Steel Series Spectrum 4XB and 5XB Gaming Headsets Review - Page 3

 

 

Like so.

I simply plugged the second set into the other Xbox 360 front USB port.  Now my wife and I can ignore each other while gaming or watching a movie on the same couch!   Actually, that's not true.  The cans are vented 'hear-through' with some comfy cloth cushions.  That means they don't block outside noise.  This is a pro or con depending entirely on the gamer.  If you want total immersion because your harem girls giggle too much, these are not right for you.  If you want to hear your couch co-op partner, a phone call, or maybe a baby crying for a bottle, then these are great. 

 
Rocky was more impressed with the sound quality than the hook up.
 
Tech Specs:
Headphones Freq. response: 16 – 28.000 Hz
Impedance: 40 Ohm SPL@1kHz, 1Vrms: 110 dB
Cable: 1 + 2 = 3 m / 9.8 ft.
Jack: 3.5 mm
Microphone Freq. response: 75 – 16.000 Hz
Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
Sensitivity: -38 dB
Impedance: 2K Ohm
 
Price:
Steel Series Spectrum 5XB $89.99
Steel Series Spectrum 4XB $59.99
 
The Good:
 +Comfortable
+Retractable Mic
+Nice Sound Quality
+Volume controls easily accessible
+Affordable
 
The Bad:
 -Wires, wires, everywhere.
-Cheap feeling Mic and LiveMix switches
 
The Co-op Experience:
Great for simultaneous local and online co-op gaming.  The hear-through cans keep you in the game and let you hear people on the couch as well.  Can also be used with a PC or for a home theatre experiences, but gaming is where these really shine.
 
At a more affordable price, the 4XB offers the same sound quality without as many perks as the 5XB.  The difference in price and features balance these headsets out so I score them both a 4.5 out of 5.
 
Score: 4.5 out of 5.
 
Editor's Note:  These headsets were provided by Steel Series for review purposes.

 







Verdict

Co-Op Score
4.5/5

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