SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Updated May 22, 2020 at 11:26 am
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5.8
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Sound
5.0
Commute/Travel
5.7
Sports/Fitness
5.6
Office
5.9
Wireless Gaming
7.6
Wired Gaming
7.1
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are good wired gaming headphones that are comfortable enough for longer gaming sessions and come with a DAC that offers a lot of connectivity options as well as customization features. Although they have inconsistent bass and treble delivery across users, the DAC allows you to EQ on the fly, helping you get the right sound for your needs. It even allows you to channel mix and toggle DTS virtual surround sound. These headphones are also easily customizable via their companion software and their unique ski-band headband design is adjustable, which can help you get a better fit.

Our Verdict

5.8 Mixed Usage

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are sub-par for mixed use. While they're comfortable, they're not very portable and don't reduce background noise like bus engines or office chatter. Depending on fit, seal, and positioning, they can also sound different depending on who's wearing them. However, the DAC allows you to EQ it on the fly, so you can get the best sound for your needs. The companion software also offers a graphic EQ and you can save your configurations for future use. Still, these headphones are designed for wired gaming thanks to their good boom microphone and lack of lag.

Pros
  • DAC offers sound customization features and connectivity options.
  • Wired design eliminates lag.
  • Versatile and durable design.
  • Great overall microphone performance.
Cons
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users.
  • Bulky design.
  • Can fit a bit tight for some listeners.
7.0 Neutral Sound

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are alright for neutral sound. While their bass and treble delivery depend on their fit, seal, and positioning, the DAC makes it easy to tweak the way they sound on-the-fly thanks to their built-in EQ. The companion software also has a graphic EQ available and you can save your configurations for later use.

5.0 Commute/Travel

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are disappointing for commuting. They don't reduce almost any background noise in the bass range such as bus or train engines and their bulky design makes it hard to take with you on the go. On the upside, they're comfortable enough to wear for multiple hours and they don't have a battery so you don't have to worry about recharging them.

5.7 Sports/Fitness

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are sub-par for sports. They're bulky but are stable enough to stay on your head during a light jog. They're also comfortable and they have breathable padding around their ear cups but they can trap in sweat if you're doing more strenuous exercise. The audio cable can also snag on things while you move and these headphones may get yanked from your head.

5.6 Office

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are disappointing for office use. While they're comfortable enough to be worn for multiple hours and you don't ever have to worry about pausing to recharge them, they really struggle to block out mid-range noise like background chatter. They also tend to leak sound, especially if you're listening to your music at a higher volume.

5.9 Wireless Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are wired-only headphones and can't be used wirelessly.

7.6 Wired Gaming

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are good for wired gaming. They're comfortable and their wired design means you don't have to worry about lag. While they can sound different depending on who's wearing them, the DAC has a built-in EQ that allows you to tweak the sound to your liking on-the-go. The DAC also allows you to control channel mixing and it offers more connection options. Their retractable boom microphone captures voice clearly and can it can separate voice from background noise.

7.1 Phone Calls

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are alright for phone calls. The retractable boom microphone captures voice clearly and does a good job of separating speech from noisy environments like a gaming tournament. However, these headphones don't really reduce background noise, so you may struggle to hear whoever you're talking to on the other line.

  • 5.8 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 5.0 Commute/Travel
  • 5.7 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.6 Office
  • 5.9 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.6 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Calls
  1. Update 6/11/2020: We retested the wired connection of this headset on Xbox One.
  2. Update 3/18/2020: Converted to Test Bench 1.4.
  3. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  4. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.
  5. Update 2/15/2019: We've updated the breathability section of the review to better reflect a typical use case for an average user.
  6. Update 12/12/2018: We've updated the microphone category text.

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Design
Design
Style

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC have a similar wide metal frame and ski-band headband as the SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 but are more curved to better fit your head. These headphones also feel durable and premium too. You can even make them look slightly more casual by retracting the boom microphone into the left ear cup.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.9 lbs
Clamping Force
1.2 lbs

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are comfortable headphones. The ear cups spacious and have soft and breathable padding which makes them easy to wear for long gaming sessions. They also have the same adjustable, elastic ski-band headband as the Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless. However, as the headband can only expand to the length of the metal headband, users with larger heads may find this fit tight.

6.2
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Decent
Feedback Great
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Presets

Although they're wired and don't have call or music controls, The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC have a similar control scheme to the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. The headset has a volume dial and a microphone mute/unmute switch while the DAC has a channel mixing dial that can also act as a multi-function button when pressed and held, allowing you to switch between presets and EQ modes. All the buttons provide great feedback while being decently easy-to-use.

5.4
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 8.3 C

Update 02/15/2019: We've retested and updated the breathability score. The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are very similarly-designed but had a much worse breathability performance. We've since double-checked this scoring and can confirm this is also the case for the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC have disappointing breathability. Although the ear cups are made with porous padding, they're still closed-back, over-ear headphones and can make you sweat, especially if you're wearing them while working out. However, if you're just wearing them for casual gaming, they shouldn't get too warm.

5.7
Design
Portability
L 7.4 "
W 6.8 "
H 3 "
Volume 150 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

Like most gaming headsets, including the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp, these headphones aren't very portable. They have large ear cups, a rigid headband, and can't fold up into a more compact size. Their DAC also makes them less than portable but you can always use them passively with their audio cable and adapter if you're on the go. However, due to their size, you can only store them in a bag or backpack.

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

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC don't come with a carrying case or pouch.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's build quality is similarly great as the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless. Their hinges and yokes are made from sturdy metal while the ear cups are dense and durable. There are even magnetic backplates that can be removed. These headphones feel like they can withstand several accidental drops or falls and even the microphone is well-built and flexible enough to be bent without damaging it. You can also detract the microphone into the left ear cup, which is a nice touch.

7.0
Design
Stability

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC fit decently tight on the head and shouldn't move around too much. While they're stable enough for playing video games at your desk or on the couch, they're still bulky and wired, which makes them less than ideal for physical activity or sports. The cable can also snag on something such as a table corner and yank them off your head.

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In The Box

  • SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC headphones
  • USB DAC
  • USB charging cable
  • Headset to GameDAC cable
  • Optical cable
  • 1/8" TRS adapter
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.4 db
Treble Amount
-2.59 db

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's sound profile depends on how they fit on your head. Their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair can all affect sound delivery, resulting in inconsistent bass and treble. Once properly fitted to your head however, you should be able to get a consistent sound. Still, thanks to their DAC, you can easily tweak the sound to your liking using its built-in EQ.

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

The frequency response consistency of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is disappointing. The bass delivery varies and a drop in bass can occur if the ear cups are not flush to your head or if you have glasses. The treble range is also inconsistent. As the overall frequency response depends on fit, seal, and positioning of these headphones, once you achieve a good overall fit, you should get a more consistent frequency response each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.6
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.01 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
-1.81 dB
Mid-Bass
-2.69 dB
High-Bass
-0.7 dB

Just like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC have excellent bass accuracy but its delivery can vary across users. Although there's a small dip in the mid-bass that slightly reduces body and punch, the response is otherwise very even without being boomy or muddy. However, the bass delivery can be sensitive to fit, seal, and whether you have thick hair or glasses so make sure you take the time to properly adjust them. This bass accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.19 dB
Low-Mid
0.0 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.07 dB
High-Mid
-3.28 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC have great mid accuracy and is fairly even and flat. However, there's a dip in the high-mid that makes vocals and lead instruments sound weak and distant.

6.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.25 dB
Low-Treble
-5.42 dB
Mid-Treble
-1.93 dB
High-Treble
-9.05 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC have mediocre treble accuracy but delivery can vary across users. Overall, it's fairly underemphasized and its low-treble can make vocals and lead instruments sound veiled and lacking in detail. While the mid-treble is slightly better, its underemphasis makes sibilants like cymbals or S and T sounds dull and lispy. However, this treble accuracy performance represents the average response and your experience may vary.

7.5
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.44 db
Dips
1.56 db

While the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's peaks and dips performance is good, their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair can all affect sound delivery, resulting in inconsistent bass and treble. Still, there's a lot of very small peaks and dips that can slightly affect your mix. However, the dip in the low treble can make voices sound dull and lispy while the rise into the mid-treble can make sibilants like S and T sounds piercing and sharp.

8.6
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.16
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.71
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.03
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.55

The imaging performance of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is excellent. While there are some peaks in the low-bass range that are above the group delay's audibility threshold, it may not be audible for most users. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit are exceptionally matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (like voices and footsteps) in the stereo image. However, these results are only valid for our unit and yours may perform differently.

6.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
5.02 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.68 dB
PRTF Distance
18.19 dB
Openness
4.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.9

The soundstage of the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is mediocre. While the soundstage feels large and sounds like it's coming from the front of the user rather than inside the head, it can be perceived as unnatural and lacking spaciousness. As they're closed-back headphones, their soundstage may also not feel as open as open-back headphones.

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 Pro GameDAC have DTS virtual surround support and a simple speaker modeling feature.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.362
WHD @ 100
0.122

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's weighted harmonic distortion is good. While there's some distortion between the low to mid-bass and in the low-treble range, it's very slight and likely won't be noticeable to all listeners.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
USB
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
Default
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's results are only valid for these settings.

Isolation
5.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.24 dB
Bass
0.28 dB
Mid
-8.65 dB
Treble
-32.0 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's noise isolation performance is disappointing. They don't block out any of the low rumble of bus and train engines and they barely cut mid-range noise like chatter. However, they can significantly reduce higher-pitched sounds like the hum of an A/C unit.

6.6
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.08 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC have an okay leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage is found between the mid-mid to mid-treble ranges. If you like to listen to your music at a high volume and you're using them in an office setting or a similarly noisy environment, those closest to you may hear some of your audio.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

This headset has a boom microphone.

7.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
85.99 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
4.58 dB
HFE
10240.0 Hz
Weighted THD
5.105
Gain
34.67 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's boom mic has a good recording quality. Your voice sounds full, clear, and detailed so you shouldn't have any problems being understood by your teammates. However, there's a small bump in the treble that can make speech sound overly bright or sharp.

8.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
33.27 dB

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC's boom microphone is great at noise handling. It easily separates speech from ambient noise, even in loud environments like a gaming tournament.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC don't have a battery.

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
Yes
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

The SteelSeries Engine is great companion software that offers a lot of customization features. It offers a graphic equalizer with presets, DTS surround sound, live preview, mic monitoring, and mic volume control. You can also save your customization in the configuration tab so that you can quickly switch between different settings on the fly.

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

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC don't have Bluetooth connectivity. If you want a gaming headset that also supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Elite 800 Wireless.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC can only be used wired.

8.8
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
Proprietary
Detachable Yes
Length 5 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
44 ms

Update 02/06/2020: We had originally listed this audio cable as a 1/8" TRS cable but it's actually a 1/8" TRRS cable which gives you full audio and microphone support when plugged into a console or PC's audio jack.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC use an uncommon 8-pin connector cable, which may be hard to find if you need to replace it. It also comes with an analog audio adapter so that you can listen to your favorite tunes on most devices. These headphones have voice support if you connect to your PS4 controller using the USB cable too. However, if you're on the Xbox One, this USB cable only gives you audio support, so you won't be able to use your microphone.

These headphones have a DAC that adds a negligible amount of latency. You shouldn't notice any delay when gaming or watching movies.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones are compatible with PC and PS4. When plugged into a PS4 controller or a computer's audio jack via an analog cable, you can use your microphone and receive audio. You can also use the GameDAC to connect to your PS4 with a wired USB connection.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
Audio Only
Xbox One Wireless
No

Update 02/06/2020: We originally reported that you couldn't use a wired USB connection with the Xbox One. However, if you want to use a wired USB connection with this console, you will only receive audio support and you won't be able to use your microphone. You will need to change your Xbox One's audio output settings but SteelSeries provides straightforward instructions here.

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are compatible with the Xbox One. If you plug them into your controller via an analog cable, you can use your microphone and receive audio.

7.8
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wired USB dock
USB Input
Yes
Line In
Yes
Line Out
Yes
Optical Input
Yes
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

These headphones come with a digital to analog converter (DAC) that has multiple inputs such as an optical-in, line-in, USB, and a line-out. Although the DAC is larger than that of the HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II, it puts controls such as switching EQs or surround sound settings within easy reach, allowing you to tweak your audio experience on the fly.

Compared to other headphones

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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are great wired gaming headphones. They have a sturdy and comfortable design that offers a lot of customization and connection options. They also come with a DAC that makes them a good choice for gaming on PC (they're one of the best gaming headsets for PC we've reviewed so far) but won't be as convenient as some of the wireless models below for gaming on consoles.  See our recommendations for the best headsets for Xbox One and the best PS4 headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are similarly performing gaming headphones with different advantages. The Pro Wireless are completely wireless and they offer Bluetooth support while the GameDAC are more customizable as they have a better EQ and mic options. There are also more features available in the SteelSeries Engine software for the GameDAC than on the Pro Wireless. You also won’t have to monitor battery life with the wired GameDAC, but the dual battery setup of the Pro Wireless is great and you’re likely never going to lack battery life.

Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017
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The Astro A50 Gen 3 Wireless 2017 and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are two great gaming headsets, but the Astros are wireless while the Arctis Pro GameDAC are wired. The Arctis might have a small edge over the Astro, thanks to their better microphone recording quality and the fact that they can be used without their dock, making them more versatile. You also get multiple customization options at the tip of your fingers, thanks to the GameDAC. On the other hand, the Astro might feel more comfortable for some and perform more consistently on different heads.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017
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The SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017 and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are similarly designed headphones, but one of their main differences is that the Arctis 7 are wireless while the Pro GameDAC aren't. The GameDAC also offers a lot of customization features within easy reach, including a built-in graphic EQ, and it has many connectivity options. Some gamers may prefer the wireless connectivity of the Arctis 7 though, and its 24-hour battery life is great for long gaming sessions. However, they lack a charging dock. 

SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are better gaming headphones than the SteelSeries Arctis 5 2019 Edition. They are better-built thanks to their metal headband frame, and their out of the box sound quality is slightly more balanced. Also, the GameDAC offers plenty of control options that the Arctis 5 is lacking. However, they might not offer the same value as the Arctis 5 due to the noticeable price difference.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud II. The SteelSeries are compatible with the SteelSeries Engine, so you can customize the sound using graphic EQ and presets. You can also tweak the EQ on-the-fly by using their DAC and the DAC itself offers a lot of connectivity options as well as customization features. However, the HyperX are more comfortable, well-built, and their microphone performs better than the SteelSeries. 

Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset
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The Sennheiser Game One Gaming Headset and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC are both very good wired gaming headsets, but with very different designs. The Sennheiser are open-back headphones, which means they hardly isolate any noise but have a more immersive sound as a result. The SteelSeries isolate more noise thanks to their closed-back design and get more bass. They’re also a lot more customizable than the Sennheiser, thanks to their unique GameDAC, although it does add a bit of latency that highly competitive gamers may notice.

Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO
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The Beyerdynamic DT 990 PRO and the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC each provide better value for different purposes. The SteelSeries are wired gaming headphones that come with a powerful microphone and lots of customization options. The Beyerdynamic are studio headphones designed for mixing and mastering; however, they can be a viable option for gamers who don’t need a mic thanks to their comfortable fit and well-balanced, immersive sound.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are very similarly-designed gaming headphones, but the 7 is slightly better due to its wireless design. However, the SteelSeries Engine offers more options inside the app with the GameDAC, like a better EQ with more bands. The GameDAC also has a useful dock to make quick on-the-fly setting changes. Overall, the wireless design of the 7 is going to offer more freedom to the user, and it offers better overall value.

Audeze Mobius
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is a slightly better gaming headset overall when compared to the Audeze Mobius. The SteelSeries have a more premium-looking design and come with a DAC that gives them a lot of control over their active features. With the DAC you can easily change the EQ mode's inputs, outputs, surround sound effects, and the RGB lighting options. The SteelSeries also have a more customizable sound and microphone options via their app. On the other hand, the Audeze have a unique head-tracking feature that helps them build a larger soundstage (which unfortunately we couldn't measure with our current test bench). The Audeze also have a slightly better-balanced sound and an over-ear fit that works for a wider variety of gamers, unlike the SteelSeries' elastic strap design. You can even use the Audeze a bit more casually with your phone since they are also a Bluetooth headset.

Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019 are both impressive headphones for wired gaming. The open-back Astro have a better mic and reproduce audio more consistently across users, but are a bit boomy in the bass. The SteelSeries’ audio reproduction depends a lot on who’s wearing them, but they come with a great onboard 10-band EQ, so you can quickly customize their sound to meet your needs on-the-fly.

Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC is a better headset than the Turtle Beach Elite Pro 2 SuperAmp. The DAC gives you a lot more control over active features than the Turtle Beach's amp. You can easily change EQ modes, surround sound effects, and the RGB lighting options while the AMP only offers a volume knob. However, the Turtle Beach also have a more neutral sound and a slightly better performing microphone. Still, the SteelSeries are compatible with every platform while you are more limited with the Turtle Beach as you have to get the corresponding version of the headset to match your console for full support. 

Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the Logitech G Pro X Gaming Headset are both similarly-performing wired gaming headphones that perform well. The Arctis feel a bit more stable, have a less bass-heavy default sound profile, and more wired connectivity options. On the other hand, the Logitech look and feel more comfortable and durable, and have a better control scheme. Both headphones have a boom mic that performs very well, but the Logitech's is detachable, which can be handy.

HyperX Cloud Alpha
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While the SteelSeries Arctis Pro GameDAC and the HyperX Cloud Alpha are similarly performing wired gaming headphones with great boom microphones, the SteelSeries offer slightly more features. Both headphones have inconsistent bass and treble delivery but only the SteelSeries offer a companion app with a graphic EQ plus presets so that you can tweak the sound to your liking. They also offer DTS 7.1 virtual surround support and their controls allow you to channel mix on the fly. On the other hand, the HyperX are slightly more comfortable and have a bit of a better build.

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