SteelSeries 7H review: SteelSeries 7H

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Typical Price: $189.00

SteelSeries 7H

(Part #: CNETSteelSeries 7H)
4 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Excellent isolation. Can pull it apart for travelling. Detachable headphone cable. Long cable that's also detachable via 3.5mm cables. Hidden mic.

The Bad Pricey. Drums are a bit over-driven in music due to gaming enhancements.

The Bottom Line The SteelSeries 7Hs are pricey, but the isolation is impressive as is the portability, and the balance between gaming headphones and music is well struck.

8.0 Overall

The 7H sits at the top of SteelSeries' headphone pile, and it's not hard to see why. Exquisitely built with leather head rest and closed ear cups, the isolation is also highly impressive, giving even noise-cancelling headphones a run for their money. When we plugged them in, almost all we could hear was the ringing of our own ears, leaving us wondering if we'd even plugged them in at all.

If you don't like leather ear cups, don't fret — SteelSeries has included some velour ones, which you can swap in at will.

Like the 5Hv2s , it pulls apart into three pieces, the top part of the headband coming away so it can be easily packed into a travel case. While it still features a 3-metre, braided detachable cable that breaks into 3.5mm headphone and microphone jacks, new this time is the ability to disconnect the cable itself from the right ear cup, further increasing the portability. The clamping force of the headphones is also quite strong, although we imagine that this would give over time.

Like other SteelSeries headsets, if you ramp the volume up too high on the inline control the treble takes over to the exclusion of everything else — around the three-quarter mark a better tonal landscape is created. We'd advise finding the tonal sweet spot, then using the Windows volume control or a dedicated amp to adjust the volume afterwards.

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