SteelSeries have just announced their new Xbox 360 product; an expensive wireless headset that promises to deliver incredible sound quality and great features.
“We believe that the SteelSeries Spectrum 7XBwill 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.”
SteelSeries have had a good amount of experience with wireless tech and are claiming that the 7XB will ” minimize interference and provide improved quality and response due to the antenna design, which will ultimately result in superior product performance”.
The wireless transmitter itself is around the size of a playing deck of cards and plugs directly into the Xbox 360 with USB, 3.5mm and RCA jacks allowing the user to choose their preferred connection which is a nice touch.
The Headset itself will allow a range of up to 32 feet which is quite impressive and is designed to avoid interference from other electrical devices by using an intelligent detection system that allows it to frequency hop up to 344 times per second to keep the audio crystal clear.
The Headset was has also been designed to be light on power consumption with SteelSeries claiming that the Headset will last for 20+ hours using two AAA batteries.
According to the press release the Headset will also have the following features:
· 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 left 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.
The 7XB is also designed to be easy to use and transport with a retractable mic and the ability to break it down into four separate pieces for easy transport to tournaments or to a friend’s house.
All this may sound nice but a hefty 149.99 / €149.99 price-tag was included in the press release along with a release date of Q2 2011.