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- The GameDAC dedicated DAC and headphone amp 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
- Gaming's first certified Hi-Res Audio system ensures that you hear high-fidelity 96 kHz / 24 bit audio at its purest full resolution with no down-sampling
- Arctis Pro + GameDAC is the first gaming headset system to include the legendary ESS Sabre DAC and amp for unsurpassed audio quality with 121 dB of dynamic range and -115 dB THD+N
- Premium Hi-Res speakers with high-density neodymium magnets reproduce a full, expansive frequency range from 10 - 40,000 Hz with stunning realism and clarity
- Luxurious polished steel and aluminum alloy construction offers maximum durability and a consistent fit
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Certified Hi-Res Audio
Arctis Pro + GameDAC is the world’s first certified Hi-Res gaming audio system. With specs surpassing the Japanese Audio Society’s rigorous Hi-Res requirements, you’ll hear game audio and music like never before.
ESS Sabre DAC Chip
The heart of the GameDAC is the legendary ESS Sabre 9018, revered for its unsurpassed audio quality with 121 dB of dynamic range and -115 dB THD+N. Bass sounds tighter, effects more distinct and positional cues more accurate.
Customization at Your Fingertips
The intuitive OLED menu lets you quickly adjust your volume, balance your ChatMix, and dial in your perfect sound with the onboard 10-band equalizer, all without installing software.
Hi-Res Capable Speaker Drivers
Premium speaker drivers with high-density neodymium magnets reproduce Hi-Res audio to 40,000 Hz, nearly double most headsets (22,000 Hz) and twice what the human ear can hear.
Luxurious Materials Throughout
From the gunmetal finish on the lightweight steel headband and aluminum alloy hangers, to the soft touch coating on the removable speaker plates, every surface is a sophisticated tactile experience.
ClearCast Bidirectional Microphone
Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the retractable Arctis ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and exceptional background noise cancellation.
DTS Headphone:X v2.0
Next generation Headphone:X v2.0 immerses you in the action by delivering incredibly accurate positional cues. Lose yourself in the game as the audio comes to life all around you.
Connect Everything with GameDAC
Join external VoIP chat or take phone calls from another device via the 3.5mm mobile jack. Use the Line Out jack to connect to a pair of powered speakers or to output your audio mix for streaming.
Built for Professionals
Arctis Pro + GameDAC was built from the ground up to deliver the best audio ever found in gaming. Esports athletes demand the highest quality sound, comfort and materials and Arctis Pro delivers.
|Arctis Pro + GameDAC||Arctis Pro Wireless|
|Electronics||GameDAC||Transmitter Base Station|
|Speaker Drivers||Hi-Res, 40,000 Hz Output||Hi-Res, 40,000 Hz Output|
|Hi-Res Audio Certified||Yes||No|
|Surround Sound||DTS Headphone:X v2.0||DTS Headphone:X v2.0|
|Connections||USB, Optical, 3.5mm||USB, Optical, 3.5mm|
|Compatibility||PC and PS4||PC and PS4|
Arctis Pro + GameDAC delivers gaming's first certified Hi-Res Audio system, ensuring you hear high-fidelity 96 kHz / 24 bit, full resolution audio at its purest, with no down-sampling. The gaming audio system includes the legendary ESS Sabre DAC and amp, guaranteeing your audio comes through with unsurpassed quality. Plus, Arctis Pro + GameDAC is designed with luxury materials like polished steel and aluminum alloy, and the exclusive Arctis ski goggle headband and Airwave performance fabric ear cushions. The Arctis Pro headset features a studio-quality Clearcast microphone for unparalleled voice clarity and background noise cancellation.
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Look and build: I prefer the look of Arctis Pro Wireless. It is a bit more modern and sleek looking than the Siberia 800. Build quality wise, I feel the Siberia 800 feels more sturdy and more durable to scuffs. The Arctis Pro Wireless has the exposed metal headband and and the matte finish which feel more delicate. I have to handle it with care compared to the Siberia 800 which I can pretty much toss around anywhere.
Comfort: The earcups of the Arctis Pro Wireless are more comfortable. They are shaped naturally around your ears unlike the cylindrical shape of the Siberia 800. However, I'm not a fan of the ski band on top. I had to adjust it by loosening the velcro which is prone to lint. Also, it tends to pull the headphones up causing a little discomfort on the bottom of my ears. I much prefer the headband of the Siberia 800 with its plush memory foam and traditional way of size adjustment.
Connectivity: This is pretty much the same. I had no trouble with the signal when walking downstairs with both headsets to get something from the kitchen. Also, there is no lag while playing games. The bluetooth range is also great and there is no noticeable lag when watching a video from my phone.
Usability: The base stations are pretty much identical except for a few tweaks. The 3.5mm chat out and analog in from the back on the Siberia 800's base station are now replaced by line in and line out which is good for passthrough to speakers. The volume knob on the Arctis Pro Wireless base station is a little more grippy and concave, but they operate the same way. The batteries are exactly the same also. I interchanged them and they work perfectly. The menus have a few more options on the Arctis Pro Wireless. You can now have sidetone and adjust its sensitivity. However, your voice tends to sound distorted when speaking a little louder or yelling. Luckily, you can set it to 0 to turn it off which is what I had to do unfortunately. You can now set the screen to timeout or have a screensaver which is just the SteelSeries logo. I had issues with burn-in \(due to being OLED\) with the screen on my Siberia 800 base station so this is a welcome option for prevention. There is also a volume limiter option which you can turn off if you require louder volumes. The Arctis Pro Wireless can also connect to the SteelSeries Engine to access more options, but it is currently not available yet.
On the Arctis Pro Wireless, the volume knob and mute switch is on the left side of headset, while the power buttons are on the right side. This is a change I didn't like. On the Siberia 800, all controls are on the right side and you only need to use one hand to do everything. It will take some adjustment to get used to it, especially if you're coming from the Siberia 800. The battery is now stored on the right earcup on the Arctis Pro Wireless and you just pop off the magnetic plate to swap it out. On the Siberia 800, you just twist the plate off to swap batteries. Both ways are pretty much the same. When you power on and off the Siberia 800, there is a beep tone letting you know it is either on or off. It can be heard clearly. The Arctis Pro Wireless beeps when powering on. When powering off, there is a tiny tone letting you know. It's basically inaudible if your not listening for it closely. The weird thing is there is a loud beep tone when you power off while connected through bluetooth. This seems like an oversight.
Microphone: The mic quality of both are on par with each other. They both glow red when you mute them and are adjustable and retractable. The mic on the Arctis Pro Wireless however, is a bit larger and bulkier. I prefer the look of the mic on the Siberia 800. But, it is no big deal. The biggest issue I have with the Arctis Pro Wireless is the mic output volume is extremely low when I tested it on my PS4. My friends could barely hear me. There is also no way to adjust the mic sensitivity at all at the moment. This is odd since the Arctis Pro with GameDAC has an option to adjust mic output volume. The only way for my party to hear me a little better was to crank up the mic sensitivity to max through the PS4 system settings. Still, it was still lower than the Siberia 800 which I always keep at default sensitivity on the PS4. When I switched to the Siberia 800, my party could hear me comfortably. I hope SteelSeries can fix this through a firmware update.
Sound: My Siberia 800's are dead silent when there is no sound playing. The Arctis Pro Wireless has a very subtle hiss, but not to the point of being annoying. When there is sound playing, you can hardly hear it, if at all. I was concerned about this, but it definitely not a deal breaker. The sound signatures are slightly different. I wouldn't say the Arctis Pro Wireless is better sounding than the Siberia 800 which is a disappointment. I tested both with my custom EQ settings and with surround on and off. The Arctis Pro Wireless sounds a little more airy. The highs are a bit more detailed, but more harsh. The bass response for the Arctis Pro Wireless sounds toned down and slightly less full. The focus is more on clarity and separation, but it comes off as a bit synthetic. This causes it to sound more tinny and thinner than the Siberia 800 overall. On the Siberia 800, the treble is warmer and easier on the ears, but still has great clarity. Also, the bass has more punch and depth. I feel the sound signature on the Siberia 800 is more natural and accurate. Overall, they both sound good and will definitely give you an edge competitively. However, I prefer the Siberia 800's sound as of now, but I will have to put more hours in and tweak the EQ settings to get a full impression of the Arctis Pro Wireless.
Conclusion: These are both great wireless headsets for gaming. I've had the Siberia 800 for about three years and absolutely love them. If you are looking to upgrade from the Siberia 800/840/H Wireless to the Arctis Pro Wireless, I would hold off for now. The sound is not any better and the mic volume output is definitely a major issue. Also, it has not been fully integrated into the SteelSeries Engine which makes it feel kind of rushed and half-baked. However, these impressions are just based on one day of usage. I will try to update later after some more extensive usage. Let me know if you have any questions or if you want me to test anything else. Thanks for reading!
UPDATE (4/29/18): SteelSeries Engine 3.12.3 has been released which allows customization of the Arctis Pro Wireless. Also, this included a firmware update for the Arctis Pro Wireless. The update fixes the mic volume output on PS4! Now, I do not have to put the mic sensitivity at max through the PS4 system settings. My party can hear me loud and clear without any adjustments. Also, they fixed the power off tone which can now be heard loudly. It was nice to have these issues fixed, especially the mic volume output which was a big problem for me. Thanks to SteelSeries for listening to feedback.
In terms of packaging, it’s quite good. Simple, but everything is packed together nicely and you can tell Steelseries didn’t put a lot of money toward the packaging, they kept that for the headset itself.
Once you get the Arctis pro out of the box, you can immediately tell it’s built to last. Strong, but lightweight aluminum arms now hold the cans to the steel headband. They use the same exact ski goggle style headband the arctis 7 used. They come with the GameDAC, and the necessary cables.
On initial impression, the headset is much heavier than the arctis 5. Obviously, the more premium materials are to blame for that. However, they are now using deeper, thicker ear pads on the cups. This makes it even more comfortable than the arctis 5 to wear for long periods of time. However, I didn’t think they were as comfortable as the a50 or a40 tr. First thing I did was download Steelseries engine latest version and..no support. My arctis pro isn’t detected in the software which is really disappointing. Don’t know if it is a problem with my particular headset or Steelseries isn’t supporting it quite yet in the software. Luckily, you can customize everything from sound, EQ, inputs, outputs, rgb lighting right from the Game DAC itself.
After adjusting everything and turning on the hi res mode and going into tidal I was..slightly disappointed. The flat EQ is pretty boring and I didn’t find them that spectacular. However, if you make your own custom EQ or even just throw the bass boost EQ on, these roar to life. I must say, the sound stage isn’t anything special for a closed can. However, the imaging and accuracy of the sound was really nice. They have much more clarity in the upper and lower mids compared the the a40tr. One negative is volume. These don’t get very loud at all, Steelseries says there is something in the audio setting that needs to be turned from low to high, couldn’t find it at all. So, if you like to absolutely crank your music or games, you may be slightly disappointed. They get loud enough for sure, but they won’t hurt your ears or anything if you want them to. Slightly disappointing for something that is supposed to have an amp driving it. A40tr can get MUCH louder.
In terms of gameplay, they sound really good. These are using dts headphone x 7.1 v2. V2 has much better definition of audio and takes away some of the “tunnel” effect of V1. I think they sound really comparable to the a40 tr in terms of actual surround sound. Again, sound quality on the arctis pro is better than the a40tr. It is also built much better and feels more premium. Obvious downside of these is price, there are a lot of options at the 250 price point. However, I think these are one of, if not some of the better gaming focused headphones you can get for 250. If you are deciding between this and a40 the, it’s an easy choice in my opinion. These are better.
P.S. These also fully work on the PlayStation 4 with chat mix compatibility and surround sound compatibility. Yakuza 0 sounded better than ever. The mic quality is also really good. Much better than the a40/a50. It also comes with a windscreen to help with some puffs and wind. So if you have 250 to spend on a gaming headset that works with pc, ps4. Get these. They are really good. Good job Steelseries. You tore me away from my beloved a40tr.
-Amazing voice feedback
-Removable rechargeable batteries
- High-quality OLED DAQ
- Multiple different audio source inputs.
-Good build quality
-Better color schemes
-Not much improvement on sound or bass from the steel series arctic 7 wireless
-Mic is good but hasn't improved from the 7's
-Buggy software and setup
As you can tell from my pros and cons I came from the steel series Artis 7 wireless although they have made some improvements and added a DAQ the sound quality is abysmal for the price, with little to no bass.
The major perk of this headset for me was the voice feedback. Windows and other software can do this with your microphone connected to the PC but there is a major delay and acts as a speech jammer in a way. This headset has NO DELAY in the voice feedback! It's amazing! I live in college housing with very thin walls between our rooms and this keeps the noise complaints down because I do not have very good hearing and like playing games very loud and then can't hear my own voice when talking in-game which leads to me screaming.
My major take away is yes they have added some incredible features from the 7's, but for someone who doesn't need to constantly be quite, I pearsonally dont belive its worth more than double the price of the arctis 7's