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SteelSeries Siberia In-Ear Headphones

SteelSeries Siberia In-Ear Headphones

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Performance

I have to say the overall sound quality produced by the Siberia proved to be impressive.  It was noticeably better than the Razer Moray+ which is formidable considering it can be purchased for less than a quarter of the price.  This doesn’t mean it compares to some of the earphones at the higher end of the market… however for the price it is brilliant.

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When playing music through an MP3 player, I found the Siberia to be a bit light on the bass but not as obvious as most earphones of this style I have tested in the past.  Aside from this, the sound quality was perfectly adequate and should be more than acceptable for those who aren’t keen audiophiles.

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When watching a variety of movies, the slight lack of bass was less prominent than during music playback, however it was still noticeable.  Overall the sound was well balanced and generally good considering the small size of the earphones.

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If we turn the volume up to 100%, the lack of bass is slightly more pronounced, although thankfully there was no noticeable distortion in the upper range which I have experienced with many similarly designed earphones recently.

The noise isolating properties of the innovatively designed ear-buds are significantly better than the standard ones that are included – I would imagine this is due to the triple-layer design used.  Even at very low volume levels they blocked out almost all ambient noise and turning the volume up further is enough to block out a person next to you, who may be speaking.

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Although these earphones weren’t specifically designed with gaming in mind, I decided to see how they compared to the Razer Moray+ and the ROCCAT Vire in-game due to the rivalry between gaming peripheral manufacturers.  I found they produced a more evenly balanced sound within game with gunfire being less piercing than with the Moray+ although they weren’t generally as good as the Vire for gaming.  Also their superior noise-isolating qualities are ideal for use at LAN events.

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If you are looking for a portable gaming headset then you will no doubt opt for the headset version with a microphone included.  Although my review sample wasn’t of the headset variety, the microphone supplied is identical to that of the original full-size Siberia headset which I have tested thoroughly.  It is quite large and attaches to your monitor using a bracket so isn’t ideal if you’re looking for portability. For those who want to use the earphones separately for portable devices and the headset as a whole for gaming at home, it is an ideal setup.  Due to its large size, it performs a lot better than the small, in-built microphones included with the Vire and Moray+.

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Stuart Davidson

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