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WEARABLE TECHNOLOGY / GAMING

SteelSeries Headsets Go Multi-Platform At CeBIT

By Matthew Lentini | Thursday | 03/03/2011

SteelSeries has launched a multiplatform version of its headsets at CeBIT, the business-centric trade show version of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) for the IT industry, which is currently on in Germany.


The show is due to hit Australian shores with a wave of new products which will be given their Australian specs and releases on 31 May.

The major announcement by SteelSeries at CeBIT in Germany was for the Siberia v2 for PS3. Compatibility has been expanded to include the Xbox 360, PC and Mac on the headset which features 50mm drivers on large, leather earcups, a retractable microphone and a headband on the lightweight headphones for comfort.

The v2 has its own volume controls with the inline AudioMixer (which also makes voice compatible with Xbox 360) as well as SteelSeries' LiveMix which tones down the game volume while your teammates are talking in online play.

Featuring one 3.5mm input jack that supplies both sound in and out (for microphone use) up to four metres of cable length with the Headphones and AudioMixer together, the v2 functions as both a home headset for the TV and for use on the go.

The SteelSeries Siberia v2 for PS3 is slated for a release in Q3 2011 for $119.99.

The alternate version of the v2 is almost identical, bar a few of the gaming additives stripped off to make it a dedicated music headset.

The colouration swaps out black and grey for a white and black style, and the AudioMixer is swapped for a small volume control switch that doubles as a hang up/answer button for phones.

Without the AudioMixer, cable length here is limited to one metre, more suited to mp3 players than in-home lounging.

The v2 shares the same retractable mic as the gaming-specialised version as well as the same all-round design and speaker sizes.

The SteelSeries Siberia v2 will run at an RRP of $99.99 on its release.

The SteelSeries 7H headset is the latest addition to SteelSeries' premium audio line-up with a few more options than the latter headsets. Interchangeable cushions offer users to choose between noise-cancelling leather or breathable cloth to hear outside sounds.

The 7H can be disassembled, taking apart the headband, earphones, cushions and cables for easier storage or travel.

Using 50mm drivers and sporting a retractable mic like the previous two models, as well as the same volume/phone control as the v2, the 7H comes in similar steed to the previous models.

The SteelSeries 7H headset is set to go for $129.99 on release.

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