SteelSeries has done it again. Reminiscent of its more expensive brother, the H Wireless, SteelSeries brings you the Siberia Elite Prism’s. Designed for quality and extended comfort, its soft, comfortable, hand-stitched memory foam cushions provide endless hours of game sessions, movie watching and music listening with its relaxed fit.

Two metal bands span together to connect the two larger-than-life ear cups. Like with Siberia Prism V3, which we previously reviewed, the Elite Prism have similar light-up ear cups. These are fully customizable, using SteelSeries Engine 3 software, with the 16.8 million colors, you’ll have a hard time getting bored.

While these headphones don’t provide true Dolby 7.1 surround sound, the Elite Prism gets pretty close. Using the SteelSeries Engine 3 software with the included USB sound card, the user will get a full and complex soundscape. So while not true surround sound, it is the closest one will get in a well-priced headset. By no means does this mean you won’t get quality sound when not using the Dolby Pro Logic option. The Siberia Elite Prisms hold up with the quality that SteelSeries promises with their Siberia line.

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So while the headphones themselves might not be the absolute best, the quality of the microphone is fantastic. In all the use it got, never once did I have any complaints, and I even received more than a few “What mic are you using?” from fellow online players. You can easily mute the mic with a dial on the left headphone, and always know whether you are live or muted, by the white LED ring on the mic. Along with being comfortable and colorful, it also has some pretty cool cosmetic features. The retractable mic features noise cancellation technology, with a light-up feature letting you know when you are muted. A dial on the right one controls the volume, naturally.

As for all SteelSeries products, installation and setup are as seamless as ever. Using SteelSeries Engine 3, users can fully customize the headset from audio equalization to the LED colors on the ear cups. Want to use the headphones on different computers? Great! Login to CloudSync and save user settings across your devices. SteelSeries Engine 3 software also comes with a few new perks for this headset, including the ability to hear yourself talk so that you don’t find yourself yelling at your friends. You’ll also find a few new audio presets, which should cover just about anything you want to watch, or play, or listen to.

It really comes down to the little things with a product like this, and SteelSeries has really put some thought into it. With features like audio sharing, no more do you need to buy an audio splitter. If you want to share what you’re listening to or what you are watching with your friend, then just plug a pair of headphones right into the 3.5mm headphone jack under the right ear cup. While not really a new feature in the Siberia line, it’s still a very cool one.

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But something I found even cooler then the audio sharing is the adapter for use with mobile devices. It also comes with an adapter you plug into your PC, a 4 foot (2m) extension cable, and lastly the USB sound card so you can get use of Dolby Pro Logic which is probably what you’ll end up using on your machine anyway.

While these are not the cheapest headphones around (priced at $199.99), they are worth the investment. They may not be the headphones you throw in your bag and take everywhere, but when you’re ready to sit and play for a long session, the comfort of the breathable ear cushions and quality soundscape of the Elite Prisms are worth every penny. True, the headphones themselves might be a  bit too big for some users, and they don’t provide True 7.1 surround, but that’s by no means a deal breaker when you compare it to the multitude of great features compressed into one headset. Don’t take my word for it though, quality and comfort can only be experienced so go check out the SteelSeries lineup. If you get a pair, come back and let me know what you think.

Make sure to check out the unboxing.


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