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I just got an iPod nano (with watch strap) and need a decent pair of headphones to pair it up with.

I know the Siberia V2s are great for gaming but how are they with just listening to music? Gaming headsets seem to get most of their performance from their USB soundcards; would it ruin the point of the Siberia V2 if I use an audio jack with them?

I'm referring to this product:

http://shop.steelseries.com/us/audio...nd-iphone.html

And would it look silly wearing them outside, away from a gaming setting?

I'm also open to recommendations. Budget: ~$150

My priorities:
1. Aesthetics
2. Comfort
3. Audio quality
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I've had a pair of Siberia and Siberia V2's for years now and I think the quality in them is great for both gaming and music.

You can obviously get better headphones for music, but in my opinion at that price range you're not going to find a better "hybrid" headphone. I love mine - they're comfy, they have a good bass and mid-range output. Gaming and music sounds awesome in them.

I use my Siberia V2's with an audio jack - through my iPhone and my X-Fi... why the hell not? They're good and you won't be disappointed. Especially when gaming.

In regards to your priorities - the aesthetics and comfort are top notch. The elastic-top design means you don't even feel them on your head. I can wear mine for hours on end and to be honest, I forget they're on a lot of the time. Like I said, you can get better audio quality but you'll have to pay more for this - Siberia's are the best compromise for both gaming and music, from personal experience.
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Now before I get killed and swarmed for saying what I'm about to say, please note that I got them Brand NEW for 35 bucks basically.

Based on your priorities my vote goes to the Bose IE2's.

They are the most comfortable headphones/earphones I have ever used bar none. I have had them on for literally 12-16 hours at a time and completely forgotten they were there with zero discomfort. The earphones have ZERO noise cancellation regardless of the design, which is a good thing for me when I run because I can still hear traffic and stuff like horns or engines but not people. Their quality isn't to shabby, and I would say that you would be hard pressed to find something better for under 50 bucks. They look amazing, AMAZING and are quite sturdy surprisingly. I can not stress enough the comfort of these things literally if these sounded like cheap 5 dollar headphones I would be willing to easily spend 40 bucks for the comfort alone. Seriously look up reviews on them anywhere and you will see everyone talking about they're comfort and they can not stress it enough, they're heavenly just heavenly.


Btw this is from someone who despises Bose for their business practices and mark ups on their products, that although good are 100% massively overpriced. And to speak to how awesome the IE2's are *IF* and when they do break I WILL purchase a second set, maybe not at their MSRP but I'll find a good deal


*note* Btw with them on you can have conversions with people just fine (as long as your phone/pip is off of course) though be careful as some people assume they might be on and find it disrespectful.
Edited by Junkboy - 10/22/11 at 1:20am
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maybe you should try starting a thread over on head-fi.org asking what headphones would be good for you within your budget (although if you specifically want to know about the siberia, then nevermind)

usually headsets are very lacking in sound. i recommend the skullcandy titans for their warranty and the actually sound really good. but the amp in the nano is pretty rubbish so you are really limited as far as what will sound good out of it (unless you are one of those people who dont really care about sq)
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maybe you should try starting a thread over on head-fi.org asking what headphones would be good for you within your budget (although if you specifically want to know about the siberia, then nevermind)

usually headsets are very lacking in sound. i recommend the skullcandy titans for their warranty and the actually sound really good. but the amp in the nano is pretty rubbish so you are really limited as far as what will sound good out of it (unless you are one of those people who dont really care about sq)
I second this, IF you don't want to go through the hassle just get either HD 555 or ATH-M50's
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Siberia V2 owner here. Im very satisfied with it. What i have is the non ipod/iphone version but specwise, they're the same. Their sound quality is awesome for its pricepoint. Do mind though, that the siberia doesnt have that heavy punchy bass. It does have amazing clarity and good soundstage. You'd notice instruments or sounds that you wre not able to hear before. Probably due to the fact that its for gaming and it has good positional audio and picks up a lot of sound from the source. The mic slips away perfectly. People wont notice it. The design and build quality is good too. Just a little bit glossy for some people maybe. Like jnsk said. Siberia's are the best compromise for both gaming and music.

EDIT: There light and comfy too btw! Since youre using a nano, it may not be able to drive the siberia or other cans to their full potential. It will still sound good but it will be better if you get one of those portable amplifiers. I think theres a brand called Fiio that sells those kinds of things.
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The Siberia's are really tbh, quite average. Not the most terrible sounding headphone around, but tbh, you can do much much better. It is highly unsuitable for an outside setting because

A) looks goofy
B) It's open-back, so good luck with any sort of isolation
C) You can get FAR better for the price.

In-ears isolate the most while giving you decent sound quality and there is some really good in-ears you can get for that budget. All the posters above tbh, dunno crap and yes, I've had the Siberias (before Steelseries bought out Icemat) and V1's aren't that much different at all from the V2 version.

There's headphones that beat it in all categories.

Music taste?
post #8 of 11
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I have a 40% discount from Steelseries. Taking this into account, should I get these headphones?

I already have a pair of HD 555s; I haven't tested if they can be used with the iPod Nano (audio jack seems abnormally huge).
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Still no. Ya better off getting like a Steelseries mouse or mousepad with that discount.
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I won't get the Bose headphones because I believe they're overpriced; you managed to get them for a good price, though.

So Siberia V2 ipod edition for $60 isn't a good deal?

What would be then? Any recommendations? How about the Kiplisch S4i/S5i?
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