SteelSeries products are not at all unfamiliar to us here at Techaeris. Not only do we approve of their products but the company is also based in Chicago as are we. While we were at CES 2018 the company treated us to the first look at their new Arctis Pro headset line with Hi-Fi/Hi-Res DAC. Our lips were sealed, thanks to one of them fancy embargoes, but now the company just announced the new Arctis Pro headset line for real.
The Arctis Pro + GameDAC is gaming’s first certified Hi-Res Audio System that ensures high-fidelity 96kHz/24-bit with no need for down-sampling. Featuring the legendary ESS Sabre DAC and amp, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC allows gamers to experience the pure joy of high fidelity audio.
The Arctis Pro headsets feature premium speaker drivers with high-density neodymium magnets that reproduce Hi-Res audio out to 40,000 Hz, nearly double the capability of most standard headsets (22,000 Hz). With 121 decibels (dB) of dynamic range and – 95dB Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise, the Arctis Pro + GameDAC performs as well as high-end audiophile equipment. For gamers, this means they hear the cleanest and purest audio possible.
We had the chance to test the headset and DAC at CES 2018. SteelSeries had a gaming demo setup for us to try, as well as a music setup. Yes, you can use the headphones to listen to Hi-Res audio as well. The beauty of SteelSeries is that their design isn’t crazy so it’s easy to wear this out in places you’d wear normal headphones.
From my brief use of the headphone and DAC combo, I can safely say they were amazing. In-game sound is just awesome, you can hear the lightest footsteps and breathing, making it feel as if you’re in the game. The audio experience (music) was also noticeably better using the included DAC.
Read the full press release below to find out more about the Arctis Pro + DAC. Be sure to check out the headphones on SteelSeries website.