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SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed May 04, 2021 at 09:24 am
SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
5.8
Commute/Travel
6.4
Sports/Fitness
6.9
Office
7.8
Wireless Gaming
7.8
Wired Gaming
7.1
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are the Xbox variant of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. Like the 7P, they have a well-built design that's comfortable enough to wear for long gaming marathons and deliver almost 24 hours of battery time. Their boom mic does a great job of recording your voice, even in noisy environments, and thanks to their companion software, you can customize their sound profile using the graphic EQ or presets. Their USB dongle also allows you to wirelessly connect to the Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S in addition to PCs as well as PS4 and PS5 consoles with very low latency. Unfortunately, just like many SteelSeries headphones, they're very prone to inconsistent audio delivery.

Our Verdict

7.5 Neutral Sound

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are satisfactory for neutral sound. Right out-of-the-box, they have a boomy and excited sound profile. While their soundstage is large and feels out-of-your-head, it doesn't seem very spacious due to their closed-back design. Luckily, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak their sound to your liking. Even though they're very prone to inconsistent audio delivery, once you take the time to adjust their fit you should get a more consistent sound.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
5.8 Commute/Travel

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are sub-par for commute and travel. They're bulky, not very portable, and don't have Bluetooth, so you either need to use them wired or with a device that supports their wireless USB-C dongle. They also don't block out almost any bus or plane engine noise, which can be annoying during your commute. On the upside, they have a comfortable fit and last just under 24 hours continuously.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bulky and not very portable.
6.4 Sports/Fitness

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are passable for sports and fitness, although this isn't their intended purpose. While they're comfortable and well-built, they can fall off your head with more intense movement, and they don't support Bluetooth, so they need to be used wired or with their wireless USB-C dongle. They also don't have an IP rating for water resistance, though we don't test for it, and their ear cups can trap some heat around your ears, which could make you sweat more.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky and not very portable.
6.9 Office

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are fair for office use. They don't support Bluetooth, but if your computer has a USB-C port, you can connect the dongle for wireless use or can use them wired. They have a comfortable fit and have a battery life of just under 24 hours, which should be more than enough for long days at the office. However, they struggle to block out office chatter.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Graphic EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bulky and not very portable.
7.8 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X very good for wireless gaming. Thanks to their USB dongle, you can wirelessly connect to PCs, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S|X, and Nintendo Switch consoles with very low latency. These headphones have a comfortable fit and last just under 24 hours on a single charge. Their boom mic also does a great overall job of recording your voice.

Pros
  • Very low non-Bluetooth latency.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Great overall boom mic performance.
  • Graphic EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
7.8 Wired Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are very good for wired gaming. You can use them with their 1/8" audio cable with full mic and audio support. They also have a comfortable fit and 23.7 hours of continuous playback time, which is good for long gaming marathons. Their boom mic does a great job of recording your voice, even in noisy environments.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Great overall boom mic performance.
  • Graphic EQ and presets available.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
7.1 Phone Calls

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are good for phone calls. They have a retractable boom mic which does a good job of recording your voice so that you sound natural and full-bodied. You shouldn't have too much of a problem being understood by whoever's on the other end of the line if you're taking calls in a noisy environment like a busy street. However, the headphones do a poor job of isolating noise around you, which could make it harder to hear your call.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Great overall boom mic performance.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 5.8 Commute/Travel
  • 6.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.9 Office
  • 7.8 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.8 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jul 20, 2021: Due to user feedback, we tested the frequency response for bass distortion using the SteelSeries GG app's 64Hz EQ band. Our results haven't changed.
  2. Updated Jun 29, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X look almost identical to the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless. They have the same sleek black ear cups with a ski-band headband and a retractable boom mic. However, the elastic straps are black with a green motif in a similar style to Xbox consoles.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.78 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are comfortable headphones. Just like the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless, they're a bit heavy and bulky. The ear cups have a good range of motion, and the fabric headband and the padding feel soft. However, not all users may enjoy the ski-band headband design as it can feel tight on large heads, and it can't expand beyond the length of the strap.

7.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Great
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have good controls that are easy to use. They have a volume wheel, a mic-mute button, and a channel mix wheel. There are min/max stops on both wheels and a middle notch on the channel mixer wheel to let you know when you have equal amounts of audio. However, the channel mix function is advertised to only work on Xbox consoles. These headphones have a power button that also offers basic call and music controls. Single pressing it answers and ends a call or plays and pauses your audio. Double tapping it skips to the next track while triple pressing skips to the previous track. The power-on function has feedback. The mic mute/unmute has different tones to let you know which setting you've selected, while the mic has an LED light that turns red when you're muted.

6.5
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.7 °C

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have alright breathability. Their padding traps a bit of heat. While it shouldn't be too uncomfortable while you're gaming, you may sweat more if you wear them while running or working out, as they're not designed for this purpose.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.8" (19.8 cm)
W 6.7" (17.0 cm)
H 3.4" (8.6 cm)
Volume 178.00 in³ (2,916.89 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X aren't very portable. Just like most gaming headphones, they're bulky, the ear cups can't swivel to lay flat, and they don't come with a case to protect them when you're on the go. It shouldn't be too much of a problem if you're using them at home, though.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
8.0
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have a great build quality. Just like the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless, the body is made from dense plastic, and they have cloth padding and an elastic ski-band headband strap. They feel sturdy and should survive being dropped on the floor without taking too much damage, although their yokes and hinges seem like weak links. They also don't have an advertised IP rating for water resistance, which is expected for gaming headphones.

7.5
Design
Stability

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have good stability. If you're sitting down to game, they shouldn't move around too much on your head. They're not designed for sports, though, so they could fall off during moderate physical exercise. Luckily, their wireless design eliminates the risk of something snagging the audio cable and pulling them off of your head.

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In The Box

  • SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless headphones
  • USB-C dongle
  • Micro-USB charging cable
  • USB-A to USB-C cable
  • USB to analog cable
  • User Guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.53 dB
Treble Amount
-1.21 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have a boomy, v-shaped sound profile, which can help bring out sound effects as you game while sibilants like cymbals are sharp. However, bass and treble delivery can vary depending on fit, seal, and positioning. Once properly fitted to your head, you should get consistent audio delivery. If you don't like the way they sound, their companion software has a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak their sound to your liking.

5.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.17 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have sub-par frequency response consistency. Their bass and treble delivery can vary depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. Users with thick hair and glasses may especially notice a drop in bass as these features can affect their seal.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.5
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.68 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
26.7 Hz
Low-Bass
-2.47 dB
Mid-Bass
3.04 dB
High-Bass
5.59 dB

The SteelSeries 7X have decent bass accuracy. Their low bass is underemphasized, so your mixes lack thump and rumble. That said, the mid to high-bass are overemphasized, adding warmth, punch, and boom. However, some users may find it sounds a bit muddy.

Note, their bass delivery is very sensitive to fit, seal, and positioning. This bass accuracy performance represents the average response, and your experience may vary.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.34 dB
Low-Mid
3.05 dB
Mid-Mid
0.15 dB
High-Mid
-1.45 dB

The mid accuracy of the SteelSeries 7X is great. There's a bit of overemphasis coming from the high-bass into the low-mids, making mixes a bit muddy and cluttered. The mid-mid is well balanced, though, which keeps vocals and lead instruments present, although the dip in the high-mids can slightly weaken them.

7.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.93 dB
Mid-Treble
5.24 dB
Low-Treble
-2.28 dB
High-Treble
-2.48 dB

These headphones have decent treble accuracy. The low-treble is underemphasized, so the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments sound veiled. There's also an overemphasis in the mid-treble, making sibilants like S and T sounds sharp and piercing.

Note that treble delivery is sensitive to their fit and positioning. The treble accuracy performance represents the average response, and your experience may vary.

7.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.06 dB
Dips
1.36 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X's peaks and dips performance is satisfactory. There's a peak in the high-mid, which adds boom to your mix. A dip in the low to mid-mids nudges instruments and vocals to the back of the mix. Another dip in the high-mid and low-treble weakens and veils these sounds further. A large peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.62
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.79
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.35
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.87

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have great imaging. Most of their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in a transparent treble but a slightly loose bass. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in phase, frequency, and amplitude response, so objects like footsteps and voices should be accurately placed in the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.13 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
8.67 dB
PRTF Distance
18.37 dB
Openness
5.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.3

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have a mediocre passive soundstage. While it's large and sound is perceived as coming from out in front of you, rather than from inside your head, it doesn't feel as open or spacious as open-back headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Windows Sonic Spatial Audio

These headphones support Window Sonic Spatial Audio and Dolby Atmos, although we don't currently test the performance of these features. Some users have also reported that the headphones have DTS:X compatibility, but we couldn't verify this.

7.7
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.288
WHD @ 100
0.124

Update 07/20/2021: A user has reported bass distortion when using the SteelSeries GG app's 64Hz EQ band above 0dB. We can confirm that there's slight distortion on the 64Hz EQ band above or below 0dB. However, the issue seems limited to this band when it's adjusted using the companion software. We don't currently test for this, though. As a result, the scoring of this box hasn't changed.

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. Overall, all frequencies fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
1.4.0.0
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test the SteelSeries 7X. Our results are only valid when using them in this configuration.

Isolation
4.3
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.66 dB
Bass
-0.38 dB
Mid
-8.95 dB
Treble
-26.35 dB

The noise isolation performance of the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless is poor. They don't block out almost any bass-range noise like bus or plane engines. They also have a hard time reducing mid-range sounds like office chatter. That said, they do better at cutting down high-pitched sounds like the hum of an AC unit.

7.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
39.07 dB

These headphones have a decent leakage performance. Most of their leakage is concentrated in the mid-range, which sounds fuller than most in-ear headphones. If you're listening to audio in a moderately noisy environment, people may be able to hear it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
8.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
93.77 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.93 dB
HFE
6,544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
0.196
Gain
28.98 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X's mic has a great recording quality. Your voice sounds clear, full-bodied, and natural to whoever is on the other end of the line.

7.2
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
35.99 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone has an excellent noise handling performance. It can separate your voice from ambient noise around you, even in a loud environment.

Active Features
8.8
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
23.7 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
23.7 hrs
Charge Time
3.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port micro-USB

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have an outstanding battery performance, just like the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. They have just under 24 hours of continuous playback time, which is quite similar to their advertised playtime, and they take roughly 3.6 hours to recharge. However, battery life can vary depending on your usage. If you don't want to worry so much about battery life, you can use these headphones while they're charging or use them passively with their 1/8" TRRS or USB cable.

7.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name SteelSeries Engine
iOS No
Android No
macOS Yes
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X have good app support. They're compatible with the SteelSeries Engine, which offers a graphic EQ and presets, and an adjustable level for the boom mic. You can also change the length of the audio-off timer. Note, surround sound is only supported on the device you're connected to.

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
9.5
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
239.00 ft (72.85 m)
Non-BT Latency
12 ms

These headphones have outstanding non-Bluetooth Wireless connectivity. Their USB dongle has a switch, which allows you to wirelessly connect to either Xbox or PlayStation consoles. We tested this dongle on our PC using the 'USB' mode, which results in low latency suitable for gaming. We expect the latency to be around the same for consoles, but we don't currently test for this.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.10 ft (1.25 m)
Connection
1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X come with three different cables. There's a USB-C to 1/8" analog cable, which allows you to use the mic or use the headphones passively. There's also a USB extension cable for the USB-C dongle as well as a micro-USB charging cable.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
Audio + Microphone
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are fully compatible with Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles using their 1/8" TRRS cable or their wireless USB dongle. Note that to use the dongle on these consoles, you need to switch its toggle from 'USB' to 'Xbox'.

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-C

These headphones come with a wireless USB dongle, which allows you to connect with PS and Xbox consoles as well as PCs and the Nintendo Switch. However, it doesn't have any inputs.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are the Xbox console variant of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless. They come in one color variant: 'Black'. You can see our model's label here.

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

Compared To Other Headphones

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X are the Xbox-wireless variant of the SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless and have a very similar design and overall performance. They're also compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, which allows you to customize their sound profile to your liking. Unlike the 7P, however, their USB dongle has a switch that allows you to wirelessly connect to Xbox consoles or PlayStation consoles and PCs with very low latency, which makes them a bit more versatile if you own different gaming systems.

Check out our recommendations for the best Xbox One headsets, the best wireless gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are similarly performing gaming headphones, and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. Both are comfortable and well-built, but the 9X support Bluetooth. However, the 7X have a dongle that allows you to use them wirelessly on PlayStation and Xbox consoles.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, The Arctis Pro support Bluetooth and come with a wireless transmitter dock that offers several different inputs, including USB and Optical. The base also charges the headphones' battery, and it has controls like volume, channel-mixing, and EQ presets. These make it easy for you to adjust your settings while you game. However, the Arctis 7X have full non-Bluetooth wireless compatibility with Xbox consoles.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are very similar gaming headphones, and depending on your usage, you may prefer one over the other. The Arctis 7 are only wirelessly compatible with PCs, PS4s, and PS5s, whereas the Arctis 7X have a dongle that you can switch to game on either PlayStation and Xbox consoles. The Arctis 7X also have better controls.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless

The SteelSeries 7P Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are almost the same, but with a few compatibility differences. While both headphones come with a USB dongle, the 7P isn't wirelessly compatible with Xbox consoles, and the 7X supports both Xbox Wireless technology and a 'USB' protocol so that it can connect to PS4 and PS5 consoles without an issue. That said, both headphones are well-built, comfortable, and have around 24 hours of continuous playback time.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are slightly better wireless gaming headphones, although you can use the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless wired and wireless. The Astro are more comfortable and have a wireless dock with many inputs that also charges the headphones. They have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer, and have a better overall performing boom mic. However, the SteelSeries have a better battery performance, and you can use it on Xbox, PC, and PlayStation consoles with either their wireless USB dongle or their 1/8" TRRS cable.

Beats Solo Pro Wireless

The Beats Solo Pro Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless have different strengths. The Beats are more suitable for casual use as they have a fairly neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. They also have active noise cancelling (ANC), which helps cut down a great amount of noise around you, as well as an H1 chip so that you can seamlessly pair with Apple products. The SteelSeries are gaming headphones that you can wirelessly use with Xbox, PC, and PlayStation consoles. They have low audio latency, a customizable sound profile thanks to their companion app, and a great overall performing boom mic. 

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless. The Arctis 7X are more comfortable, better-built, and have a better overall microphone performance. They also have lower non-Bluetooth latency and can be used wirelessly on Xbox consoles in addition to PC and PlayStation consoles.

SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and have great overall mic performances, the Arctis 7X have longer continuous battery life and lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency. You can also use them wired or wirelessly with Xbox consoles in addition to PC and PlayStation consoles. However, some users may prefer the Arctis 9 for their Bluetooth compatibility.

Xbox Wireless Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Xbox Wireless Headset. The SteelSeries are better-built, have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, which some users may prefer, and have a better overall mic performance. They have a longer continuous battery life, lower non-Bluetooth latency, and can be used wirelessly on PCs and PlayStation consoles in addition to Xbox consoles.

Razer Kaira Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are more versatile than the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the SteelSeries have a USB dongle that allows them to be used wirelessly with PlayStation and Xbox consoles. They also have lower non-Bluetooth latency and have better battery performance. However, the Razer support Bluetooth, which some users may prefer, and have a slightly better performing boom mic.

SteelSeries Arctis Prime

The SteelSeries Arctis 7X Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Artcis Prime. While both headphones are comfortable, the 7X are better-built and can be used wirelessly with very low latency, which some users may prefer. However, the Prime's mic has a better recording quality.

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