Summary: My title says it all. I'm honestly kind of glad they broke, since now I can invest in a better quality headset. If you do decide to purchase these, understand they this headset has 0 bass; it's mainly for FPS games. For some odd reason, the "sound card" causes a high pitched ringing sound that others can hear on skype/vent/mumble/etc, but you won't be able to hear it.
Summary: My Turtle Beach headset broke after 4 years of regular use and I decided to look around and see what else was out there. My research brought me to this SteelSeries headset. It looked to be what I wanted/needed in a headset. After five months of use I am sadly unimpressed. Pros: *Comfortable -- the headset is quite comfortable for extended gaming sessions *Braided cable -- nice touch and keeps the cable from getting tangled *Retractable mic -- probably my favorite feature...
Summary: I've had this headset for close to 2 and a half years now. The sound seemed good. Gunfire was crisp, footsteps were nice and clear in first person shooters. However, a couple of months after I've used it, the sound from one of the cups started to cut off. You could get it back by moving the volume dial until you hear sound from both cups again. That didn't really affect the sound as much as it was just an annoyance.
Summary: I was expecting more from this product after reading dozens of reviews on the quality you get in fps games. I was sadly mistaken, this headset sounds awful. VERY awful if you enjoy listening to music or pretty much anything other than games. There is 0 bass whatsoever in this headset no matter how much you play with the drivers EQ it will not put out bass. Sort of sounds like ipod earbuds but larger.
Summary: I like the phones themselves. They are pretty durable and provide decent sound at their price point. But now with the second pair the USB plug-in dongle has failed. It appears to be in perfect condition, as did the first one, but I have to contort it to get it to work. Once is a fluke, but twice is poor quality. I take excellent care of my phones, so there is no reason for this to happen.
USB card incompatible with Windows 7, poor construction and sound.
30 January 2011
Summary: I've had pretty poor luck with computer headphones for the past five years. I don't have issues with any other products, but headphones are the bane of my existence. I've had three sets of headphones break on me (where sound no longer worked in one ear or the headset broke through minimal use), and I was excited to get the SteelSeries for Christmas. It's a month later and today the left ear broke off the rest of the plastic assembly.
Summary: I am no where close to an audiophile, nor am I generally critical of a product. I purchased these, and took them back almost immediately -- something I almost never do. While comfortable enough, the sound quality on these was worse than the $2 headphones that I picked up on the airplane. When others say the bass isn't punchy, what they mean is that there's no bass whatsoever.
Summary: I've had these headsets for a little over a year now and the right earphone stopped working completely, which is quite frustrating when you are trying to play games. However, their USA warranty lasts only for 1 year, conveniently enough to expire right before my headset broke. Total customer support time took 2 weeks before they let me know that my warranty was expired. The drivers were also a pain in the ass to get working on my computer.
Summary: Now don't get me wrong. This is a VERY good headset to buy. The sto-ability of the flexible mic was very useful. Sound quality was very good through the mic, as well as the headsets. The headsets were very comfartable during VERY long, daily hours of gameplay (4-12hrs at some points in time). The only thing that you have to be VERY careful of, is wire kinking. As you'll see in the other negative reviews, the wire kinks very easily and this then causes breaks to happen.
Summary: I needed a good headset for gaming and music, because I always woke my parents up with my music. I looked towards these, because they seemed pretty decent in price, plus I was told it's a pretty good headset. So I bought them, and when I received them I put them on, and I felt this immense pressure along the sides of my head above my ears from the headset. I didn't think TOO much of it, thinking they would maybe adjust.