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SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB review

Xbox 360 headgear with clever dual volume controls

Our Verdict

A clever headset for Xbox 360 with dual volume controls, but sound is average

For

  • Solid design
  • Xbox 360 and Xbox Live compatibility
  • Great microphone quality
  • SteelSeries AudioMixer volume control
  • Comfortable to wear

Against

  • Sound quality doesn't excel
  • Very expensive
  • If you don't have an Xbox 360, there's not much to recommend

Although the SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB gaming headset is compatible with PCs, and is perfectly good at playing music, it really comes into its own if used when playing games online on Xbox 360.

In games where communicating with teammates is essential, this is a fantastic headset.

Not only does the unobtrusive microphone (similar to the SteelSeries Siberia V2's mic) pick up voices incredibly well, the SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB comes with the SteelSeries AudioMixer. This is an inline remote with two volume controls – one for voice and the other for game audio. It connects to the Xbox 360 controller, so you don't have to move your hands far to adjust the volumes.

When using these headphones online, we found the ability to alter these two volumes on the fly incredibly useful – it can make a real difference in competitive team-based games.

The excellent comfort of the headphones meant that we didn't feel uncomfortable, even during the longest online matches.

The sound quality is good enough, but it has neither the depth nor the 5.1 surround sound positioning of its competitors.

The real selling points of this set are the SteelSeries AudioMixer and Xbox 360 compatibility – if you're a serious gamer, then the SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB can really help improve your game.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadset
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size40 mm
Minimum Frequency Response16 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response28 kHz
Product FamilySPECTRUM
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameSteelSeries
Form FactorEar-cup
Sound ModeStereo
Host InterfaceMini-phone
Cable Length2.99 m
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Microphone DesignBoom
ManufacturerSteelSeries ApS
Product Model5XB
Product NameSPECTRUM 5XB Headset
Product LineSPECTRUM
Impedance40 Ohm
Manufacturer Part Number61261
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.steelseries.com
Marketing Information

The SteelSeries Spectrum AudioMixer connects the SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb to the Xbox 360 and provides independent audio and voice volume controls. The independent volume controls offer maximum power over what you hear. You no longer have to waste time muting other players.

Microphone Sensitivity-38 dB