Gaming Headphones: SteelSeries Diablo III Headset review

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steelseries diablo-iii_headset_800x492Introduction:

Following our review of the excellent SteelSeries Diablo 3 mouse we have subsequently managed to get our hands on the SteelSeries Diablo 3 themed headset and given how much we rated the mouse, we were eager to see if the headphones could deliver the same quality experience.

Specifications:

Headset:

Frequency: 18-28000Hz
Cable length: 1m (plus an additional 2m extender cable)
Jack: Gold plated USB

Microphone: 

Active noise reduction: up to 20dB
Frequency: 50-16000
Pick-up pattern: Uni-directional
Sensitivity: -38dB

Steelseries Diablo 3 closeReview: 

Like the SteelSeries Diablo 3 mouse, the Diablo 3 Headset matches the theme of Diablo 3 brilliantly with a gothic style design, and heavy detailing. The theming is carried through every aspect of the design from the detiling on the headband to the blood red mesh on the rear of the earpieces.  However it is when the headphones are on that the true crowning glory comes to light (excuse the pun!) with red LED lighting framing the earpieces truly exuding the ethos of Diablo 3.

Past the themed design, the headphones are very similar to the SteelSeries Siberia V2, which we reviewed previously (see here). As with the Siberia V2 the sound reproduction is excellent within games, with excellent audio across the range, with a slight bias towards the bass ranges.  This bias towards the bass means that playback of music and films require a custom profile for optimal playback of standard multimedia (for our tastes), but once set (using the Diablo 3 themed support software) multimedia audio reproduction is equally as brilliant.

Steelseries Diablo 3 headband

The noise cancelling microphone is brilliantly designed to slide out of sight into the left earpiece and does an excellent job of broadcasting your voice, cancelling out ambient background sounds to make sure audio is clear.

The design of the headband of the Diablo 3 headset makes them feel lightweight with the earphones supported on a wired support that fits to any head size. Even during extended periods of wear they feel comfortable with the weight shared by the very well padded earpieces (passive noise cancellation!).  The attantion to detail is excellent, with double braided nylon cabling (and an extension should you be playing at a distance from your PC) the package covers every eventuality. As with the mouse, the LED illumination as well as the audio profile can be tailored to your desire using the aforementioned Diablo 3 themed software which allows the creation of profiles to suit a variety of games and/or activities.

Price:

£89.99 - Available from Amazon

Verdict:

4/5 - The SteelSeries Diablo 3 Headset offers all of the features and quality of the excellent Siberia V2 headset, with retractable noise cancelling microphone and excellent audio reproduction in-game and out. The Diablo 3 theming makes them essential for any true fan of the Diablo franchise and the added detailing really makes them really stand out from the crowd.

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