Circamural headphones are hard to make look good. Most tend to devolve into giant, squishy cups that are connected by some sort of funky, tacky, and/or craptastic band. Not so with the H-Wireless; the cups have a stunning leatherette that is breathable and comfortable that fit any ear-size. The exterior of the cups are sleek, clean and contain very little embellishment with naught but a small-type "SteelSeries" on them. Connecting the cups is a solid, matte black band that feels robust yet appears thin and fragile.
Simply looking at the headset brings joy to my heart and is a visually pleasing experience. The H-Wireless receiver/transceiver/mixer is small (only a few inches across) and unobtrusive and matches the reflective black of the ear cups; sitting the receiver and head-unit together on a desk full of monitors yields a work of art that is both inspiring and emotional; you may laugh but this is one incredibly attractive unit and shows that SteelSeries knows what its customers want.
For as great as the headset looks it sounds infinitely better. On the basic "balanced" setting, the headset screams quality; rich lows, gorgeous highs, and the best reproduction of mid-range audio that I have ever heard, the H-Wireless simply punches you in the ears with fluffy unicorns and magical pixie dust. Turn on the Dolby surround (assuming you have connected the fiber optic cable to your source) and you are thrown into a swirling maelstrom of stunning audio effects that, with a good source, can discombobulate you in the best of ways. Tweaking the audio output of your source, or even just cycling through the various presets in the receiver can provide varying equalizer settings that can make music, movies, games, or other forms of entertainment truly pop.
Did I mention that there is a source selector on the receiver? Because there is. I have the unit hooked up to my Xbox One as well as my computer and can quickly switch back and forth. For gaming on the Xbox I simply plug the supplied aux cable into the head unit into my headset adapter for the controller and I am off, dying time and time again in Halo 5: Guardians, yet because it sounds so darn good I just do not care. On the downside, getting the headset to work with multiple sources is not intuitive and for the first time in my memory I had to crack open the manual for the headset to determine how to get it set up … That should say something to audiophiles; if a headset needs an instruction booklet, well, it is no normal headset. The H-Wireless is everything but normal, though "perfect" is the word that comes to mind.
Review by Robert