Reviewed on Nov 14, 2017

SteelSeries Siberia 200 HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3
5.9
Mixed Usage
7.4
Neutral Listening
5.2
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
5.8
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.5
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Semi-Open
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

Designed around the Siberia V2 headset, the SteelSeries Siberia 200 are a surprisingly good-sounding and budget gaming headphone. They don't have a lot of features and no software support to customize their sound profile and effects. However, they deliver a well-balanced sound, a semi-open design that's immersive and a low latency, wired connection, that makes them suitable for gaming and watching movies. Unfortunately, they won't be versatile enough to use as casual everyday headphones, and they feel a little cheaply made.

Test Results
Design 6.0
Isolation 4.0
Microphone 9.0
Active Features 0
Connectivity 3.6
Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good audio reproduction and microphone.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation, by design.
  • Mediocre build quality.
  • Relatively high leakage, by design.
  1. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  2. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.0

Design

The SteelSeries Siberia 200 are decently comfortable but slightly cheap-looking headphones that do not feel very durable. They're moderately stable and have a more compact form factor than typical gaming headsets. They also have a retractable mic which makes them a bit more suitable to use outdoors, although, the lack of a mobile-friendly control scheme and the still somewhat bulky design means they won't be the easiest to carry around without a bag.

Style

The SteelSeries Siberia 200 have a pretty basic and straightforward design. They're a bit more compact than typical gaming headsets and could pass for casual everyday over-ears especially since the mic is retractable. They also come in more eye-catching color schemes and an all-black variation that's a bit more subtle. They won't be the most fashion forward-looking headphones, but they're a bit more appealing to casual users than typical gaming headsets.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.5 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.2 lbs

The Siberia 200 are decently comfortable headphones with a self-adjusting headband design that accommodates most head sizes. They're also quite lightweight but unfortunately, the ear cups are small and shallow, and the padding is somewhat stiff. They're also a bit tight on the head and the ear cups do not always fit well on all users and poorly distribute pressure. This makes the Siberia 200 a bit fatiguing to wear over long periods of time especially if you have larger than average ears.

5.7 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Okay
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

These headphones have a basic control scheme for gaming. A volume dial and a mic on/off switch. They have no additional buttons, and they're fairly easy-to-use, but the volume dial doesn't have distinct notches which would have been helpful when setting a preferred volume level. The control scheme also doesn't cater to mobile devices which makes it less versatile than some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed.

7.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 3.6 C
5.8 Portability
L : 8 "
W : 5.3 "
H : 3 "
Volume : 127 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The SteelSeries 200, like most gaming headsets, are not portable. They have a bulky design that doesn't fold into a more compact format. This makes them a hassle to carry around on your person if you don't have a bag. They also don't come with a pouch or a case to carry them in which is a bit disappointing.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
5.5 Build Quality

The Siberia 200's build quality is flexible and sturdy enough that they won't break from a couple of drops. Unfortunately, the materials used in their build quality feel a bit cheap. There are a lot of moving parts that do not feel very durable and the cable is not replaceable so if it gets damaged you won't be able to use the headphones anymore.

6.5 Stability

The SteelSeries Siberia 200 are moderately stable for a gaming headset. They're tight on the head and would be stable enough to jog with if they had a detachable cable. However, this means they won't be the best option for sports as the cumbersome cable and slightly bulky design will cause the headphones to slip off your head during more intensive exercises.

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Sound

They have a very good and consistent bass, a great mid range and a very good treble range. They also have a relatively low distortion but they don't have the most spacious and immersive soundstage. Their sound quality is even better than some pricier gaming headset like the Turtle Beach Elite 800.

Sound Profile
Neutral
:
8.2
Bass-Heavy
:
6.8
Warm
:
6.5
Bright
:
6.5
7.6 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.53 db
Dips
:
1.29 db
7.2 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.57 dB

Decent consistency performance. Due to the semi-open design, the Siberia 200 doesn't rely heavily on an air-tight seal for bass, therefore, their bass delivery is quite consistent across different users. Their treble range though, is less consistent than the bass range, most likely due to the ear cup and headband design.

8.6 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.26
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.42
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.17
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.84
7.2 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
3.51 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
6.41 dB
PRTF Distance
:
15.21 dB
Openness
:
7.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.8
7.8 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.288
WHD @ 100
:
0.109
4.0

Isolation

The SteelSeries Siberia 200 have a semi-open design that won't be ideal for loud environments. Like most of the gaming headsets we've tested so far, they only passively isolate against ambient noise. That and their semi-open design, meant to improve soundstage and breathability, makes them even worse to use in noisy conditions. The chatter and surrounding sounds will easily seep into your audio. They also leak a lot so they may be distracting to those around you if you're not gaming alone.

3.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-7.87 dB
Bass
:
0.37 dB
Mid
:
-2.07 dB
Treble
:
-21.86 dB

Poor isolation, which is expected of their open-back design. The SteelSeries Siberia 200 doesn't isolate any noise below 900Hz. Above that frequency, they achieve more than 21dB of isolation, which is about average.

5.8 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
46.0 dB

Sub-par leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 500Hz and 6KHz, which is a relatively broad range. The overall level of leakage, however, is not very loud.

9.0

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
No

Great microphone performance. Speech recorded with the microphone of the SteelSeries Siberia 200 will be relatively neutral, full, and easily comprehensible, but lacking slightly in airiness. In noisy environments, they are able to separate speech from noise to an amazing degree, making them ideal for very loud situations such as a metro station.

9.1 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
3.09 dB
HFE
:
20480.0 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.39
Gain
:
34.74 dB

Excellent recording quality. LFE is extended down to 20Hz, and HFE is extended up to 10KHz making speech recorded with the Siberia 200 full, detailed, and easily comprehensible. However, because of the dip in the high-treble range, they may sound slightly airless and lacking in brilliance.

8.8 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
39.99 dB

Outstanding noise handling. The microphone on the Siberia 200 achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 40dB which is excellent. This makes them suitable to be used in very loud environments.

0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
:
N/A
Additional Charges
:
N/A
Total Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
Charging Port : N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible app.

3.6

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Wired connection, negligible latency.

0 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Non-BT Latency
:
N/A
9.0 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
Detachable : No
Length : 5.8 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
0 ms
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
No
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
No
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A

In the box

  • SteelSeries Siberia 200 Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

5.9 Mixed Usage

Below-average for mixed usage. The SteelSeries Siberia 200 are gaming headphones with a semi-open design that won't be ideal for loud environments. It also means that they leak quite a bit, but on the upside, it gives them a decently spacious and immersive soundstage that improves their sound quality. They also have a wired connection so they have practically no latency for gaming and watching movies. They just won't be versatile enough for more casual uses like commuting and sports.

7.4 Neutral Listening

Good for neutral listening. The SteelSeries 200 are surprisingly well balanced with a good amount of bass and a clean representation of instruments and vocals. Also, thanks to their semi-open design, they have a relatively open soundstage for their small ear cups. However, they're not the most comfortable headphones to wear for extended listening sessions.

5.2 Commute/Travel

Sub-par for commuting. They have a semi-open design that barely blocks any ambient noise and leaks a lot. They're also a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person without a bag.

5.9 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre for sports. They're bulky and unstable headphones that will quickly fall off your head if you use them while running or working out.

5.7 Office

Mediocre for office use. They leak a lot and do not block much noise so you will be able to hear everything that's going on around you.

5.8 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Siberia 200 are an above-average headset for gaming. They have a wired, low latency connection, a good sound quality, and a mic that filters out a lot of noise and reproduces your voice accurately. Unfortunately, they do not have the best build quality and feel a little cheap at times. Also, since they have a semi-open design, you may struggle to hear your in-game audio in loud environments like a competition. On the upside, if you game alone, then they're a decent budget option.

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