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SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Review updated Jan 18, 2024 at 09:26 am
SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Picture
6.8
Neutral Sound
6.4
Commute/Travel
7.0
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
7.5
Wireless Gaming
7.7
Wired Gaming
7.2
Phone Calls

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless are feature-packed wireless gaming headphones. Like many other SteelSeries headsets, they have a stretchy ski-band headband design that helps distribute their weight. They offer Bluetooth compatibility, a high-quality boom microphone, and companion software with a broad range of configuration options. These headphones are for PC and PlayStation. If you're an Xbox gamer, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are essentially the same headphones for that console.

Our Verdict

6.8 Neutral Sound

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 aren't designed for neutral sound out of the box. Their default sound lacks low-bass, so mixes are missing some thump and rumble. They have some extra high-bass that helps emphasize sound effects like footsteps and explosions in games. Thankfully, their mid-range is well-balanced, so vocals, dialogue, and lead instruments sound clear and present. Their companion software also features a graphic EQ and audio presets to customize your listening experience. However, they deliver audio inconsistently, so you have to adjust them to get the same sound every time you use them.

Pros
  • Feature-packed companion app with graphic EQ.
  • Impressive build quality.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • Closed-off passive soundstage.
6.4 Commute/Travel

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 are alright for commuting and traveling. Since they're Bluetooth-compatible, they don't need their wireless transmitter to function, so you can listen to your music on your phone during your daily commute. They have 20-hour continuous battery life for longer journeys. Unfortunately, they have a bulky design and don't block out much background noise, so it might be hard to hear your audio over the sound of rumbling engines and passenger chit-chat.

Pros
  • Good battery life.
  • Impressive build quality.
  • Compatible with Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation capability.
  • Bulky, heavy design.
  • Tight fit won't suit all listeners.
7.0 Sports/Fitness

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 aren't designed for sports and fitness. They have a tight fit that gives them better stability than many gaming headsets, but they can still slip out of place if you move around a lot. They're also quite heavy and aren't rated for dust or water resistance, like most over-ear headphones.

Pros
  • Good battery life.
  • Impressive build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky, heavy design.
  • Tight fit won't suit all listeners.
6.8 Office

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 are adequate for office use. They're comfortable enough to wear for long periods and supply more than 20 hours of playback, so they can last you through the whole workday without a problem. However, they don't filter out that much background noise, so you'll hear the chatter of coworkers.

Pros
  • Good battery life.
  • Compatible with Bluetooth.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation capability.
  • Tight fit won't suit all listeners.
7.5 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 are a good choice for wireless gaming. Their USB transmitter allows for low-latency audio while their simple control scheme lets you quickly adjust chat mixing on the fly. They have a companion app with a wide range of features to let you fine-tune your gaming experience as well as a high-quality boom microphone that ensures teammates hear you clearly.

Pros
  • Feature-packed companion app with graphic EQ.
  • Great microphone recording quality and noise handling performance.
  • Low wireless latency with USB dongle.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • Tight fit won't suit all listeners.
7.7 Wired Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 don't come with an audio cable but are partially compatible with wired connections since they have a 3.5 mm audio port. If you have a 1/8" TRS or TRRS cable, you can receive audio from PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X systems, but you can't use their mic.

7.2 Phone Calls

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 are decent for phone calls. Their boom microphone does a great job of making your voice sound full-bodied, clear, and mostly free of background noise. They don't isolate you from much background noise, so it'll be hard to follow a conversation if you call from a loud environment.

Pros
  • Great microphone recording quality and noise handling performance.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation capability.
  • 6.8 Neutral Sound
  • 6.4 Commute/Travel
  • 7.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 7.5 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 7.2 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jan 18, 2024: We've made minor edits to the text to keep it current.
  2. Updated Nov 01, 2021: Converted to Test Bench 1.5.
  3. Updated Sep 22, 2021: We've retested 'Multi-Device Pairing'.
  4. Updated Mar 25, 2021: We've tested 'Breathability' as well as PS5 and Xbox Series X compatibility. We have also updated the Wired 'Analog Audio' results for clarity and added more information to 'Sound Profile' regarding driver mismatch.
  5. Updated Oct 29, 2020: Review published.
  6. Updated Oct 22, 2020: Early access published.
  7. Updated Oct 01, 2020: Our testers have started testing this product.
  8. Updated Oct 01, 2020: The product has arrived in our lab, and our testers will start evaluating it soon.
  9. Updated Sep 23, 2020: We've purchased the product and are waiting for it to arrive in our lab.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless come in only one color scheme: 'Black'. You can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across a differently-equipped variant, let us know in the comments, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 are premium wireless gaming headphones that are essentially the PC/PS4 version of the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless. They offer impressive build quality, a 20-hour battery life, and Bluetooth compatibility, so you can stream music from your phone while gaming. Unfortunately, they do a poor job of blocking out background noise and are quite bulky.

For alternatives, look at our list of recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best PS4 gaming headsets, and the best gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless [7, 7P, 7X]

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless and their variants are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. While both headphones are comfortable, the Nova 7 and its variants have a longer continuous battery life. They also come with an analog cable if you want to use them wired, and they have full compatibility with PCs and consoles via this connection. The Arctis 9 are better built.

SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless

Depending on your preferences, you may want to check out either the SteelSeries Arctis 7+ Wireless or the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. The Arctis 7+ are more customizable headphones as they're compatible with Sonar, which is a software integrated inside SteelSeries GG companion software, offering even more features. It offers a parametric EQ and presets as well as adjustable levels for microphone and chat control. These headphones are also compatible with PlayStation 5's Tempest 3D AudioTech, which can help create a more immersive audio experience. However, the Arctis 9 support Bluetooth, which is good if you want to stay connected to your console and smartphone at the same time. They have slightly less non-Bluetooth wireless latency and better microphone performance.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless and SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless perform similarly overall but suit different audiences. The 9X are Xbox One-compatible and use essentially the same connection as Xbox One controllers to seamlessly connect to Xbox One consoles and PCs that have Xbox One Wireless Technology without the need for a dongle. The 9 use a USB dongle allowing them to wirelessly connect to PC, PS4, and PS5 systems but not Xbox One consoles.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless are slightly more versatile for day-to-day use than the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. The SteelSeries are Bluetooth-compatible, offer on-the-fly channel mixing, and block out a little more background noise. However, the Logitech have more features in their companion software, last longer off of a single charge, and have a better-balanced default sound profile.

Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT

The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT are more versatile gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. You can use the Corsair wired or wirelessly. They have better battery and Bluetooth connectivity performances, and their boom mic delivers a better recording quality. However, the SteelSeries are more comfortable, and their boom mic does a better job of noise handling.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are more versatile than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. The Pro have a better-balanced sound profile out of the box, block out more ambient noise, have a better-performing boom microphone, and last longer on a single charge. They also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for full audio and microphone compatibility via analog connections and their wireless latency is lower too. The 9 have a broader range of microphone volume adjustment in their companion software.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis 7P+ Wireless have slightly different strengths. While both headphones are comfortable and well-built, the Arctis 9's boom mic has better overall performance, and they support Bluetooth, which is handy if you want to connect to your console and smartphone at the same time. However, although they support an analog connection, this cable isn't included in the box, and you can only receive audio when connected this way. Conversely, the Arctis 7P+ have a significantly better battery performance. They also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that offers full audio and mic compatibility when plugged into your PlayStation or Xbox console's controller.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are slightly better for wireless gaming than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. The 7 2019 Edition have a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for passive audio playback and microphone usage. They also deliver audio more consistently and have a better-balanced default sound profile. Their continuous battery life is longer too. Meanwhile, the 9 are Bluetooth-compatible, so you can listen to music from your phone as you game. They also have an easier-to-use control scheme.

SteelSeries Arctis 7X 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 a longer continuous battery life. 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.

SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7P Wireless are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless. While both headphones are similarly comfortable and well-built, the Arctis 7P have a better-balanced sound profile, and their battery lasts longer. They also support passive playback and have less latency via non-Bluetooth wireless. However, the Arctis 9 support Bluetooth and have surround support via their companion software.

SteelSeries Arctis Prime

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis Prime have different strengths. While both headphones are comfortable, the Arctis 9 are better built; you can also use them wirelessly, which some users may prefer. They're also compatible with SteelSeries Engine software, which allows you to adjust their sound to your liking using the graphic EQ or presets. However, the Prime are wired-only headphones, and this connection ensures a virtually latency-free gaming experience. Their L/R drivers are also better matched, and their sound profile is more neutral, which some users may prefer. 

Sony PULSE 3D Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless are better overall headphones than the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless. The SteelSeries are more comfortable, are better built, and have a better microphone, not to mention a longer battery life and a feature-rich companion app. However, unlike the Sony, they can't be used on a wired connection. The Sony also exhibit lower non-Bluetooth audio latency and deliver audio more consistently.

ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless are more versatile than the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless. The SteelSeries have lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency and are Bluetooth-compatible, allowing you to stream music off your phone as you game or chat with friends. They're also comfier, are better built, leak less audio, and have a longer battery life. Their boom mic also has superior recording quality and noise-handling capability. However, the ROCCAT take less time to charge.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Transducer Dynamic

They're very similar in design to other SteelSeries headphones. They feature the brand's distinctive ski goggle-like headband, cloth-lined ear cup padding, and retractable boom microphone. They only come in 'Black'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.83 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

They have a comfortable fit. The ear cups offer a pretty broad range of adjustability and have soft cloth-covered padding. While the headset is somewhat heavy, the elastic headband does a good job of distributing its weight. Unfortunately, like other SteelSeries headphones, the headband can feel tight if you have a larger head.

7.8
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 Bluetooth Sync

They have a very good control scheme. There are dedicated buttons for power on/off, microphone muting, and Bluetooth playback functions. You hear audio feedback when the mic is muted and unmuted, and there's a red light on the mic that illuminates when it's muted to make it even easier to tell if the mic is active. However, the controls would be easier to use if the volume and Chatmix dials had middle notches.

On the right ear cup:

  • Volume wheel
    • Adjusts volume
  • Microphone mute button
    • Mutes and unmutes microphone
  • Bluetooth button:
    • Single press: Play/pause audio or answer/end a call
    • Double press: Skips to the next track
    • Triple press: Skips to the previous track

On the left ear cup:

  • Chatmix dial
    • Adjusts chat/game audio levels

5.8
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 7.4 ยฐC

They have sub-par breathability. While the material covering the ear cups feels similar to that of the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, these headphones seem to trap in a bit more heat and don't allow for much airflow. If you wear them during sports or physical activity, they can cause you to sweat more. However, it won't be much of a problem if you're just sitting down to game.

5.5
Design
Portability
L 7.7" (19.6 cm)
W 6.9" (17.5 cm)
H 3.3" (8.4 cm)
Volume 176.90 inยณ (2,898.86 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

These headphones aren't designed to be portable. The ear cups swivel to fold flat, but their headband doesn't fold inwards to reduce their footprint. Thankfully, since they're Bluetooth-compatible, you won't need to carry their USB transmitter wherever you go. They also have a retractable boom mic, which helps avoid snags when putting them into or taking them out of your bag.

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

These headphones have impressive build quality. They feel better built than the SteelSeries Arctis Prime and are mostly made of dense, high-grade plastic. They also have cloth-lined ear cup padding as well as an elasticized headband. Overall, they feel like they'll survive a few minor impacts without serious damage, though their yokes and hinges feel a little fragile.

7.5
Design
Stability

They have good stability. Their ski-band headband and relatively tight fit help keep them in place if you make small head movements when sitting and gaming. However, if you make intense or exaggerated movements, they can slip off. On the plus side, their wireless design eliminates the risk of having an audio cable snag on something and pulling them from your head.

Design
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In The Box

  • SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Gaming Headset
  • USB transmitter dongle
  • USB-A to micro-USB charging cable
  • User Guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-1.84 dB
Treble Amount
-2.99 dB

They have a somewhat imbalanced sound profile out of the box. They're missing a bit of low-bass, so some sound effects and bass-heavy music genres lack thump and rumble. While their mids are mostly flat and neutral, they have an uneven treble response that results in a lack of detail and clarity. This isn't helped by the mismatch between the L/R drivers of our unit, which is most noticeable in the low-bass, high-mid, and low-treble ranges. We could also hear a difference in bass delivery between drivers. However, this may be an issue with our unit. Please let us know if you've experienced this issue in the comments below. If you prefer to tweak their sound, it can be customized in-depth via a graphic EQ or presets in their companion app.

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

They have poor frequency response consistency. Their audio delivery heavily depends on their fit, seal, and positioning, so you may have trouble achieving a consistent listening experience, especially if you have long hair or wear glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.02 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
57.39 Hz
Low-Bass
-6.1 dB
Mid-Bass
1.65 dB
High-Bass
4.3 dB

They have decent bass accuracy. The low-bass range is underemphasized to different degrees in the left and right drivers, so you won't feel the deep thump and rumble of sound effects like explosions. This is particularly noticeable in the left driver of our unit. On the other hand, they have an overemphasized high-bass response that adds a bit of muddiness to some tracks. That said, since their audio delivery heavily depends on their fit and positioning and the imaging varies from unit to unit, you may have a different experience.

8.1
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.59 dB
Low-Mid
1.44 dB
Mid-Mid
0.07 dB
High-Mid
-0.8 dB

They have great mid accuracy. The range itself is mostly flat, resulting in full-bodied and present dialogue, vocals, and lead instruments. However, there's a mismatch between our unit's left and right drivers. In the right driver, a dip from mid-mid to high-mid makes vocals and instruments sound distant.

5.7
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
6.11 dB
Low-Treble
-4.76 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.58 dB
High-Treble
-4.59 dB

Their treble accuracy is sub-par. There's significant mismatch between the L/R drivers in this range, so vocals and lead instruments sound alternatively dull and lispy, though this may only be an issue for our unit. Since their audio reproduction is heavily dependent on their fit and positioning, your experience may vary.

7.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.64 dB
Dips
1.34 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis 9's peaks and dips performance is satisfactory, so the headphones can control their sound profile well, although there are some notable deviations. The left driver has an underemphasized low-bass response, resulting in a lack of thump and rumble, followed by a bump in the high-bass range that muddies some mixes. The overemphasized mid-mids and high-mids generate some harshness, while the sharp dip and following peak in the treble range make some notes alternatively dull and piercing. The right driver has a slightly recessed mid through high-mid range as well as a slightly harsh low-treble range.

6.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.28
Weighted Phase Mismatch
12.19
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.01
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
7.13

The SteelSeries Arctis 9's stereo imaging performance is mediocre. Their weighted group delay falls beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. While the L/R drivers are well-matched in regards to phase response, some amplitude and frequency mismatch is present. This impacts the headphones' ability to accurately place objects in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our test unit; yours may perform differently.

6.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.12 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
7.6 dB
PRTF Distance
17.9 dB
Openness
5.6
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.0

These headphones have a passable passive soundstage. Sound seems to come from the room around you rather than from inside your head, and you'll perceive the soundstage as quite spacious. However, it also seems somewhat unnatural and less open compared to open-back alternatives like the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
DTS 7.1

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 have support for DTS Headphone:X 7.1, a virtual surround sound feature meant to create a more 3D, immersive soundstage, so sound effects like footsteps are accurately placed.

7.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.303
WHD @ 100
0.416

They have a satisfactory weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's some distortion in the low-treble that's noticeable at normal or higher volumes. However, it's only present in the left driver of our unit, and most of the frequency range falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
2.4.00
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test the SteelSeries Arctis 9. Our results are only valid when you use them in this configuration.

Isolation
3.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-10.8 dB
Noise Cancelling No
Bass
0.73 dB
Mid
-5.64 dB
Treble
-27.86 dB

These headphones have bad noise isolation capability, which is normal for gaming headphones without an ANC feature. They filter out almost no ambient noise in the bass range, so you'll hear noise like traffic outside your window. They also do a poor job in the mid-range, so they won't block out much background chit-chat. Thankfully, they're quite effective at cutting down higher-pitched sound, which is good news if you have a noisy computer fan.

7.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
37.13 dB

They have a decent leakage performance. If you like to crank up the volume, others in the room can hear some of your game audio.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
Mic Yes
8.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
88.51 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.44 dB
HFE
6,544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
0.112
Gain
19.93 dB

The microphone's recording quality is great. Your voice sounds clear, natural, and mostly free of distortion.

7.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
32.44 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone's noise handling performance is good. The person you're talking to can hear background noise on a call, but the mic can separate your voice enough that you're easily understood, even if you're in a loud environment.

Active Features
8.0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
20.3 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
20.3 hrs
Charge Time
5.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port micro-USB

They have a great battery performance. They supply over 20 hours of continuous use on a single charge and have an auto-off timer to help conserve power that you can adjust in their companion app. On the downside, they take over 5.5 hours to recharge, which is longer than alternatives like the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition. Also, battery performance varies depending on how you use the headphones.

8.0
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
Yes

These headphones are compatible with the SteelSeries Engine companion software. It's easy to use and offers support for functions like a graphic EQ, audio presets, mic volume adjustment, changing the length of their auto-off timer, and enabling surround sound.

Connectivity
8.5
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
4.1
Multi-Device Pairing
Bluetooth + Console/Non-BT Wireless
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
303.00 ft (92.35 m)
PC Latency (SBC)
194 ms
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
55 ms
Android Latency
130 ms

The SteelSeries Arctis 9's Bluetooth connectivity is excellent. They don't offer multi-device pairing solely via Bluetooth, but you can connect to your PC with their USB dongle and stream media via Bluetooth from your phone at the same time, unlike non-Bluetooth-compatible alternatives like the ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless. Their latency on iOS and Android mobile devices is low enough to make them suitable for watching videos without significant audio delay. Since apps and devices compensate differently for latency, your real-world experience may vary.

8.8
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
153.00 ft (46.63 m)
Non-BT Latency
28 ms

These headphones deliver good non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. When using their USB transmitter, their latency is low enough to use them for gaming without experiencing significant audio delay.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection
No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

They don't come with an audio cable, but they have a 3.5 mm jack that allows you to use them with a 1/8" TRS or TRRS audio cable for passive audio playback or sharing audio with another pair of headphones. If you're looking for a wireless gaming headset that already comes with a 1/8" TRRS cable, consider the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
Audio Only (Not included)
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

These headphones are compatible with a PC using their USB transmitter or via analog connection, provided you have a 1/8" TRS cable.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio Only (Not included)
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
Audio Only (Not Included)
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

They work with PlayStation consoles using the wireless transmitter. You can also use an analog cable to receive audio, but none comes in the box.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio Only (Not included)
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio Only (Not included)
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless are only partially compatible with the Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles when using a 1/8" TRS or TRRS cable and plugging them into your Xbox's controller. However, this cable isn't included in the box and can only receive audio, so you won't be able to use their mic. If you're an Xbox gamer, check out the Xbox version of these headphones, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless, which have full wireless compatibility with that console.

7.0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
Yes
Line Out
Yes
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 Wireless Gaming Headset comes with a USB wireless transmitter. It's only compatible with PC and PS systems.