We opted to use the Siberia V2 CP with the AudioMixer primarily on Xbox 360. Another convenient feature the Siberia V2 CP offers is a 2.5 mm connector from the AudioMixer to the Xbox 360 controller for Xbox headset support. The Siberia V2 CP offered a far superior experience to the crappy and overpriced first-party Xbox 360 headsets. Also, the RCA audio adapter allows the user to connect RCA audio-out to the connectors that come with the headset, so that the connectors act as a passthrough. This makes it so that the sound can go both into the headset and external speakers at the same time.
In game, we made good use of the LiveMix feature, which allowed us to hear our teammates over the in-game sounds. It was also an improved experience having both the game sounds and voice come in through one audio system, rather than have voice come in through a low quality headset, and game sounds through a speaker system. Also, teammates reported that the audio quality from the Siberia V2 CP’s microphone was better than that of the OEM Xbox 360 wireless headset, this despite the low quality of the Xbox LIVE codecs.
We used the Siberia V2 CP on PC as well for in-game audio and voice chat using Teamspeak utilizing the Opus codec. The audio quality was great, and teammates reported great sound and clarity from the headset’s microphone.
We also used the Siberia V2 CP on the PC to listen to music and it performed well beyond what we expected from what is primarily a gaming oriented headset. The bass was deep without overpowering and obscuring the mids and highs. The sound was generally well produced and even, providing a full and rich sound. We listened to FLACs of Powerglove’s Saturday Morning Apocalypse
, Trivium’s In Waves
, Dream Theater's Octavarium
, and DragonForce’s The Power Within
. We compared the headset to our Sennheiser HD 555 headphones, which are geared more towards audiophiles than gamers, and the Siberia V2 CP performed admirably, though as expected the HD 555 had a more refined sound. We especially appreciated the balance of audio provided by the Siberia V2 CP compared to many headsets and headphones currently on the market that appear to be designed for humans that are only capable of hearing sounds at frequencies lower than 50 Hz. We are glad that SteelSeries understands the fact that there is music and game audio that is not just limited to bass, and we’re happy they designed their headset to reflect that understanding with a balanced and even sound.
The SteelSeries Siberia V2 Cross-Platform has an MSRP of $119, and it is currently retailing for $95 on Amazon
. In our opinion, the Siberia V2 CP headset offers great value for the price. The Siberia V2 CP is excellent for users that are concerned about comfort for continuous use. The fact that they can be used on PC, Xbox 360, and PS3 adds even more value compared to other headsets in the same price category. Finally, the sound quality the Siberia V2 CP provides is well above what we would expect from a gaming headset. In conclusion, we highly recommend the SteelSeries Siberia V2 Cross-Platform to anyone in the market for a gaming headset that also plays the role of quality listening headphones. For that reason, we are giving the Siberia V2 Cross-Platform our Value award for Prosumers
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