SteelSeries Siberia v2 review: SteelSeries Siberia v2

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Typical Price: $129.00

SteelSeries Siberia v2

(Part #: CNETSteelSeries Siberia v2)
3 stars

CNET Editors' Rating

The Good Long cable that's detachable after about a metre. Inline volume control. Hidden microphone.

The Bad Weak clamping force. Limited soundscape. Bass lacks punch and definition.

The Bottom Line While the long cable is nice, for the price the Siberia v2s simply do not deliver the sound quality or the comfort we'd expect.

6.5 Overall

If there's one thing the Siberia headphones aren't, it's inconspicuous.

Reminding us of a stormtrooper in mostly white with dashes of black, they can also be bought in bright red, or a slightly more subtle black. They have looped plastic bands that connect the ear pieces in a similar manner to AudioTechnica's offerings, but with a headrest that's significantly more annoying. Attached by extensible cable, it has far too much freedom of movement and as a result can make comfortable positioning a pain.

The clamping force is also weak, with the bottom of the closed, leather clad ear-cups noticeably lifting off compared to the top. A headset is cleverly hidden in the left cup — pull at the plastic end and a flexible, plastic enshrouded cable is extended, which can be positioned just where you need it. Just be sure to retract it before you take it off or put it on, or you could end up with a microphone in the eye.

The cable is an impressive three metres long, and can be broken into two sections, each one featuring a 3.5mm plug for microphone and headphones. A jog dial is included on the first cable for volume, along with a microphone mute button.

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