Any true gamer knows the importance of a good pair of headphones. Whether
it's for LAN parties or late night gaming without, headphones are an essential
to any hardcore gamer's arsenal. Today we take a look at and test a set of these
gaming headphones from Icemat called their Siberia Multi Headset. Siberia Multi
Headset comes with a clip-on microphone, volume control dial, and a
3.5mm to 6.3mm converter. The headphones are self adjustable and sport a clean
and modern look. If you are in the market for good accurate sounding gaming headphones,
then this review is for you.
The Siberia arrived in one piece shipped from Denmark in a packing box and
its sturdy and attractive display box. Removing the goods from the box, we have
the Siberia itself, Microphone with swivel mounted alligator clip and on/off
switch on it, an extension cable (1.8m) with a volume control box on it (typical
volume wheel), 1/8" to
1/4" adapter and 3 pieces of Velcro. If you don't want to attach the
microphone to your shirt, you can use the Velcro strips to mount the microphone
on your monitor instead.
Specifications on the product
Here are the specifications and features:
Frequency resp: 18-28.000 Hz
Impedance: 40 Ohm
SPL@1kHz, 1V rms: 99 - 104dB
Cable length: 1,0+1,8=2,8m.
Jack: 3,5 mm. + 6,3 mm. converter.
Frequency Response: 80-15.000 Hz
Pick-up pattern: Sensitive uni-directional
The most striking thing about the Siberia is the design. A
white frame with black earphones, it looks quite distinctive and fits perfectly
with the name Siberia*. The top of the headband is leather with "Icemat Audio"
printed across it. Felt is on the bottom of the headband. The comforting earcups
are accompanied by an auto-sizing system that actually works. This is achieved
by way of two "bungee like" cords on each side of the head set. I found the
self-adjusting head strap and ear cushions to be very comfortable. To make the
headphones fit even more comfortably, they are tilted slightly on the inside to
fit over your ear better. There are also some air holes in the ear pieces
(providing much needed airflow to your ears) to completely get rid of the
sweating after prolonged periods of time. The wire connected directly to the
headphones is only a meter long which is awfully short (for home and computer
audio....). Fortunately, there's an
extension cord that is 1.8 meters long and also includes a volume control as
well as a microphone. As mentioned, the microphone is actually a completely
separate unit that slides into holders on the headset wire. You can put this
microphone on your shirt with the clip, or mount it on your monitor. The
microphone also comes with an on/off slider switch built onto it for muting
purposes. If I have any complaints about the design, it would be the volume
controller. It should be made slightly lighter so that it can hang without you
being able to feel a pull on the speaker wire.
* Due to popular demand there is now a Black version including all the parts.
How do they sound?
I listened to music as well as played games for weeks on end with the
headphones. For music, I tested out the headphones with a few MP3s I had lying
around (some death metal, metal, hard-rock, psychedelic, etc). I found the sound
quality of the Siberia acceptable, yet not quite in the same league (the bass is
a little weak and higher frequencies are a bit too loud) as some of the other
headphones designed specifically for music. However, I have no major complaints
here. Gaming is where the Siberia headphones really shine. For most users, it
will probably be the main purpose as well. I tested the headphones with UT 2004,
Painkiller, KOTOR2, Freedom Force 2, Act of War, Brothers in Arms, Doom 3: RoE,
Half-Life 2, CS: Source and Project Snowblind. The headphones performed very
well with the highs, lows, and bass coming through the speakers really nicely.
The quality of the sound in the games was excellent. The microphone performed much better than I had expected.
The microphone picked up my voice clearly and without a lot of fumbling around.
Overall, these headphones are an extremely good choice. The combination of
frequency response range, comfort, and features make them an excellent choice
for any gamer. The price of these headphones (they are now available also in
black gloss paint) are a bit high at $79, but I think they are
worth it. You can either buy it directly from
Icemat (other retailers).
- very comfortable to wear
- self adjusting
- unique headphone physical design
- removable microphone/volume control
- sound is sharp and clear and it still lets you hear what's going on around
you making it perfect for LAN gaming
long headphone cable (though the
- gold plated plugs
- a bit more bass would have been nice
- higher frequencies are a bit too loud compared to the mid and lower
- audio cable is too short (not to worry though the volume control/ microphone
has an extra 1.8 meters of cord attached)
- volume controller is heavy
Special thanks goes out to
Soft Trading for
their time and assistance in making this review possible.