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Steelseries 7H USB Gaming Headset Review
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Written by Munk   
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http://i1.ytimg.com/vi/HUje_dPPwhQ/default.jpg?time=1281642552543Summer is here and there is lots to do out there, people are camping relaxing by the beach and playing sports, well that is what it was like in June and July at least now, not so much. Why? Well simply put it is to stinkin hot out there. Beaches are full; bugs are out in full force for the campers, and playing a game outside sounds like torture. That’s right my friend, you are lazy, but that’s ok, SteelSeries has heard your call. If you want to escape into your air conditioned office and not let anyone know that you are still home, SteelSeries has provided you with the answer: the beautiful Steel Series 7H USB Headset is the answer to all your summer woes. Let’s get this puppy opened up and see if it will be the best choice for your summer hermitization:

 

Provided by: SteelSeries

Price: $149.99

Closer Look:

 

Specifications and Features:

SteelSeries 7H USB highlights:

- 7.1 virtual surround sound

- Interchangeable ear-cushions for both hear-through cloth and noise dampening leather

- 50 mm driver units provide rich and detailed audio reproduction

- Pull-out, "invisible" microphone

- Travel friendly and can be dismantled into 4 separate pieces

The SteelSeries headset features 50mm drivers with a remarkably wide frequency response that delivers rich and detailed audio reproduction. The headset delivers a clean and clear soundscape from mood setting music to critical 3D positional sounds and alerts. The headset offers two interchangeable ear-cushions that provide long-lasting comfort: Open-type cloth covered foam ear-cushions with hear-through functionality and closed-type leather ear-cushions with noise dampening foam that increases passive noise isolation.

 

The SteelSeries 7H USB version provides 7.1 virtual surround and ensures gamers the exact same sound and settings no matter where they are in the world or at what computer they are playing. Its USB soundcard provides preset optimized profiles for both gaming and music genres as well as environmental settings that can be changed for quiet at home atmospheres to louder LAN party or tournament events. Users can personalize even more by tweaking these settings with its 12 channel equalizer.

The SteelSeries 7H USB can also be dismantled in 4 separate pieces, which allows for compact and easy transportation.

 

The right ear-cup features an "invisible" pull-out unidirectional microphone system, that can be discretely hidden when not in use. The durable braided cord includes built-in volume and microphone controls.

 

Specifications for SteelSeries 7H USB:

 

Headphones

- Frequency response: 18 - 28.000 Hz

- Impedance: 32 Ohm

- SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112 dB

- Cable length: 1,0 + 2,0 = 3,0 m (9,8 ft.)

- Jacks: 3,5 mm

 

Microphone

- Frequency response: 50 - 16.000 Hz

- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional

- Sensitivity: -38 dB

 

Soundcard

- USB: 2.0

- Surround sound: Virtual 7.1

- Equalizer: 12 channels

- Jack: 2 x 3,5 mm (USB cable included)

- Operating systems: Win XP/Vista/Win 2000/Win 98/Win ME

 

 

 

Testing:

In order to test the SteelSeries 7H USB 7.1 Surround Sound Headset I decided to use them for everything the average gamer would use their headsets for Gaming, Music, and Videos. The overall performance of the virtual 7.1 Surround sound during Gaming and Movies was pretty impressive. The oscillating frequencies from left to right made for a much more immersive experience then standard Hi-fi 2 Channel Stereo. The positioning of team mates and gun fire made the gaming side of things much more pinpointed then your standard 2 channels which means much higher K/D spreads for all you FPS players out there.

The movie experience was very impressive I have used 7.1 headsets before like the Pulsar and they were very impressive but to be honest I noticed little difference between the 50mm drivers in the 7H’s and the multiple drivers in the Pulsar’s. The Pulsars do come with a vibrating sub woofer which the 7H’s don’t but to be honest all that did was tickle the inside of my ear to the point that I never wanted to use them ever again. The ability to tweak the equalizer makes the &H’s very customizable and very user friendly. Chances are that you will be able to find the ideal listening setup within the 12 channel equalizer SteelSeries has provided.

For music the 7H’s held their own I personally prefer the Siberia V2’s more for the music end of thing but the 7H’s are still better then my Creative Fatal1ties, Pulsars, Siberia Neckbands, and the Zowie Hammers. I also of course have my Porta Pros, Hi-fi mans and Vmodas which I usually reach for first but overall the 7H’s are the best Headset/headphones I own for all around use.

As a side note make sure you burn in your headsets for a minimum of 24hours when you first get them in order to get the full range of the drivers, this will ensure the optimal listening experience your headset can produce and you won’t be disappointed in the increase of range.

Conclusion:

Overall the SteelSeries 7H USB Headset killed it. They produced quality sound throughout every test and the mic (although quiet compared to a powered mic) was clear and picked up voice fairly impressively while canceling out room noise. The 7H is by far the best all around headset I have ever used and I definitely look forward to seeing if SteelSeries makes a V2 of this bad boy as well.

Would I recommend this product? Yes, it is comfortable, great all around sound quality, and pretty impressive virtual 7.1 surround sound. If you are looking for a sub $200 headset with some kick pick yourself up some of the SteelSeries 7H’s

Pros:

  • Sound Quality
  • Mic Quality
  • Virtual 7.1
  •  Price
  • Movable Mic
  • Comfortable
  • 12 Channel Equalizer

Cons:

  • Liked the V2's for Music a Little More
 

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