By Darryl Yeoh
You know that Diablo III is just around the corner when gaming hardware manufacturers like Steelseries start churning out Blizzard-sanctioned Diablo III headsets and mice. And what better way to immerse yourself in the ambience of the lovely little town of Sanctuary that is under siege by the undead yet again than with this swanky new Diablo-themed headset!!!
Black and red all over (just like the fires of hell you will be struggling to put out in due time), this supra aural headset also apparently comes decorated with no less than 18 LED lights – which you will need to navigate your pitch black room as you run off in search of a glass of water during those many long hours you know you are going to be clocking once Diablo III actually does hit the stands. The headset has an interesting looking “suspension” design similar to that widely used by AKG, which in combination with the soft leather ear cups are supposed to provide comfort even during those upcoming marathon hours. I’m going to be upfront and say that my somewhat Dumbo like ears currently doesn’t find this headset too comfortable for extended periods, although it is entirely possible that people with more average ears may find it perfect. As with other supra aural headsets, you will inevitably find your ears toasty warm after awhile despite whatever manufacturers may say.
This is a gaming headset, marketed as a gaming headset, and it makes no allusions to being anything else. If you treat it as such, you will likely be pleased. Expecting it to double as a headset for your forays into audio mastering is a stretch. That being said, the Steelseries Diablo III headset does do well for gaming. Clarity is excellent, while bass, mids, and treble, are all fairly accounted for; which makes one wonder why these things don’t translate too well into music as well. Oh well, can’t go buy yourself a Kancil and expect to win the Paris Dakar rally right? A retractable noise cancelling microphone that hides in the confines of the left earpiece completes this swanky-looking headset.