The Steel Sound 5H headset is built for gamers. Theyre designed to be worn for
hours during extended gaming sessions without causing ear fatigue. Most standard
headsets apply pressure to the ears which can lead to a dull throbbing pain in
the ears when worn for too long. The Steel Sound 5H features lightweight cup
style earpieces that surround the entire ear without putting direct pressure on
it. The entire headset is surprisingly light, so its not just a matter of
transferring all the weight to the headpiece.
Another indication that youve got a gamers headset here is the retractable
microphone. The mics boom slides easily into the headset so that it can be
neatly tucked away when youre playing games without a chat or voice command
The Steel Sound 5H can be used as a standard headset by plugging it into the
headphone and microphone jacks on your computer. However, to really get the full
experience (and your moneys worth) out of this headset youll want to use it
with its special USB plug. This plug is special because it has a dedicated sound
card built right into it. Youll need to install special drivers for it, but it
coexists peacefully with your systems sound card. When the headset is not
plugged into the USB port, sound will come out of your speakers as before. Plug
the headset into your USB port and the 5Hs soundcard takes over.
The sound quality is quite good I dont know how an audiophile would rate them
but as a gamer I was impressed. Even more impressive is the sound control panel
that is installed when you install the USB drivers. This control panel features
the basic volume and balance controls, but takes things further as well. You get
a bunch of preset sound filters that let you adjust the sound to make it seem
like youre in an arena, stone room, etc. Personally I found these all to
generate a bit too much echo or reverb for my tastes. There is also a graphic
equalizer that lets you fine tune the sound. This is handy for gamers as youll
probably want a lot more bass for your shooters than for your strategy games.
The centerpiece of the control panel is the virtual speaker configuration. You
can adjust the apparent distance to each of the virtual speakers in the
surround system, and even drag and drop them to new locations. Its pretty
cool to drag a speaker around the icon of your head in the program and actually
hear it move around your head. With this degree of tweaking, youre sure to find
a set-up that you like.
The Steel Sound 5H is great choice for gamers. Use it to play games and watch
movies on your laptop or at home when you dont want to disturb sleeping family
and neighbors. In the latter case, the sound is so good that you wont feel that
youre sacrificing much at all by turning off your systems speakers.
If youre a gamer and youre looking for a headset or an easy way to add
surround sound to your games, than the Steel sound 5H is a great choice.