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  • Contoured and ergonomic ear cups, plus lightweight, precision-fit comfort headband
  • 40mm Full-Spectrum (20Hz~20kHz) Neodymium Drivers
  • Removable microphone to allow use as headphones when not gaming
  • Reversible ear cups for compact storage
  • Includes silencer technology to eliminate background noise so your voice is heard clearly
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 2.8 x 9.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B002J9HCV0
  • Item model number: 51EF0180AA001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 27, 2009

Product Description

Product Description

Creative Labs brings you the Sound Blaster Arena USB Gaming Headset, an all in one sound system for the ultimate gaming audio experience powered by award winning Sound Blaster technology. Laptop or desktop? The100% digital USB connection delivers hassle-free, crystal clear audio whatever your system choice is. Powerful built in Sound Blaster X-Fi technology with EAX support gives you unrivaled 3D positional surround sound so effective it’s like being able to see in the dark. Combined with VoiceFX to cloak your voice and Silencer technology to suppress background noise, it’s the clear weapon of choice for the demanding gamer. Designed for extended gaming sessions, its light, flexible headband and soft earpads ensure maximum comfort, Precision Full Spectrum drivers deliver unparalleled sonic accuracy, while the detachable noise-canceling microphone and handy in-line volume control, ensure optimum performance. Sound Blaster Arena – a sensory advantage that’s so good, they’ll say it’s unfair.

From the Manufacturer

The Sound Blaster Arena USB Gaming Headset from Creative Labs brings a fully immersive gaming audio experience to any computer. Thanks to Sound Blaster X-Fi technology with EAX support integrated into the headset, you'll get 3D positional surround sound experience regardless of the computer you're using,. And with a comfortable design and detachable noise-canceling microphone, you'll be ready to dominate all-night gaming sessions.

Sound Blaster Arena Features

Amazing Gaming Audio
X-Fi and EAX gaming effects technology gives you 3D surround sound and an unrivaled sense of realism.
Suppress Background Noise
Silencer technology suppresses noise so teammates can hear you in noisy gaming environments.
Disguise Your Voice
With VoiceFX, you can alter your voice to disguise yourself or take on different personas.
"We have been reaping the benefits of Sound Blaster X-Fi audio for years and can't imagine playing without it. Now with the addition of Silencer, we have the most advanced audio arsenal in competitive gaming. And because it's USB, it's easy to take out on the road to tournaments."

Jason Lake, Founder and CEO of Team Complexity, the premiere competitive gaming brand in North America

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Built-in X-Fi Technology for 3D Positional Surround Sound
The Sound Blaster Arena is designed to be an all-in-one gaming sound system that will bring an amazing audio experience to your system of choice. Whether connected to a desktop or laptop, the USB connection provides a 100% digital connection for superb audio.

And since Sound Blaster X-Fi technology with EAX support is built into the headset, you will be armed with all the power of a Sound Blaster sound card with the portability and convenience of a USB headset. The Sound Blaster Arena will deliver unrivaled 3D positional surround sound no matter what system you're using. With X-Fi technology and EAX gaming effects, you'll even be able to hear the soft footsteps of your enemies walking towards you--no matter where they are in game.

Bring the Same Sound Everywhere
The ear cups are reversible for compact storage, letting you take the headset wherever you go so you'll enjoy the same, consistent surround sound and gaming audio no matter where you're playing.

Noise-Canceling Microphone Can Disguise Your Voice
Gain an advantage on the competition with the Arena's built-in microphone featuring Silencer and VoiceFX technology. Silencer uses an intelligent noise-canceling technology, so when you're giving orders to your teammates, they'll hear you loud and clear even in a noisy gaming environment. And with VoiceFX, you can alter your voice to sound like different characters, whether as a strategic ploy or for fun and amusement.

And when your gaming is over, you can remove the microphone boom and use the headset to enjoy some high-quality music.

Designed with the Gamer in Mind
The Arena headset is designed to meet the needs of even the most competitive gamer. It features a lightweight, flexible headband that reduces fatigue, and ergonomic, cushioned ear pads that remain comfortable even during extended gaming sessions. The contoured ear cups also provide great sound isolation, so you can concentrate on your gaming.

An inline volume control pod provides added convenience, letting you quickly change the volume and mute the microphone when needed.

The Sound Blaster Arena USB Gaming Headset is backed by a one-year limited warranty.

What's in the Box
USB Headset with detachable microphone and in-line volume control, and X-Fi Installation CD.

With X-Fi and EAX surround effects, you'll have such a gaming advantage over others, it'd be almost unfair.

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Sound Blaster Arena Surround USB Gaming Headset
Headphone Quality Ergonomic ear cups with sound isolation Velvet Padding Velvet Padding Ergonomic ear cups with sound isolation
Audio Speaker Size 40mm Drivers (Full-Spectrum) 40mm Drivers 40mm Drivers 40mm Drivers (Full-Spectrum)
Removable Microphone? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Connection Type 3.5mm jack 3.5mm jack USB 2.0 USB 2.0
Inline Volume / Mute Yes Yes Yes Yes
Sound Control Location Along the cable Along the cable Along the cable Along the cable
Sound Control Volume control /
Mute on and off
Volume control /
Mute on and off
Volume control /
Mute on and off
Volume control /
Mute on and off
Silencer Tech Enabled Yes
(with Sound Blaster Titanium Series Sound Card)
No No Yes
Voice FX Enabled Yes No No Yes
X-Fi Enabled Yes
(When used with an X-Fi Sound Card)
No Yes Yes
Ideal For FPS Desktop Gamer / MMO (Recommend Sound Blaster TI Series Sound Card) Everyday Desktop Gamer/ MMO (Recommend Sound Blaster Sound Card) Everyday Desktop or Laptop Gaming / VOIP MMO / FPS / Competitive LAN Gamer

Customer Reviews

I highly recommend these to anyone looking for a mid priced headphone replacement.
Eric S. Kientzy
I have also used them for chatting with my sisters online and they are comfortable, I can hear my sister talking very clearly and she can hear me just as well.
M. Yeazle
The headset is deceptively light when wearing it, the padding on the headband is very comfortable and the ear cups fit round my ears very well.
Paul Gilliham

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

27 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Gavin Scott on December 17, 2009
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I also have the Logitech G35 headset so this will be a comparison between the two.

The Arena headset is nicely made, though not as heavily over-engineered as the G35 in my opinion. The Arena have the advantage of lighter weight and probably more comfort for most people.

The mic boom on the Arena is springy and you really can't control the distance between the mic and your mouth as a result.

On Ventrilo, people reports that I sounded better on the Arena than on the G35, so on outgoing sound quality the Arena wins. I didn't notice a significant difference on received sound quality on either when using them for gaming.

I tried the Arena on two computers, and had some issues with Ventrilo on each, once with incoming and once with outgoing voice. In each case the sound would break up and become distorted and unintelligible. I did not have this problem with the G35. I was unable to isolate the cause of the problem so I can't say for sure that the Arena headset was at fault.

The Arena headset is relatively light weight, quite comfortable, and definitely in the premium headset category. It does not quite feel as serious as the G35 with their fabric wrapped cord and additional bulk, but many people will probably prefer the light weight of the Arena.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Jen VINE VOICE on December 17, 2009
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At the current price, you absolutely cannot go wrong with this headset. I admit, this headset is my husband's as I currently use Logitech G35 7.1-Channel Surround Sound Headset which I had received a few months prior. Due to the constant jealous glares and pouty faces I endured while my husband gamed without a quality headset, I decided it was time for him to have his own! I have tested it quite thoroughly and compared it with it's much more expensive counterpart and I have good news. The Sound Blaster Arena headset is almost as awesome as my aforementioned Logitech headset and it's currently half the price.

We game online a lot and so the mic is a necessity. After lots of surprise tests with both headsets, my friends and guildmates could not tell a difference when I was using either of the headsets. My voice was heard loud and clear on both and I had no complaints. The silencing feature present on both headsets is also very important to game immersion and I will admit, I didn't feel quite as immersed with the Sound Blaster Arena. The ear cups fit my head perfectly and very comfortably, but for some reason I could hear more background noise with this headset on than with my Logitech headset. The difference was minor and I don't think one would notice if they weren't directly comparing the two.

One thing this headset lacks are the extra "G" buttons that the Logitech headset has on the left side. I have never used these buttons so it's not really a loss, in my opinion. I do believe they control the voice changer (which is good for a few laughs and then your friends will tire of it quickly!) and can also be customized to other tasks as well, such as controlling your media player. Handy, but again, I don't use them so I can't really fault this headset for not having them.
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49 of 59 people found the following review helpful By StealthBeast on May 26, 2010
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PC FPS gamer here. I've used a variety of actual surround sound headsets with mixed results. Some of them sound terrible, some of them break within a month, some of them are great and I can literally hear people's footsteps through the walls and shoot 'em (HEHEHE...) Some were so spectacular, that I'd find myself taking the headset off to react to a sound I heard in my room, only to realize it came from the game. So I know a thing or two about surround-sound headsets from the consumer's end.

The good news:

Flexible yet tough. RIDICULOUSLY comfortable, seriously, all headsets should be this nice. The mic works beautifully. The sound sounded nice to me (remember, I'm a gamer, not an audio artist). The price seemed okay, it was easy to set up, the mic is removable (yet not prone to droop), and it doesn't suffer from "stupidly-short-cord"syndrome. It would be the best headset I ever used if it weren't for...

The bad news:

This product was flaunted off as a surround-sound headset. This is NOT a surround-sound headset, this is a STEREO headset with "engulfing" sound. At first, you'd swear it WAS surround sound, but once you go into a 3d environment, it becomes apparent that it is simply stereo.. So it was not quuiiite as advertised. Is that illegal? No. It IS... ear-surrounding sound... But there was definitely some misrepresentation here. While it is my fault for not researching thoroughly enough into other customers reviews... that doesn't mean I'm cool with getting tricked...

If it was a surround sound headset, this product would have gotten a happy 5/5.


I don't think I'd recommend this even if you ARE looking for stereo. The price would have been steal if it was an actual 5.1 SS or 7.1 SS headset. But STEREO? You don't need to spend 80 dollars on a set of stereo headphones... 20 to 40 dollars will get you a nice, comfortable headset.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Antonio M. Cuevas on January 2, 2010
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Introduction and Backstory:

It's been a while since I've done a review but with my most recent purchase, I like them too much to keep the enthusiasm inside myself no longer. As many know from my last review [...], my laptop setup consisted of sound wise was my Sound Blaster 5.1 Surround USB External Soundcard and Razer Barracuda HP-1 5.1 Gaming Headset. Now don't get me wrong, the speakers on my G71GX-RX05 are pretty alright, especially if I want to listen to some shoutcast radio within the house while I chill writing or doing chores. It's gaming that I have a high standard for in regards to audio.
First things first though, some back story - it will be a bit long winded but it'll hit the review process sooner than you think.

Unlike alot of people, I'm optimistically positive of Creative. Yes, they have somewhat lost their touch over the years since the Audigy days we all remember. Even I had a hard time finding the right [vista] drivers for my [old/removed] desktop's Creative Xtreme Gamer X-Fi sound card. The one thing though once I did find the right drivers was fall in love with EAX and the X-Fi's sound itself(Alchemy is ESPECIALLY Helpful with my older games). I love how certain games just make the X-FI sound good, especially with EAX (like Doom 3, etc.) Because of this though, I can't suffice with onboard sound anymore, games sound lacking to me without EAX or X-Fi sound. So once I got my new laptop, I immediately grabbed the X-Fi Surround 5.1 USB External Soundcard and then I fell in love with my games sound all over again.

This may come as a shock but my G71GX-RX05 travels with me alot, unlike what people think I find the laptop to be very portable and not that heavy at all (I do go to the gym alot though).
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