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#1 vVv Doomhammer

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:14 AM

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SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb's


Though Astro is one of the the prominent provider of competitive headphones for Xbox 360 (also with Turtle Beach and Tritton), they have one giant issue: the quality of their product. The most common complaint about Astro is with their wiring, mixamps, and headphones constantly breaking due to manufacture defects. Gamers end up having to find different techniques to have the product work, even if that means using duct tape just to keep the product together. Gamers end up spending $250 on a product that breaks after very little use. SteelSeries solves these problems with the solution being the Spectrum 5xb's. At MLG Raleigh I got to use the Spectrum 5xb’s, and this is my analysis of these headphones to see if they will be competition for the Astro's A40's.

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Pros: Great sound, very light, retractable microphone and ear cups were very soft and comfortable.

Cons: No voice feedback.

Design and feature: Designed as a premium quality, wired headset for Xbox 360 gamers, the SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb has XL-sized, hear-through cloth ear cushions that fit comfortably around the ear. With the custom-built soundscape via 40mm SunDancer (SCS) units, gamers can pinpoint the direction and locations of noises and movement throughout the game. The SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb features a durable double-braided nylon cord and dismantles into 3 separate parts, at the headband and at each earcup making it compact and easy to fit into a carrying case for storage and/or travel. Even if you drop the headphone it will not break! The material the headset is made with is quite resilient to the product being dropped. Even if you throw them in anger, they will be fine, though this is not recommended, ha.

Bottom line: These headphones are incredible. Sennheiser PC350's are good headphones as well but the headphones just feel heavy on my head. The closed ear leather cups made my ears feel very hot and uncomfortable. The headphone also just had too much bass audio which just made it really difficult to hear people talk in the game. Spectrum 5xb's had the perfect idea with hear-through cloth and design of the headphone. Less wires, leads to less problems. Astro has so many wires and are so sensitive that makes it almost impossible for them not to have problems.

Overall I would say the Spectrum 5xb's are amazing! Plus, this quite magnificent product is going to be sold for $89.99. Wait…your telling me that a headphone that is better in multiple fields than other headphones is only going to be $90! Why would you want to waste time with Astro’s product that not only breaks constantly, but is also $160 more? You wouldn’t!

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The only feature I wish they would have incorporated on the 5xb’s was voice feedback. I just like having the feel of my own voice and replay what I'm saying to my teammates. It’s nothing though you can’t get use to and isn’t a big deal. I would recommend these headphones to all competitive gamers and the causal gamer. This headphone only improves your experience of gaming. Yet again, SteelSeries makes an amazing product, like they have been doing for the last decade.

For more information visit the SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb Page!

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:43 AM

Great review, someone get me that headset, make it happen :jumpparty:

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 11:46 AM

Great review!
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 01:01 PM

Great review,picking mine up soon

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 01:18 PM

I would love a pair of these! I have literally gone through 7 standard Microsoft mics in the last 3 years, 3 in the last 6 months.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 02:15 PM

Very good review. Definitely seem like a great pair of headphones!

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 02:55 PM

Reminds me of the 5Hv2's in packaging. Looks like they took some good features and improved on other things, which I prefer over a complete redesign. The retractable mic concerns me. My mic on the 5Hv2 is still going strong, but Ive heard of others breaking even with gentle use so I hope its reliable.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 04:10 PM

I am definatly looking to getting a pair in the future!
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 04:50 PM

DEFINITELY thinking about buying one of the 2 Spectrums with my birthday money ^_^
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:18 PM

They remind me of 5Hv2s.

How similar are they to 5Hv2s.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:20 PM

awesome headset !

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:33 PM

yeah ill definitely be getting a pair and then burning my astros :D

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:38 PM

yeah ill definitely be getting a pair and then burning my astros :D


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Posted 15 September 2010 - 05:42 PM

Wow Great review :)

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 06:48 PM

Great review, I may actually have to buy a pair...

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:25 PM

Been waiting for these babies to come out for a while now......Can't wait to get my hands on them!

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:31 PM

Thanks so much for this post! My Turtle Beaches just broke and i was thinking about getting AX 720's but i've heard of problems with that headset too. I'm totally going to be picking these up in the near near future. Awesome review.
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Posted 15 September 2010 - 09:59 PM

Great review! I knew I would get these as soon as I put them on at Raleigh. Glad to see that everything else seems to be good aswell.

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Posted 15 September 2010 - 10:59 PM

Reminds me of the 5Hv2's in packaging. Looks like they took some good features and improved on other things, which I prefer over a complete redesign. The retractable mic concerns me. My mic on the 5Hv2 is still going strong, but Ive heard of others breaking even with gentle use so I hope its reliable.



They remind me of 5Hv2s.

How similar are they to 5Hv2s.



They're very similar to the 5hv2's, based on a similar design, with a number of improvements, from what I've seen. The spectrum speaker is one step up in quality, they're more lightweight (hard to believe, I know), and they're also more durable in terms of twisting/compressing/throwing.

I've never heard of 5hv2 mic problems outside of people not being good with the mic directionality. Who do you know had problems with their mic?

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Posted 16 September 2010 - 08:45 AM

Great review, I actually plan on buying these and selling my astros... when I get them back from repair :(

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