The Arctis gaming headset series of SteelSeries is just a year old but the quality that they are providing is equivalent to those of the established headset producers. After the success of last year’s Arctis 3, 5, and 7, it’s time for three new headsets, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro, Arctis Pro + GameDAC and Arctis Pro Wireless.
SteelSeries was kind enough to provide us with two of them about a week ahead of their official launch, and I used that time to extensively test the $250/€280 Arctis Pro + GameDAC. Worry not if wireless gaming headsets are what interests you the most—I will also fully test and review the $330/€350 Arctis Pro Wireless at a later date.
Arctis Pro + GameDAC Specifications
- 40-mm dynamic drivers (neodymium magnet)
- 32 Ω impedance
- 20-40,000 Hz frequency response (specified by the manufacturer)
- DTS Headphone:X 2.0
- Closed-back, over-ear design
- Retractable bidirectional noise canceling microphone
- RGB lighting system
- Built-in volume dial and microphone mute button
- GameDAC (external sound card) with ESS Sabre 9018Q2C DAC and amplifier (109 dB SnR)
- OLED display for driverless configuration (EQ, ChatMix, equalizer, microphone monitoring, RGB effects)
- Headset input/output, line-out, optical out, AUX in
- Rubberized, detachable 1.5 m cable (headset to GameDAC)
- 1.55 m rubberized USB cable (GameDAC to PC/PS4)
- Mini-USB to 3.5-mm TRRS adapter (headset to a mobile device)
- 1.85 m optical cable
- Microphone windscreen
- Weight: 349 g
The Arctis Pro + GameDAC comes at a price tag of $250/€280 so you’ll have a clear idea of the target market for the headset. The manufacturers have produced it for the enthusiast level gamers so that they don’t have to look elsewhere for a professional gaming headset!