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SteelSeries to expand upon the H series this summer

10:00 PM on 06.13.2013

Jayson Napolitano

Music Editor

Pro gamer headsets get upgrades and new model

SteelSeries headsets are mostly known for functionality and durability without all the visual flash. True to that trend, the company is introducing three new headsets into its popular H series this summer, including two upgrades to current models and the new and more-featured 9H.

We have details and impressions of the three new headsets straight from E3. 

Let's start from the base level.



The entry-level SteelSeries 3H will be seeing the release of the 3Hv2 this August at a $39.99 price point. It's incredibly compact and lightweight, folding nicely upon itself for easy travel while retaining its durable frame and flexible rubber cabling. It sports leather on the headband and ear cushions and contains the signature retractable mic that SteelSeries is known for along with an adatper for usage on mobile devices.



Next up, we have the 5Hv3 which will also launch in August for $79.99. The ear cups have been made more shallow, also feature extra leather padding, an upgraded mic, and can be dismantled for transport. There's also the braided nylon cabling and a swappable cable system for PC and quick disconnect so you don't break your cable if it gets caught on something.



Finally, they're launching their very large and super lightweight 9H for $159.99 this September. It was shocking how light this headset is given its size, and it's super comfy with all leather padding. There's a mic that comes out at the click of a latch, a double-enclosure system usually found in DJ headsets for noise reduction, and a tiny USB soundcard with Dolby Pro Logic 2 supporting 7.1 audio using the Doppler effect to create sound signals at different rates to emulate the distance between speakers. The sound card will allow users to create game-specific profiles and up to eight equalizer settings per profile. Presets will come packed in with the device, and SteelSeries is working on a system to allow users to share profiles.

Which set is more down your alley? Have any experience to share about SteelSeries products given the huge number of headsets being released these days? 

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