SteelSeries Arctis 5 - RGB Illuminated Gaming Headset with DTS Headphone:X v2.0 Surround - for PC and Playstation 4 - Black
- Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the Discord certified ClearCast microphone delivers studio quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation
- Sound is your competitive advantage with the S1 speaker drivers, engineered to produce ultra low distortion audio so you hear every detail
- Immerse yourself in 360 degrees of precision audio with next generation DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound
- Balance game audio and chat volume on the fly with the included USB ChatMix dial.Headphone Frequency Response 20–22000 Hz. Headphone Sensitivity 98 db. Headphone Impedance 32 Ohm. Microphone Sensitivity: 48 db
- Play all day with athletics inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry
- Includes 3.5mm adapter for Xbox; Cable Length: 3 metres/10 feet
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Arctic challenges everything you know about gaming headsets with completely overhauled audio, a new mic design with unmatched clarity, and improved comfort with materials inspired by athletic clothing. Arctic 5 features RGB illumination, Game/Chat audio balance, and DTS Headphone: X v2.0 7.1 Surround. The Arctis 5 can be connected both through USB to a PC, Mac, or PS4 or with the included 3.5mm adapter for Xbox, Switch, and mobile devices. Some features such as ChatMix, surround sound, and illumination are only available when connected via USB.
From the manufacturer
Ski Goggle Suspension Band
Perfectly contoured across your entire head, the weight of the headset is evenly distributed to eliminate all pressure points.
AirWeave Ear Cushions
Play all day with athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry.
Constructed to be so light that you will forget you're wearing them.
ClearCast Bidirectional Microphone
Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the retractable Arctis ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and exceptional background noise cancellation.
DTS Headphone:X v2 Surround
Immerse yourself in 360-degrees of precision audio with next-generation DTS Headphone:X v2.0 surround sound.
Premium Audio Drivers
The S1 speaker drivers give you the competitive advantage of incredible sound clarity. Engineered to produce ultra-low distortion audio, you’ll hear every detail.
USB ChatMix Dial
Easily balance the volume between your game and chat audio on the fly (PC and Mac only).
Prism RGB Illumination
Make your headset one-of-a-kind with 16.8 million different colors and dynamic lighting effects.
On-Ear Audio Controls
Ergonomic on-ear controls give you easy access to volume and microphone mute. Game-time adjustments are as easy as tapping the ear cup.
Multi-platform and Mobile-Ready
Play on every platform and take it with you wherever you go.
Personalize to Perfection
SteelSeries Engine software allows you to personalize the audio for your Arctis, from EQ to surround sound settings.
All Arctis headsets are made to meet the demands of competitive gamers around the world.
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Mic doesn't work very well at all and people can't hear you without turning you up 20+ on TS or discord.
Distortion in the speakers even at lower volumes and I have only had the headset a month.
Trying to get RMA but SteelSeries are making it so hard that I may just save time and money by buying another headset from a competitor. NEVER buying from SteelSeries again. First and LAST time
I’ve been using an old, but still really good, set of Bose QC15s to play games with on Xbox One. They sound really good using windows sonic audio.
The Arctis 3s support the signal too and I was surprised that for such an entry level set of headphones, they perform quite well. The overall sound quality and how they handle game audio is nice but not great. The Bose have a nice broad soundspace but the Arctis 3 lack treble that you can pick up with the Bose. Bass is nice and punchy and voices and sound effects are clear.
Fit is quite nice too. I was a bit worried when I found out the headset earcups can’t actually be pulled to fit different height heads, but the ski band was stretchy enough to give me a nice overall fitmemt. The earcups are soft and they can get warmish after a while but nothing uncomfortable. The earcups are a bit loose/not tight enough on my ears so there’s a lot of noise bleed both going from and into the headset. The build quality is very plastic and hollow but I don’t mind as they were $78 and they’re not in the premium range.
Overall I actually recommend them. Sound quality is nice, which is my number 1 buying factor for headphones.
The microphone is somewhat problematic for me and I have real trouble getting it to work consistently. When it works it is great. I use a noise gate with discord and discord has a very hard time outputting sound to the headphones. Most times I just use my streaming, stand-alone mic and I concede that the issue may be with my setup and not the headset itself. If this was your only microphone input then it would possibly not be an issue. It does not play nice with multiple mics however. The wireless signal also is quite strong and I have been up to 10m away from the transmitter before the connection starts to de-sync. Which is great. Overall I am happy with the purchase and quality of this headset. Worth considering in the $190 range.
Sound is decent.✔
Great wireless range.✔
long battery life.✔
The only gripe i have is the 7.1 channel is just marketing although they simulate surround sound well they are not 7.1 and the actual sound quality is far from the likes of high end headsets from the likes of Bose which are more music and studio orientated. For the my needs they are great.
recommended for medium gaming use.
They're incredibly comfortable for most people with the self-adjusting strap, but aren't the best for larger heads. The self-adjusting strap was one of the main selling points for me, and I couldn't go back to a standard click-adjusting band. Range is very good, I can go halfway across my house without it dropping out. It may reach further but I haven't tried. I like the retracting microphone, but like the headphones it is tuned for clear voice transmission and not optimum quality. The auto off timer helps save your battery if you forget to turn it off, however it doesn't alert you when that happens, so sometimes I'll be reading in silence for a while, go to put on some music and wonder why there's no audio.
My only real gripe is the game/voice balance wheel on the right ear cup. It's very easy to accidentally knock and you'll be left wondering why your game or people in voice chat are so quiet. Thankfully it soft clicks to tell you when it's centred and is a genuinely useful feature when you're intentionally using it. Just something to keep in mind.
Overall great wireless headset with a few minor flaws that aren't enough to ruin the experience.
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Well guess what? The sound is crap. Fresh out the box, I updated the Steelseries Engine 3 software and patched the headset, but the soundstage in my ears was skewed around 30 degrees to the left. That means that everything I hear in my ears seems to be coming from the left. Sometimes, there was nothing to the right. Whether I was listening to music or playing games, the sound was skewed to the left. I tried tweaking different settings in the Engine 3 but to no avail.
So I did what any logical person would do -- I contacted the Steelseris customer service on 30 September 2018. Every reply from them takes around 2 - 3 working days. Slow responses notwithstanding, the customer service representative did not seem to know why the issue was happening. He only suggested 2 options.
Firstly, he told me to reset the hardware via a magical button hidden in the left earcup. I had to peel off the cushioning, find one of those iPhone pins, and then hold the button for a certain amount of time, at which point the headset should reset. There is no indication anywhere so I had to just hope it worked. (It works when you realise you have to re-pair the headset to the USB receiver that came with it.) After re-pairing with the receiver, the issue was improved by maybe 5 degrees but the soundstage was still skewed to the left. The issue becomes more apparent at lower volumes.
The customer service rep's next solution was to go straight to the RMA process. After asking me to send in my receipt, they agreed to RMA the product conditionally if I send in evidence (screenshot) of the destroyed product - i.e. breaking off the left earcup and showing the serial number.
Which I did on 14 October.
It's 16 October and my reply from them was that my RMA is declined -- with NO EXPLANATION WHATSOEVER WHY.
So basically, let's recap -- Steelseries sold me a product that has some weird issue, took 2 weeks to correspond with me, agreed to RMA my purchase, and then after I had destroyed it, proceeded to screw me over and tell me the RMA is rejected.
Take this as a lesson learnt -- DO NOT BUY THEIR PRODUCTS. WONKY. FAULTY. PATHETIC CUSTOMER SERVICE. AND WILL ABSOLUTELY SCREW YOU OVER FOR NO REASON AT ALL.
The quality of the wireless mic is as good as the best wired mics I've heard. Even in an environment dense with devices on 2.4GHz, I get great range.
The quality of the speakers is good, but with some tweaking with PEACE (equalizer) the speakers are EXCELLENT. Do a quick search for Arctis 7 eq curves.
Comfort-wise, the headset is very easy to wear for long periods. My ears get a little warm, but not sweaty.
Battery life is good. I charge it once a week.
Honestly.... there's nothing I can be critical of.
First off, I wear headphones 12-18 hours a day, 7 days a week. For work, recreation, and to help me fall asleep. I know headphones, and have a decent collection of a dozen or so.
1) HOLY DISTORTION, BATMAN! Listening to music at volumes any of my other headphones can handle (including the cheap-o $30 bluetooth units), these units produce massive amounts of distortion. I cannot believe how bad these are at volumes over 50%! Give it one tonal range to cover, and it seems to do okay, but toss in two or three (like bass guitar and a high-hat at the same time.... or, ya know, almost all music) and suddenly you can't make out what you're listening to anymore.
2) The volume roller is EXTREMELY easy to accidentally adjust. I mean, unbelievably easy. I am CONSTANTLY messing with the volume when adjusting the headphones or mic, and since it's so loose it's almost impossible to dial in "just the right" volume. Very very annoying!
3) There's no media controls on these. Why? A push-button volume button combination would easily solve the "too easy to adjust" volume, and allow media controls through long presses.
4) The ear pieces are EXTREMELY hot. I wear headphones quite a bit, but these burn my ears up in a matter of minutes, which makes me adjust or remove them temporarily. This also reiterates point #2 in that the volume knob is ALWAYS being adjusted by accident.
5) These block absolutely no out-side sound, and people often can hear what I am listening to or playing. This doesn't make sense since the ear-pads don't seem to allow ANY airflow.
6) The mic disable button turns ON a light........ What? So when your mic is on, there's no light. When you mic is OFF, such as when listening to music, hanging out, whatever, there's BRIGHT RED LED on 100% of the time....... Huh???? How does this make sense?
7) the audio volume is easily 1/3 of every other headphone I own. I crank every setting up to 100% just to be equal to 30% on any other headset... Why?
8) mic is garbage!!!! I can't imagine anyone with any sense of intelligence thinking this mic is anything other than painfully sub par. Everything either sounds tinny, or incredibly digital (like using one of those $5 voice oscillators that make you sound like a robot.
9) while the ear pads do go around your ears, the speaker mesh is too shallow and will contact your ears. This makes it unbearable by itself, but combined with every other issue.....
10) FINALLY the surround sound effect is negligable. Playing the same surround sound tests, I cannot tell a difference between regular 2.0 phones and these. At all. There's also a VERY VERY VERY specific place you HAVE to position these, or you'll only hear about 70% of what it's putting out. Unfortunately the VERY SPECIFIC spot these must be placed is absolutely HORRIBLE. You must bend and fold your ears to position them even remotely correctly.
11) I know I said 10 was the final number, but it brings me to another point. These are so uncomfortable in almost every way. After a short session your jaw will hurt, as the bottoms press right into the hinge of your jaw, your ears will hurt and be sweaty from the complete lack of ventilation (it's like putting your ears in a wool coat in July in Florida -- a swamp!)
From a company that specializes in headphones, these are full of awfully poor design choices! One of the worst overall headsets I've ever owned.
Do not recommend to anyone for any purpose!
Does this headset deserve a 1 star: No. It's not that bad, but for the money and drawbacks, you can do a lot better; and so I find they are completely not worth your time and money. I hate it when people review a product and say that there is better out there, but then leave it to you to find said product, so I will also say, I bought Razer Naris instead. Wireless range isn't as good, but is very comfortable.
Comfort: I thought the "ski band" style would be super comfortable, not the case. It's decent, but slides off your head and really applies alot of the headset pressure to one small area. Even with the 2019 edition your ears will touch the inside of the headset..
Sound: worst part about them. Sounds suuuuper flat. I use hyper x clouds and i thought they sounded flat, but nothing compared to how flat these sound. Plus, max volume with these is not very loud.
Mic: no complaints, picks up a fair amount of background noise.
Wireless: works great. Wireless adapter seamlessly changes between outputs depending if the headset is on or off. My adapter had an issue and only played left audio.. which led to me returning them.
Le son est excellent et le micro est tout autant.
Je ne suis pas un fan de la strap d'ajustement pour la tête je trouve ca moins confortable mais ceci peut différer d'une personne à l'autre. Mon plus gros problème avec ses écouteurs est dans son choix de matériaux. Le plastique BLANC utilisé est très poreux et se tache ultra facilement. Et croyez-moi lorsque je dis ultra facilement, mon fils a remplacé ses ecouteurs corsair blanc pour se modèle car le mirco ne fonctionnait plus et il voulait essayer yn noyveau modèle. Il est habitué de jouer avec un oreillé derrière le cou pour un meilleur confort. Avec le casque Corsair, nous n'avons jamais eu aucun probleme, mais le plastique de steelseries est tres poreux et semble absorber la teinture de l'oreillé de mon garçon. Meme probleme si votre ado à l'idée de génie de jouer avec un kangourou et mettre sa capuche sur sa tête en jouant, la couleur de son kangourou a taché ses ecouteurs. J'ai retourné le premier casque croyant à un autre problème mais le résultat est le même avec le 2e. Choissez les steel series noirs afin d'éviter se genre de problème.
The headset is comfortable. You can barely notice that it's there. The ski band strap is a neutral thing for me. The headset is not that great for people with smaller heads. The only way to adjust this headset is with the ski band apparently, which to me is kinda dumb. I actually prefer the old way and find that it looks funny as the very top of the headset will be sticking out like a sore thumb.
The RGB is beautiful. I can't complain about that at all, whatever light they are using, it looks fantastic. The problem with most headsets and RGB in general is, no one's ever going to notice it, especially if you're playing alone. The microphone's RGB is neat and it's nice to know when your microphone is muted. The light and colour is so vibrant that it actually blinds you though, this light literally hurts my eyes. The button to mute the microphone makes no sense to me, you should push the button in to mute, not the other way around. The mute button for the microphone is also kind of cheap, it gets stuck if you press on it a certain way sometimes. I don't think I'm a huge fan of the volume dial being on the left side of the speaker, I find myself accidentally hitting it when adjusting the headset.
The cords are nice and I do like them. From what I read it appears they are hard to get if they ever break, so that's not a good thing. The USB ChatMix Dial thing is kind of useless, especially if you're not playing with friends on discord. They should have made this item a one cord connection. They should have also let you have the ability to plug in the headset through USB without the ChatMix Dial. The ChatMix Dial does feel nice and it's built very well though.
The microphone sounds pretty good when I did some tests on the PC. However on the Xbox One it lacked in sound quality a bit. Every time I recorded a message it would have a loud ear piercing hum in the background. When I plugged in a cord into the controller, it made the sound go away, but had a weird choppiness effect. So I assume it's because it's using batteries and maybe my cord for the controller is about to die.
The software in general is good. The functions for the headset in the software are good but kinda lack. It would be better if the bass enhancement and etc had more options rather than just low or high. The EQ is nice and so are the other options, it's just they're so basic. Noise reduction in this headset is a beast, you can't hear anything in the background. Overall this product is average for the price. It's not a bad choice but I did expect a little more in terms of audio performance and software functionality.
1-The elastic band which rests on your head will most likely stretch to an unreturnable point at some point after many many many months of use, and apparently, the bands are backordered for ever which is something to consider.
2-The software that you install does not tell you the percentage of battery life remaining. Just bars. Also, when you charge it, it does not tell you when the headset is fully charged, and there is a bug in the software. Upon charging it for hours, unplugging it and turning it on, the software and headset will not update the power level - you have to replug it in order for the proper level to update.
But aside from this, it is a great headset. Would recommend.
The build quality seems pretty good, in particular the swivel for the ear cups. The microphone is able to work in it's "retracted" state. I do wish that there was an option to have the mic auto-mute when retracted.
I have owned many headphones and currently use a pair of Bose QC15s, and they work fantastic. I bought these for my son who has a pair of ten-year-old Razer SC2 headphones thinking they'd be an upgrade. They sound tinny, and heavy bass seriously distorts these headphones in the lower ranges, making them down robotic or metallic. I spend countless hours adjusting sound volumes, installing custom EQs but no adjustments we can make come close so the Razer SC2 headphones from ten years ago, or my Bose QC15 headphones.
A good song to test on is "To Forgive" from Smashing Pumpkins. These headphones cannot handle the beginning bass and intro of this song, no matter what type of adjustments you make.
I am not sure why these headphones are rated as high as hundreds of websites have rated them. If you know anything about psychology, then I'll refer you to the term 'Social Proof.' There is only one way these headphones could be rated so highly, and that's if the manufacturer paid for these reviews.
Furthermore, the material the ear pads are made out of squeak if you move your head. It's hard to explain, but super, super annoying and it's a terrible choice for ear pad material.
If you got conned and purchased a pair of these, make sure you return them before your time runs out and purchase something with better sound quality. Your ears will thank you.
I know you're reading this article thinking 'Well, that dude is just some crazy audiophile, they'll be fine for me!' I can assure you that I am not that picky. I'm just some average dude who knows what quality is and what is not.
- diseno ergonimico
- super ligeros
- sabiendo acomodarlos son hiper comodos y pareciera que no tienes headset puestos
- sonido es muy bueno y se puede configurar de acuerdo a tus gustos
- la duracion de bateria cerca de 8 -12 horas de uso
-el microfono te puedo decir que es el mejor que tengo, te escuchan super claro y sin nada de ruido
- puedes conectarlo por el aux a tu cel y se esuchan bien, obvio su punto fuerte es el wireless
- el diseno es muy bonito y traen variso accesorios
- un poco de mas bajos no le caerían mal
- al aplicacion de steel series se me hizo buena pero le pueden mejorar
- la calidad del cable del creceptor pueden mejorarlo mucho
En resumeen si los encuentras en oferta abajo de 2500 no dudes en comprarlos, enserio no te arrepentiras, facil compite con los kingston superandolos en varios puntos