When I first heard about the Steelseries range I thought it was the next level of pirating. All of you dodgy pirates forming a group to download as much TV series as possible, disturbing stuff. I was pleasantly surprised to find out that it had nothing to do with pirating and was in fact Megarom bringing in the great gaming accessories, including the 7H Headphones.
First off the packaging is great and you realise quickly that you are investing in some quality items. The second thing you realise is that the world is full of wonderful things, half of which you never even get to understand, like life and the universe and, er… everything else. The third thing you realise is that the second thing you realised was completely irrelevant. So on we go with the headset then?
The 7H headset is made for PC gaming, but can also be used for consoles if you have a headphones jack in your tv/monitor. The chat of course won’t work but you do still get the great sound. The headsets are wired and as such I revisited my fears of wires lying all over the place which I found that if I just close my eyes I won’t even notice them. This also resulted in me dying around 10 times in a minute in the game I was playing. So closing eyes is not really an answer to dealing with the wires, but denial that they are actually there is.
Once I got over my childhood issues… wait, er no I mean the wire issues, THE WIRES. Ahem, so once I got over the wire issues again I found that the headsets were really comfortable, the top band was soft over the head and the cups fit nicely over the ears. The 7H set comes with interchangeable cups with a choice between cushion cups and leather cups. The cushion cups were slightly uncomfortable in that they were a little small, but after settling were just fine. The leather cups however were far more comfortable and reminded me of that scene in 50 Shades of Gray. Okay not really, I mean I haven’t read it, but a friend told me. So the leather cups were far more preferable for me and I also found that they didn’t get quite as sweaty over a long time playing with the headset on.
Along the line of the wires is a mic switch with volume control. Sadly the 7H is a rather standard headset which meant there is no amplified sound to mention, but the volume does go high enough to be impressive and to blast the sound into your ears with great clarity. I was mostly impressed at how clear the sound was coming through whether using on PC or console. Volume may not go quite high enough to hurt your ear drums, but a little less bleeding and a bit more precision is never a bad trade-off.
The 7H also offers crystal clear chat whether using it for online gaming or even for things like Skype the sound is really quite excellent with very little interference coming through. The mic set up is also really nice as it extends out of the left side of the headset with the ability to retract when you want it out of the way, or lose interest (Quiet you dirty minds).
All in all the 7H SteelSeries headset is rather impressive for what it offers, but could offer a bit more for its R999 recommended asking price. They are perhaps not as good as the high end headsets with amplified sound and mic monitoring but if you are looking for a good, quality build, sexy looking headset then you have little need to look any further. They are perhaps a bit pricey and many might look elsewhere to get something with a little more oomph, but if you want something to do the job then you will in no way be disappointed – and they’re just about perfect for LAN gamers.
- Optimized soundscape for crystal clear high, low and mid-tones
- Interchangeable ear-cushions for both hear-through cloth and noise dampening leather
- 50 mm driver units provide rich and detailed audio reproduction
- Pull-out, invisible microphone
- Travel friendly and can be dismantled into 4 separate pieces
- Frequency response: 18 – 28.000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 0hm
- SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms: 112 dB
- Cable length: 1 + 2 = 3m (9.8ft.)
- Jacks: 3,5mm
- Frequency response: 50 – 16.000 Hz
- Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
- Sensitivity: -38 dB
Steelseries 7H Headset was reviewed by Richard Kopff