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SteelSeries Spectrum 5xB Headset (Xbox 360)

by Steel Series
Xbox 360
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Comfortable XL-sized, hear-through cloth ear cushions
  • 40mm SunDancer (SCS) units deliver clear gaming optimized soundscape
  • Retractable unidirectional microphone system
  • SteelSeries Spectrum AudioMixer connects to and links the headsets to the console
  • Easy access to independent volume controls for the microphone and in-game audio
  • SteelSeries LiveMix, for optimal Xbox LIVE chat and in-game audio
  • 3.5mm mini jacks and RCA connectors for Xbox 360 and PC
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Xbox 360
  • Media: Accessory
  • Item Quantity: 1
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Product details

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  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 17.3 x 19.4 cm ; 249 g
  • Release Date: 8 Oct 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 13,506 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb
Featuring a custom-built soundscape via 40mm SunDancer (SCS) units. View larger

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb
Comfortable XL-sized, hear-through cloth ear cushions fit comfortably around the ear

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb
Unidirectional microphone retracts into the left earcup for convenience and durability

The SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb is a premium quality, wired headset designed for Xbox 360. With the custom-built soundscape via 40mm SunDancer (SCS) units, gamers can pinpoint the direction and locations of noises and movement throughout the game. The headset features a durable, double-braided nylon cord and dismantles into three separate parts. Its retractable, unidirectional microphone presents users with adjustable, convenient and clear voice communication for Xbox LIVE.

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb
Dismantle into 3 separate pieces for easy transportation

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb
The SteelSeries Spectrum AudioMixer offers you maximum power over what you hear

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb
Experience easy operation with independent audio and voice controls at your fingertips. View larger
...And It Sounds Great

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.

Amazing Comfort

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.

Travel Friendly

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.

SteelSeries AudioMixer

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.

Separate Audio and Mic Controls

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--AudioMixer doesn't interfere with normal operations in any way. It's really easy to have even more control; now you have independent volume controls, microphone controls and access to LiveMix, all within your thumbs reach. Easy access to independent audio and voice controls provides players with complete and intuitive control of volume levels for in-game audio and Xbox LIVE communication.

LiveMix Smart Audio Balancing

SteelSeries LiveMix offers players the 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, without having to increase the volume of the headset and risk hearing damage.

Hidden Microphone System

The SteelSeries signature retractable microphone system provides 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.

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb
What's in the Box

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb headset, SteelSeries Spectrum AudioMixer, RCA cable, and documentation.

What Critics Are Saying About SteelSeries 5xb Headphones

"... 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."
--Henry Butt, Kitguru

"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."
--Stuart Kerley, HardwareHeaven.com (9/10 rating)

"I have to admit I am really impressed with the new SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb, the sound deep and rich and the microphone works well. The Audiomixer is a brilliant design that keeps the pad balanced and is ergonomic to use, the Livemix being a fantastic bonus."
--Hollie Bennett, Destructoid

"As headsets go, the Spectrum 5xbs has everything you'd like to see in a headset...They're comfortable, the mic is clear, and the automatic audio level handling is particularly handy if you play teammate-heavy games."
--Nicholas Deleon, TechCrunch CrunchGear

Which SteelSeries Spectrum Gaming Headset is Right for You?

4xb 5xb 7xb
Compatible with XBOX 360, XBOX Live Communication SteelSeries 4xb SteelSeries 5xb SteelSeries 7xb
Compatible Platforms Xbox 360 and PC Xbox 360 and PC Xbox 360, PC, and Mac
Connection Type Cable
12 ft (3.7 m)
12 ft (3.7 m)
2.6 GHz Transmitter Box
Amplified Audio
Independent Voice and Chat Volume Control
SteelSeries LiveMix
SteelSeries ExactSND
Retractable Microphone
Travel Friendly
Pre-set Equalizer Settings
Interchangeable Ear Cushions
Speaker Size 40mm 40mm 50mm
Battery Life +20 hours
Automatic Power Off
Frequency Response 16 - 28,000 Hz 16 - 28,000 Hz 18 - 28,000 Hz
Impedance 40 Ohm 40 Ohm 32 Ohm
SPL@ 1kHz, 1 Vrms 110 dB 110 dB 112 dB
Cable Length 3.28 ft (1 m) 3.28 ft (1 m) 3.28 ft (1 m)
Jacks 3.5 mm 3.5 mm 3.5 mm
Frequency Response 75 - 16,000 Hz 75 - 16,000 Hz 50 - 16,000 Hz
Pick-up Pattern Unidirectional Unidirectional Unidirectional
Sensitivity -38 dB -38 dB -38 dB

Product Description

Steelseries 61261 - SteelSeries Spectrum 5xb Wired Headset for Xbox 360 Gamers

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfied at last! 9 Nov 2010
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   

Over the past years of using the default Xbox 360 Headset, I had become increasingly frustrated with the comfort and sound quality of the device. It's by no means awful, but I'm the sort of guy that likes to lose myself in the immersion of a game without having to constantly adjust or be bothered by tiny inconveniences. It became particularly apparent when Halo Reach was released and I could never hear my friends clearly over the sounds of explosions, and what I did hear was muffled and all sorts of different volumes. I'd had enough, I decided it was worth investing in an upgrade.

My first choice was the Turtle Beach X11 headset, due to a generally positive review base and cheap price. I looked at the fancier wireless models but just couldn't justify spending that much money on a headset when I already have amazing speakers connected to my xbox. On first use, I wasn't amazingly impressed by them. They were of course better than the Microsoft model, and had more features and adjustments, but the sound quality was still far from great and there was just too many wires dangling all over the place. I had to return them, and my search continued.

At this point I was a little stuffed for ideas. While doing my research, I discovered there isn't too many Xbox specific headsets available. Either the products were too crappy and cheap, or too expensive to be worthwhile. So this lead me into looking for Xbox adapters so I could buy a PC headset and use it for both. At this point, it's worth mentioning I use a lot of PC communication as well, such as MMO raids and Skype. Anyway, again, I found the adapters either seemed too cheap, or too expensive. Recurring story going on here.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faulty product, super Amazon 24 July 2011
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
So I got these for christmas and was really impressed with the quality. That was until last night when I couldn't get any sound from the right hand headphone. This is roughly about 6 months after buying them. I wanted to write about this because of the brilliant and fast reaction from Amazon. I e-mailed them this morning about the fault and within 2 hours they had got back to me saying a new pair was on it's way. Excellent customer service, just hope the new set lasts longer.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars poor quality, lasted a month.... 7 Sep 2011
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
bought these just over a month ago and they have broke already. Customer service is slow to respond too. My headset worked fine for a while and they are comfortable and good looking but they are poor quality in my opinion(and a lot of other people's too)

The sound on my headset started to dissapear and come back due to loose wiring and the end of the jack broke off where you plug it into the xbox pad. I was never rough handed with this headset at all.

I wont ever go near a steel series product again. I bought Turtle beach X11's and they are better already and half the price!

oh yeah and if yours brake make sure you have 15 spare to ship them off to Denmark for repair...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enemy boat spotted! 7 Dec 2010
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Great sound quality on the headphones, very comfortable; the padding on the ears is cleanly designed to be worn for extended periods, It has a nice telescopic microphone that actually makes people sound like themselves. Bass is deep and the separation is good, footsteps are crisp and picking out if someone is calling out in front or behind is easy.

The headphones are good but they are only half the package. The spectrum audio mixer is in the pack as well which enables the headset to be used for xbox live communication, its easy to set up and also works as a pre-amp making things very loud in a good way. It also works with other gaming headsets which is a nice touch.

As great as the mixer is it needs to be treated with a bit of love, I would make sure you unplug it from the console and pad after use as it may otherwise feed back next time you switch your console on, it's not that big a deal as long as you remember.

Also: A warning to stick warriors, it doesn't plug into fightsticks very well so if you wanted to hear Guiles' theme really loud I'd get a different headset. I personally prefer the sound quality of this set to that of Turtle Beaches, I'd recommend them, whole heartedly. 4.5 Stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars 1 month 20 Mar 2012
By bunty
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
bought for my son, had 3 weeks great fun and then the right ear went. one more week and the left ear went. have since looked at other reviews and it seems to be a common fault. dont know how to return or if guaranteed but looking at other reviews it costs 15. to get them repaired only to last another month. would definitely not recommend, stick to turtle beach, they last for 10-12 months.very disappointed!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars SS 16 July 2011
By Joe
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Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Great headset - comfy, great sound, great mic quality.

Only problem is my first pair broke after 1 months use. The sound in 1 ear stopped working.

Steel series replaced my product at the cost of 6 shipping for me. Oh well. Worth the inconvenience.

I use them with my xbox 360...they are brilliant.

UPDATE: Second pair has broken already, exactly the same problem as before. Build quality must be awful, I don't think I will be purchasing another pair I'm sick of returning the bloody things.

Lowered from 5 star to 3 star because of poor build quality / quality control.
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I am a PC gamer and in my opinion a headset should be rated in on sound quality, comfort and most importantly durability and although this product looks the real deal unfortunately... Read more
Published 1 day ago by Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Most excellent
Tyese headphones can be used independently of the xbox, For hooking up to your iPod. This is so useful. Read more
Published 3 months ago by A. Maxwell
1.0 out of 5 stars Bad quality materials
First of all, this headset was really good for the first couple of days, and then it broke.
Second of all, I did not purchase this off amazon. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fred H
5.0 out of 5 stars Headset Joy!!!
This was a replacement for the eldest son's other headset which had been damaged by some friends. He chose this particular item as I said I would buy him what he chose. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Dave Sainsbury
4.0 out of 5 stars Possibly.
The best cheapest headset to purchase.
the sound on these are actually amazing.
perfect purchase.
really would recommend.
thanks steelseries.
Published 9 months ago by Brogen Kapoor
5.0 out of 5 stars Good quality
Audio quality: very good, especially for a 30 pound headset.
Comfort: very good, after some time you almost forget that you're wearing a headset. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Robin Deprez
5.0 out of 5 stars Don't be put off by price. WOW!!!!!!
I bought the 7xb headset first. Basically the wireless edition of these.
Trust me when I say don't bother. Don't get me wrong top notch quality but heavy. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sven
5.0 out of 5 stars Steel series 5xB -xbox headset
Bought to replace a Turtle beach headset, and 1st impressions are better quality,better sound, in fact better overall.Very comfortable, lightweight,easy on the ears. Read more
Published 11 months ago by A. Gilmore
5.0 out of 5 stars 5*
Far less bass than a turtle beach but, much clearer sound quality overall. Also, it's lighter, more comfortable, far better mic and generally better aesthetically.
Published 13 months ago by MR D T SHIPMAN
1.0 out of 5 stars 50's worth of bass
This is by far the worst headset I have ever purchased, imagine buying a very cheap pair of flimsy in-ear quality headphones and then adding a ridiculous amount of bass that... Read more
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