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SteelSeries - Arctis Pro + GameDAC Wired DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround Sound Gaming Headset for PS4 and PC - Black-Angle_Standard

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Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 103 reviews

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Arguably the best gaming headset on the market!

    Posted
    DDarko
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    Let me preface this by saying that I have owned my fair share of gaming headsets, as well as dedicated headphones and the Arctis Pro+ GameDAC is my favorite gaming headset by far. It sounds better than the Stealth 700, Astro A50, Sony Platinum and Logitech G933 that I've owned. Build quality - the headset is made of aluminum and utilizes a unique ski goggle suspension system that I've found to be very comfortable for long periods of time. I am a size 7 3/4 fitted hat so I don't have a small head and this headset fit wonderfully. It feels sturdy and has support in the places you need it most. The earcups can also fold flat so you can comfortably wear the headset around your neck as well. The earcups themselves use something Steelseries called "Airweave" and I find it to be very comfy and great at keeping your ears from getting too hot. The material reminds me of something you'd find on athletic clothing and is much better at keeping you cool than leather or velour. There is also some very tasteful & subtle RGB lighting that surrounds the earcups and looks great - much better than the RGB I've seen on other gaming headsets, which is almost always overdone. The included cables are a little on the short side (about 4ft for the headset cable and optical) but they do sell an 8ft extension cable on the company's website. It uses a proprietary USB connection so other USB cables will not fit. The microphone is flexible and retracts into the headset so these actually don't look too bad if you wanted to wear them out of the house. You can definitely get away with wearing these out & about which I can't say about most gaming headsets. They come with a 3.5mm cable as well so you can plug them into your phone, VR, etc. Sound - I'll just say that these sound fantastic! The bass is crisp and punchy, but not exaggerated like a lot of gaming headsets tend to be. The mids and highs are perfect and there is zero distortion, even with the volume all the way up. There is a 10 band EQ on the GameDAC that really lets you fine-tune the sound just as you like it. The frequency range is very wide (10hz-40,000khz) so you can really get some great subbass from these and the range of sounds is much greater than most "gaming" headsets which tend to only have a range of 20-20,000. The Arctis Pro is capable of playing high res audio from services like Tidal so you can get incredible lossless audio that sounds exactly as the artist/director/producer intended. The soundstage is quite broad for closed back headphones and none of the frequencies overpower the other. Some may say that they lack bass but that's most likely because many people are used to overextended and exaggerated bass like you find on a pair of Beats or Turtle Beach headsets. The bass here is very accurate imo and sounds just right. If you want it to be more bass heavy you can always adjust the EQ to the level you enjoy. When playing Red Dead 2 I was in the middle of a thunderstorm and it sounded incredible! The subbass was very well done so that I could really feel that thunder rumbling and lightning cracking. Features - The GameDAC is the real star of the show here, especially for people who are only on PS4 and don't have access to a PC like myself. The Arctis Pro works perfectly out of the box and doesn't require any software, downloads or firmware updates to get the most out of them. The GameDAC allows you to set a custom EQ or choose from a number of presets, with the "smiley" preset being the best imo. You can control everything from the GameDAC, incl customizing the RGB lighting on both the earcups and the mic mute. There is sidetone (aka mic monitoring) as well as the ability to adjust the sound of the game and chat individually so you can turn the chat up a little louder than the game if someone is too quiet or vice versa. There is also some very well done virtual surround sound in the form of DTSx. Unlike other gaming headsets I've used, the DTSx sounds excellent and it doesn't have that hollow sound like you're in a tunnel the way a lot of gaming headsets do. I almost always keep the DTSx on because it really sounds fantastic and adds another layer of immersion to my gaming. You can customize the RGB from a multitude of colors and combinations right from the GameDAC and everything else is very easily controlled from it as well. I can't speak on the Steelseries Engine as I don't have a PC but I've heard mixed things about it so I'll let another reviewer who's more informed in that respect discuss it. Overall I think this headset is fantastic and it sounds significantly better than most other gaming headsets imo. They are extremely comfy to wear for long periods, they don't put pressure on glasses if you happen to wear them and the sound is excellent. I don't use the microphone much but every time I have, everyone has said that I sounded very clear and crisp and there have been no noticeable cuts in the sound or lag.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great headset if you can get it on sale

    Posted
    Ghostryder
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    I picked up the Arctis Pro + GameDac from Best Buy a couple weeks ago, after months of research and review reading. When I first set these up after buying them, I thought I would be taking them back. The sound was horribly anemic, tinny, and distorted at low volumes. After installing the steelseries software (an absolute must), and adjusting and tweaking the settings, I found the right mix to get them sounding good (really good!). I threw together a quick list of must do's for other purchasers; 1. First go to the SteelSeries website and download/install the SteelSeries engine software, and then install any available firmware updates. 2. Click on Arctis Pro + GameDac under "my gear" and set 7.1 surround to "on". Also select your sound profile, and stereo profile (I used "large room"). 3. Select bass enhancement (I used medium) and dialogue enhancement (I have it on none). 4. Adjust EQ to taste, but move the sliders into + territory for more full bodied sound.. 5. Make sure you go into the DAC audio settings and set gain to high. 6. Go into the Windows sound control panel, select GameDac Game (not GameDac chat). Then go to device properties, then spatial sound. Set spatial sound to Dolby Atmos or Windows Sonic for headphones and apply. 7. If you have the GameDac turned all the way up and it's still really quiet, before you start swearing about $$ spent on bad hardware, adjust the volume control wheel on the left earcup. (Voice of experience on that bit) After doing all of the above, I found the Arctis Pro + GameDac to have rich, full bodied, enjoyable sound, with good, but not overwhelming bass presence. If you don't do the above, they sound horrible, so be sure to install the software and properly set them up. With everything set up, these sound better than any headset I've ever used. Much better than my Razer Kraken Chroma 7.1's that I just retired. Comfort wise these are also a big improvement over the Kraken. The headband on the Kraken would start to dig into, and hurt my scalp after an hour or so of use, and I would have to adjust where it was on my head. The Arctis Pro headband is soft ski goggle type elastic, and doesn't create the pressure point on my scalp that the Kraken did. The ear cups are also larger and don't hit any cartilage pressure points on the ears, and they are soft, comfortable, and don't overheat your ears. Lastly the microphone on the 2nd set is awesome, with crisp clear sound, and no nasally tint, and it does a great job of cancelling out background noise. That is on the 2nd set though. On the first set, the microphone was defective, and sounded like I was gargling mixed with static, and I couldn't understand myself doing a voice recording, let alone anybody else understanding me. The microphone issue on the first set resulted in about 2 hours of trouble shooting, and a 30 mile round trip to BestBuy for a return exchange, hence the 4 stars instead of 5. Value- If you can get these on sale or price matched for $200, they are definitely worth it. I got them for $199 from BestBuy and I think they are worth that price. If full price was the only option though, I'd probably just go with the Pro version without the DAC and save $70.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    This headset is worth your time.

    Posted
    FLEx
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    My experience is with PS4 Pro console. I have only gamed on console(all playstations). My experience with headsets are mostly with Turtle Beach products (wireless, COD edition ones), Sony Gold, and most recently, TB elite 800. I play, COD, Smite, Fortnite. I enjoy the sound aspect of games, how it develops what you see and how you play. I am not an expert audio head, just really enjoy "total emersion" into my gaming. My first experience with SteelSeries product. The headset feels so clean and worth the price. Simple button control on the headset makes for less fumbling around, or hitting something on accident. It is a very comfortable headset. I have a medium head size, (7 3/8 hat size), and never felt squeezed or uncomfortable. Setup was very simple. PS4 recognized it, and simple instructions off the DAC walked me right through the process. Take your time and play with the DAC. See what it does and doesn't do. Do the firmware update. You paid for the headset, get it right. Wires are a little wild out of the DAC, so make sure you clean it up. Cable length from headset to the DAC is shorter than I would have hoped for. If it is designed for PC AND console, it should accommodate for the length at which most gamers play from. The DAC itself, is simple and easy to navigate. The sound is tricky. You really have to take your time. The mix chat, the EQ, the new DTS upgrade, takes time to tweek. But the result is worth it. It is loud, it captures all the little details, (especially in Fortnite), and I was very happy with the result. I don't have stats or specific detailed spreadsheets to explain this headset. Just been playing games for twenty years, and this headset brings everything! Hi Res audio feature? Why not! Spares me having to get ANOTHER headset to do the same thing. Will you use it much, doubt it. But you have it!! Overall, the headset feel matches the price. The headset quality matches the price. The sound will match the price, once you tune it to what personally works for you. Only reason it is not a 5 star rating, the cord from headset to DAC needs to be longer. I got wired headset for a change of pace. Lights on headset, guess its cool, if i look in a mirror! Hope to really really enjoy this headset.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Finally, a gaming headset for audiophiles!

    Posted
    Jrod
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    I've used countless headphones and headsets for gaming, Audio-Technica, BeyerDynamic, Sennheiser, Astros, HyperX, etc. Finding the right comfort AND stellar audio is really hard to find. I had been using the 2016 SteelSeries Arctis 5's and while they were super comfy, they lacked the punch and treble I was looking for, it sounded rather flat. Once I my new Arctis Pro w/GameDAQ arrived, I was able to set it up within minutes on my PC. The clamp force on the headset is a little more firm, allowing less of a sound leak in the ear cuffs. The super simplistic design of the ski goggle strap works wonders whether youre wearing a hat or not, alleviating the weight of the headset and reducing wear fatigue. The GameDAQ is simple to customize and navigate given the large knob and very legible LED display. The equalizer has presets but also allows you to set your own settings and it does not fail to deliver. Watching Netflix, listening to Tidal (for Hi-Res audio), and playing games like Siege and PUBG all welcomed the headset with open arms. There is literally nothing but love on this headset, you can tell SteelSeries wanted to offer something for those who really wanted a focus on audio in the days of graphics, graphics, graphics. The highs and lows are accurate and you feel it. The situational audio works flawlessly, you know whats approaching from all sides. (SteelSeries Software hasn't updated at the time of this review)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great wired headset and Dac combo

    Posted
    bkraz
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    I have and have had a lot of headphones, both for gaming/entertainment and recording monitors, and these are really good. They are not wireless for a reason, and the combination of the headphones and the game dac amp gives you all the sound quality and control you could need. Custom EQ, volume and mute controls, game balancing between game and chat... it’s all there and it’s quickly accessed after an easy to understand setup. I think there are some headsets out there that might be a tad more cozy/soft when you first put them on, but I find that I had little to no fatigue with them while playing long sessions. So these sort of catch up to the others over time and pretty quickly. The mic isn’t the most durable looking mic out there, but it is crystal clear, seems properly sensitive, and is retractable. I wish it was a little easier to form while positioning, but since it picks up the voice so well it doesn’t really need to be positioned so precisely. So this is just a personal preference thing. The illumination is kind of cool, if you’re into that sort of thing. Most of the time I just turn that off. Sound quality is great. Footsteps, shots, environmental, doors opening and closing in other areas... you name it, I heard them when my squad mates did not. I switched back to my Sony wireless golds and it was clear in some situations the Sony golds were just not giving me the same sounds, sound levels, or max volume. I would say, for those who want a very bass heavy experience, these may not entirely satisfy. Even with the custom EQ maxed on the low-end, it seems a fraction under what I would expect to be able to get. The audio quality description I would give these is strong, clear, rich, balanced, natural, accurate. I would not say heavy, or deep. Sometimes game or PC settings can help out those who want a lot on the low end. Really this headset is quite good and boils down to a value question: is it worth $250? To me, at $250 they are certainly good, but it’s a stretch to think of it In terms of a good value. But they go on sale. And when you catch these for $210, $200 - or less - they become fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Oustanding PS4 Headset, but be warned

    Posted
    Benjamight
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    These headphones are AMAZING... the pin-point accuracy of where the enemies are, blow me away. I play a lot of BO4 and Blackout, and let me just say - NO one sneaks up on me anymore. I almost feel like I'm cheating...lol. There is 1 warning I give though, if your PS4 setup is more than a few feet from the TV (like a livingroom setup), then you will need to purchase a longer Optic Cable and Mini-USB cable... I found both on Amazon for about $10 each. If you plan to use these on your PC, the cords are perfect length and you won't have any issues. This was my first high-end headset (used to use a lower-end Turtle Beach headset), so make sure you plug the GameDAC into the PC, do software updates, and create a custom sound setup for first person shooters. There are a few pre-made sound setups, which I really like for non-shooter games, but for that crisp footstep and directional sound awareness, it's worth taking the time to research a good sound profile. I spent maybe an hour researching and tweeking, but it has been totally worth it! I bought and returned 10 different sets of headphones, before I found this one. I tried several HyperX, Turtle Beach, and a couple off-brands. A few of those were nice, but each also had something that was lacking a bit for me... if I was spending big money, I wanted a headset that wowed me! Most headsets were amazing on PC, but then only average (or worst) on PS4... since I'm 90% a PS4 player, I needed it to excel at both. So, yes - the wires can take a bit of getting used to, but the sound quality and comfort of these were worth the trade-off for me. Best of luck

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Huge Disappointment for the hefty price tag

    Posted
    Callie

    I was looking for a nice gaming headset to play World of Warcraft with, but also to be able to listen to music and movies and have them sound decent, especially if I was spending 250 dollars. I had a Cloud Hyper X already for about 50 dollars, and it was good, but I was looking for a nice upgrade. I heard a lot of good things about this one so I went and picked it up. Pulled it out of the box and I was super excited because of the cool little gamer dac to adjust sounds and thought they fit really well. From there, my excitement and impression of these all went downhill after hearing sounds come out of them. First of all, they're incredibly quiet. I ended up going to their website and it said they have to put on a decibel restriction to comply with laws, but you can make them louder by going in and adjusting the decibel level. Complying with laws, I get it, but even after turning the gamer dac up as high as it would go, turning up the volume on my computer and on the Netflix controls as high as they all would go, it was still way too quiet. Since I had Netflix up I tested that first to see if it would suit all my needs. I had the live-action Beauty and the Beast on and my word, did it sound incredibly awful. It sounded tinny, absolutely no bass, and the sound was not even that clear, especially not audiophile quality as with some of the other reviews said. At this point I was just like, okay, movies don't sound great, but this is a gaming headset, so let me open up World of Warcraft and see what I can do with them. The loading screen music also sounded terrible just as Netflix had been, and still quiet even after turning up the settings on WoW all the way to max, and just playing with all the sound settings on there. I logged in and the sounds still sounded just, bad, as if this was a 20 dollar headset. I played with the equalizer on the gamer dac too, just to make sure I couldn't adjust it to make it sound any better. I turned the bass all the way up, too, and it was still just tin and basically non-existent. Lastly, attempted to listen to Spotify to cover all my bases, and still the same impression as with everything else I had listened to. No bass, too quiet, ok sound quality. Definitely not worth the price tag, put my Clouds back on and they sounded so much better.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Good but not great

    Posted
    GIX23
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    I previously owned Astro A50s, and bought these based off other reviews thnking they'd be comparable at minimum, possibly superior. Out of the box I did all the updates, etc. and got them set up. At first I thought I just needed to go through the equalizer settings to find the right sound. After messing with the sound for more than a couple hours, I found a setting I was okay with, but still lacked depth and fullness. To put it bluntly, I always felt like my head was in a bucket. Sounds seemed to come from every direction. It was a little better with DTS turned off, but then what's the point of paying almost 300 for a "stereo" headset. Sound quality was my biggest complaint. No where near the quality of Astros. The external DAC was cool, I liked having the controls not on the headset. Another down side was I frequently got static on chat. So when the other person spoke I heard a static in their voice. This was sporadic, and not heard with other headsets, so I know it was caused by the Arctis headset. For a wired connection, I do not understand why there would be static. I could live with this, as it wasn't constant, but I can't get over how poor the sound quality was. For a top of the line headset, it wasn't top of the line sound. I expected way better. If you're going to spend this kind of money, I'd go with something different for sure. The surround sound in my Astros was way more realistic, and the sound quality in general was supreme. I have ear buds better than this headset. Not acceptable. I gave them 3 stars because they have some good qualities. The mids and highs are crisp, and the headset is very comfortable. The headband design is great. Ear cups blocked out some external noise, and I didn't get any sound loss in-game. Overall it's a good headset, but no where near top of the line quality. I feel this headset, wired, should be in the $100 range, maybe pay an extra $20 for the lights, which are just for show. Kind of gimmicky actually. Arctis should get serious about the quality of sound if they want to compete with other high end sets.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Uncomfortable and overpriced

    Posted
    EoWKen
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    I have long been a fan of Steelseries and have have several of their headsets. Unfortunately the clamping force of these headphones is way too much even for my average sized head. It gave me a headache after even just 5 minutes of use. There is virtually no adjustment as the suspension band only has a small patch of Velcro and even when trying to use tape to give it more play it still puts too much pressure on your head and ears. The sound was similar to that of my Steelseries 5H V2’s but with a bit more bass and maybe a tiny bit more clarity in the highs. It felt like a small upgrade for way too much money. I had some issues with the DAC and didn’t find it very useful. I don’t have a console as I only Game on PC, and someone may find more use and less issues with it if using it with their console. Trying to get game sounds and Discord working simultaneously in Win7 was futile. When getting both sounds to output so that the dial would adjust the volume between the two, the microphone would not work. When getting the microphone to work, you would lose one of the outputs. I spend 2 whole days adjusting every possible setting, even attempting to create virtual cables in Voicemeter Banana, and I still couldn’t get it to function as intended. Also, the surround sound option made all the sounds incredibly tinny. I really wanted to like this product as it had durable build quality and looks good, but I ended up not actually liking anything about it. At the end of the day, the high price makes it even less desirable. I ended up getting a non-gaming headset with far superior soundstage and positional audio for PUBG and it cost me less than half even after separately adding a high quality microphone.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Incredible Gaming Headset - Highly Recommend

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    ZeitHeist
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    About me: I play PS4 and PC games about two hours every day (more when I can), mainly FPS and story-based action games like Fortnite, the Uncharted series, The Last of Us, Battlefield, the Far Cry series, etc. and when I’m not gaming I’m listening to a wide variety of music, loudly. Since xmas last year, I’ve been looking at the higher end gaming headsets and music headphones. About the headset: I watched a bunch of reviews on the new SteelSeries headsets and was intrigued by the description of the audio quality from the DAC and the way they looked. Now, after a few days of gaming with the Arctis Pro + GameDAC I am completely blown away. The first night after the install I found myself going back to my older, favorite games to hear how different they sound now. Explosions sound massive, without being blown out and the little things like background animals and tree branches swaying sound so cool. Playing Uncharted 4, I swear I hear subtleties in Nathan Drake’s voice I didn’t before (Better acting through sound quality? I don’t know, weird). The install of the GameDAC to my PS4 Pro and PC was pretty easy and it’s so nice using the dial to switch back in forth instead of switching cables. The headset is super comfortable on my big head. I can’t say enough about how good these things sound. Music through my PC sounds fantastic. I haven’t watched a movie yet, or anything on Netflix, but I plan on updating this review when I do that.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great sound and comfortable!!

    Posted
    JamexRZ
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    Great sound, amazing details and bass! The setup on PC is easy. Plug the dac via usb and done. You may want to install the latest steelseries software and update the firmware. Beware though, it may crash in the middle of updating. Don't freak out, just close everything, reboot the pc and re do the update, it will pick up and do it faster. After that, they enabled the option to set gain to "high" giving the headset more volume (some people complained about the low volume). I was able to tweak the equalizer to my liking and now it sounds amazing with the DTS mode one! Play with the equalizer, it will make them better! One con, you cannot enable DTS surround if you enable Hi-res audio, its a limitation. I did try the hi-res mode and sounded amazing with some hi-res songs I got from a trial from tidal. You can try it and its amazing. Just hoping that frigging game developers start switching to Hi-res audio too. Well, they're barely starting to use HDR in video, so heres hope.... Tried it also on my PS4 and sounded great with the DTS on. Just too much clutter with the cables (they are long enough, about 6 or 7 feet) and all. I just settled using my sony platinums for the PS4 (these sound waaaaay better) and don't have the hiss that some people say the wireless $320 version has (didn't go for that one as doesn't have Hi-res).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Game Changer

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    AllYourBase
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    I’m not going to lie, I bought these fully intending to return them. I just wanted to see how they compared to my A40s so I could feel superior that I own the best out there. Now, four days later, I’m trying to figure out how I’m going to explain the $250 Best Buy charge to my SO. No way are these going back. I’ve been gaming since childhood and have gone thru countless headsets over the years. These, by far and away, blow everything else out of the water. There’s simply no comparison. Where to begin? Fit and finish are impeccable. These are super high quality and really good looking; I can actually see myself wearing these outside, which I would have never done with every other headset I’ve owned. Set up was painless and more intuitive than I expected. Audio is unlike anything I’ve ever heard before in a gaming headset. Who knew Rainbow Six had so much depth of sound? It’s changed my game play as I’m now hearing things in places I hadn’t prior and I’m really getting a sense of distance that I never had. It’s incredible. Bottom line, these are the game changer I didn’t know I was waiting for. Anyone in the market for some used Astros?

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the best gaming headsets I've ever owned

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    VESPA5
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    I was pretty skeptical about dropping $250+ on a gaming headset. My Razer Kraken 7.1 v2's left earphone no longer worked (after only owning that thing for 9 months) so I decided to buy these. When setup properly (very important), the sound quality is fantastic! I've used the gamedac mainly for volume and mic/game volume but when you hop onto the SteelSeries Engine software for these headphones, you can manually add the bass boost. I was afraid these cans wouldn't have the bass punch that I'm used to with Razer headphones, but there's plenty of punch. I use these primarily for PC. The gamedac has a built in volume limiter but you can unlock that if you set the 'gain' setting to 'high'. Pros: -Excellent sound -DTS Surround sounds a lot better than most other virtual surround gimmicks I've tried -Very easy to figure out the GameDAC menus -Very comfy -The mic is excellent Cons: -Pricey -The headstrap is weird, to tighten this thing on your head, you have this one long strap to adjust that pretty much pushes hard on top of your head, I've loosened it up as much as I could -You really have to take the time to mess with your EQ to make the thing sound great -The GameDAC is only compatible with SteelSeries headphones. You can't use any other headphones to attach to it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Extremely Uncomfortable for Big Heads

    Posted
    WIll
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    I would say I've done about 4 hours of research into a new gaming headset for around 150-250. After seeing rave reviews and only a few concerns I figured the Arctis Pro would be a perfect choice for me. Unfortunately this was not the case as the headset was FAR too small for my head. The distance from ear to ear is uncomfortable but manageable, but the distance from ear to top of head is absolutely unwearable for anyone with a bigger head (as mine is). The steel band presses on your head leading to a headache in my case, and the cushions push up on your ears constantly. This being said, I didn't even bother plugging them in as I know I wouldn't be able to keep them, so my rating is a 2/5 as I can only speak to the fact that these are literally unwearable for me. I really wanted these headphones to work, and I'm extremely disappointed in a brand as trustworthy as Steelseries. Not sure why there's no vertical adjustment options, but it needs to be implemented or these headphones will continue to be unwearable for those with bigger heads.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great headphones with fantastic sound!

    Posted
    DeathProofKat
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    Bought these to replace my Astro A50’s and was pleasantly surprised by the improved clarity and rich sound these produced, although the bass aspect didn’t seem as deep as my original headset. These come with a very customizable tuner to find the right sweet spot in your games and the lighting effects are stylish. After wearing these for more than a few hours, I can really appreciate the adjustable Velcro band, which provided just the right amount of comfort—and the ear muff material didn’t hurt my ears after long sessions. The cords are all long enough to comfortably sit about 5-8 feet away from your TV. Between this wired headset over its more expensive wireless counterpart, I’d recommend these for not having to worry about battery life in favor of an always wired connection that never loses any sound.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Very Good until it broke a week in

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    John
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    I will try to keep this short and sweet, headphones were great for the first week I had them. Sound Quality was solid, functionality was good, comfort and mic were awesome! I play a lot of Destiny, went into the weekend wit a group to run cards for Trials and something starting ringing constantly, no matter what I did. I unplugged, reset the DAC everything, the odd thing was I had everyone mute themselves and it continue. I soon found out that something was happening while in Private Party Chat, did not happen otherwise. It didnt matter who was in the chat, it happen no matter who was in there. Big turn off, considering I gave them a shot because I had High Battery Drainage on my Astro A50's. If you are going to spend $300 on a headset I do not recommend these from my experiences, I would prefer the A50's.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

    Not Great

    Posted
    JDog2pt0

    So, I'm surprised at the number of glowing reviews for this headset. I know how an individual perceives sound is different person to person, but this headset, it really isn't that great. The highs and mids seemed incredibly muddled, and at the same time too trebly. Bass was whatever, it is a closed back after all. Being a closed back the soundscape was terrible so it's hard to tell where sounds are coming from. And talk about unconformable. If you have a bigger head you're not gonna like these. They squeeze the crap out of you, and barely covered my ears even all the way down. The HQ audio? A gimmick . Seriously, why bother with an audiophile grade feature, with a headset that barely performs? I traded these in for the Astro A40s in one day. That's how badly I disliked them. Thankfully, the A40s blow these cans out of the water in (almost) every way imaginable. The Steelseries do have a better pickup on their mic, but that's it.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nothing short of amazing

    Posted
    BobLobla
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    Headset is amazing. Firmware update for additional volume gain. Sound is crisp and clear with solid, punchy bass. For a gaming headset, music sounds amazing. I knew going into that the wired version would bother me slightly, with the limited range and all -- and it does, but it has been tolerable; so far. I purchased 10' optical and micro USB cables online so my range was improved; however, the proprietary cable from the DAC to the cans is much too short (I think Steelseries sells an extension on their website). To sum it up....I was incredibly hesitant to spend this much on a headset, but now I'm spendinf even more to buy and try the wireless version, to determine if the wireless performs the same so it can replace my travel headphones. Couldn't be happier with my purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    Super over hyped Headset!!!!

    Posted
    Pinkfloyd1173

    So I went and got these today, was pretty jazzed about them because seen some good reviews about them. Well man did I make a big mistake getting these things, they sound awful, the best way I can describe them is if you put on ear muffs and then you put these on! The audio is bad, I played with the eq settings and nothing changed, they are not that loud and are very uncomfortable if you have a big head. I have had alot of gaming headsets, and in my opinion the best set is, 2 gen or TR Astro mixamp with any other headset other than the astro a40. I have both mixamps and I use the hyper x core and also the hyper x alpha headset with the mixamps. That set up blows these out the water!!!!! The audio is so crisp and they are loud. BUYER beware these have alot of gimmicks and are a awful headset for the price of $250.00. Get the Astro TR mix amp and hook them up with a good headset, for about $150.00 you will be better off.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Really amazing, not all smooth.

    Posted
    evloseR
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    Let start this first of all by saying that I am an avid gamer who has probably spent ~7,000+ hours or so playing PC Games, most of that time I was wearing a headset. I'll be up front, this is not a headset where it feels, "Weightless" when it's on your head. This is a quality headset, built from quality materials. The interface that it operates through (GameDac) is very useful with its easily accessible volume mixer. I guess the only, "Downfall" I've run into is the sound quality; it's still pretty nice its just not the headset you should purchase if you're not looking to game with it. I haven't had any problems yet that weren't very easy to solve myself and the customer service of Steelseries is smooth and quick if you do ever have a problem. I do recommend this headset for its simplicity and quality of build.

    I would recommend this to a friend