SteelSeries Siberia V2

A couple of months ago, my old Logitech Premium Notebook Headset (which I’ve bought a couple of times over the years) had broken down the middle. logitech headsetThis was particularly annoying when either earpiece would periodically fall off my ear – even after I taped it back together but I was particularly fond of the style which sits comfortably behind my head, allowing me to wear them for hours without any issue. The fact that it also came with a USB adapter was another plus since that’s my preference when it comes to headsets.

So after hearing about my dilemma and having to listen to my headset fall off my ears every few minutes, Coolidge wanted to send me the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Full-Size Headset for Christmas (after being sold on the product himself).

I must say I was curious about the brand, particularly after the last few months but it’s been years since I’ve used an earmuff design. As soon as I put them on I felt like an astronaut. It really muffled out any external sound including my own voice which can be good or bad but there were a few features I was fond of, even before trying them on.

SteelSeries Siberia V2I like how the unit comes with an extension chord meaning I can use the main cord on the laptop and connect the extension (which adds 2m) on the main computer since the USB adaptor (from my old headset) is connected to the back of the box.

The mic is retractable so you can adjust it when you need it and retract it when you don’t.

The adjustable headband helps keep the headset (and hair) in place.

PhotoGrid_1390229255944[1]Unfortunately, I did start to get a jaw ache after a short time due to the pressure of the ear muffs on the side of my head. After reading several reviews, this did come up quite a lot but I’ve also noticed that if I place the headset (or rather the headband) just behind my hairline (like you would with a normal headband accessory) the pressure is lessened. One user did note that the headset does feel looser over time so that’s something to look forward to.

Apart from that it does seem like a great headset although Coolidge did mention he could hear other background sounds (from my end) so perhaps not the best for open-ended conversations when you have a noisy household.

Has anyone else found any issues with their SteelSeries Siberia headsets?

Author: Cymre

A disc priest and relic hunter who loves collecting achievements, silver dragon shots and pets. Other hobbies include transmog / costumes, novelty items, class sets as well as all things pets.

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  1. I’ve not tried their headsets, and I was tempted to try them fairly recently when my old ones died. Unfortunately I’d just been given a new Steelseries keyboard and mouse for my birthday at the time, which I was having problems with .. they worked, but the keyboard was the wrong one and I wanted to exchange it. That was back in November and the situation has still not been resolved, so I’ve sworn myself off buying anything else off them for now.

    Worth bearing in mind if you need any customer service.

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    • I read a few comments very similar to that but thx for the heads up. Hope your keyboard gets sorted soon.

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  2. I have a Razer that I wanted as it’s USB and it did give me a jaw ache too at first. I don’t know if it’s adjusting to my head or what but haven’t had it happen for a while. Hopefully yours will too.

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  3. Oh nice! I really want the white ones!

    Whenever I get a new headset that is a little tight, I leave it over night over my computer to stretch it a bit. Usually helps!

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    • There’s a nice frost blue colour too. At first I was thinking of a mannequin head but I don’t think we have one any more. I’ll try the computer box, thx.

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  4. I tried the white ones at Blizzcon which were the Siberia Elite which are a little bit expensive – I wish you had told me, I could have gotten you a pair from Blizzcon (though that would negate the gift from Coolidge so maybe just as well I didn’t get anything). I want to try their headset because the ones at Blizzcon were so nice, but I’m glad to see a review from you about them. The retractable mic is really cool. Hopefully they will loosen a bit so your jaw won’t hurt anymore.

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    • I remember you saying that you liked the white ones so I was more interested in trying them after hearing a couple of other positive reviews. I have the ear muffs hugging the computer box right now so we’ll see :)

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  5. Hi, I have tried The steel series headset before, 5H V2 USB Gaming Headset with Virtual Surround 7.1 Sound (Black) to be exact, they were recommend by a few friends, sadly they had never worked… but I can recommend their mouse like their Legendary WoW mouse work great and i have never had to replace it.

    After much searching for a good headset, since i have tried almost all brands from Logitech, to Plantronics to Steelseries. Matticus suggested to me to try Sennheiser, I bought their PC 350 and tried it and I felt like i was in heaven, great sounds and very comfortable for long hours of play. It comes with a 2 year warranty and they do honor it, their customer service was awesome.

    In fact i was so happy with them that I went and bought a Sennheiser PC 363D this year, and they feel great, in fact you hardly feel that they are on you at all. the sound and voice is clear and the headset comes with a usb adapter so you dont have to buy it separately. The cost can be a bit expensive but it was well worth every penny.

    Anyhow i am glad your new headset works for you and i hope it last you a very long time. But if you if you ever need to replace please consider Sennheiser.

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    • Thx for the review. I have used several different Logitech and even a Sony model in the past.

      I will definitely keep this brand in mind the next time I’m in the market for a headset. :)

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  6. Cym asked me days ago “why didn’t I write something?”, well here it is.

    I have used several different brands but before this was using Logitech stuff, which I would not recommend to anyone or maybe I was just to rough on them. I am using the same brand as Cym is now but have for a much longer time span.

    I have had no problem with them. I am a personal fan of big earmuffed headsets in the first place. I am a big guy by nature and never really had a issue wearing them for long spans. Never really had a issue of it hurting my jaw as well but I do have a underbite jawbone so that could have some effect on it as well. And I can also add that I have had a few accidents where I would roll on the cord or tug it and have it fall off the desk onto hard floor, but I gotta say it is pretty tough.

    In a nutshell:
    – It is a tough brand and probably can take more abuse than some others.
    – It does have a sight hold onto your skull but will take time to loosen or maybe your head to get thicker. =P
    – It does have a nice long cord so you can be a bit more active and not have to worry about pulling it out.

    Not going to say it is the best out but so far I have had a good time with mine.

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    • It does seem to be a little bit looser now but I haven’t tested it for several hours since then.

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  7. I had the old Siberia headset years ago and I loved it. It was perfect for my head, lightweight and the mic and sound was really good. I haven’t tried this v2 but I thought it would be similar to the old one.
    Two years ago the Siberia stopped working. I considered buying the v2 but I ended up with Logitech G35 after reading reviews. This headset is a bit tighter arond my head and heavier. But the surround, sound and mic is great for everything from gaming, music and movies to talking with friends on Skype etc. My boyfriend has the same headset and he thinks it’s great but it’s too tight for his head.

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    • I love reading what people are using and prefer. It’s also interesting to read what works for one may not fit so well for another like on our cases with our significant others.

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  8. forgot to add… SMILE! you look so mad in that picture of you.

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    • I was just saying to Matty that I need selfie lessons from Kim Kardashian. Well, that and I had the headset on for about an hour.

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