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PAX Prime 2013: Steelseries Siberia Elite and 9H headsets

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Steelseries Siberia Elite

Steelseries is coming out with the Siberia Elite and Steelseries 9H headsets with the power of full-sized speakers.

The Siberia Elite is designed for the person who wants great audio in a pair of headphones along with a full-featured microphone. One of the things I didn’t expect was the external USB sound card that can mimic 7.1 surround sound by using Doppler effects and gives the microphone active noise-cancellation. It also can change the color of the headset to any one of 16.8 million colors.

The added foam gives better noise-cancelling and sound performance, and the mute and volume controls are on the side of the headset for convenience. You can also use the included software to adjust a 10-band equalizer and save profiles for each of the games you play. The list of features the Siberia Elite has is impressive, and it seems to have something for everyone.

The Siberia Elite will be released September 17th for $199. Learn more at steelseries.com.

Steelseries 9H

The Steelseries 9H emphasizes the low- and mid-range sounds, which is most important for first-person shooters. You often only have a few seconds to react, and with positional audio you’ll be able to tell whether the enemy is coming from your left or right. It also has a retractable microphone, sound cancelling technology, and can be used on your computer and mobile devices.

I was really impressed with how well it shuts out outside noise. On the busy and extremely loud exhibit floor I could barely hear myself talk, and listening to music would usually be impossible. Yet when I put them on all I could hear was the music. It should certainly be able to shut out your roommate watching TV or talking on the phone.

The Steelseries 9H will be available at the end of 2013 for $159. Learn more steelseries.com.

Read more of AppleTell’s PAX Prime 2013 coverage, and check out our show floor photo album with over 160 pictures of the exhibit floor.

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