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SteelSeries intros the Arctis Pro lineup of gaming headsets

SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC gaming headset (Source: SteelSeries)
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC gaming headset (Source: SteelSeries)
The family of gaming headsets introduced by SteelSeries earlier this month includes the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, which is the first certified Hi-Res Audio headset in the gaming world, and the Arctis Pro Wireless. Their prices are US$249.99 and US$329.99, but those on a tight budget can also pick the Arctis Pro without the USB DAC for US$179.99.

Earlier this month, SteelSeries has introduced two Arctis Pro gaming headsets, and now the first reviews are out and they definitely look (and sound) good. These two new headsets are the Arctis Pro + GameDAC (also available without the USB DAC for a lower price) and the Arctis Pro Wireless.

According to SteelSeries, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC is the first Hi-Res Audio (HRA)-certified gaming headset, so it has been confirmed by a tough series of tests conducted by the Japan Audio Society (JAS) that this audio accessory can provide gamers with "high-fidelity, full-resolution audio in its purest form." These are a few technical highlights for those who know their audio gear:

  • ESS Sabre 9018 DAC and AMP with 96 kHz, 24-bit native support
  • 121 dB dynamic range
  • 32 Ohm impedance
  • -115 dB total harmonic distortion + noise
  • high-density neodymium magnets for 10 Hz lows and highs up to 40,000 Hz
  • 3D virtualization via DTS Headphone:X 2.0

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless uses a USB transmitter for wireless 2.4G lossless audio and Bluetooth for mobile audio, being able to use both connections simultaneously. In this case, the user can easily game while using Discord or listening to music. This headset also features the swappable dual-battery setup that SteelSeries introduced with the Siberia 800 and 840.

Both the DAC and wireless transmitter feature an OLED display for quick settings adjustment without the need of any additional software. Another common feature is the retractable ClearCast microphone, which delivers very good clarity and background noise cancellation, as you can see (and hear) in the reviews below.

Unfortunately, the premium build quality, specs, and Hi-Res Audio certified sound do not come cheap. These are the prices: US$179.99 for the Arctis Pro, US$249.99 for the Arctis Pro + GameDAC, and US$329.99 for the Arctis Pro Wireless.

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SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

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Codrut Nistor, 2018-03-31 (Update: 2018-03-31)
Codrut Nistor
Codrut Nistor - News Editor
Although I have been writing about new software and hardware for almost a decade, I consider myself to be old school. I always enjoy listening to music on CD or tape instead of digital files and I will not even get into the touchscreen vs physical keys debate. However, I also enjoy new technology, as I now have the chance to take a look at the future every day. I joined the Notebookcheck crew back in 2013 and I have no plans to leave the ship anytime soon.