Review: SteelSeries' Arctis Pro is a gaming headset made for audiophiles – TNW

SteelSeries has been making gaming headphones since before I landed my first headshot, but they’ve never been something that appealed to my hi-fi sensibilities. This wasn’t exclusive to SteelSeries; like so many other gamers with an audiophiliac bent, I almost always found headphones made by established hi-fi brands outperformed headphones specifically marketed at gamers, even if that meant sacrificing some practicality in-game.

The company is well aware of this though. Enter the Arctis Pro, SteelSeries’ attempt to build gaming headphones for people like me.

There are two variants, one wired ($249) and one wireless ($329). Both feature an attractive minimalist design in a charcoal grey – you wouldn’t be able to tell they were gaming headphones if it weren’t for the microphone, which leaves a little nub on the left earcup even when fully retracted.

Okay, that’s not totally true. The wired headset has RGB lighting. It’s still a gaming headset, so it practically has to right? It’s kept pretty tasteful though, with just a thin red oval surrounding the earcups.

I’ve worn them for hours on end and found them to be comfortable. The elastic headband maintains a secure fit on my noggin, but is also adjustable for comfort. I wish they isolated more outside sound; I’d gladly trade in the sporty earcup fabric for material with a better seal.

Everything included with the Arctis Pro Wireless

Although both headphones feature identical drivers (as in, the speakers in the earcups), the wired model is aimed a more directly at audiophiles. It comes with a “GameDAC” (digital-to-analog converter) capable of playing back 96khz/24-bit sound (it’s an ESS Sabre DAC, if you care about such things). SteelSeries says it’s the first gaming headphone to be Hi-Res Audio certified, although in my experience, that doesn’t always mean much.

The GameDAC itself if pretty nifty.

Read More Here...

This entry was posted in Casino Gambling Stocks News. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post. Trackbacks are closed, but you can post a comment.