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Razer vs. SteelSeries Headset Comparison - Ground Control to Major Tom

Today we have two competing companies with headsets to compare; SteelSeries' 5H v2 and Razer's Piranha gaming headsets.

By: | Headsets in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Jul 3, 2008 4:00 am

SteelSeries 5H v2 - Continued


It's time to get serious and break out an amplifier. My little Pioneer DTS-ready system should be able to give these cans a little more drive. Now the sound is a little meatier and I can definitely get some kick from the drivers.



Now, seeing as these units are designed to be used as a gaming headset which gives you a balance of in-game sound effects and incoherent babbling from your opponents or team mates, it's time to get my game on.


The microphone in the these cans is a rather industrial looking metal snake that is retractable inside the headphone unit when not in use (accounting for some of the bulk on these units) and this is nice because the mic can be positioned and twisted to suit most peoples' taste.



SteelSeries has redeemed themselves with their volume issues here by delivering some very clear voice chat abilities to my ears; I find that it's incredibly easy to hear the highly compressed voice data being piped in.


Another really good feature about the SteelSeries units is their shape; they are an over-the-ear affair and the padding is super soft without the horrible fake leather effect most headphones go for. This means that I can comfortably wear them on my noggin for many hours and not suffer the dreaded ear burn or head pinch that some headphone styles like to employ.



To round up the SteelSeries; they have one last surprise in stock which is the fact that they come apart into three sections, making them easy to pack and ensuring that the unit as a whole doesn't get snapped anywhere.


Onwards for Razer's Rebuttal, we go.


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