Do you mostly value audio quality in a gaming headset? Gaming headsets have been notoriously categorized by audiophiles as having that oomph in audio quality. But, that is not entirely true. There are some gaming headsets out there that do provide an above average sound quality.
Gaming headsets have been favored by many gamers mainly because of its convenience. It usually has a built-in gaming microphone which can help them communicate with their teammates via in-game chat or VoIP services such as Garena Talk or Team Speak. Let me go back to my question above: do you value audio performance, especially when we’re talking about gaming headsets? If you do, then you might want to consider the SteelSeries Siberia 800.
In this article, I will talk more about the Siberia 800 and see if it does perform really well and if it deserves its price. Before anything else, I am going to go over the design.
The SteelSeries Siberia 800 is a great wireless gaming headset that has a cross-platform support. This means that it comes with a variety of cables so that you can use it on various game consoles, Mac, PC, and even your smartphone. This gaming headset has a sleek design with a predominantly black exterior. It has some SteelSeries branding on the outside of the cans. On the left side of the headset lies the retractable microphone which can be conveniently hidden when not in use.
It comes with faux-leather ear cups which do provide comfort. But, here’s the kicker: the distance between the tip of the ear cup and the driver is actually a bit shallow. This can pose a problem if you’ve worn the headset for a couple of hours. Although most people didn’t have a problem with this, it will be for some. So keep this in mind. On the headband itself, it has 5 leather paddings that are aligned with each other and it provides a nice cushion when the headset rests on your head.
Although it is comfortable for the most part, the headset, again, has that shallow depth between the ear pads and the driver. Other than that, it is still good.
That glossy part of the headset with the SteelSeries branding can actually be rotated to the right so that you can remove it. Under that, you will see the battery which will power the gaming headset for 20 hours (or more depending on how many features you turn off). On the left side, you will find the micro USB port if you want to wire up the gaming headset.
Now, on to the features. The Siberia 800 has a hefty price tag, so it is only fitting that the company would put some nifty accessories and great features into the product as well. Probably, the biggest feature of the headset is its OLED transmitter box. The transmitter box is where you will plug in your gaming headset and it also has a lot of input ports at the back so that you can plug in your other audio sources as well.
At the back, you will find Analog in, Chat Out, micro USB port, an optical in and an optical out port. Do note that this transmitter box requires a DC in power input. It’s included in the package so you do not have to worry. So, other than giving you the opportunity to plug in this gaming headset to different consoles, what other features does the OLED transmitter box bring to the table?
Well, it allows you to change equalizer settings as well as allow you to tweak the microphone’s input. Furthermore, the transmitter box also has a handy charging slot for the second battery. You see, the Siberia 800 comes with two swappable batteries that can effectively last up to 20 hours on a full charge.
That being said, when you use one of the batteries, you can just slide in the second one into the slot and then replace the battery when the other one runs out. This is actually a pretty convenient thing.
The Sound Quality
Now, an expensive gaming headset should have that great sound, right? Fortunately, for the SteelSeries Siberia 800, it does have a pretty good audio performance. Everything is well-balanced, but it does provide that boomy sound when the need arises. It suits every gaming genre out there and nothing gets drowned out. This means that the highs and mids are prominent while the lower frequencies also provide that much-needed punch in, say, first-person shooters.
The SteelSeries Siberia 800 is also perfect for listening to music and movies. And, if you tweak your own EQ settings to suit every entertainment or game you consume, then the Siberia 800 truly shines.
The Siberia 800 comes with a retractable microphone and the sound quality is good, but not too spectacular. You can further tweak the quality of the microphone’s sound by fiddling with the settings on the transmitter box. Even though the quality is not jaw-dropping by any means, but what I will say is that the sound quality is decent. It’s not nasally and your voice can be heard with clarity and without distortion.
The microphone does block out most of the unwanted background noise, but it can still pick up the sound from your keyboard, especially if you’re using a mechanical keyboard. Other than that, the microphone is pretty decent.
|Drivers||40mm Neodymium Drivers|
|Effective Wireless Range||30 feet|
|Frequency Response||20Hz- 20 KHz|
|Weight (w/ Battery)||318 grams|
|Weight (w/o Battery)||297 grams|
|Max Volume||100 dB SPL @ 1KHz|
|Ports||Wired Mode/ Share port|
|Chat Port, Mini USB, FW Update port|
|Frequency Response||100Hz- 10KHz|
|Microphone Sensitivity||-44 dB|
|Microphone Impedance||2200 Ohm|
|Indicator/s||Red LED on mute|
The SteelSeries Siberia Headset is one of the best sounding headphones for gaming on the market. It also has an impressive wireless range at 30 feet and its battery life is pretty good rated to last up to 20 hours. Also, couple that with an extra battery and you’re not going to have any battery problems whatsoever.
There are just two things that you need to be aware of. First, the Siberia 800 is mostly made of plastic materials. Now, before you panic, the philosophy in the construction of this headset is to maintain a relatively lightweight wireless headset. If they were to put metal components and make it a frame or the headband, it will be too uncomfortable.
Second, it is not cheap. In fact, it is probably one of the most expensive gaming headsets on the market. As of the time of writing this article, the SteelSeries Siberia 800 costs $250.
Whether or not you’re going to buy this headset, it is entirely up to you. But, what I can say is that the transmitter box provides a lot of features, it has an impressive battery life, a comfortable headset to wear, a pretty decent microphone, among others.
Despite its heavy price tag, the SteelSeries Siberia 800 does come with features that warrant its price.
+ Lots of Features
+ Battery Life
+ Wireless Range
+ Transmitter Box with Cables
+ Decent microphone
+ Sleek Design
-Plastic materials which make the build quality a bit questionable