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ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 10, 2021 at 10:38 am
ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless Picture
7.4
Neutral Sound
5.6
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
7.0
Wireless Gaming
5.8
Wired Gaming
6.5
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless are light, comfortable gaming headphones with a closed-back design. They have long continuous battery life and a well-balanced sound that you can customize with an EQ in their companion software, Neon. The software has many gamer-oriented features, like color options for the lighting on the ear cups and a 'Superhuman Hearing' setting to help you hear certain sound effects more clearly, although we don't currently test it for this. Unfortunately, they don't really isolate you from ambient noise, and their boom mic has a mediocre recording quality.

Our Verdict

7.4 Neutral Sound

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are decent for neutral sound. Their sound profile is neutral, but they also lack some low bass and instruments, and lead vocals are thin. Fortunately, their companion app has a 10-band graphic EQ, so you can customize their sound to suit you. However, they have a poor passive soundstage performance and are prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery depending on the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning.

Pros
  • Software has 10-band graphic EQ.
  • Well-built and comfortable.
Cons
  • Poor passive noise isolation.
  • Poor frequency response consistency.
5.6 Commute/Travel

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are disappointing for commute and travel. While these gaming headphones are light and comfortable with a long-lasting battery, their passive noise isolation is poor. They don't block out any bass-range noises like the rumble of bus or plane engines, aren't very portable, and don't come with a case or pouch to protect them. Like many over-ear gaming headsets, they're also quite bulky and may not fit into smaller bags.

Pros
  • 23-hour-plus battery life.
Cons
  • Poor passive noise isolation.
  • No case or pouch included.
6.0 Sports/Fitness

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are mediocre for sports and fitness. They aren't intended for sports use and aren't stable enough to stay in place during a workout. They also lack onboard call and music controls, so you need to take your phone out at the gym to change the track. However, they're lightweight and have a comfortable, decently breathable fit. Like most gaming headsets, they lack an IP rating for dust or water resistance, although we don't currently test for that.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable.
Cons
  • Poor passive noise isolation.
6.7 Office

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are okay for office use. These wireless gaming headphones provide just under 24 hours of continuous use, so they can easily last you through a few 9-5 workdays without needing a recharge. They're also lightweight, not too tight, and decently breathable, so they should be comfortable enough for long days at the office. However, they don't isolate you from very much ambient noise. They also aren't Bluetooth-compatible, so they lack features like multi-device or NFC pairing, and you need to have their wireless USB dongle with you to connect them to a PC or Android phone.

Pros
  • Well-built and comfortable.
  • 23-hour-plus battery life.
Cons
  • Poor passive noise isolation.
  • Mediocre leakage performance.
7.0 Wireless Gaming

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are decent for wireless gaming. Their detachable boom mic has an unremarkable recording quality, but it does a good job of separating your voice from ambient sound. The headphones have a comfortable, decently breathable fit and a long continuous battery life. Using their wireless USB dongle, they have full compatibility with PCs as well as PS4 and PS5 consoles. There's also an adaptor you can use for full compatibility with Android phones and tablets with USB-C input. Their latency with PCs is a bit high but shouldn't be too noticeable for most. They have very low latency with Android phones. However, non-Bluetooth latency can vary with real-life usage, so you may have a different experience.

Pros
  • Software has 10-band graphic EQ.
  • Mic has good noise handling performance.
Cons
  • Poor passive noise isolation.
  • Poor frequency response consistency.
5.8 Wired Gaming

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are wireless headphones that can't be used wired.

6.5 Phone Calls

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are alright for phone calls. Their mic has an okay recording quality, although it makes your voice sound thin. It does a good job separating it from ambient sound, though, which is nice if you need to make a call from a noisy setting. However, these headphones have a poor noise isolation performance, so you may not be able to hear your phone call if there's too much noise around you. Like many headphones intended for gaming, these don't have any onboard controls for answering or ending calls.

Pros
  • Mic has good noise handling performance.
Cons
  • Poor passive noise isolation.
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 5.6 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.7 Office
  • 7.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.8 Wired Gaming
  • 6.5 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 10, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 05, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless are gaming-oriented headphones with an all-black design and customizable lighting on each ear cup. They have a detachable boom mic and a somewhat more sleek, casual appearance than the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air. However, they're still a bit bulky, with thick padding and a wide plastic headband.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.69 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless are comfortable headphones. They feel light and don't clamp onto your head very hard. The headband and ear cups are well-padded as well. You can adjust the headband with a sliding mechanism, but it's hard to push it upwards.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Mic Monitoring

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless have gaming-oriented controls that are somewhat limited. They're easy to use but don't include functions for calls, music, or channel mixing. There's a mic monitor wheel on the right ear cup and a volume wheel on the left ear cup. Unfortunately, they scroll infinitely, and there's no chime or voice prompt to let you know when you get to the minimum or maximum setting. There's also a clicky power button on the left ear cup that's easy to hit by accident when you're adjusting the headset. On the plus side, you can flip the boom mic up or down to mute it or unmute it, and you hear a chime to confirm that it worked.

7.0
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 4.2 ยฐC

The ROCCAT Syn Pro are decently breathable. They trap much less heat against your ears than some other closed-back gaming headsets like the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset or the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, but they aren't designed for sports use, and you may sweat more if you use them during a workout.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 8.1" (20.6 cm)
W 7.6" (19.4 cm)
H 3.0" (7.6 cm)
Volume 184.75 inยณ (3,027.50 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required Yes

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air aren't very portable, like most gaming headphones. They're quite bulky, and while you can swivel the ear cups to lay flat, that doesn't reduce the amount of space the headphones take up.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air don't come with a case or pouch.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a good build quality. The headband and ear cups are well-padded with fabric-covered foam. The sliding part on the hinges allows you to change the size of the headband for a better fit, but the mechanism can be a bit difficult to push upwards. The plastic yokes don't feel extremely durable, but they swivel to give the ear cups a good range of motion. Like most gaming headsets, these headphones don't have an IP rating for dust or water resistance.

6.5
Design
Stability

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are reasonably stable and should have no issues staying in place when you're just sitting and gaming. However, they aren't intended for use during physical activity and have a fairly loose fit, so they shift around a lot when you move. Fortunately, their wireless design means you don't need to worry about the cable snagging on something and yanking them off your head.

Design
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In The Box

  • ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless
  • Detachable boom mic
  • Cover for boom mic port (for when mic detached)
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • USB-A transmitter
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter for transmitter
  • Quick Start Guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.63 dB
Treble Amount
0.22 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a well-balanced, somewhat bright sound profile. They lack a bit of thump and rumble in the bass range, and instruments and lead vocals sound somewhat thin, while certain sibilants are piercing. That said, their sound delivery varies a lot depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. Conveniently, there's a graphic EQ in the companion software that you can use to customize their sound.

5.4
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.28 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have poor frequency response consistency. Their audio delivery can vary a lot depending on the ear cups' fit, seal, and positioning, especially in the bass range. Users who wear glasses or have thick hair may experience a drop in bass. You likely need to adjust the headphones every time you use them to achieve a consistent sound.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.7
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.74 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
40 Hz
Low-Bass
-3.09 dB
Mid-Bass
-0.55 dB
High-Bass
-0.64 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have excellent bass accuracy. The low-bass is underemphasized, so they lack a bit of thump and rumble, but the rest of the range is quite well-balanced, so your audio should have the right amount of warmth and punch. That said, their bass delivery can vary dramatically based on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, and this result represents their average response.

7.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.12 dB
Low-Mid
-4.99 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.46 dB
High-Mid
-0.94 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have good mid accuracy. The low-mid is underemphasized, which thins out instruments and lead vocals, but the rest of the range is quite accurate, and those elements are still clear.

7.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.93 dB
Mid-Treble
2.87 dB
Low-Treble
-2.81 dB
High-Treble
-6.48 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have decent treble accuracy. The low-treble is somewhat underemphasized, so instruments and lead vocals lose a bit of detail. Meanwhile, the mid-treble is overemphasized, making sibilants like S and T sounds and cymbals seem piercing. Their treble delivery is also quite dependent on the headphones' fit and positioning on your head.

6.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.15 dB
Dips
1.74 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have passable peaks and dips performance. There's a bump from the mid to high-bass range that adds a bit of boominess and a dip in the low-mid that thins out vocals and lead instruments. There's also a peak between the mid-mid and high-mid, making the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments sound slightly forward or harsh. A steep dip in the low-treble makes those elements sound less detailed, and a big peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants piercing.

7.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
1.16
Weighted Phase Mismatch
8.28
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.69
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.38

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a decent imaging performance. The group delay falls above the audibility threshold in the bass range, resulting in a somewhat loose bass response. There's also an audible phase mismatch between the left and right drivers in the bass range, which can cause inaccuracies in the placement of objects like footsteps in the stereo image. It's noticeable when listening to regular content, but these results are only valid for our unit.

5.7
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.58 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.47 dB
PRTF Distance
10.69 dB
Openness
5.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.2

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a disappointing passive soundstage. Sound is mostly perceived as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers in the room around you. Their closed-back design means they create a less open, less spacious-seeming soundstage than most open-back headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Airhave a few virtual surround sound features. In the app, you can choose to turn on 'Superhuman Hearing', '3D Audio', and 'Game Spatializer'. The companion software doesn't include very much information about these features, which could be because it's still in its beta version. Turtle Beach, which owns ROCCAT, has more information about them on their website.

The '3D Audio' feature is a virtual surround sound feature intended to take music or game audio in a multi-channel format and convert it for headphones to create a more immersive listening experience. Meanwhile, the 'Game Spatializer' feature takes stereo audio and adjusts it to simulate multi-channel audio, so it's intended to make sound seem like it's coming from all around you rather than only from the left and right. The 'Superhuman Hearing' setting is supposed to help gamers hear sound effects like footsteps and gunshots more clearly. However, we don't currently don't test any of these features.

7.8
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.267
WHD @ 100
0.112

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. The entire range falls within good limits, resulting in clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
131
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Off
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air. Our results are only valid when they're used in this configuration.

Isolation
4.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-12.27 dB
Bass
-0.49 dB
Mid
-8.75 dB
Treble
-28.2 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a poor noise isolation performance. They don't have active noise cancelling, and their design doesn't block out any bass-range noise like the rumble of bus and plane engines. They don't do a very good job isolating you from mid-range noises like ambient chatter, either. However, they block out a decent amount of high-pitched noise like humming A/C units.

6.3
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
43.47 dB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have an okay leakage performance. If you listen to your audio at a high volume, the audio that leaks is loud enough to be heard in an average office, so people sitting nearby can hear what you're listening to. Some of the sound that escapes is in the mid-range, so it's relatively full-bodied.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes
6.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
507.97 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.4 dB
HFE
6,088.74 Hz
Weighted THD
5.161
Gain
23.38 dB

The boom mic has an okay recording quality. Your voice sounds thin and lacks body, but it's bright and understandable. If you're looking for a headset with a better mic recording quality, you may prefer the Corsair HS80 RGB WIRELESS.

7.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
31.97 dB
Noise Gate
On/Off Toggle
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The boom mic has a good noise handling performance. When you talk into the boom mic in a moderately noisy environment, your voice sounds clear and seems to be in front of background noise. If you're somewhere loud, your teammates may hear some background noise, but your voice should still be easy to hear.

Active Features
7.6
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
23.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
23.3 hrs
Charge Time
1.5 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a good battery performance. They last for just under 24 hours on a single charge, close to what the manufacturer advertises. You can also use them while they're charging if you're connected via the USB transmitter. They take about 90 minutes to charge, which is quite fast. However, battery performance can vary with real-life use, so you may have a different experience.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Roccat NEON
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have a decent companion app. It's easy to use, but we experienced some issues with some of its features. This could be because the software, Neon, is still in its beta version.

Neon includes a 10-band graphic EQ and on/off toggles for the headphones' other sound customization features, including 'Game Spatializer', '3D Audio', and 'Superhuman Hearing'. You can check their battery status and adjust the master volume, the game dialogue volume, and the mic sidetone. There are options, including a color wheel to customize the lighting on the ear cups. You can also turn on 'AIMO' lighting, advertised to allow the colors to change over time and match other products that you have with AIMO lighting.

During our testing, we had problems turning the ear cup lighting off and changing the color. To get the lights to turn off, we had to turn the headset on and off, and then there was a delay between changing the setting in the app and the lights going out. There was a similar issue with the volume control, which occasionally stopped working in the software until the headset was turned on and off again.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
6.7
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
155.84 ft (47.50 m)
Non-BT Latency
125 ms

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air have passable non -Bluetooth wireless connectivity. When you use their USB dongle to connect to a PC, they have somewhat high latency. If you use the USB-A to USB-C adapter to connect the dongle to an Android phone, they provide a very low latency connection. You can also use it to connect with an Android tablet with a USB-C input.

Note: If you're trying to use the adapter to connect to an Android device and can't get the audio to work, enabling 'USB Debugging' through 'Developer Options' on your device may fix the issue. However, this isn't part of the manufacturer's set up instructions.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air can't be used with a wired connection. They come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging only.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
No
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air offer full compatibility with PCs if you use their wireless USB dongle to connect.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
No
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
No
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air offer full compatibility with PS4 and PS5 consoles if you use their wireless USB dongle.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
No
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No
3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air come with a USB-A dongle compatible with PCs as well as PS4 and PS5 consoles. There's also a USB-A to USB-C adapter that you can use to make it compatible with Android devices with a USB-C port, like a tablet or phone.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air only come in black. You can see the label for the unit we tested here.

If you come across another variant or your headphones are different, please let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air are closed-back gaming headphones with a more casual-looking design than the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless. Unlike those headphones, they come with an adapter so you can connect their wireless USB dongle to Android phones and tablets. Unfortunately, their boom mic's recording quality is much worse than the Elo 7.1 Air and other wireless gaming headsets like the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless or the HyperX Cloud Flight.

If you're looking for more options, check out our lists for the best gaming headsets, the best wireless gaming headsets, and the best headsets for PS5.

ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless

The ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless are better for wireless gaming than the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless. The Elo 7.1 Air's boom mic has a much better recording quality, and they deliver a lower latency connection over non-Bluetooth wireless. They also have onboard channel mixing controls. On the other hand, the Syn Pro Air lack channel mixing but have onboard mic monitoring controls. Their continuous battery life is much longer, and they have a more casual look that some may prefer.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Wireless are better for wireless gaming than the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless. The SteelSeries have much better build quality, and their boom mic has a significantly better recording quality. They have onboard controls for channel mixing and can be used wirelessly or with a wired connection. However, the ROCCAT offer somewhat lower latency with PCs over non-Bluetooth wireless. They also come with an adapter that makes their wireless USB dongle compatible with Android phones and tablets.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset are better headphones for wireless gaming than the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless. The Logitech have a much more comfortable fit and a significantly better build quality. Their boom mic has a significantly better recording quality, and they have much lower latency over non-Bluetooth wireless. However, the ROCCAT have a boom mic with a much better noise handling performance. They also come with an adapter that makes their wireless USB dongle compatible with Android phones and tablets.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless and the Beats Solo Pro Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The ROCCAT are better for wireless gaming. They have a detachable boom mic, companion software with more features, and full compatibility with PCs, PS4, PS5, and Android phones and tablets via non-Bluetooth wireless. On the other hand, the Beats are Bluetooth headphones with an on-ear design. They have much better build quality, an ANC feature, and an H1 chip for easier pairing with Apple devices.

SteelSeries Arctis Prime

The SteelSeries Arctis Prime and the ROCCAT Syn Pro Air Wireless have different strengths, and you may prefer either. The ROCCAT are wireless headphones. Their boom mic has a much better noise handling performance, and they have an app with a graphic EQ. On the other hand, the SteelSeries have a wired design and a more stable fit. Their boom mic also has a much better recording quality. While both headphones are compatible with PCs, PS4, and PS5, only the SteelSeries work with Xbox consoles. However, the ROCCAT are compatible with Android devices with a USB-C input, unlike the SteelSeries.

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