The sound presentation experience of the Arctis 7, when used on the PC, is pretty much identical to the experience I had with the Arctis 5. So if you’re reading this solely for an Arctis 7 review, know that I am quoting/copying what I said about the Arctis 5 here. All of the merits and nuances are the same:
As for the meat and potatoes of the SteelSeries Arctis 5 [and Arctis 7], the sound, the base performance of the drivers are impressive in all use cases. Speaking specifically when using the Arctis 5 [and Arctis 7] with the 3.5mm cable, the Arctis 5 [and Arctis 7] deliver(s) a solid performance no matter what your sound source is.
on the PC, the sound presentation is more pronounced and more vivid than what you would traditionally get through a 3.5mm cable. Add in the EQ tweaks open to you through the SteelSeries Engine 3 and off-the-bat you’re in for an enjoyable listening experience that you can fully control.
While you’re free to customize the EQ settings yourself, the available presets each have their own merits. I found myself toggling between presets for games, performance, music and movies for each and every listening scenario. Sometimes the music preset worked better with certain games while the games preset worked better with certain music. Luckily, once I established which preset worked best with each game, I just had to save a profile that automatically loaded that preset whenever that specific game launched.
Finding the perfect setting for various scenarios was fine as it stood before adding DTS Headphone X into the mix. It was a bit odd for me to see that the DTS Headphone X had its own group of presets outside of the equalizer’s presets. Meaning, should you want to dabble in surround sound, you’d have to now find the right combination of DTS and EQ presets to get that perfect listening experience. Do you want to use DTS’ music preset with the movie EQ preset? Or maybe this game works better with a DTS movie preset mixed with performance EQ settings. Since sound presentations are different depending on the source, it’s a tango that you have to dance if you want to avoid your DTS Headphone X surround sound experience sounding as if you’re in a tin can.
Once you found the right setting, the DTS Headphone X surround sound added to the immersion and overall pleasure in the listening experience. Hopefully there’s an update to the Arctis 5’s and Arctis 7’s SteelSeries Engine 3 interface to make this finagling a bit more intuitive. Updates are frequent enough with the SteelSeries Engine and their various peripherals, so it’s not impossible.
Until then, with extra some setting work, you can make the DTS Headphone X enhance your overall immersion just fine with any form of media you want to try it out with. The DTS Headphone X setting gives you that wider soundstage feel, just as intended.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a great top-off to the SteelSeries Arctis line that we love so much. You get a wireless PC gaming headset with a battery that feels as if it lasts forever. DTS Headphone: X technology in SteelSeries S1 Speakers give you a full, immersive, and alluring sound performance that you can even fine tune to your hearts content. A ClearCast retractable mic not only helps you communicate clearly with your team, but now also opens the door to streaming and pod cast possibilities, thanks to the Artic 7‘s transmitter dongle. Not to mention, being able to tuck your mic safely and sleekly away for mobile use is the affect that the Arctis line strives for.
The SteelSeries Arctis line is that of headsets that are both fun to wear and fun to show off. The Arctis 7 takes this a step further with its even more stylish headband layout that shows off its designs on the outside of the frame. A beautiful and comfortable make that uses SteelSeries‘ flagship drivers and is wireless is bound to break the bank, you may think. You’d be wrong when you find out you can get this awesome headset for a very approachable $149.99.
You’ll be doing yourself a disservice if you don’t check out the SteelSeries Artis 7 for yourself here…
Otherwise you can double back and check out our reviews for other Arctis headsets here:
† SteelSeries Arctis 7 review unit provided by SteelSeries.