I’m not one for low quality headphones. I spend a lot on them and that’s a bit of a burden to me. I love my sound quality and I love my base with a bit of ohm-ph…see what I did there? I know, poor.
SteelSeries today has introduced a audiophile level of headset. These don’t come around often and with the price range that the highest flagship model has to offer with the Arctis-Pro + GameDAC it’s definitely there to compete with the like of the brand new Sennheiser GSP 600 (No DAC, sold separately) and the ROG Centurion for it’s nearest competition. But you begin to see the value that this line has to offer.
There will be 3 headsets the the Arctis Pro will be offering. The Arctis Pro + DAC, Arctis Pro Wireless and the Arctis Pro. The Arctis Pro Wireless will offer, well, wireless audio quality with lossless dual-wireless system delivering the highest quality a wireless headset has to offer.
Here is what CEO, Ehtisham Rabbani had to say:
“Until now, innovation in gaming graphics and displays have outpaced progress in gaming audio solutions,”
“The Arctis Pro is designed for gamers who seek high fidelity audio and who want to hear everything the sound engineers created, the same way they seek high-res, immersive visuals.”
Arctis Pro + GameDAC
The Arctis Pro + GameDAC is gaming’s first certified Hi-Res Audio System that ensures high-fidelity 96kHz/24-bit with no need for down-sampling. Featuring the legendary ESS Sabre DAC and amp, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC allows gamers to experience the pure joy of high fidelity audio.
The Arctis Pro headsets feature premium speaker drivers with high-density neodymium magnets that reproduce Hi-Res audio out to 40,000 Hz, nearly double the capability of most standard headsets (22,000 Hz). With 121 decibels (dB) of dynamic range and -95dB Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC performs as well as high-end audiophile equipment. For gamers, this means they hear the cleanest and purest audio possible.
The SteelSeries GameDAC is a dedicated high-fidelity USB DAC and amplifier specifically made for gaming. The GameDAC transforms any PS4 or PC into a high-performance audio source by bypassing the low fidelity, poor quality DACs found in typical console controllers, USB headsets and PC sound cards. Its dedicated headphone amplifier circuit delivers abundant power to the Arctis Pro headset for strong output levels with extremely low distortion. The power of the ESS Sabre chip inside makes bass sound tighter, individual sound effects more distinct and with the support of DTS Headphone:X 2.0, creates pin-point accurate positional cues.
The GameDAC also features an OLED screen for easy access to settings and controls without the use of additional software. This means PlayStation 4 gamers can fully customise their EQ, toggle surround sound, configure their headset illumination as well as see their volume and ChatMix levels, without using a PC. PC gamers looking for an even deeper level of customisation can use SteelSeries Engine software for total personalisation.
Now the one for me, and i’m a stickler for this and will annoy a lot of gamers out there, but I have to play wireless. When I run around the house I don’t want to be constantly taking my headset off to then jump back on a game 5 minutes later. A lot of people will tend to say wireless isn’t the best way for gamers due to interference. However I just have to have wireless for those reasons. This is where the Arctic Pro Wireless will definitely come in to play.
Arctis Pro Wireless
The Arctis Pro Wireless is a dual-wireless gaming audio system that uses a USB transmitter for wireless 2.4G lossless audio and Bluetooth for mobile audio. All headsets in the line use the same industry-leading 40,000 Hz capable high-fidelity speaker drivers and feature the same comfortable, award-winning design. However, unlike the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, the Arctis Pro Wireless features the swappable dual-battery system first introduced by SteelSeries with the Siberia 800 and Siberia 840. Each battery has at least 10 hours of power for a combined 20 hours of gaming.
Gamers can use both the 2.4G and Bluetooth connections simultaneously for maximum flexibility, including gaming while usingDiscord chat or listening to music. The Arctis Pro Wireless headset connects to the wireless transmitter base station viaSteelSeries’ 2.4G connection. This provides lossless and ultra-low latency wireless audio with up to 40 feet of range. Auto-channel hopping technology ensures the headset will always find clean RF space for interference-free performance.
Like the GameDAC, the Arctis Pro Wireless’ wireless transmitter features an OLED screen for quick settings adjustments without the need for additional software. However, for those who want even more options, SteelSeries Engine software on PC delivers deeper customisation.
The Arctic Pro line up is now available around the world. The Arctic Pro + GameDAC being £249.99 and the Arctic Pro Wireless at £299.99.