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|Review: Steelseries Siberia Neckband - iPhone|
|Posted by Winston|
|Sunday, 06 February 2011 23:09|
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When Steelseries announced the release of their lastest headset ... the Siberia Neckband for the iPhone, iPod and iPad, I was extremely excited, and couldn't wait to get my hands on them. After reviewing their other headsets from Steelseries, I was sure I wasn't going to be disappointed. There are several things which make Steelseries headsets so appealing, these include excellent sound reproduction and great build quality. So what's so special about this particular headset? Well, this is the first ever Neckband from Steelseries that's specifically designed for use with Apple iOS devices. You get an in-line remote that can be used to answer calls, control volume, as well as a quick button access for play/pause and fast forward.
The Siberia Neckband has a unique and attractive design, and as the name suggests ... you actually wear the headset around your neck (behind-the-head) rather than on your head. The build quality is course, just as good as any of Steelseries other headsets. The adjustable "neckband" ... the actual bit that wraps around your neck is covered with soft but elastic fabric, which makes it very comfortable to wear. The earcups are XLsize and is covered with a cloth that's padded for awesome comfort in all situations.
No introduction here ... Steelseries is THE brand of choice for most professional gamers. They specialise in professional gaming accessories including mice, keyboards, mouse mats and headsets. For more information on Steelseries and their other products ... here's a little something taken from their website.
Each speaker has a frequency response range of 18 – 28.000 Hz, an impedance of 40 Ohm, SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 104 dB ... all of this sounds very technical, but it's what produces the sound and believe me ... the sound produced by the Steelseries Siberia Neckband is phenomenal with loud volume, crisp highs and deep bass. The uni-directional micophone is hidden but retractable and has a frequency response range of 80 – 15.000 Hz, an impedance of 2K Ohm and a sensitivity of -38 dB. It offers crystal clear recordings that's loud and clear with minimal background noise ... making it perfect for VOIP and voice calls.
We'll be testing the Steelseries Siberia Neckband on my Samsung X130 notebook, iPhone 4 and iPod Touch. The Siberia Neckband should give us an enjoyable experience for listening to MP3s, watching movies and playing games. What I'm more interested in, are the controls on the in-line remote. Most 3rd party "replacement" earbuds/headphones that's supposed to be compatible with iOS devices ... never seem to work properly, and usually don't have full controls for play/pause and fast forward. It will be interesting to see how well these controls work.