SteelSeries marks its 10 year anniversary with a simple redesign of its classic Siberia V2 headset. The colour scheme's changed, but the characteristic, dynamic sound quality geared at gamers sits at the same top notch.
The V2 is a lightweight headset that doesn't skimp on the full gamut of sound, whether you're after a few gaming thrills or kicking back to a fresh track. It delivers crisp sound over two 50mm drivers, with enough breathability in the open-back design to allow your ears to stay dry while enjoying smooth, natural sound.
You can immediately tell by the design that the V2 is intended for gamers, but that doesn't mean you won't get bang for your buck if you're after a few movies or songs. The rubbery cable is fitted with two 3.5mm jacks on the end to slot into a PC's microphone and audio port. In case the slightly short cable isn't long enough to hook up around the back of your computer, there's an extra long extender cable thrown into the box.
If you want to take the headset around with you with an MP3 player or a smartphone, you'll have to pass up using the attached microphone and be left with an oddly dangling microphone jack. It's a shame, because the V2 is great for portable listening despite their size, and they deliver sound quality suitable for most music genre listeners for its $100 price point.
These headphones are very comfortable thanks in part to their light frame. From the outside, the plastic finish looks a bit on the cheap side, but you can forgive the cosmetic downer for how comfortably they wrap around your ears. The headband is elastically suspended and moulds to your head, almost unnoticeably (surprising for their size). The over-ear variety of headphones tend to melt your ears, but even after extended use there is enough breathability between the open-backs and the pleather ear cups to keep your ears cool and fight the sweats.
The sound quality doesn't do anything to amplify your music or gaming soundtrack - there's no added warmth or rounded out bass. Instead, it delivers clarity and precision that (for a hundred dollar headset, mind you) articulates the tiny details very well. Vocals come out especially crisp since this headset doesn't lean too hard on the bass (possibly not hard enough), so if you're playing a shooter and don't want to miss all the dialogue under a brass-heavy orchestra or a hail of gunfire, you'll be alright in the Siberia's grip.
These headphones are undoubtedly tuned for a gamer's ear. It's affordable sound gear that'll deliver crisp audio that articulates the whole spectrum of sound clearly and sharply, so you'll never miss a beat in-game. There's better out there, but you'll be hard pressed to find it in this price range. The open-back design will leak a bit of sound, but add-ons like the pull-out, flexible microphone for in-game chatter and inline volume and mic control seal the deal. It never peaks or troughs into distortion, and it never gets tiring to wear. All in all, a recommended gamer's choice.