SteelSeries unleashes H-Series headsets at E3


Steelseries makes incredible gear.  My MSI GT70 laptop has a SteelSeries keyboard built into it and I love the thing.   Their attention to detail and quality is certainly some of the best in the industry.  Well, they are releasing a new headset line with three flavors ranging from entry consumer to full-surround-sound-replacement.   Let’s take a look at the SteelSeries H-Series Headset:

  • The SteelSeries 9H with Dolby® Technology ($159.99 MSRP) features up to 7.1 surround sound and tournament-grade audio performance with new sound isolating double enclosure ear cup technology.
  • The SteelSeries 5Hv3 Headset ($79.99 MSRP) upgrades the sought-after features found in its predecessor, the 5Hv2, including the 3-piece breakdown, new all-leather ear cushions, and new custom-engineered audio drivers.
  • The SteelSeries 3Hv2 Headset ($39.99 MSRP) is built for gamers who are looking to experience SteelSeries audio for the first time or without having to make a large investment, the 3Hv2 encompasses the four components that set SteelSeries audio above the rest: performance, convenience, durability and comfort.

We’ve got pictures for all three of them and we’ll get a chance to get hands (ears?) on with them in just a few days.  In the mean time you can drop over to the official site for a slick comparison grid that shows what each tier gives you.    Before you run off and scope these pictures though, we’ve got the inside track on the 9H.  As I’ve said – you can buy a new game and enjoy it, or you can buy something that makes every game you have better.  I’ll let you know pretty quickly how these turned out.

The SteelSeries 9H Headset with Dolby® Technology – $159.99/€159.99 MSRP

Delivering a tournament-grade audio experience, incredible digital features, and best-in-class comfort, the SteelSeries 9H with Dolby® Technology is our best competitive gaming headset yet. Equipped with an advanced USB soundcard, the SteelSeries 9H provides users with Dolby® Technology that works together to create incredible sound:

·         Dolby Headphone – allows up to 7.1 channels of realistic multi-channel surround sound

·         Dolby Prologic IIx – provides the smoothest surround sound experience allowing for multiple listening modes and a more realistic sound


In addition, the 9H has a durable, industrial design that is deceivingly lightweight, setting new standards for comfort and fit for headsets this size. Players will experience unique features like:

·         Building on the historic SteelSeries audio tradition, a custom-engineered soundscape features a wide dynamic range, which makes it possible for 9H to deliver a balanced and linear tournament-grade advantage

·         Its premium, next-generation SteelSeries audio drivers with advanced materials like a high-grade mylar film over the speaker allows the sound in the game to be heard with a level of clarity and very low distortion

·         SteelSeries’ innovative swappable cable system with in-line audio controls for use with PC, Mac®, tablets and phones

·         New sound isolating double enclosure earcup technology with comfortable extra-padded, leather ear cushions

·         Crystal clear communication via large, high-end microphone that retracts into the headset when not in use.

·         Fully supported by the SteelSeries Engine with advanced digital features like unlimited game specific audio profiles, 10-band equalizer settings, mic noise cancellation and auto mic gain.

SteelSeries 9H

SteelSeries 5HV3

SteelSeries 3HV2

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