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Steel Series Spectrum 5XB

alaTest has collected and analyzed 19 reviews of Steel Series Spectrum 5XB. The average rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average rating of 3.8/5 for other Headsets for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the size and portability. The comfort and sound also get good comments. There are some mixed opinions about the price, while many are critical about the bass quality.

sound, comfort, portability, size

bass quality

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Headsets the Steel Series Spectrum 5XB is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

Review analysis

(Based on 19 reviews)

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Expert review by: Stuart Kerley (

SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB Gaming Headset Review


Today we'll be putting the Spectrum 5XB through its paces and seeing if it up holds the usual high standard we have come to expect from SteelSeries equipment and whether it is an ideal solution for XBOX 360 owners.

With rich and detailed sound, independent volume control over game and chat and clear voice communication the Spectrum 5XB should be at the top of every XBOX 360 gamers Christmas wish list.

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: James Pikover (

SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB Review


Pros: Light and comfortable for hours Excellent for travel Cons: Doesn't cancel outside noise No included travel bag Headphones and game consoles aren't especially compatible. The method used by Logitech with their F540 was ingenious and worked great...

Light and comfortable for hours ; Excellent for travel

Doesn't cancel outside noise ; No included travel bag

Nov, 2010

Expert review by: Matt Hanson (

SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB review


Xbox 360 headgear with clever dual volume controls

Solid design ; Xbox 360 and Xbox Live compatibility ; Great microphone quality ; SteelSeries AudioMixer volume control ; Comfortable to wear

Sound quality doesn't excel ; Very expensive ; If you don't have an Xbox 360, there's not much to recommend

Jul, 2011


Expert review by: Dexter K. (

Review: Steelseries Spectrum 5XB - Xbox360 Headset


Steelseries has been a large player in the gaming headset market on the PC for a number of years now. They are highly regarded by professional and ameteur gamers alike. Steelseries is looking to take that success they have had in PC peripherals and are...

Xbox 360 gaming is great ; First-person shooter sound quality is awesome ; Included xbox adaptor lets you try other headphones you might have ; Sound is very good when watching movies ; Comfortable and very sharp looking ; Portability is nice due to...

Sound is very distorted at higher volumes ; Bass can be overwhelming at times ; Wired USB connector takes away the useability of having a wireless controller ; Music quality is pretty lacking ; No 3.5mm jack adaptor is included to increase cable length

Jun, 2011

Expert review by: Christian Milsom (

SteelSeries Spectrum 5xB Xbox 360 Gaming Headset Review


Back in July of last year Steelseries announced two headsets specifically designed for Xbox 360 gaming: the Spectrum 5xb and 4xb, and over the last couple of weeks we've had our hands on the former of these to see how well it matches up not only to the...

In conclusion the SteelSeries Spectrum 5xB is a great headset, one that would be very hard to beat if you are an Xbox gamer and even one that I would recommend to any PC gamer as well. In fact if it wasn’t for the £59 price tag I would recommend it to...

May, 2011


Expert review by: Henry Butt (

SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB XBOX 360 Headset Review


We have been very impressed with SteelSeries' products in the past and we're not alone; some of the most highly rated gaming teams only use their products when competing professionally. So we're always excited when they offer us their new hardware to...

KitGuru says: Another quality product from SteelSeries that will be on the Christmas lists of XBOX owners across the globe.

Dec, 2010

Expert review by: Connell Parr (

SteelSeries Spectrum 5XB Review


A headset designed primarily for Xbox 360 gamers. Including an array of features such as LiveMix. This headset is ready to rumble.

Clear, directional audio ; Comfortable during long sessions (and while wearing glasses) ; LiveMix Audio Adapter - LiveMix feature and stays in controller

Expensive ; When used as a PC headset: short cables and no in-line volume/mic control

In conclusion I’m pleased with the Spectrum 5XB Gaming Headset. It provides great directional audio but still allows you to hear team-mates perfectly and to also be heard by them. The retractable microphone is a neat solution for those that want to...

Nov, 2010

Consumer review by: nadeshot (

SteelSeries SPECTRUM 5XB Headset - Stereo

Dec, 2010

Consumer review by: nadeshot (

Amazing Headset


I am a very avid gamer and this by far the best headset I have ever used.The sound quality is extraordinary and is hard to match. SteelSeries alsodid an amazing job of making this the most comfortable headset ever! I reallyhave nothing bad to say about...

Product Specifications


Display: No
Integrated Amplifier: No
LCD Display: No
Microphone Boom Arm:Adjustable
Multi Compatible Gaming Function: No
Mute Control: No
Noise Cancellation: No
Sound System:STEREO
Switchbox from Telephone to Headset: No
Volume Control: Yes


Bluetooth: No
Connection:3.5 mm Plug / ONE 3.5 mm Plug
USB Dongle: No

General Features

Compatibility:Not Applicable / Unknown
Form factor:Headband Headset
Product Type:Headband Headset
Type:Headband / Headband Headset