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A decent pair of gaming headphones is a must in this day and age, and the company that's generating serious sound waves right now is SteelSeries, but which of their top two headphone designs is the best? We have run a direct comparison between Arctis 7 and Arctis Pro to help you make up your mind.
10 - 40,000 Hz
20 - 20,000 Hz
The frequency response of an audio playback device is essentially the range of tone that a speaker can output before audio quality begins to suffer. Humans can receive frequencies between 20 Hz and 20,000 Hz.
Arctis Pro is equipped with the most advanced speaker drivers, using neodymium magnets to provide high-resolution audio between 10 Hz and 40,000 Hz with volume sensitivity. 102 dB. Hi-Res Audio refers to a certain threshold of audio bit depth and sample rate. In general, it increases the clarity of the audio. The
Arctis 7s has a similar but basic set of the same neodymium driver, which can push the tone between 20 and 20,000 Hz, the volume sensitivity is 98 dB, and the harmonic distortion rate is less than 3%.
You may wonder why you need headphones with speakers. The frequency of the speakers is approximately 20,000 Hz higher than the human audio frequency spectrum and 10 Hz lower than the human audio frequency spectrum. However, the absolute clarity of the headphones is not really important. The following aspects affect the overall sound quality. Because Pro headphones have such a wide frequency response, this means that tones in the audible range are not a problem at all, and can achieve perfect, high-fidelity reproduction and harmonic distortion levels below 1%.
Although the Pro speaker driver has been greatly improved, its microphone is roughly the same as Arctis 7. Both have a two-way noise cancellation mode, with a frequency response between 100 and 10,000 Hz, and a volume sensitivity of 38 dBA. The
update to the same microphone is a bit disappointing, because it’s nice to see the overall functionality improved to ensure you get the best return on investment. That being said, SteelSeries is not so lazy because it is a "if it's not broken, don't fix it" situation. Your
microphone has vastly improved the so-called omni-directional noise reduction design of most other companies. Noise reduction is not actually a separate function, you can use it to improve the whole equipment. Microphone mode has a built-in True Noise Reduction feature, which is why SteelSeries bidirectional method is more effective. The
battery used in the Arctis 7 is already very impressive. A single charge can provide 24 hours of continuous use. You can't ask for more and you can't keep playing without taking a break. In light of this, Steel Series did not make any performance changes to the battery, but what they did was improve in practicality. The
uses a set of Arctis Pro headphones. The batteries are completely removable, making it easy to charge and allow you to replace them if they become damaged or start to fade over time.
In terms of control, these are very similar designs. They all have a large, easy-to-locate mute button on the left ear cup, then the volume knob, the main cable jack, and finally the headphone sharing jack.
The difference between these controls is the chat / hybrid markup. In 7s, this watch face is integrated into the right ear cup along with the USB charging port and the power button. The chat / mix dial in Pros is in a separate module. The
Pro's I / O matrix is slightly different than the 7's, but because the battery is removable, you won't find the USB charging port directly on the ear muffs.
The fabric used in the ear pads of these two headphones is called Airweave. It is very soft but strong and very breathable. Wearing a pair of headphones for a long time shouldn't be a problem. There is a relatively deep depression inside the ear muffs, which can prevent contact with the ears and eliminate fatigue, and the skigoggle fabric headband is easy to adjust and very comfortable. The solid part of the
headband is made of light steel and aluminum alloy and side plastic gaskets. We prefer the all-metal construction, but it doesn't seem to really affect the overall durability. The
Arctis 7's swivel joints may be a bit loose for some people, but they don't exhibit any horrible squeaks or squeaks that appear on some headphones. Pros fits a bit more, but not necessarily in an awkward way. This round of
Arctis Pro is definitely a storm. With LED lace-up ear muffs and luminous microphones, Pros has reached the intersection of RGB glow and sleek glow. It's not overbearing or overly subtle, you can customize the colors and order, and you can even sync them with other Prism RGB accessories via SteelSeries software. Unfortunately, the only light on the Arctis 7 is the power button, which changes color to show battery life.
Except for the RGB adjustable option, the software of these two headphones is the same, we are happy to say that they are professionally designed. It provides instant clarity, provides you with intuitive options to adjust levels, select different audio modes, and test functions, so you can have everything perfect even before you start the game. One of the coolest features of the
Pro series headphones is the GameDAC option. GameDAC is a digital-to-analog converter that can achieve high-resolution 96KHz audio playback, 24but, improve overall clarity and accurately locate audio. You can buy Pro with or without GameDAC. In addition to the cable being a bit short, this is a great additional feature that can make any audiophile smile.
Minus RGB, software, microphone and ergonomic controls. So relatively speaking, Pros is good value for money.
They are also much better than 7. For games where positional audio is critical, such as COD Modern Warfare, Arctis Pros will improve your performance... it's that simple. The outline of the sound is very clear, and you will hear the footsteps behind you through the roar of grenade and gunfire. It's like having super powers.
Arctis 7s is enough for most players? Yes, they have DTX X 2.0 surround sound, the same build and mic, and good frequency response. They are fully functional and even cool. If you're not a foodie, it makes more sense to pick 7 and save some money. However, if you are passionate about immersive sensory experiences, then Pros is well worth it.