SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC Gaming Headset - Certified Hi-Res Audio System for PS4 and PC [International version]
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About this item
- 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
Product detailsStyle Name:Arctis Pro + GameDAC
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 21.6 x 4.2 x 19.7 cm; 521.63 Grams
- Release date : 12 March 2018
- ASIN : B079YBKTRN
- Item Model Number : 61453
- Best Sellers Rank: 6,240 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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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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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|
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Have definitely upped my music appreciation and game sense.
The ability to use bluetooth and pc connection is actually handy, more than one would think.
Love the controls you get with it, and being able to change settings quickly and effectively is great.
only downside i've experienced, the headband loses elasticity quickly, but still works. and the mute button is incredibly sensitive, but not in the way.
very comfortable and quite lightweight, great for lengthy uses.
I have it hooked up to my phone and the PC, I can take calls while remaining hands free.
Ear Fit is great:
Comfortable to wear and the material doesn't make you all sweaty like pleather does.
The ability to have 2 batteries, one on the charge and one in headset means you never have to rock the cable to keep it charged.
Worth the money, a kick ass headset.
By Daniel on 14 July 2020
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I've owned and loved many SteelSeries products in the past, from the Senei to the Xai and arguably my favourite PC gaming headset ever, the Siberia V2. So when it came time to replace my aging Astro A40s on the PC I did the usual YouTube review rabbit hole of research into headsets and these consistently came up as "the best gaming headset ever" or "A true contender to the Astro A50" (In the case of the wireless version).
So, I pulled the trigger. There were a few things I was looking for in a headset:
2. Spatial audio
3. Sound quality
Although the ski goggle and "airweave" fabric design seems to be, on paper, like a good idea, in practice it falls short. Side clamping force on these is actually greater than my old A40s and that bothers me as a glasses wearer. Also, the headset makes a the kind of rubberized deep "creaking" noise when you flex yor jaw or move your head as the material slips against the arms of your glasses. On the contrary, the "fuzzy" material on the A40s never did this, also the headband, despite not being made of this goggle material, is more comfortable.
Not only were the Arctis pro less comfortable, but the suspension headband isn't as adjustable as it seems. I had to have it near the end of its adjustement for my head and the velcro fastener was alreay hanging half-off its mount just to try and get that extra 2-3cm of reach.
Back to the clamping force, these headsets tend to "pull up" on your skull rather than rest on them. The elastic goggle band works as a spring, pulling the earcups back upwards creating a rather unsettling feeling on the side of your face.
DTS Headphone X 2.0 is billed as the holy grail of positional audio for this headset, it's also the first to support it. The problem is, there is literally ZERO mention about how it's implemented. Do games have to explicitly support it? Does it magically enhance existing stereo and surround streams? No answer, and no information is given about this other than a rather silly info-article on Steelseries' website disguised as an "interview" with the lead DTS engineer for Headphone X.
Also, theoretically, Headphone X seems misguided. It bills itself as able to "reproduce the original mixing room" audio of the source material without actually questioning whether the creator wants that to happen to begin with.
Take the excellent sound design of Battlefield 1, for example: When DTS is enabled, (tested with every in-game setting) the audio tends to be hollowed out, and the soundstage widens but precision as actually lessend for it. I really tried to give it some time for my brain to adjust to it but a few things finally made me give up. First, the "room simulation" tech in DTS was so aggressive that the orchastral score played during BF1 matches was absolutely ruined by the effect, and second the female voice announing key milestones during the match became so echoed that i had to double check my settings again and again.
It seems to me, at least for game audio, that Dolby has had the upper hand for years on DTS and that trend doesn't seem to be reversing anytime soon.
Spatial audio aside, i have to give it to the Arctis pro's here. The drivers are deep, crisp and clean after adjusting the EQ to my taste (slight bass boost and tiny drop in mids / tiny increase in treble) i found the stereo presentation quite nice, full bodied, albeit rather "closed" in terms of sound compared to the semi-open A40s and A50s.
I played some tracks in iTunes and A/B tested my Steelseries with my old A40s and the Steelseries generally come out ahead, slightly. They sound "brighter."
The GameDac is nice, the menus are really quick and snappy and turning on/off DTS Headphone X is a single push of a button. I tested the Hi-Res mode but have no content (and little to zero game actually support 24bit/96Khz) to prove its worth. I simply used my iTunes store tracks to experience the Hi-Res mode and heard only the tiniest of differences in the "smoothness" of the presentation of tracks, something i might have actually been cognitively biased towards so a blind test might have been better for me.
For the price I paid, and for what I wanted (something to absolutely blow away my old A40s) I didn't get the real deal from Steelseries. There are two things needed for this product to succeed and it falls short there: 1. Ditch DTS for Dolby as the spatial signature of Headphone X is awful whenever I experienced it. 2. Re-do the comfort and fit of these headphones, the "ski goggle" idea is cute but ski goggles aren't supposed to be the holy grail of comfort, they're designed to stay on your skull as you rip down a mountain, comfort is secondary. Why take inspiration from a product that isn't even aiming to achieve your paramount goal?
Although my old A40s don't sound as nice, their spatial Dolby audio setting is rock solid without much distortion or muddy room-effects added to the game sound. I'll wait for another offering from Steelseries or simply see what Astro has in store next.
Really comfortable, great quality sound, Bluetooth so you can wirelessly connect to your phone for calls or music; but by far the best aspect is the dual batteries.
As you constantly have one in the charging ‘slot’ attached to your pc you have ZERO downtime, and can quickly swap them over in about 10 seconds.
Really simple feature, but game changing for wireless headsets.
Allright. soo my girlfriend bought the same headset but wired.Since she was satisfied with her's, i decided to buy the wireless version, thinking i'd have the same quality with no wire.
-I paid 100$ more
-the equilizer gives you 5 ranges of sound instead of 10,
-you can't control your mic volume from the game dac
-you can't change the mic led color(wich is minor)
-the soud is not as good(still very good but if you compare with the wired version...)
-your voice in chat is not as good(same as above)
All in all this headset has good build quality, good sound and feals verry good even after long sessions.the thing is, you'd have all that with the wired version if you are willing to save the 100$ ;)
if not i would still recomand since it is still a very good headset.
Very happy with my purchase and the delivery only took 2 days !
Reviewed in Canada on 24 June 2018
Very happy with my purchase and the delivery only took 2 days !