SteelSeries Arctis 5 RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset - Black (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Exclusive ClearCast mic delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation
- Detachable USB soundcard with ChatMix allows you to adjust the balance between game and chat volume on the fly
- S1 speaker drivers and DTS Headphone:X 71 surround sound on PC (stereo audio available on Mac, PS4, Xbox One, VR, Switch, and Mobile)
- Arctis headsets feature athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions and a ski goggle suspension headband for lasting comfort
- Arctis headsets won the Red Dot Product Design award, Tom’s Guide “Best Overall Gaming Headset," PC Magazine Editors’ Choice and Nerd Reactor says, “the best headset I have ever used for gaming”
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SteelSeries Arctis 5 Gaming Headset
The ClearCast microphone uses a proprietary bidirectional design delivering studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation.
S1 Audio Driver
The S1 speaker drivers are engineered to produce detailed, balanced soundscape with ultra-low distortion for your games, music, movies, and more.
USB ChatMix Dial
Detachable USB soundcard with ChatMix allows you to adjust the balance between game and chat volume on the fly.
SteelSeries 7.1 Surround Sound
DTS Headphones:X - Premium 7.1 surround sound on PC (stereo audio available on Mac, PS4, Xbox ONE, VR, Switch, and Mobile / Windows 7+ Only).
Exclusive Airweave Ear Cushions
Arctis headsets feature athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions to keep your ears cool and dry.
Ski Goggle Suspension Band
The exclusive ski goggle suspension headband perfectly contours across your entire head, comfortably distributing the weight and eliminating pressure points.
Prism RGB Illumination
Choose from 16.8 million colors, separate left and right earcup configurations, and unique effects like color-shift and breathing.
On-Ear Audio Controls
Ergonomic on-ear controls give you easy access to volume and microphone mute.
Personalize to Perfection
SteelSeries Engine software allows you to personalize the audio of your Arctis, from EQ to surround sound settings.
|Arctis 3||Arctis Bluetooth||Arctis 5||Arctis 7||Arctis Pro|
|Ski-Goggle Suspension Band||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|ClearCast Bidirectional Microphone||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|7.1 Surround Sound||SteelSeries 7.1 Surround (Windows 7+ Only)||SteelSeries 7.1 Surround (Windows 7+ Only)||DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround (Windows 7+ Only)||DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround (Windows 7+ Only)||DTS Headphone:X v2.0 7.1 Surround (Windows 7+ Only)|
|Exclusive Airweave Earpads||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|On-Ear Audio Controls||✓||✓||✓||✓||✓|
|Prism RGB Illumination||-||-||PC, Mac & PS4||-||PC, Mac & PS4|
|Build Material||Durable Plastic||Durable Plastic||Durable Plastic||Lightweight Steel Alloy||Lightweight Aluminum Alloy and Steel|
|Wireless Audio||-||PC, Mac, VR, Mobile||-||PC, Mac, PS4, VR||-|
|Wired Audio||PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, VR, Mobile||PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, VR, Mobile||PC, PS4, Xbox One, Mac, VR, Mobile||Xbox One, Mobile||PC, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac, VR, Mobile|
|Game/Chat Balance||-||-||PC & Mac||PC & Mac||PC & Mac|
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Arctis challenges everything you know about gaming headsets with completely overhauled audio, a new mic design with unmatched clarity, and improved comfort with materials inspired by athletic clothing. Arctis 5 features RGB illumination, Game/Chat audio balance, and DTS Headphone:X 7.1 Surround Sound.
PC: • Wired via USB • DTS Headphone:X Surround • SteelSeries Engine 3 support • Prism RGB Illumination • ChatMix
Mac: • Wired via USB • SteelSeries Engine 3 support • Prism RGB Illumination • ChatMix
PlayStation: • Wired via USB • Prism RGB Illumination
Mobile: • Wired via 3.5mm analog
Neodymium Drivers: 40 mm
Headphone Frequency Response: 20–22000 Hz
Headphone Sensitivity: 98 db
Headphone Impedance: 32 Ohm
Headphone Total Harmonic Distortion: < 3%
Headphone Volume Control: On Ear Cup
Microphone Frequency Response: 100Hz–10000Hz
Microphone Pattern: Bidirectional
Microphone Sensitivity: -48 db
Microphone Impedance: 2200 Ohm
Microphone Noise Cancellation: Yes
Microphone Location: Retractable
Microphone Mute Toggle: On Ear Cup
Connector Type: USB or 4-Pole 3.5mm via included adapter
Cable Length: 3 m / 10 ft
Cable Material: Rubber
Adapter: Single 3.5 mm, 4-Pole Plug
Share Jack: Yes
Detachable Cable: Yes
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The good: The main reason why you should get these is the design and comfort. In the past I primarily used earbuds for gaming because my head is prone to getting sweaty when using headsets. Amazingly, with these I do not have that problem. They are able to create a seal and yet also remain incredibly breathable. This coupled with how soft the ear cups are makes them very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. I fell asleep with these on the other day and couldn't feel them at all. The other thing about these that I LOVE is the design. Oh man they look so good for gaming headsets. I like that you could use these on the street without someone immediately noticing that it is a gaming headset. The obnoxious reds, or blues, or green of many headsets is really unnecessary. However, if you did want these to have a bit more gamer DNA, you can always use the RGB lighting to spice it up.
The sound quality: This is a bit of a mixed bag because of the package they sell with the arctis 5. Let me explain. The headphones and the drivers themselves are very good for this price point. If this was not a gaming headset, rest assured that the price is fair for these drivers. They are not the best but they are very good in this price tier. Driving them with an audioquest dragonfly red or other dacs with stronger amplifiers, I was able to get stellar sound out of them with very minimal distortion even at high volume levels. The highs were controlled but textured and the bass+midrange are both great. You're not going to get knocked out of your seat by the bass, but it is very balanced. Whoever the sound engineers are at steelseries deserve a raise for producing this. However, the sound card they give you in the box does not have the quality level to really do these drivers justice. It is by no means bad, but it is not good enough for the headphone hardware they give you and it is the weakest link, which is a shame. Also a brief note, if you don't like the nuanced almost pseudo open back sound signature, you can get leather earcups from the steelseries website for superior bass. And it really does make a difference. Also, the software is good for tuning to your liking.
The bad: The DTS headphone X is just not good. I don't know what it is about virtual surround. I just really never like it. Also, as I said the sound card they give you isn't great. Moreover, the headphone cabling is done in a weird way. They give you 1.2 meters which then feeds into the sound card which then has a much longer cable attached to it. It is hard to explain, but basically the sound card is like a rock and it makes cable management a little weird because you don't quite get the freedom that a long cable should bring because of the sound card being in the middle like that. The headband doesn't go as small as it should so if you don't have the right sized head, the fit might not be great. When you mute the mic a red light pops up on it that is super obnoxious.
Bottom line: The headphones are really good. If you have a pre-existing audio set up, go with the arctis 3. If you don't have anything but a built in soundcard that isn't very good, go for the arctis 5. If you can, try it out first to see if the fit and sound signature are right for you. But this is worth your money.
- These are very comfortable, I normal game Friday and Saturday nights for about 5-7 hours. I can't even tell these are on, the ear piece is soft and fits me perfectly.
- I've seen a few reviews that people say they have no bass. I guess they didn't set theirs up right, the bass is great.
- The 7.1 surround sound is awesome, I love it! With my cheap headset I couldn't tell exactly what direction the sound was coming from......now I can.
- I like the volume control on the left ear piece. Also the game/voice adapter on the cord is perfect for when you want to hear more of the game vs the people you are talking to.
The game/voice adapter, I wish they would have made it a little harder to adjust it. If you bump it, it moves too easy for me. There have been one time I bumped it in game and was wondering why I couldn't hear, but that lasted about 2 seconds.
Overall these are excellent gaming headsets, I would recommend them to anyone. I was going to buy the Artics 3, but decided to spend the extra $20 for the better surround sound and pretty lights on the ear pieces. I plan on watching some movies with them, so I'll be able to see how the 7.1 sounds on movies.
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En effet le son n'est pas si élevé que ça, l'isolation (logiciel) est inexistante, la qualité de son musicale ou en jeux est très pauvre, c'est froid, les basses sont durs et manque de rondeur, quand à l'effet 7.1 ?!!! On en parle ?
Vraiment dommage car je détient un msi gt72 avec steelseries je voulais resté sur ce cette marque, mais au final je part sur un casque corsair RGB pro.
1 étoile pour le confort, j'ai une grosse tête et honnêtement il est très confortable.
La seconde pour la qualité du micro, qui est très bonne (pour un micro sur un casque)
Donc mauvais expérience pour moi qui sort d'un Asus Strix, meilleur en son mais niveau qualité à revoir, le arctis 5 est très bien fini même si en plastique.
One other thing, mic is good quality, no background noise. especially with steelseries engine 3 software.
The surround sound is amazing with crisp and clear sounds, the suspension band I believe you call it helps the headset fit very well, I have a slum face so this helps for the ear cushions to fit properly and not leaving any sound leaks.
The mic I believe sounds clear enough for voice chat (but for recording it's ok not the best as I have been told by my subscribers)
The lights are a nice addition to the headset with changing colours
Only gripe I had at the time was at first I was using a extra piece that connects to controller and not the extra additional cable and dial for game or chat, when I first tired my ps4 didnt seem to pick this up and only yesterday I now know it does work plus to get benefit of surround sound lights you need it connected to the dial cable if you want freedom with the extra attachment you won't get the full benefit.
In addition there is a program you can download giving you full control of the sounds and surround sound features and more.
So I defiantly give this 10/10 despite the extra piece that connects to controller not also working lights and extra sound features, just make sure to use all the cable with the dial you may be wired to the console or pc with out the freedom but the cable is long enough and you will receive more benefits from the headset.