SteelSeries' Siberia 800-series headsets go after the high end

SteelSeries is no stranger to releasing quality (and often pricey) gaming peripherals. Today, the company has turned its ears towards its Siberia lineup of headsets (née H Wireless). Meet the Siberia 800 and Siberia 840 wireless cans.

Both headsets are similar in form and function, save that the 840s offer Bluetooth connectivity for mobile devices. The speakers inside each headset are 40-mm neodymium drivers with memory foam earcups atop them, set inside a closed-back design. A set of five pillows rings the headband, while a retractable microphone with an LED mute indicator handles voice-transmission duties.

The whole contraption is powered by hot-swappable rechargeable battery packs, and weighs in at 11 oz (318 g) with a battery and 10 oz (278 g) without. SteelSeries says the batteries should be good for 20 hours. There's a "share port" on the headset, too, where users can plug in a second pair of headphones.

SteelSeries claim that the headsets' wireless connectivity offers "zero latency" thanks to frequency-hopping technology, and can reach as far as 30' (or 10 m). The wireless transmiter is quite nifty: it offers both analog and optical input and output sections, as well as USB connectivity. There's an OLED display on the transmitter which offers information about volume and EQ settings, among other things.

The headsets' software end is handled by SteelSeries' Engine 3 software, which supports per-game profiles and EQ settings and offers users a choice of three Dolby surround sound virtualization options. All this goodness doesn't come cheap, though. The Siberia 800 rings in at $280, while its Bluetooth-enabled cousin the Siberia 840 will set you back $330. Over yonder in Europe, the price tags say 300€ for the 800 and 350€ for the 840.

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