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Icemat Siberia Multi Headset
Page 2 - Testing and Conclusion
Author: Phil Lam (Phirewerkz)
Date: October 13, 2005
Category: Audio
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I decided to test out these headphones initially with what it was made for, gaming. Testing several games such as Counter Strike: Source, Unreal Tournament 2004 and FarCry yielded an excellent quality of sound in all ranges of frequencies. However, because it is not designed for surround sound capabilities, some multiplayer games that support surround sound could not be taken advantage of with this headset. Although it does not measure up to Zalman RS6Fís surround sound capabilities, all sounds are delivered very crisp and clean. The headphones maintain their integrity at high volumes as well.

The microphone was tested through a LAN session of Quake 3. Coupled with Roger Wilco, the uni-directional microphone was put to the test by conversing with fellow teammates in a game of deathmatch. Afterwards, all teammates agreed that the transmission was extremely clear and audible, matching up to other notable headsets on the market. One can see that Icematís decision to switch to a uni-directional microphone had no impact on the quality of the sound transmission.

Turning to music, a wide range of music genre were listened to through the Icemat Siberia. Regardless of pitch and frequency, all sounds are very clear and clean. Only at extremely high volumes is white noise audible. One can appreciate the consistent clarity of high and low frequencies presented in a variety of musical genres. Furthermore, the highly convenient volume control saves the user the hassle of adjusting volume through their speakers or their operating system. Overall, I am extremely impressed with the clarity of sound presented by a company that has recently entered the audio industry.

In conclusion, Icemat has presented us with a formidable set of headphones capable of competing in the market as a stylish, convenient, and effective gaming headset. The design of the headphones deliver superior comfort and places very little strain on the listener. While some may find that the uni-directional microphone different from other headsets, the versatility of an easily mountable microphone clearly outweigh any difficulties of adjusting to it. Testing the headphones and microphone through gaming and music appreciation yielded great results at all frequencies. With an MSRP of $79 US, anyone looking for a great headset without the need for surround sound should definitely consider the Icemat Siberia headset as one of their choices. In addition, their newly released Icemat Black Siberia gives the consumer a choice on color.
Final Score Editor's Choice

4.5 out of 5 Weird Blue Faces

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