With the Siberia Elite Prism coming with its own USB sound card you get an additional benefit. You get access to the SteelSeries Engine 3 software. This is the same software that works with most of SteelSeries’s current product lineup, there are still a few things that use the older version as well but they have been hard at work converting things over. That means if you have invested in other SteelSeries products you can use one program to tweak and tune everything you have plugged in. 

When you first open up the SteelSeries Engine 3 it will load a page with all of the different devices that you have hooked up as well as devices that you have used and don’t have hooked up any longer. In this case you can see that I have a few currently listed. From here you can click on any of them to load up the settings page for that device. There is also a library page. That page is where you can load a program from your PC that you would like to automatically prompt new settings for any or all of your devices. A great example of this would be having specific key bindings or even lighting when you play specific games.

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Also from the homepage you will actually get notifications when you need to update your SteelSeries software. Clicking update will take you to the download page. I really hope in the future they are able to work in being able to download and update right in the software. Also for whatever reason my software is up to date but it is still prompting me to update.

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So when you get into the settings page for the Siberia Elite Prism there are really only a few important things you can adjust. You have a full equalizer that you can toy with yourself or set to one of the many defaults that they provide you. You have the option to turn on Dolby, the microphone noise reduction, and auto microphone compression. Personally, I hate the way the Dolby sounds but I do run the noise reduction to help cut out background noise. Microphone sidetone actually feeds a small (and adjustable) amount of your microphone audio back into your headset. This can be nice so you can confirm when your microphone is on or if you need to listen for kids or an alarm when you have your headset on. Lastly you have the microphone volume, I think everyone knows what that is for. Each one of the options has a small question mark in the top right corner that you can click on and get a quick explanation of what each option does, this way you won’t need to keep this review printed out at your desk when setting your settings.

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The last and coolest option is the small LED option that is next to the photo of the headset in the software. When you click this you have full access to the full color spectrum to set the earcup LED color. I of course went right for a LanOC orange to start things off, but I also toyed with purple and a few other colors that also look amazing on the Siberia Elite Prism. If you want you even have a few options to let it color change. I would really love to see them expand on this a little to let you pic the colors and how gradual of a change you want to see, currently you can only select from the options available.

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So I mentioned all of the colors that you can run. I didn’t know the best place to put this nitpick but I found that the colors I selected were a little off from what actually shows. When going for LanOC orange I ended up with a yellow moving to what was basically a red gave me the night orange that I was looking for. In the end I got the same end result as what I was going for, but I do wonder if there isn’t a little tuning they could do on this to try to match this up a little better. On a side note, the headset lighting looks amazing!

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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35727 30 Sep 2014 10:46
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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Gyzar replied the topic: #35763 15 Oct 2014 04:07

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
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35764 15 Oct 2014 04:40
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
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35765 15 Oct 2014 04:42
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
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Gyzar replied the topic: #35766 15 Oct 2014 14:34
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.
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garfi3ld replied the topic: #35767 15 Oct 2014 21:42
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.

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