SteelSeries trots out Spectrum 7xb headset, Siberia Neckband for iPod, iPhone and iPad

SteelSeries is on hand here at CES, and as with Sleek Audio, Turtle Beach and hordes of others, it's also introducing new cans at the show. First up is the Spectrum 7xb wireless headset for Xbox 360, which touts a retractable microphone, four-piece breakdown for travel and interchangeable cloth and leather earcups. You'll also get in-game volume controls along the right earcup, LiveMix technology -- which balances in-game audio with voice communication -- and the new ExactSND feature, a quick-button option that allows users to switch between three settings that have been preconfigured for different sounds. It'll ship in Q2 for $149.99. Moving on, the Siberia Neckband is making a triumphant return, this time with innate support for the iPod, iPhone and iPad via an inline three-button remote. More details on specifics are embedded after the break, with a ship date of today and a price tag of $79.99.

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New Spectrum Headset Brings Together Professional Sound Quality and Communication Controls to Create the Ultimate Wireless Headset

CES, LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2011 – Today, the leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, kicked off the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with the announcement of the company's first wireless headset for Xbox 360®. The SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb combines advanced wireless technology with SteelSeries ExactSND and LiveMix features, interchangeable earcups, and innovative audio options with SteelSeries' award-winning, signature features like the retractable, unidirectional mic, four-piece breakdown and 50mm drivers.

"We believe that the SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb will offer Xbox 360 gamers the right combination of what they should expect and want in a wireless headset," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "Gamers and industry reviewers gave our Spectrum wired headsets an incredibly positive reception. We knew immediately after launch that we needed to offer a wireless design to round out the line-up. Now we've brought together the award-winning design of the 7H headsets with its interchangeable earcup design and powerful soundscape, and have merged it with the advanced wireless technology, found along with our unique LiveMix feature and the new ExactSND which offers pre-set .EQ settings for different usage scenarios. We're confident that the Spectrum 7xb will not only deliver, but impress."

Welcome to Wireless

While the Spectrum 7xb is SteelSeries' first wireless headset, the company is not new to the wireless audio space. The headset and technology has been researched and developed by a dedicated team at SteelSeries who have more than 30 years of wireless audio experience. This level of understanding has generated a wireless experience that will minimize interference and provide improved quality and response due to the antenna design, which will ultimately result in superior product performance. The SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb's wireless transmitter, no larger than a deck of playing cards, powers the wireless functionality of the headset. The transmitter connects directly into the Xbox 360 console and is equipped with connections for USB, 3.5mm and RCA jacks allowing the user to choose their preferred connection.

The headset operates with wireless 4Mbit/s bandwidth for true "lossless" digital audio and was designed to avoid interference from other devices, using intelligent frequency hopping up to 344 times/second to offer crystal clear audio. The Spectrum 7xb headset will operate up to 32 feet away from the Xbox 360 transmitter and features a smart LED to notify when the headset is connected. The headset was designed for low power consumption, which includes an automatic shut down feature after transmitter is shut off or prolonged inactivity and will supply users with 20+ hours of non-stop gaming powered by two AAA batteries.

Complete Control

Regardless of the environment, SteelSeries designed the Spectrum 7xb so that the gamer would be in complete control of how the headset feels, delivers and reproduces their audio and voice communication. Gamers can choose:

· Leather or Cloth: Featuring 50mm drivers in the ear-cups, the closed-type headset offers superior passive noise reduction, and comes equipped with two interchangeable ear-cushions that offer the option of leather-type material with noise dampening foam or hear-through cloth covered foam.

· LiveMix: Found on the right earcup, the quick-button LiveMix option is there to improve the balance and mixing of Xbox LIVE™ chat and in-game audio, so that voice communication is mixed perfectly and is clearer than ever before over the sounds of gunfire and explosions, without having to increase the volume of the headset and risk hearing damage.

· ExactSND: Pre-set sound settings which can be activated by a button on the right earcup, allowing the user to quickly switch between .EQ settings. The options of ExactSND includes performance for directional sounds like footsteps and gunfire, immersion for optimized environmental sound and game music, and entertainment for increased bass levels and sound when watching movies.

Superior Sound

SteelSeries believes that a headset should always deliver superior sound quality both through the reproduction of in-game audio and voice communication. The Spectrum 7xb features an advanced soundscape that provides gamers with the ability to pinpoint directional sounds of footsteps and grenade drops without being drowned out by deep bass sounds from explosions.

A wireless headset also means that features and controls will be found directly on the headset. Gamers will find an independent game audio control on the right earcup above the retractable microphone. For gamers who travel to tournaments or even just to a friend's house, the Spectrum 7xb can also be easily broken down into four separate pieces removing the worry of showing up with a crushed headset.

Communicate Your Way

The Xbox 360 was designed so voice communication is powered through the controller, which means voice communication on the SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb headset is facilitated by the connection of the headset to the AudioMixer, connected to the Xbox 360 controller. The Spectrum 7xb AudioMixer is a smaller, more compact version than the previous SteelSeries AudioMixer featuring only the Xbox LIVE chat volume and mute. For gamers who prefer single player games, voice communication can be removed when the headset and AudioMixer are disconnected from the Xbox 360 controller. While disconnected, the Spectrum 7xb will operate as a wireless headphone.

The new SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb will be available in Q2 2011 for $149.99 / €$139.99. Check out and follow us on both Facebook and Twitter for more information about the SteelSeries Spectrum 7xb and additional product news that will be announced during CES.

About SteelSeries

SteelSeries is a leading manufacturer of gaming peripherals and accessories, including headsets, keyboards, mice, software and gaming surfaces. SteelSeries has been on the forefront of professional gaming gear since its inception in 2001, thanks to continued innovation and product development in cooperation with leading professional gamers. All SteelSeries products are developed in cooperation with professional gamers to ensure optimum performance and durability. SteelSeries supports the growth of competitive gaming and electronic sports through professional team sponsorships and community support all over the world. For more information, please visit



The Award-Winning Siberia Neckband Headset is Now Available in a Refreshed Design for Music, Mobile, and Gaming

CES - LAS VEGAS – Jan. 6, 2011 – SteelSeries, the leading manufacturer of premium audio peripherals and accessories, today is introducing the award-winning and unique design of the SteelSeries Siberia Neckband headset to music lovers and mobile gamers to use with their iPod, iPhone and iPad. This headset version has been designed to fully support iPod, iPhone and iPad devices, which features a single 3.5mm jack for combined audio and voice and an in-line remote that powers audio and call controls. The Neckband features thick, cloth covered foam earcups, an optimized soundscape, and a retractable microphone system to be used while answering calls or stored in the left earcup while just listening to music.

"We believe that gamers are some of the most demanding consumers and as competitors they require well designed peripherals that reproduce high-quality sound and clear voice communication, which ultimately can mean the difference between a tournament prize purse and going home empty handed," said Bruce Hawver, SteelSeries CEO. "We knew that if our audio products can meet and exceed expectations for gamers, that our designs would also be appealing to a broader music and entertainment audience. Now iPod, iPhone and iPad users who want an audio solution for entertainment on their mobile device have a new, high-quality headset option."

Featured throughout international music videos, the Siberia Neckband is considered one of SteelSeries' most unique designs. The headset rests behind the head on the user's neck while providing excellent sound reproduction that has been fine-tuned with the help of professional musicians, DJ's and audiophiles. It can be adjusted to fit all head sizes through its retracting neckband, while the unidirectional, retractable microphone can be stored in the left earcup and can be easily pulled out when answering calls. Its optimized soundscape emphasizes crisp highs, and deep balanced bass levels for music and movies.

The SteelSeries Siberia Neckband is $79.99 / €79.99 MSRP. Details regarding product availability, retail locations, and new additions to this music and mobile audio line-up will be announced soon. Be sure to check out SteelSeries' Facebook and Twitter pages to gain access to these details and updates first.