"... The SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB headset performs well and is a very good quality product on the whole."
"... The flexibility of being able to dismantle the headset when travelling is welcomed and comfort is as good as the rest of their range."
"As we have come to expect from SteelSeries the Spectrum 5XB is certainly a quality headset. It feels solid, has a lovely finish and the use of components such as braided cable ensure long term reliability."
"Spectrum 5xb comes across as the best third-party headset for a console ever."
"Its fantastic sound quality and great overall design make it a fantastic alternative to an expensive surround sound system."
Score: Highly Recommended
"It provides great directional audio but still allows you to hear team-mates perfectly and to also be heard by them. The retractable microphone is a neat solution for those that want to play single player without the boom being in the way, just aren‚t feeling chatty or want easy access to their favourite gaming snack/drink."
"Coupled with SteelSeries LiveMix, which offers players the quick-button option to improve the balance and mixing of Xbox LIVE chat and in-game audio, so that voice communication is mixed perfectly with or over the sounds of gunfire and explosions; This headset rocks plain and simple."
"If you are an audio enthusiast, heck even if you are a gamer looking to up his game then this is the headset for you."
"There's little that can be faulted with these headphones. The Steelseries Spectrum 5XB‚s are high quality with excellent features for customising the levels of the game and chat audio."
"A top of the line headset with a £35 Audio mixing device included for only around £80 makes the high grade headset only £55, the price you'd pay for an awful set of standard stereo headphones which makes it a bargain."
"Bottom line? I LOVE THESE HEADPHONES! I went back and played a ton of games again while wearing the 5XB model and it's like a brand-new experience! I would highly recommend these headphones to any gamer. Way to go, SteelSeries!"
"For a gaming headset, SteelSeries has done a pretty good job with the Spectrum 5XB. For just $90, players get something that’s easy to store, works for the 360 and PC, is easy to set up for home use or away without constantly shifting cables, and even includes some interesting tech for better communication."
"It looks like the PC-peripheral maker is now a bona fide console manufacturer."
"Ultimately, I think you’d be hard-pressed to find a better, more well-rounded wired headset for the Xbox 360 and just about every other device you may have laying around the house or office."
"As headsets go, the Spectrum 5XBs has everything you’d like to see in a headset."
"They’re comfortable, the mic is clear (I actually used the headset to add narration to my Plex video), and the automatic audio level handling is particularly handy if you play teammate-heavy games."
"Great for simultaneous local and online co-op gaming. The hear-through cans keep you in the game and let you hear people on the couch as well. Can also be used with a PC or for a home theatre experiences, but gaming is where these really shine."
"Over all, I have to admit I am really impressed with the new SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb, the sound is deep and rich and the microphone works well."
"The SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb can definitely be recommended to anyone who is looking to have the fullest experience possible from their Xbox360 and you don't have to be a professional gamer to enjoy the amazing build quality, sound, and technology that SteelSeries has brought to the table. "
"All in all, the headset was awesome. Whether you’re a casual player or the hardcore professional gamer, this headset can work for you. In my opinion, I think it’s better than the Turtle Beach Ear Force PX21?s. SteelSeries has definitely put out a product that stays in line with the quality they are known for and has made a statement that there’s a new sheriff in town for console-based headsets."
"In conclusion the SteelSeries 5xb is a sick headset, and it should replace the normal crap you have been playing with. If you want a TRUE gamers headset then pick these up because without a shadow of doubt there is not a single headset that can run circles around the 5xb to date."
The SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb is a premium quality, wired headset designed for Xbox 360®. At a glance it is a versatile, durable, travel-friendly headset. If you’re trying to take your Xbox 360® gaming to the next level, or you are getting harassed at home because of the noise level while gaming, you may just fall madly in love with our Spectrum 5xb.
The comfortable XL-sized, hear-through cloth ear cushions fit comfortably around the ear, offering you a great audio experience while treating your ears like royalty. It’s so comfortable that it can be used for multiple hours at a time. Even if you wear glasses.
With the custom-built soundscape via 40mm SunDancer(SCS) units, you are able to pinpoint the direction of noises and movement throughout the game. Whether it’s gunfire, music, or even the sound of someone getting pwned to pieces, the sound is incredible. But they do more than just make games sound great, they help you win. You’ll hear everything worth hearing.
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.
Since the SteelSeries AudioMixer is attached to your Xbox 360® controller, it is really easy to operate. You have the same level of control over your controller as you’ve always had, our AudioMixer doesn’t interfere with normal operations in any way. We’vemade it really easy to have even more control; now you have independent volume controls, microphone controls and access to LiveMix, all within your thumbs reach.
Best of all, LiveMix works without having to increase the volume of the headset and risk headaches or hearing damage. Yay!
Going somewhere? No problem. The SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb can be dismantled into 3 separate pieces. This makes transporting your headsets easy and safe. No more showing up at a tournament or a friends’ house with broken equipment.
The secret sauce. SteelSeries LiveMix offers you a quick-button option to improve the balance of Xbox LIVE® chat and in-game audio, so that voice communication is mixed and amplified over the sounds of gunfire and explosions. SteelSeries LiveMix allows you to hear everything that matters in team-based games; you simply click one button to activate this feature. We will balance the levels between Xbox LIVE® chat and in-game audio on-the-fly, as the game develops around you, making it easier than ever before for you to hear your teammates.
Listen to the in-game audio clips below, to hear LiveMix in action:
In-game sound with SteelSeries LiveMix.
In-game sound without SteelSeries LiveMix.
The headset features a durable, double-braided nylon cord. It’s so durable that only tigers, lions and normal regular household cats with seriously sharp teeth can destroy it. Notice: no testing has been done with lions and tigers, but we respect them immensely and like referencing them in our product text. Rawwrr.
The SteelSeries signature retractable microphone system is also featured in the Spectrum 5xb, providing additional convenience and durability. The microphone is unidirectional and delivers clear voice communication for Xbox LIVE®. Everyone will hear you loud and clear. Unless you choose to mute. But that’s up to you.
Headphones Freq. response: 16 – 28.000 Hz
Impedance: 40 Ohm
SPL@1kHz, 1Vrms: 110 dB
Cable: 1 m / 3.28 ft.
Jack: 3.5 mm
Microphone Freq. response: 75 – 16.000 Hz
Pick up pattern: Uni-directional
Sensitivity: -38 dB
Impedance: 2K Ohm
AudioMixer cable: 3,7 m / 12 ft.