SteelSeries is well-known within the gaming headset trade and we have been fortunate sufficient to have examined a few of their merchandise prior to now, together with the superb Arctis Professional with GameDAC among the best PC headsets on the earth surroundings, however SteelSeries didn’t formally assist the Xbox with this mannequin. That is altering with the launch of the Arctis 9X at present, and in addition brings the official Xbox wi-fi connectivity that SteelSeries despatched us a couple of weeks in the past to get their first impressions earlier than the launch.
With the addition of Xbox wi-fi connectivity, SteelSeries is a choose firm, and the extension of this ecosystem to attach not solely controllers however headsets has solely been out there because the finish of 2017. SteelSeries has a couple of headsets that might do that The Xbox controller's three.5mm audio jack was beforehand related, however the Arctis 9X collection is now simply the premium mannequin within the section.
SteelSeries Arctis 9X
40 mm neodymium
Frequency response of the headphones
20 Hz to 20 KHz
Bidirectional Noise Suppression
Retractable Microphone Increase
Mute the LED and key
Microphone Frequency Response
100 Hz to 10 KHz
-38 dBV / Pa
Content material of the field
Arctic's 9X Headset
Micro USB charging cable
All of it begins with the sound although. SteelSeries makes use of the identical 40mm driver present in the remainder of the Arctis product line. SteelSeries maintains constant audio high quality in its non-Professional part, and the high-end fashions solely have additional options. The corporate additionally seeks a impartial tone as an alternative of entering into the booming bass lure that some headsets cannot escape. Though they don’t provide lively noise cancellation, over-ear design is an effective way to isolate the listener so you possibly can concentrate on the duties forward. The headset additionally helps Home windows Sonic and offers spatial audio assist included with the Xbox One and Home windows 10.
SteelSeries additionally affords an outstanding chat microphone referred to as ClearCast, which offers bidirectional noise cancellation. The noise cancellation works effectively, so the chat solely focuses in your voice. The microphone has a frequency response of 100 Hz to 10 kHz and a sensitivity of -38 dB. The microphone is retractable into the earpiece, simply adjustable and affords an built-in mute LED, with which you’ll see at a look whether or not the microphone is muted or not. With the bendable arm pulled again into the earpiece, you may also place the microphone the place it’s most snug for you.
Consolation can be an vital issue for headsets, and SteelSeries has optimized its product vary, acquired suggestions from prospects this 12 months, and used a part of the design of the Arctis Professional vary of merchandise. The Arctic 9X metal strap has the identical design modifications, together with thicker ear foams and a extra curved band that makes it extra snug for extra folks, and the modifications work rather well. The headset could be very snug and the extra padding of the ear cushions was instantly noticeable.
The corporate has additionally made some changes to the controls, that are based mostly on suggestions from house owners. The amount and chat buttons have been moved up the ears to stop them from unintentionally hanging whenever you flip them on and off. That is one thing I’ve undoubtedly skilled at Arctis Professional. It is a welcome change. The management knobs are additionally barely smaller, so they don’t protrude to date and want extra energy to alter, which must also assist to unintentionally change the degrees.
So let's speak about connectivity. Providing Xbox wi-fi connectivity connects to the upper bandwidth Xbox than Bluetooth permits, and the connection can be much less latency-prone. For an audio headset, it's a terrific resolution that delivers crisp, clear sound and virtually no noise from the wi-fi connection. In line with SteelSeries, they have been licensed by Microsoft to have the strongest and most dependable Xbox wi-fi connection for any beforehand licensed headset. All I can say is that in comparison with Bluetooth audio, Xbox Wi-fi is a much better resolution when it comes to readability and vary than you should use Bluetooth immediately on an Xbox.
Nevertheless, the Arctis 9X additionally helps Bluetooth with the concept you’d join Bluetooth to your telephone. As with different SteelSeries headsets, a number of audio sources can be utilized concurrently so you possibly can play on the Xbox, however nonetheless reply and obtain calls. In fact, you may also play music by way of Bluetooth, however Bluetooth solely helps the SBC codec, in order that the audio high quality decays in comparison with the wi-fi Xbox connection. For optimum music sound high quality, it ought to as an alternative be performed on the Xbox. You may as well regulate the degrees with a fader knob on the left earcup. This can change the variety of current Xbox audio knowledge. You might be able to disable Xbox audio playback to reply a name. In contrast to different multi-input mixers from SteelSeries, nevertheless, it doesn’t appear attainable to utterly take away the Bluetooth audio, which I discovered considerably unusual.
For individuals who want a wired connection, you may also join a three.5mm audio cable on to the Arctis 9X and use it as an ordinary headphone even when the battery is lifeless. It is a nice choice, and I'm glad to see that SteelSeries additionally affords this selection by their wi-fi headsets.
Talking of Batteries: The Arctis 9X is designed to run for 20 hours on a single cost, and battery life is displayed on the display screen when related to the Xbox, identical to a controller. The Arctis 9X has a micro USB port for charging and comes with a charging cable. I requested her for USB-C. That's one thing they're evaluating, however they're not able to make the leap at present. That is actually good for this product as a result of the Xbox controllers additionally cost by way of micro USB, so you possibly can cost each controller and headset with one cable.
SteelSeries additionally offers 4 user-programmable equalizer settings that may be toggled by tapping the ability button. 4 are programmed on the manufacturing facility. Nevertheless, if you wish to customise it your self and make another changes, you possibly can join the headset to any PC and customise the headset with the SteelSeries Engine. The USB connection is just for adjusting the headset. The Arctis 9X cannot be used as an audio machine by way of USB on a PC, though you possibly can join by Xbox Wi-fi, offered you have got an adapter or one of many PCs in the marketplace that has Xbox Wi-fi built-in, in fact, Bluetooth.
Pricing is the final level that must be mentioned. Right here, SteelSeries targets the higher finish of the Xbox aftermarket. The Arctis 9X is 199.99 euros costlier than most rivals, solely the Razer Thresher is costlier, however SteelSeries affords right here an extremely well-built headset with glorious sound, good consolation and a protracted battery life. SteelSeries has an Arctis collection that’s identified for nice sound. The Arctis 9X isn’t any exception. The extra consolation options of the 2019 collection additionally enhance the match and fatigue issue. When you're in search of a high-end headset for the Xbox, the Arctis 9X delivers.