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.
- Negligible latency.
- Good audio reproduction and microphone.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Mediocre build quality.
- Relatively high leakage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The Steelseries Siberia 200 is a good sounding pair of semi-open over-ear gaming headsets. 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.
Great bass range performance. LFE is extended down to 12Hz, which is excellent. The overall response of the bass range is virtually flat, but with about 2dB of constant over-emphasis. It makes the overall sound of these headphones slightly bass-heavy.
Very good mid-range performance. The overall mid-range response is rather inconsistent but within 2dB of our target. The 2.3dB overemphasis in low-mid adds a bit of clutter and mud to the mix, and the 2dB dip around 8KHz pushes the vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix.
Very good treble range performance. The average treble range response is within 2dB of target up to 10KHz. The remarkable feature here is the small dip around 5KHz, negatively affecting the presence and detail of vocals/leads.
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.
Mediocre soundstage. Although the SteelSeries Siberia 200 has a relatively open design, their small and shallow ear cups mean that they won't have an out-of-head soundstage similar to loudspeakers.
Good imaging. Phase error is minimal, and the L/R drivers of our test unit are very well-matched in amplitude and frequency response. The phase mismatch between the L/R ear cups, however, can be improved above 10KHz.
Good harmonic distortion performance. The overall level of harmonic distortion is low, throughout the range, which is good. The rise in THD under heavier loads is also small and negligible.
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.
Poor isolation. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- 100% SpNR
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.
No active features.
Wired connection, negligible latency.
No compatible app.
In the box
- SteelSeries Siberia 200 Headphones
- USB headset adapter