Steel Sound's 5H gaming headphones are definitely nothing short of amazing. When you see them you know these headphones mean business. Watch a lot of movies or play a lot of games on your pc? These feel great to keep on for extended period of time. They close snugly on your head plus with a padded headrest, and plenty of space for your ears you might even forget you have them on. Perhaps you're more of a mobile pc user, maybe you prefer the LAN party at a friends. With a very post-modern black, grey, and silver stylish design you'll be the envy of all your friends.
For those worried about storing them, you can for detach the headband and the headphones separating them into three different pieces for easy storage.
This toy doesn't just look good it sounds amazing. The drivers that come with these headphones come with have a high quality virtual DSP 7.1 Surround system. Now that may seem pretty lame for those of us that don't have the sound cards or built-in motherboards that support that. With these it's not a problem. The 5H headphones come with a USB adaptor, which runs about 20$ separately. The USB adaptor allows any pc user, with a USB port, take advantage of the 7.1 virtual surround.
Gaming with these is amazing. Playing counter-strike source and being able to hear the footsteps of my enemies as they get closer and being able to pinpoint their direction is a very big help. Watching movies is quite a feature too. Star Wars in 7.1 surround was phenomenal. As the tie fighters flew by the screen the sound went from right ear to left and felt like it was fading away as they got further. But not everyone is a movie person I suppose.
For the music people you'll love these too. The steel sound gaming headphones install software comes with its own equalizer to get that balance. For those who want the technical specifications:
Freq. response: 16 - 28.000Hz
Impedance: 32 Ohm
[email protected], 1Vrms: 110dB
Cable: 1 + 2 = 3m / 10ft
Freq. response: 75 - 16.000Hz
Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
Sensitivity: -38 dB
Impedance: 2K Ohm
Although great headphones they do have a few things wrong with them. When trying to us the headphones with teamspeak voice chat software, on occasion they would transmit a horrible screeching noise. After twisting the microphone around a bit to get it adjusted the noise went away. Another low I would say for them is that older games aren't available in 5.1 surround. With increasing technology though finding games in 5.1 should be no problem soon enough. The final and last issue I had with them was to switch my sound output device in windows every time I wanted to switch between my speakers and the headphones.
Overall they are a great pair of headphones for gaming, watching movies, or listening to music. If you own a laptop it's impractical to spend a lot of money on a surround system when you can get this wonderful surround system that can fit into your laptop bag.