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When SteelSeries introduced their Siberia Elite I couldn’t have been more excited. Sadly after testing I was left with a bit of a bad taste in my mouth. They weren’t as comfortable as the Siberia v2 and I had a few audio issues as well. To the point where we even tried replacing them mid testing thinking my set might have been bad. In the end they weren’t terrible, but considering their price they didn’t live up to what they should have been. At our last LAN SteelSeries pulled me aside and had me try out a prototype Elite with a few changes and later they invited me to visit their Chicago office to check out their revamped product lineup. Well they listened to both us and the customer reviews on Amazon and made a few big changes with their new Siberia Elite Prism headset. Today I’m going to kick the dust off the original Elites and compare the two headsets to see if those changes are enough.

Product Name: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism

Review Sample Provided by: SteelSeries

Written by: Wes

Pictures by: Wes

 

Specifications

Speakers

Magnet Type Neodymium

Sensitivity (dB) 120 dB

Total Harmonic Distortion (<x%) 1 <x%

Driver Size (mm) 50 mm

Impedance (Ohm) 32 Ohm

Frequency Response (Hz) 16-28,000

Microphone

Mic pattern: Unidirectional

Frequency: 100-10,000

Impedance: <2.2K Ohm

Sensitivity: -44 dB

Cable

Length: 1.2 meters

Extension cable: 2 meters

Connectors: 3.5 mm 4-pole & 3-pole x2

Colors

Black & White

 

Posted: 15 Oct 2014 21:42 by garfi3ld #35767
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I really appreciate the feedback and the kind words. I tend to get a little self conscious and always think I need to improve on the writing. As for the photos, that is one of the biggest parts of the review to me. The goal is to show every aspect because I don't know how many times I've been shopping for something and I needed to see a specific angle and just couldn't find it.

If anyone ever needs me to take another picture of something after a review is published I will always do my best to accommodate, assuming I didn't have to send the product back.

On a related note, the standard Siberia V3's came in this week. About to get photos and will be testing them out over the weekend at a LAN.
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 14:34 by Gyzar #35766
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Thanks. I appreciate the input. Also, I've got to say you write the most comprehensive reviews I've ever read anywhere. Great stuff with pictures that answer any question I'd ever have about a product.
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 04:42 by garfi3ld #35765
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Also if they don't work out for you, get in contact with me. I will do my best to make sure it gets to the right person to find something that will work for you
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 04:40 by garfi3ld #35764
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They should work for your needs, if you need more volume you can drop the USB sound card and hook them up directly.

I think you are getting a good deal here though, worse case if you aren't happy with them you could most likely sell them and buy another 9H on amazon. There are listed for almost half the price of the Siberia Elite Prism currently

www.amazon.com/dp/B00FAN4LRA/?tag=lanoc-20
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 04:07 by Gyzar #35763
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garfi3ld,

Up until two weeks ago I had a SteelSeries 9H headset, but was forced to send it back to the factory because of a complete microphone failure. Now SteelSeries is saying a replacement 9H is unavailable, and has offered to replace my headset with a Siberia Elite Prism. I have a severe hearing loss, and had trouble with the 9H volume because I was unable to wear my hearing aids while using the 9H's. You mentioned in your review the Siberia Elite Prism has a higher db output (120db) than the 9H, and that the ear cups were larger (2 3/8" versus 2" on the 9H). Given these differences would you say the Elite Prism would meet my special needs better than the 9H.

Thanks, Gyzar
Posted: 30 Sep 2014 10:46 by garfi3ld #35727
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Today SteelSeries introduced a completely new Siberia product line. The first in a series of reviews is the Siberia Elite Prism. Expect to see the Siberia RAW Prism later this week and the Siberia V3 reviews in the near future as well.

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