The SteelSeries Siberia 200 headphones are sleek, comfortable, and sound amazing. I previously owned a pair of Siberia v2 headphones and really loved them, so when SteelSeries announced that the Siberia 200 was an upgraded version, I couldn’t wait to try them out! (The v2’s still work great, by the way, they’re currently rockin’ the raid with our resident WoW expert, Katie.)
Siberia 200 Specs:
- 50mm Neodymium Drivers
- Headphone Frequency Response: 10-28000 Hz
- Headphone Sensitivity: 112 dB
- Microphone Frequency Response: 50-16000 Hz
- Microphone Pickup Pattern: Unidirectional
- Microphone Sensitivity: -38 dB
- Microphone Impedance: 2200 Ohm
- Cable Length: 1.8 m, 5 ft
- Connector Type: Dual 3.5mm, 3-pole plugs
- Adapter: Single 3.5mm, 4-pole plug
- Integrated volume and mute controls
- Soft, leather-like ear cups
- Improved suspended headband is even more comfortable for those gaming marathons
- Increased range of headphone sensitivity (previously 18 Hz – 28 KHz)
- Longer cable (the Siberia v2 had a shorter cable with a very long extension cable included)
What I Liked:
Design – I chose the Alchemy Gold, because it looks really stylish and really spoke to me as being my personal style. I love that the Siberia 200 headphones come in 7 colors, which allows gamers to really customize to their personality. Also, the Alchemy Gold looks fabulous with my GUNNAR Intercept gaming glasses! (Hey, a girl’s gotta coordinate!)
Comfort – I have tested dozens of gaming headphones over the years as a journalist, and I have to say that the Siberia 200 beats all the others on long-lasting comfort. The suspended headband design distributes the pressure on my head so that hours later, I am free from tension headaches or chafing. I can’t say the same for some other, more expensive brands that I have tested in the past, or even a few other SteelSeries models, making the Siberia 200 my favorite to date.
Value – The SteelSeries Siberia 200 headphones retail for $79.99, which is really decent for the quality. With the included adapter, you can plug your Siberia 200’s into any 3.5 mm audio device, such as a cell phone or PlayStation Vita. These things are damn-near indestructible, too – and trust me – if you game with cats, they will test that theory for you! (I have lost many expensive headphones by having them knocked off a table, le sigh.) Drop them, bend the microphone, etc. and be amazed. Compared to more expensive brands, I would choose the Siberia any day for the style and quality.
Sound – The most important part, right? Not only do the Siberia 200 headphones look great, but they sound amazing. I really like that these are noise-cancelling and I can immerse into my gaming world, but not so much that I can’t hear the door bell or my phone ringing. I tested these headphones under a variety of circumstances with different media, to get a feel for sound quality and consistency across different genres and uses, such as PC vs. phone, rock vs. classic music, etc.
What I tested:
- The Knights’ Theme – The Order: 1886 Original Soundtrack by Jason Graves
- Alex Theme (Machine Head Mix) – Silent Hill: Homecoming Original Soundtrack by Akira Yamaoka
- Ashes – Danzig
- The Makers Theme – Darksiders II Original Soundtrack by Jesper Kyd
- Shades of Cool – Lana Del Rey
- She’s A Pass – DREDD Original Soundtrack by Paul Leonard-Morgan
- Dragonborn Theme – Skyrim Original Soundtrack by Jeremy Soule
- Dead End Friends – Them Crooked Vultures
- Remedy – Seether
- Terror – KMFDM
- Closer – Lacuna Coil
- Lake of Fire (Live) – Nirvana
- Kill Me Again: Infectors (Android)
- Heroes of the Storm (PC)
- Silent Hill: Book of Memories (PS Vita)
- Deadly Premonition: Director’s Cut (PC)
- Various phone calls (Samsung Galaxy S4)
- YouTube videos (PC and Android)
Each test resulted in phenomenal sound down to the last detail; critical to success in competitive gaming, but oh so nice for enjoying your favorite song or even making a few phone calls.
What I Didn’t Like:
I would love if the Siberia 200’s had a light feature, as so many awesome SteelSeries peripherals, do, but that’s really more of a wish for the future than a complaint.
The Verdict – 5/5
SteelSeries continually proves that they are dedicated to crafting the most functional and killer-looking peripherals for eSports and beyond. They really kicked it up a notch with the Siberia 200 headphones, and I am incredibly impressed by the sound quality, style and durability you get for the price. I look forward to using these bad boys for years to come. Wanna try them yourself? You can pick up the SteelSeries Siberia 200 headphones HERE, with free standard shipping!