Review: SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism
Magical, Massive, Mega
The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism is a gaming headset of massive proportions. Coming from a Swedish company the design and feature set is as one would expect, clever and extensive. At €199 they are not cheap but come with almost everything a gamer or indeed a music nut could want.
The Siberia Elite Prism features very oversized ear cups, a plush and very comfortable headband which magically self adjusts to your head and a retractable microphone. The ear cups themselves are especially noteworthy as they feature controls to lower and raise the volume and mute/unmute the microphone. On the right ear for example you can turn the dial to adjust volume and on the left, control the microphone.
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My favourite feature though has to be the fantastic light display on the ear cups which can be customized via a PC to choose from up to 16.8 million colours, my advice, just pick one and don’t try to try them all. The ear cups are very comfortable and thanks to the oversized nature of them should fit lots of ear sizes too. The retractable microphone is great and can be pushed inside the left ear cup when not needed, and it also lights up when in use.
The Siberia Elite Prism is compatible with all devices with a 3.5mm headphone jack including Windows, Android, iOS and PS4. Unfortunately Xbox One users will need to purchase an additional attachment as the Xbox One does not fit the supplied cables and jacks. I think it would have been great if SteelSeries had just of included the connector and then it would have been just about perfect.
The Siberia Elite Prism features a 1.2m cable that is fixed to the headphones and has a proprietary connector at the other end which then connects to the other cables and jacks provided. You can connect to your PC if it has a sound card via the standard 3.5mm jack or via a USB dongle if it doesn’t.
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The USB dongle has its own sound card built in to allow you to use Dolby Pro Logic and take advantage of the SteelSeries Engine 3 to customize your sound profiles. The sound quality is excellent, not quite up to the Jabra Evolve 80 but very close.
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The headphones give a nice immersive experience but do not feature active noise cancellation so they will not block out the sound of traffic or the train or plane for example.
The SteelSeries Siberia Elite Prism are a fantastic set of gaming headphones, and not just gaming, they are great for anything truth be told. Sure they are a little large and not that portable but then these are not really intended to be taken on public transport. They are for at home in front of the big screen, kicking ass and talking trash.
I would have liked to have seen the Xbox One connector thrown in and wireless connectivity but this would have raised the price higher. If you love your gaming, then you owe it to yourself to get these headphones, yes they are expensive but you wont regret it.