|Item model number||61506|
|Hardware Platform||Gaming Console, PC|
|Item Weight||10.4 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||7.93 x 7.08 x 3.58 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||7.93 x 7.08 x 3.58 inches|
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SteelSeries Arctis 3 - All-Platform Gaming Headset - For PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, Android, and iOS - White
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- Designed for everywhere you game, with superior sound, comfort and style on all gaming platforms, including pc, PlayStation, Xbox one, Nintendo switch, VR and mobile via detachable 3.5 millimeter cables
- Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the discord certified clear cast 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
- Play all day with athletics inspired performance fabric air weave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry
- Windows sonic spatial audio fully compatible with native surround sound built into windows 10 pcs and Xbox one consoles; headphone sensitivity:98 dB
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Crystal Clear Audio
Designed for everywhere you game, including PC, PlayStation, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, and mobile.
Widely recognized as the best mic in gaming, the Discord-certified ClearCast microphone delivers studio-quality voice clarity and background noise cancellation.
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.
Athletic Inspired Performance
Windows Sonic Spatial Sound
Arctis 3 is fully compatible with the native surround sound built into Windows 10 PCs and Xbox One consoles.
AirWeave Ear Cushions
Play all day with athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry.
Ski Goggle Suspension Band
The exclusive ski goggle suspension headband perfectly contours across your entire head, comfortably distributing the weight and eliminating pressure points.
Easy Controls and Sharing
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.
Built-In Audio Sharing
Share your game audio with friends with the built-in share jack by simply plugging in any headset or earbuds into the Arctis 3.
Constructed with strong, ultra-lightweight materials for maximum comfort and durability.
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Second of all, this headset doesn't connect to the Nintendo Switch wirelessly. You still need to plug it into the headphone jack. This means you can't use this headset when your Switch is docked, unless you get an extension cord or your couch is really really close to your TV. The only time the bluetooth becomes handy is when you are playing Switch in handheld mode with the headset plugged in, and would also like to use the nintendo chat app or discord on your phone. You can then connect to your phone via bluetooth while staying plugged in to the Switch and hear both game sound and discord at the same time.
So to reiterate, this isn't really a wireless gaming headset except in very specific situations. This is not really the headset's fault, more a weakness of bluetooth and how stupid Switch online features are. That said, I do find it to be a superb wired headset. It is extremely comfortable, sounds great, the mic works very well, and I like the on-ear controls.
Discord did struggle to recognize my mic until their support team gave me a beta of the next version to try. And WoW in-game chat is still not recognizing the mic, which is very annoying, but I have discord now so not a huge deal.
In summary: high quality gaming headset, not quite plug-and-play setup, not quite useful wireless. 4 stars.
My headset stopped charging abruptly one day, so I filed a service ticket through their purposely obtuse service system. Heaven forbid I actually want to speak to a human. After a few back and forth exchanges, they decided my headset was indeed defective and worthy of RMA.
HOO BOY THIS IS WHERE THE FUN STARTS. You want to know what it's like filing an RMA with the Vogons? This is what it's like:
SS: "File this paperwork, include your receipt, picture of headset, serial number, PICTURE of serial number, and mail a blood sample."
SS: "OK, now PHYSICALLY DESTROY YOUR HEADSET, but you have to do it EXACTLY THIS WAY or we void your RMA."
SS: "OK, now you have to take EXACTLY THESE PICTURES of the front, back, left, and right side of the headset, the serial number must be showing in EVERY PICTURE and you have to also print out this QR code and also have that visible in EVERY PICTURE or we void your RMA."
ME: "That's....almost not physically possible due to the location of the serial number but I'll do my best, here you go."
SS: "WARNING WARNING WARNING THERE IS A DISCREPANCY IN YOUR RMA. WE CANNOT TELL YOU WHAT KIND OF DISCREPANCY BECAUSE IT IS A 'SECURITY RISK' BUT NOW YOU CAN MAIL US ALL THE CUT UP PARTS OF THE HEADSET. ALSO SHIPPING IS AT YOUR EXPENSE BECAUSE WE ARE IDIOTS."
ME: "Security risk...for an RMA? Now I have to fish this thing out of the trash. Here you go. Sent."
SS: "Thank you, also we don't actually track shipments or have any accountability in our receivables department, so it's UP TO YOU to let us know when the item has been delivered, failure to EMAIL US TELLING WE RECEIVED YOUR ITEM will delay your request."
ME: "JFC. Okay, done."
SS:"We received your item, and verified everything but will still inexplicably take another 3 days to email you a coupon code for a new headset, and by the way here's another 30 rules to follow which, if violated, void your coupon and RMA."
Look guys - I understand you want to reduce the risk of people abusing your RMA process, but I really, really can't get behind a company that automatically treats every one of their clients like a criminal. I've had better luck helping someone file for social security disability through the court system.
If Steelseries was less insane about their warranty process, I'd give this 5 stars. But as it stands, it COST ME MONEY to replace something under warranty and I've been without a working headset for 3 weeks, so sorry you get to stick with 1-star.
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I've owned and loved many SteelSeries products in the past, from the Senei to the Xai and arguably my favourite PC gaming headset ever, the Siberia V2. So when it came time to replace my aging Astro A40s on the PC I did the usual YouTube review rabbit hole of research into headsets and these consistently came up as "the best gaming headset ever" or "A true contender to the Astro A50" (In the case of the wireless version).
So, I pulled the trigger. There were a few things I was looking for in a headset:
2. Spatial audio
3. Sound quality
Although the ski goggle and "airweave" fabric design seems to be, on paper, like a good idea, in practice it falls short. Side clamping force on these is actually greater than my old A40s and that bothers me as a glasses wearer. Also, the headset makes a the kind of rubberized deep "creaking" noise when you flex yor jaw or move your head as the material slips against the arms of your glasses. On the contrary, the "fuzzy" material on the A40s never did this, also the headband, despite not being made of this goggle material, is more comfortable.
Not only were the Arctis pro less comfortable, but the suspension headband isn't as adjustable as it seems. I had to have it near the end of its adjustement for my head and the velcro fastener was alreay hanging half-off its mount just to try and get that extra 2-3cm of reach.
Back to the clamping force, these headsets tend to "pull up" on your skull rather than rest on them. The elastic goggle band works as a spring, pulling the earcups back upwards creating a rather unsettling feeling on the side of your face.
DTS Headphone X 2.0 is billed as the holy grail of positional audio for this headset, it's also the first to support it. The problem is, there is literally ZERO mention about how it's implemented. Do games have to explicitly support it? Does it magically enhance existing stereo and surround streams? No answer, and no information is given about this other than a rather silly info-article on Steelseries' website disguised as an "interview" with the lead DTS engineer for Headphone X.
Also, theoretically, Headphone X seems misguided. It bills itself as able to "reproduce the original mixing room" audio of the source material without actually questioning whether the creator wants that to happen to begin with.
Take the excellent sound design of Battlefield 1, for example: When DTS is enabled, (tested with every in-game setting) the audio tends to be hollowed out, and the soundstage widens but precision as actually lessend for it. I really tried to give it some time for my brain to adjust to it but a few things finally made me give up. First, the "room simulation" tech in DTS was so aggressive that the orchastral score played during BF1 matches was absolutely ruined by the effect, and second the female voice announing key milestones during the match became so echoed that i had to double check my settings again and again.
It seems to me, at least for game audio, that Dolby has had the upper hand for years on DTS and that trend doesn't seem to be reversing anytime soon.
Spatial audio aside, i have to give it to the Arctis pro's here. The drivers are deep, crisp and clean after adjusting the EQ to my taste (slight bass boost and tiny drop in mids / tiny increase in treble) i found the stereo presentation quite nice, full bodied, albeit rather "closed" in terms of sound compared to the semi-open A40s and A50s.
I played some tracks in iTunes and A/B tested my Steelseries with my old A40s and the Steelseries generally come out ahead, slightly. They sound "brighter."
The GameDac is nice, the menus are really quick and snappy and turning on/off DTS Headphone X is a single push of a button. I tested the Hi-Res mode but have no content (and little to zero game actually support 24bit/96Khz) to prove its worth. I simply used my iTunes store tracks to experience the Hi-Res mode and heard only the tiniest of differences in the "smoothness" of the presentation of tracks, something i might have actually been cognitively biased towards so a blind test might have been better for me.
For the price I paid, and for what I wanted (something to absolutely blow away my old A40s) I didn't get the real deal from Steelseries. There are two things needed for this product to succeed and it falls short there: 1. Ditch DTS for Dolby as the spatial signature of Headphone X is awful whenever I experienced it. 2. Re-do the comfort and fit of these headphones, the "ski goggle" idea is cute but ski goggles aren't supposed to be the holy grail of comfort, they're designed to stay on your skull as you rip down a mountain, comfort is secondary. Why take inspiration from a product that isn't even aiming to achieve your paramount goal?
Although my old A40s don't sound as nice, their spatial Dolby audio setting is rock solid without much distortion or muddy room-effects added to the game sound. I'll wait for another offering from Steelseries or simply see what Astro has in store next.
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.
+ Looks sleek and stylish; LED around the earset changes colour and is very visually appealing
+ Retractable microphone
+ Sounds is crisp and clear. My partner used a sound-testing website to see how well the headphones worked and was blown away by the sound quality. He offered me to try the headset and experience the test---safe to say, I completely agree with him; the sound was so "real," I had to double-check it wasn't coming from the room I was in.
+ Sound isolation
+ Snug and comfortable fit
- I suppose the only con with this headset as opposed to his previous Diablo III headset is that my partner can't really keep one earpiece off as easily (which he would do while he was gaming so I could talk to him; he would have the headset a little bit skewwed with the earpiece resting on a different part of his head). This headset is less "flexible" in that regard. My partner can still keep one headphone off, but it is less easy to do than with his previous headset. Guess it's good for him, as he can't hear me complaining about his tardiness with cleaning the dishes...
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.
Very happy with my purchase and the delivery only took 2 days !
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.
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
- 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
Sound wise is where it touts it's biggest features. It sounds really good. It doesn't have the same "warmness" as the Arctis 5s, but that can be remedied with the equalizer. The "high resolution" audio is a bit pointless. While it claims it's range is 2x wider than what the human ear can hear, Steelseries goes into depth on its website about how it adds increased frequency and bitrate can enhance the sound. But that would only apply for a lossless audio source, and you're not going to be using Hi-Res Audio mode for gaming, which is not compatible with it's DTS/surround sound.
Unfortunately, the volume level is set artificially low due to some countries' regulations. You can increase the gain from low to high, but it's still a bit lacking, and depending on the game you can find yourself cranking the GameDAC volume to 2/3rds.
The headset sounds excellent in non-DTS mode. There a few included equalizer settings plus 1 custom profile you can modify. It takes a bit of fiddling to find an equalizer setting that really emphasized footsteps and quiet sounds though. 1 or 2 extra custom profiles would have been helpful. Enabling DTS does work and you can discern where sounds are coming from. Definitely noticeable if you a load up a game with good sonics, such as Destiny 2. In surround mode, aka: "DTS", despite the claims, the headset does still have a bit of the "tunnel effect" that afflicts many surround sound headsets. Hopefully that's something that can be tuned with a firmware update later down the line.
The retractable mic is the same Clear Cast mic found in the other headsets, is excellent, no complaints there.
The supplied cables are SUPER short. They obviously didn't think people might sit on the couch to game. I ended up having to pickup a longer USB extension cable and optical TOSLink cables.
The GameDAC has obvious comparisons to the Astro MixAmp. They both have the same basic functionality, but the GameDAC doesn't have the team/tournament features to link your teammates, it does have more customization. It has a fancy OLED display, stream output, and mobile input (but at a really low volume). More importantly, it will let you change chat/game balance, which is important for those people that leave their mics open. It has a physical mute button on the back of the headset, but I didn't find that as convenient as an inline mute on the cable personally. You can set the mic to light up whatever colour you want when it's muted, or live via the Steelseries Engine. The GameDAC also lets you control basic features on the headset, like the RGB colour, stream output settings, etc. but it's not as comprehensive as using the Steelseries Engine software on a computer though.
Overall, this is a pretty great headset. The downsides are pretty minor, and the only real deal breaker is the price. If your wallet can take the hit, this is one of the best headsets you can get for the PS4.
Surround sound on PS4
GameDAC for modifying and mixing the sound
Excellent retractable mic
Not as comfortable as the Arctis 5
You'll probably never use Hi-Res audio
Antes de hacer nada es recomendable actualizarlos, para lo que necesitarás acceso a una computadora e internet para descargar el software
- El audio es muy bueno! es fácil ubicar la posición de los enemigos dependiendo del sonido
- Son muy cómodos. Los he usado por varias horas a la vez sin ningún tipo de cansancio
- El ecualizador puede ser un game changer
- Los audífonos son de una entrada similar al USB-mini de 4 pines, pero no estoy seguro de que sea ese cable. Pero si se daña el cable habría que comprar un repuesto especial. No vale cualquier cable de audio
- El cable de los audífonos como tal es un tanto corto. Tendrás que colocar el game DAC cerca de ti
- Los audífonos tienen un slider en la orejera izquierda para subir o bajar el volumen. El problema es la ubicación, pues cada que me ajusto los audífonos acabo subiendo o bajando el sonido involuntariamente
OLD: Wow! I've used these headsets for less than 30 hours of on time in the last 1 month and let me tell you! The battery is not charging no more! After being stuck on a yellow power indicator for 3 days, I decided to look into why and how to fix it. Well, I quickly found other people were having issues and steelseries weren't helping them fix the problem. I'm going to return this product while I still can and use my $150 elsewhere.
OLD: Wow. I don't know whether I got big ears or not but I've tried several brands and the ear cuffs always sat on the tips of my ears, cutting circulation and making my ear sore after just 30 minutes of use. But THESE headphones! Wow. Not only do they sit around my ears but also the fabric they use for the ear cuffs are super soft and comfy. They don't cut off blood circulation around my ears and I can wear them literally hours without pain. They are fairly light. The mic is retractable.
I'm not a sound critique, but it sounds fine to me.
I don't know how long they will last, but if they do last more than 5 years, I would buy them again in a heart beat.