Review: The Steelseries Siberia Elite gaming headset – Nerd Reactor’s Headset of The Year

Siberia Elite Review
“It’s rare to discover a product that just does everything right, and then some.” 
The Sibera Elite earned its title.

Steelseries has been emerging throughout E-sports as the titan of peripherals, with good reason. Gear such as the Sensei and the Apex have receiving rave reviews from us and other review sites, complimenting quality, comfort, affordability, and overall efficiency in products that just work. It’s rare to discover a product that just does everything right, and then some.

Steelseries’ new addition to its portfolio has been the Siberia Elite, an improvement on their previous Siberia V2 headset, which has been one of the best-selling headsets on the market for the past few years. What makes the Elite worthy of our highly-coveted Headset of the Year award? Find out below.

Design

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Codename : Leah

The Siberia Elite comes in two variations currently, a full White and full Black version. They’re big. As many of us have realized, size isn’t necessarily a negative attribute when it comes to gaming headsets. The large earmuffs compliment the Elite’s headband quite nicely. In the video, I compare it so some other popular headphones for a good size comparison.

Pretty in pink

Pretty in pink

At first glance, many would dismiss the size of the earmuffs since they just look so over-sized, but this all comes with good reason. They are simply the most comfortable peripherals I’ve ever had the pleasure of using. I have slightly larger ears than most people, so this was a godsend. No more shall I have to endure blinding pain caused by using a headset for more than four hours.

The white design does come with what can be described as a “User flaw”. What I mean by this is, if you’re snacking on something that leaves your hands dirty, and decide to remove your headset at the cuffs like most people do, you’ll end up staining them, horribly. But, if you’re not a Cheeto-whore like myself, this shouldn’t be an issue.

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I call them, earboobs.

The LED lighting on both the earcuffs (Full RGB spectrum) and microphone (White only, and exclusively activates while muted) round off the Elite’s design with a much needed “Pizzazz”, although only activated while connected through USB.

Specs and Features

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Price: $199.99

SPEAKERS

Frequency: 16-28 KHz
Impedance: 32 Ohm
[email protected] 1KHz, 1V rms: 113 dB

CABLE

Length: 1.2 meters
Extension cable: 2 meters
Connectors: 3.5 mm 4-pole & 3-pole x2

MICROPHONE

Mic pattern: Unidirectional
Frequency: 75 – 16000 Hz
Impedance: <2.2K Ohm
Sensitivity: -38 dB

COLORS

Black & White

With the power of Dolby 7.1, this is quite a powerful headset, which delivers crisp, clean sound with every game and genre of music I’ve had the pleasure of testing it with.

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Logo, slightly stained. My bad

Steelseries really loaded this headset with plenty of awesome features, both on the headset and in the Steelseries Engine 3, which is the software used to setup Dolby features and EQ settings, along with LED coloration.

  • Mute option on earmuff
  • Sound rocker on other earmuff
  • Retractile Mic

The Elite comes equipped with three different connections. Which are all interchangeable with a quick release.

  • USB with soundcard
  • AUX
  • Mobile (Audio/Mic in one)

Sound

Hands down, the most important factor when considering any type of audio device is the audio quality. The Elite delivers on the 7.1 with great justice. Steelseries was originally known for having the “Cheater” headset back in the days of CS, since you were able to hear footsteps behind you. This company was bred in gaming, and this headset reeks of nerdy delight.

The effect I had described earlier was due to advanced drivers within the design. Nowadays most of this is done digitally, and with much higher precision. The Elite won’t just let you hear if somebody is coming from behind, you’ll know exactly which direction and at what speed. As an FPS gamer, this can give you a major edge over enemies trying to go for a backstab.

The only thing I would have liked is maybe a teensie bit more bass. If you are a fan of extremely heavy bass, I always suggest going the route of speakers, as with just about any headset that isn’t specifically designed to handle that, the effect isn’t efficient to reproduce.

Microphone Quality

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A nice mic you got there.

The Steelseries comes equipped with an extremely high quality microphone. I would compare it to the quality in top end wireless headsets such as the Astro A50. Voice over via Skype, Ventrillo, Mumble, and phone was cleaner than ever, getting close to professional audio recorders. I would highly recommend this headset to many streamers I know, because of the high quality output for broadcast purposes.

Final Verdict

Aside from being easily stained by greasy fingers, the Elite isn’t a product that I can list any legitimate cons for. We don’t easily hand out awards, since we’re stingy Nerds, but the Steelseries Siberia Elite has earned its place among NR’s favorites of 2013.

HEadset of the Year better

 

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Adam "kharakov" Kharat is part nerd, part geek, and full awesome. With deadly writing skills and the sleeping habits of a jackrabbit, late night gaming sessions are all but mandatory.