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SteelSeries - Arctis 7 Wireless DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, PlayStation, VR, Mobile - Black

Hear every note or footstep while gaming with this SteelSeries Arctis headset. A ski goggle headband and Airweave ear cushions provide maximum comfort during wear, and the attached ClearCast microphone transmits voice without an additional microphone for games and online chat. Surround sound speakers supply this SteelSeries Arctis headset with high-quality sound for play, music and voice.

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    Overview

    What's Included


    • Arctis Card
    • Micro-USB charging cable
    • Mobile/Console cable
    • Owner's manual
    • SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Gaming Headset for PC, Mac, PlayStation, VR, Mobile
    • Wireless transmitter

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    88% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (503 out of 575)

    Features


    Enjoy a premium virtual 3D audio experience with DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround on PC, stereo audio on Mac, PS4, XBox ONE, VR, and mobile

    Perfectly contours your head while continuously distributing the weight of the headset across the entire ski goggle band

    AirWeave fabric ear cushions are insanely cool and soft to the touch. Memory foam is wrapped in the breathable, moisture-wicking fabric coated with a special thermoplastic material that provides noise isolation

    S1 Speaker Drivers sound amazing for all types of games, movies, music & everything else

    Lag-Free Wireless Audio: Continuous frequency-hopping technology prevents any and all lag

    DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound goes above and beyond any other surround sound solution. You can perfectly identify positional audio, including enemy location and environmental cues (available only in Windows)

    Control the action from almost anywhere in the room without cords getting in the way thanks to wireless technology

    Balance and adjust the volume between your game and chat audio directly from your headset using the On-Ear ChatMix Dial

    Compatible with PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Windows, Mac, Android and iOS

    Bidirectional ClearCast noise-canceling retractable microphone delivers incredibly clear voice communication, focusing on the user's speech while acoustically eliminating virtually all background noise


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 575 reviews

    87%
    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 4.2 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

    Pros

    Cons

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      The most comfortable headphones I've ever tried

      Posted
      Scott
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      First of all I'll just say, headphones are extremely subjective. Headphones I say sound great and are comfortable you may find to sound terrible and are the most uncomfortable thing you've ever put on your head. So, this is my review for the Arctis 7. This is by far, the most comfortable set of headphones I've ever used and they just so happen to sound fantastic as well - this is all subjective so see below. TLDR; Great sounding headset, extremely comfortable for my small/medium head. Doesn't put pressure on the top of my head which has always been an issue for me. Overall highly recommended, has some quirky buttons and the software is blah but not a big deal. If you have a large head or you want a ton of bass, look elsewhere. Research: I've bought, used, returned, sold on craigslist just about every headphone/headset under the sun. This includes audiophile grade sets like the HD650 and K7xx(702) as well as Logitech's G933, Hyper cloud x 2's - you name it I've tried it. The reason I've tried so many different kinds is I found all of those varying levels of uncomfortable, until the Arctis 7. Comfort: 5/5 I have a small head and most headphones seem uncomfortable to me, especially on the top of my head. This is a snug fitting pair of headphones that I wouldn't recommend for someone with a large head. If you have a large head, I've also owned the G933, get those they are freakin' huge (and really good). The drivers touch my ears ever so slightly but it isn't an issue for me. Initially when I put these on I thought they weren't comfortable. But the elastic material just disappears after about 5-10 minutes of wearing these as opposed to getting more noticeable with the other sets I've tried. I really do forget I'm wearing headphones with this set. I found myself not adjusting these at all vs. other sets I'm constantly moving around trying to get them just right on my head. Sound: 5/5 I'm not audiophile but I've used audiophile grade headphones combined with amps/dacs yada yada yada. Honestly, these sound fantastic, they remind me of reference headphones which means they are relatively flat sounding. These aren't the headphones to get if you want to listen to booty bouncing bass tracks. However, they are great for gaming and do have a nice amount of bass to immerse you into whatever you're playing. The presets are nice and varied, I use the "immerse" preset and it does great for me. I can pin point where people are in FPS games when I hear someones foot splash and echo in a cave I know exactly where to expect them to be. Wireless: 5/5 Fantastic, no cut in and out, no lag. No dog jumping on me and ripping the headphones off my head. Recharge cable included is way too short, needs to be twice as long to allow for cable management. Mic: 4/5 My friends say it sounds clear but it's a bit nasally. Overall they prefer it to my old desktop mic. Software: 3/5 My rating system is flawed but I'll let this one slip through because the hardware is great. The software isn't great folks. It's hard to tell if these are even charging at first, it doesn't tell you much about the headset. The equalizer is great however allowing you to use presets or tune to your liking. It's hard to explain but the software just feels... cheap. Hopefully they update the software. Features: 5/5 Mic side tone is a great feature. Any close backed headphone should have this, being able to hear myself and adjust the level of that is amazing. During loud gaming moments I don't find myself yelling to my buddies because I can hear myself in the headset. I personally don't use the chat split audio because of discord but that is also such a great feature, bravo. I was able to tune the mic sensitivity in discord so that it doesn't pick up keyboard/mouse clicks. Buttons: 4/5 I wish the power button was just a simple sliding on/off button like the logitech but it works fine and is well positioned. The various plugs are a bit confusing at first and steelseries basically tells you nothing about them in their little booklet so I found myself searching online for answers. Seriously, include a picture of the headset with labels steelseries. Customization: 5/5 I love that you can replace the headband and cushions easily and they sell everything on their website. I plan on picking up leather cushions for the cold months and using the included cushions for warmer months. Quality oozes out of this headset, I feel like I will have these for a long long time. RGB: 5/5 There is none, thank you. In conclusion, I feel like my quest for a comfortable pair of gaming headphones has ended and thankfully they are wireless.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Very comfortable and sound great

      Posted
      MikeG

      These headphones are amazingly comfortable. No other brand I've tried have felt this light and virtually non-existent. The headband style makes the set feel virtually weightless. The earcups are extremely comfortable and cool, even though they are the enclosed variety, not open. My ears never feel hot or stifled. Even though I wear glasses, I can barely tell I'm even wearing these headphones even after hours of gaming or listening to music, and I have not been able to say that about any other headphones I've used. Ever. The sound is incredible. I have a lot of electronics in my gaming area, even have my Android smartphone close by most of the time, and not once in days since I started using them have I heard any distortion whatsoever. Even a pair of wireless Sennheisers I have produce a teeny amount of hiss and distortion just when changing positions, and I'm no more than 3 feet from the transmitter. But, not with these. I can't get the Arctis 7's to do anything of the sort. Crystal clear sound, always. From all over the house. Why the 4-star rating? Because the aforementioned Sennheisers, even being wireless and one of the low-end (around $90 when new) models they make, they still sound slightly better than the Arctis 7's. There is still a slight (when compared to the Sennheisers) muffled and "compressed" sound to the audio I've tried, whether it was games, or music that I'm highly familiar with. They just don't reproduce some of the awesome fidelity I'm accustomed to with better brands, even though some detailed audio testing shows that they reproduce sounds in normal human hearing ranges quite faithfully. There is just something slightly off with the sound for some reason, even after updating the firmware and installing the latest SteelSeries engine software from the manufacturer's website and tweaking all the surround sound and soundstage type settings. But, what can you expect from a "budget" gaming headset, right? The Sennheiser 120's are dedicated sound reproducers; no extra gaming electronics in there to get in the way of recreating superb sound. But, don't get me wrong. The Arctis 7's sound fantastic, work better than I could have ever hoped for, and overall, they are more comfortable than my Sennheiser HDR 120's. These Arctis 7's will become my new workhorse headphones after my 3rd pair of Turtle Beach X12 gaming headphones finally bit the dust. I was finally ready for an upgrade, and to get away from the cord. My last pair of wireless headphones before the Sennheisers were terrible at steady sound conduction (without hiss) and they would lag horribly after long periods of silence in games. The Arctis 7's are easily better than my TB X12's that aren't made anymore, which weren't all that comfortable to start with, and certainly weren't that great later in their useful lives. The Arctis 7's are great. I highly recommend them unless you're looking for audiophile quality listening. Who knows? Maybe with the right DAC and a dedicated headphone amp, these might move up to 5-star rating territory. Maybe one day I'll have that sort of budget to make that possible..

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Great features, too much hassle.

      Posted
      Tony

      While these are some of the better rated headphones around, the build and features of the headphones were just not on par with what I was looking for. ++++PROS++++ -The features of the headphones were great: charging while using, a bypass for speakers when the headphones are off, chat/game fade directly on the headphones themselves, as well as great mic quality. (The mic detects the lower tones in your voice and make you sound your age.) -The sound quality is better than most headphones in the way that it does not attempt to over tune the bass like Beats or other gaming headsets. However it required about 2 hours of tweaking around with settings to get it to sound not tinny. -The 7.1 is very accurate when it comes to position, however, it does require you to install additional software that didn't seem to work. -THE BATTERY LIFE WAS GREAT! I used it for a week and charged it 3 times for under an hour. I usually spend 8 - 12 hours in front of a computer a day as well. - The software was relatively easy to use and did not cause any problems when it came to driver issues. -No connectivity issues that I was aware of while using them, for those who are worried about it. ----CONS:---- - The BIGGEST Con for me was the padding makes your ears sit too close to the inside of the headset and presses against the hard plastic. The only way to avoid this was to push the headphones further forward on my head to relieve the pressure, however that threw off the sound. I could only wear them for about an hour without pain, before I became annoyingly aware of how sore my ears were. -These headphones required much tweaking around in the equalizer before they produced a satisfactory sound. The software is REQUIRED, or it will sound terrible. Not that it's a bad thing, but heads up. - 7.1 Surround sound does not work in all programs. Yes, I used the official tutorial. No, there were no software issues. Unless the game has an audio setup for 7.1, it will not work. -VR HEADSET USERS: I attempted to use these with my Vive. While they KINDA work, they are partially hanging off of your ear and the back of your head because they don't quite fit through the side of the band. I was using the replacement audio strap. Coupled with the lack of the 7.1 in all programs, it was a heavy break on the immersion. TLDR; While these headphones were good for what they are, they did not match up as a replacement for my Logitech G930s. There was too much I had to worry about with these headphones, even after a lengthy setup, that kept me away.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Fails on the "real" part on mic and headphones

      Posted
      Mario

      Bad microphone, not actual noise cancellation. The padding on the headset is great and soft, the metal band and the soft stretchy headband beats having to adjust and readjust it everytime. The actual headset isn't DTS 7.1 and the software on/off DTS-X feature turns sound into garbage. While it works with all other devices and it does work wirelessly it is only stereo and the included software is garbage as it doesn't really improve the sound quality, much less the microphone quality -There is no option. I contacted SteelSeries tech support and created a ticket for the microphone issue and they resolved nothing other than tell me it was microphone positioning. "That I should place it directly in front of my mouth with the rounded part facing outwards" Yet the retractable microphone only extends about 5 inches max and can't be placed in front of my mouth. They are yet to answer me for a resolution. The headset is heavy, compared to any other gaming headset and honestly, I do not find it suitable for more than 4 hours of usage without break. I have used them for both, gaming and work and after putting in some work into tweaking the audio I think I have managed to get the sound just about right, nothing close to the Turtle Beach 500p/700p and 800p or the HyperCloud X or HyperCloud X2 both brands that I've used actively with PS3/4 and my computer without compromise. The microphone in my opinion may work and may have "sound cancellation" I just can't get it right, no matter how much tweaking I do, at least not without using 3rd party noise cancellation software. The soft padding does feel like it offers some noise cancellation, not active for sure, but, at least it reduces the sound from leaking out and reduces plenty of external noise from disturbing your already crappy default sound. Honestly, for the price, you are getting a decent device assuming that you can figure out (and share with everyone) a way to tweak the sound to actually use the DTS-X 7.1 feature which I'm sure is capable off, and of course the microphone's noise cancellation which is non-existent. If having a microphone with noise cancellation is your big thing, find another brand like the Logitech H800 or some other dedicated for the office only that puts the microphone ahead while sacrificing sound. If you are seeking gaming super sound and the microphone feature is of no concern then you have a plethora of headsets that are way better for the same price. I honestly, can't find a reason why I would keep this headset around for gaming, movie, music or even chatting. Other people find this as a bargain, but, honestly, what are they doing right that I can't do.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Excellent compared to Astro A40 w/ mixamp

      Posted
      waitenr
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I have owned so many headphones, it is not even funny. My previous favorite were the Astro A40s - but I never cared for the amount of wires and the quality of the mic. I ended up returning these due to awful PC software and a headphone hiss that occured 100% of the time when no sound played. 3 pairs did that and I found it was a known issue of the included mixamp. Anyways, I got the arctis 7 for $100 on sale and they are very worth it. The wireless is so nice to have. I can walk all around my apartment and communicate with no issue. The mic quality is better than the A40s. The sound quality is VERY good for even $150, especially for them being wireless. I will admit the Astros sounded better, but not enough to justify +$100. These are the most comfortable headphones I have ever owned hands down. They do not get hot either. Battery life so far is 10-12 hours+. You can play with them plugged in to charge if needed, and the included cable is a good length if you are within ~2.5-3 feet of a port. I connected my speakers to the line out jack of the included receiver. When I turn off my headphones it automatically switches to speakers and vice versa. This also changes while in games (you pc gamers know you usually have to restart a game when changing an audio source). Not the case with these which is a MASSIVE plus for me. I love how you can save different sound profiles. I have one setup for the headphones and one for the speakers with different EQ settings. They also have live side mic sound so you can hear yourself while you talk if you want. Very nice to have since they are closed ear. Overall I would seriously recommend these over any headphones I have tried. The price is very good for the quality. I paid the $20 for the geek squad plan just in case so if they break I can just go to the store and swap them for the same or comparable set on the spot. TL;DR Pros: +wireless +comfort +mic and sound quality +battery life +game/chat volume rocker on headphones (incredible for balancing game sound and discord or other chat programs without messing with any settings. I can play Squad and adjust on the fly with no interruption.) +connections on receiver +COMFORT!! +works great on PC and PS4 (don't have xbox) Cons: -it is very easy to accidentally hit the volume wheel on the left when taking off/on. It is also easy to hit the game/chat wheel on the right cup. These are easily adjusted though so it isn't that big of a deal. But it does require me to adjust it most of the time when I remove them. I am sure eventually I will get used to it and wont hit them. -the dolby digital feature is kinda meh honestly. I always have it turned off because it sounds much better and I can hear things like footsteps much more accurately with it off. Don't buy them for this feature - you will be very disappointed.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      A great headset, but not for everyone

      Posted
      rwoody81

      I'll get straight to the point. TL:DR It's a great purchase (especially on sale) for the feature set. It doesn't fit everyone's head, but if it fits yours it's great. Minus one star for firmware issues, too loose volume controls, and fit problems. Pro's: Lots of great features, looks stylish, no hiss or hum in the connection, plenty of range, good mic Con's: Some people have reported the headset being too tight. It was actually WAY too loose for me. Either there's a problem with quality control on the headband tension, or a lot of people have super tiny heads. Many online reviews show this headset as having one of the highest levels of tension. I didn't get that. My headset shuffled on my ears when I turn left and right, and when I look down, the headset would slowly fall forward and eventually off my head altogether. I tried to (carefully) bend the aluminum headband to apply more tension, and it did bend to a sharper curve, but that did not increase the tension on my head. Adjusting the band either direction did not help either. The volume and chat wheels were too loose in my opinion. I often found myself brushing them with my fingers as I took the headset off and put it on. They should be tighter to resist that. The software that allows you to update the firmware would not recognize my headset. I tried changing USB ports, tried both USB 3.0 and 2.0, tried different cables, reinstalling the software, setting the software to "Run as Admin", rebooting the PC, pressing the tiny reset button in the earcup with a paperclip, nothing worked. I was not able to update the firmware at all. There have been many posts online about the same issues, but updating firmware is one of the main ways manufacturers fix issues, so if that's broken then the shelf product remains flawed. From what I could tell, the latest firmware update was only for minor fixes and software cosmetics, but that doesn't mean there wouldn't be a critical update that needs to come through one day. If the firmware updating process is broken, then you'll never get it. I will be returning my headset for the above reasons and going with something else, but those may not be issues for you.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Mid-Range Wireless Headset Out There!

      Posted
      HiTechLover
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Sound quality is impressive for a mid-range wireless headset. It has strong and warm bass and I can clearly hear those very low sub-bass sound. Bass is nice for such small 40mm drivers. Mid is great and the high is very clear and crisp. It has wide dynamic range and wide soundstage. I can hear pretty accurate positions of where sounds are coming from in movies and games. There is no lag or sound cut off on wireless transmission. You would assume there might be some wireless interference but this headset never has any of those problem. I tested it by listening to "Lean On by Major Lazer & DJ Snake" and the bass is impressive. This is the song I used to test every headset I come into contact out there. It has nice, strong, and warm bass. So a good quality headset should produces that nice and warm bass. Some people complain that the sound is not good. Those people don't know what they are talking about for sure. In order to get accurate and high quality sound, you need to listen to original audio source people. Don't listen to anything you download or YouTube on the internet and expect high sound quality because some of those sources has been altered, compressed, and reduced in quality. Listen to Blueray movies and lossless audio music and you will get the best sound quality. Streaming online will not give you great sound on this headset and even for the most expensive headset out there too. Overall, it sounds excellent for everything. You need to download the SteelSeries Engine 3 drivers from their website. This will help enhance the sound quality and you can adjust its settings. If you just plug it in the first time and expect high sound quality, you haven't set it up right. Make sure you select the correct profile from its engine control. Select Music for music, Movies for movie, and Game for games. You can turn on DTS for games and movies and you will hear theater like sound quality. Don't turn DTS on just for listening to music, it doesn't sound that good, it is for surround sound such as movies and games. Battery life is great on this one. It lasted me about two weeks for using it about 1 hour a day. It feels comfortable too. My old CM Storm Sirus 5.1 headset gives me headache every time I put it on my head. Arctis 7 doesn't gives me headache at all and its sound quality blows the CM Storm out of the water. I don't have any problems with it, at least not yet. Overall, I am happy and feel it is worth it for the price range.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Using While Reviewing

      Posted
      CrayRay

      Firstly, I bought these to use with my PS4. Since most people look at reviews for what's wrong with the product I'll start there. CONS: -I did have to spend a great deal of time switching between laptop and PS4 in order to use the equalizer and get the headset to sound exactly as I wanted. You'll want to do this otherwise it will sound very flat on console. -Not surround sound for console and the game/chat mixer will also not work on console (I was aware of this before purchasing) -They are a bit heavier than I was expecting -A bit overpriced in my opinion -They are not bluetooth so don't plan to be wireless while listening to music on your phone while out and about -Looks kind of funny sitting on my head PROS: -Sound quality is PHENOMENAL. After using the SteelSeries Engine I got it to sound perfect for both games and music. For best results I suggest setting up different configurations for game and music. -Fully wireless on console -VERY COMFY. They have a suspension ski-goggle type headband and it is adjustable. I do need a break after multiple hours of use. -Retractable mic -Small light at the end of the mic that shines red when muted. This is one of my favorite features because I always forget I muted my mic and end up talking to no one. Now I can clearly tell if its muted. -Great battery life so far -You can plug an aux cord into the dongle and connect you phone to game AND listen to music. -Mic quality is pretty good -Aesthetically pleasing -Comes with some stickers! Overall I love this headset. I've had them for only about a month but they work great for what I needed. They probably performs their best as a PC headset but do not hesitate to use these for console. Remember to download the firmware right after you get these and play around with the equalizer to find the sound you want.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 4.2 out of 5 stars with 11 reviews

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