other gamers such as your friends or the greater community, or on tech enthusiast sites such as this one. Then, there’s the Siberia V2 which might be SteelSeries’s best known gaming headset in recent time. It was first released in 2009 as SteelSeries new flagship headset and its success spawned numerous colors and related designs including USB and lighted variants.  For many long years, the Siberia name was dominated by the Siberia V2 until now. The Siberia Elite is the proud new member to the Siberia family that continues the tradition Steelseries set forth with the original in 2004.
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Just like how past iterations of the Siberia headsets were premium gaming headsets in their time, the Siberia Elite is one of SteelSeries’s new first-class audio products and it costs a pretty penny. For $199.99 shipped on Amazon, this headset features the makings of a premium gaming headset with an aesthetic that hasn’t quite been seen before. The Siberia Elite includes familiar SteelSeries design elements such as a retractable microphone and suspended self-adjusting headband found on the Siberia V2. New appearances include volume control being integrated onto the headset, the multicolor headset lighting, and the SteelSeries USB Soundcard V2 which is an actual plug-and-play portable external sound card. This headset comes in two colors, white and black, of which the former we have for review.
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SteelSeries Siberia Elite Headset Features:

  • Siberia Design – Retractable microphone, passive noise isolating cushions and intuitive dials on the earcups to adjust volume and mute microphone
  • Superior Sound – Next-generation SteelSeries drivers are engineered with the learnings from over 10 years of delivering premium audio specifically designed for gamers
  • Unparalleled Comfort – Lasting comfort thanks to self-adjusting suspension design, hand-stitched leather and memory-foam ear cushions
  • Customize Your Look – 16.8 million colors

SteelSeries Siberia Elite Gaming Headset Specifications:

  • Headphones
    • Frequency Response: 16 – 28000 Hz
    • Impedance: 32 Ohms
    • SPL@1KHz, 1V ms: 113dB
  • Cable Length: 1.2m
  • Extension cable: 2m
  • Connector: 3.5mm 4-pole+3-pole x2
  • Microphone
    • Mic Patter: Uni-directional
    • Frequency: 75 – 16000 Hz
    • Impedance: <2.2k Ohm
    • Sensitivity: -38dB
  • 2-year warranty

SteelSeries shipped this review sample in a black box with “Enter the unheard” printed in a large white font.siberiaelite_04_pressbox

Peeking inside the big box is the Siberia Elite retail packaging.siberiaelite_05_pressbox

Behind the cardboard sleeve is the box which itself opens up like a shoebox and the Siberia Elite can be seen nested in a molded cradle.siberiaelite_06_boxopen

The SteelSeries Siberia Elite comes with a 2 meter extension cable, one swappable end  with dual 3.5mm headphone/microphone jacks, one swappable end for mobile devices, a SteelSeries sticker, user manual, and the SteelSeries USB Soundcard V2. On the following pages, we’ll further examine what’s in store so keep on reading!

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  • Markus

    I can add that i have 100% in all volume settings, and on the earcups aswell.

  • Markus

    lan* sorry

  • Markus

    Hey guys, what can the problem be? i got the same problem as Qt3e does. My friend is using the soundcard from the headset and he got high volume, i have 100% in all games + windows, and i want higher. This is just bullshit something is wrong, people using these headsets on lam with the led lights, with their soundcard.

  • Qt3e

    I Bought this headset, and it seems to have rater low sound levels when using the usb sound card even on 60-70% volume in windows. When I use the 3.5mm mini-jacks the sound is amazing even at 30% sound level. Any idea why it is so low while using the usb sound card?

    • David Yee

      The USB sound card doesn’t amplify too greatly and that’s a hardware limitation. At the same time, check to make sure that the volume dial on the right earcup is turned up all the way. Not much else I can give to you and this problem was also apparent when using the SteelSeries 9H headset with the USB sound card.

      • meee

        Try turning of the “dolby headphone” option, helped for me

  • Lumenix

    Can you change the LED colors and then use it with a dedicated sound card?

    • David Yee

      No unfortunately. There’s no way to bypass another audio source through the SteelSeries USB Soundcard V2 which is required to power the Siberia Elite LEDs.