Top positive review
Excellent, but pricey
March 14, 2018
I guess I’ll be the first to write a review for these. I’ve been using Steelseries products forever now and find them really good. In terms of headsets, I also own the a40 tr, a50 gen3, a50 gen2, and I temporarily owned the PlayStation platinum, Razer Man o War, and steelseries arctis 5.
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.