“The Steelseries Siberia Elite Prism is a kick-ass gaming headset that puts all others—and many ‘high-end headphones’—to shame.”

Let’s just get this out of the way—I love this headset.

I have been known to be a headphone junkie. I have so many headphones I could probably be on an episode of Hoarders (if it’s still on the air.) Beats by Dre, Monster, Soul, Bose, Sony, Skullcandy, Turtle Beach; odds are if a company has made headphones, I either own a pair or have owned one at some point of my life. With the short time I have spent with the Steelseries Siberia Elite Prisms, they have quickly become one of my favorites. Ever.

Inside the box, you get a pair of these beasts, a Steelseries USB soundcard V2, an extension cable, PC and mobile adapter. So not only can you use the Elite Prisms with your PC or Mac, you can also use them with your Android or iOS based smartphone and Playstation 4. There is no official support for the Xbox One,  but considering I managed to get my Steelseries Siberia V2 to work, I only imagine it can’t be that difficult to pull off.

When you hook The Elite Prisms up to your computer, you can either use the supplied sound card or use your computer’s built-in sound. If you do choose to forgo using the Steelseries sound card, you will be missing out on a metric crapload of customization features.

For one, The Steelseries Engine software (downloadable from Steelseries.com), let’s you save presets for every possible scenario you’d ever use the Elite Prisms for. Do you want different equalization for League of Legends than you do Assassin’s Creed Unity,  movies, and music? That is all possible thanks to the software’s 10 channel equalizer.

On top of that, if you are like me and too lazy to change the settings whenever you switch between applications, you can make your presets per application and the Steelseries Engine software will automatically change the settings for you. And while we’re talking about being lazy, we all know it’s a pain in the butt to Alt+Tab when we want to change the volume of whatever you’re listening to. Thankfully, the good people at Steelseries included a volume control on the right headphone. Also, if you need to mute yourself  for whatever reason, that switch is on the left headphone.

You got to love technology.

Now I can’t forget about the other kick-ass features. For those of you FPS junkies, you’ll never get crept up on again, as long as you make sure Dolby Pro Logic IIx is turned on. Well, you probably will, but it’s still awesome as all hell that you can get near perfect surround sound without special sound cards, fiber optic cables, and so on. Also, for those who are social with those you play with, there are settings built in to make sure your voice is as crystal-clear as possible in the heat of action. In my experience, my friends said I sounded perfect while using Skype, Curse Voice, and Dolby Axon while we schooled noobs. And by schooling noobs, I mean getting schooled like the noob that I am.

Now on to the most useless, but at the same time the most awesome, feature of the Elite Prism’s.

They glow!!

Not only do they glow, but you can customize them to perfectly fit your style. However, be warned that the color options are limited: you can only choose from 16.8 million colors. But not only can you choose the colors, you can control how they appear. You can choose to have a solid, pulsating, or volume controlled single color, or you can choose from one of the four ColorShift options, which will cycle through four different color sets. These color customizations are only available if you use the supplied USB sound card. There had to be at least one downfall, right?

From a construction standpoint, they feel solid and very well-built. I own a couple of other more expensive headphones that feel like they would fall apart if a stiff breeze hit them (I’m looking at you, Beats by Dre), but Steelseries’ R & D team managed to create a very sturdy pair of headphones while still keeping them incredibly comfortable to wear. The self-adjusting headband fits snugly, but not too snugly. The humongous pads on each headphone will make sure you can wear them for hours without the slightest bit of discomfort. I have worn them for as long as 10 hours with absolutely no problems at all.

Now what good would everything I have talked about be if they didn’t sound good? Well, you don’t have to worry about that whatsoever. The highs and mids sound incredible. You won’t get the slamming bass that you would out of some other headphones, but the bass you get blends very well with whatever you are listening to. To be perfectly honest, I prefer the well-blended bass as opposed to bass that drowns out or distorts the rest of whatever you are listening to.

For an MSRP of $199.99, I challenge you to find a pair of gaming headphones with the features and sound quality you’ll get from the Steelseries Siberia Elite Prisms. It’s not going to happen. I have personally spent more money on a pair of gaming headphones that were nowhere close to being on par with the newest edition to the Siberia lineup. Before getting these, my Steelseries Siberia V2’s had been my go-to gaming headphones for PC, Mac, Xbox One, and Playstation 4. For my fellow V2 owners, it is most definitely worth upgrading to the Siberia Elite Prisms. For those who have used other brands over the years and are looking to upgrade, don’t do so without giving the Elite Prisms a test drive. I promise you won’t be disappointed.

 

 

 

About The Author

Jason Lundgren

I have been an MMA reporter/opinion writer for over 10 years. I play WAY too many video games. I'm not on Twitter much, but follow me @JLundgrenSports

  • Runklle

    I got this headset also, and im very happy with it.
    It´s just so comfy to wear and the design is extremly awesome.

    I went from Razer Kraken to Siberia Elite Prism, and i am not regretting my choice of headset, at all…

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  • chains4fight

    Jason, i totally agree with you.

    I´m a kind of a “headset freak” also, and owns a lot of different headsets, such as: Beats By Dre, SkullCandy, SMS Audio, Razer, Turtle Bach, and a few others… This SteelSeries Siberia Prism is definitely the most impressive headset so far. I use it for my movies, and actually also my music now… And of course my FPS gaming. Great choice of headset, and i agree fully with your words!

    John,