At first glance, the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro doesn’t differ much from other headsets. The design is simple, the colors are neutral and it does not contain RGB lights either. It’s possible to buy so-called ‘booster packs’ from Steelseries to give your headset some color. A boost pack includes plates for the sides and headband in the same color.
However, the headset itself has a few small details that set the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro apart from other gaming headsets on the market. In this way, the top of the head does not touch the metal of the headphones. Between the metal and the head there is a soft headband that makes the headphones feel more comfortable. The strap is attached to small fasteners on both sides. Both sides of the headset have three attachments and this allows you to adjust the strap by tightening it more or less. Also, as with most other headphones, you can slide the pads up and down. Therefore, the headset is well adjustable, so you can make it as comfortable as you like.
The ear cushions are also very comfortable. It’s made of extremely soft artificial leather and this is what makes it so nice to have the cushions around your ears. However, they are very insulating and therefore can make your ears very hot if the headphones are turned on for a long time. This could become a problem, especially in hot summer weather. This does not alter the fact that the headphones as a whole are extremely comfortable.
GameDac is a practical thing
There are few buttons on the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro itself. There is only a rotary wheel to increase or decrease the sound volume and a button to mute the microphone. The reason for this is that everything else can be controlled on the connected GameDac.
The GameDac is a small device with a screen, a large spinning wheel, and a button. The headset comes with two cables with a USB connection. This allows two devices to be connected to the GameDac, such as a PC and a Playstation. With the GameDac, you can choose which USB connection the headset should use, and thus you can easily switch between console and PC.
Besides the fact that you can choose which connection the headset should use with the GameDac, this little device can do a lot more. You can also adjust the tone control on the headphones with it. This means that you can control the sharpness of the tones you hear yourself. For example, you can raise and lower the bass. The GameDac itself already contains a few settings that you can choose from. if you don’t know much about it, it’s a matter of playing around with the settings you prefer. Additionally, there is also a ‘Custom EQ’ where you can determine all tone levels yourself. The GameDac can be a bit tricky for people who don’t know much about sound or headphones in general. Still, it’s a neat trick and it’s worth finding out how exactly it works.
Sound quality to die for
You can tell from the sound quality that the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro is a high-end headset. This is excellent, the sound of the headphones is full of details. Every detail in the world of open world games can be clearly heard through this headset. Footsteps in shooting games can also be heard in great detail, so you’re always one step ahead of the enemy. No matter what kind of games you like, the sound quality of the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro is a must for any type of gamer.
The Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro is also perfect for music. With the various possibilities to adjust the tones according to your preferences, you can now hear certain music that you may have heard hundreds of times in a different and often better way. Certain background instruments that you may never have noticed before also come to the fore. The same is true for movies. Although it sounds a bit cliche, Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro makes every listening experience even better. No matter what you use the headphones for, the sound is extremely high quality at all levels.
There is also nothing to complain about with the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro microphone. The sound is fantastic and can even be compared to the quality of cheaper studio microphones. The microphone contains Noise Cancellation technology that actually allows you to make sure that the microphone only picks up your voice and leaves out all the background noise. Plus, you also get a pop filter that you can put on the microphone, to make the quality even better. So if you’re looking for a headset with considerably above-average microphone quality, the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro is definitely recommended.
If you’ve never used a Steelseries headset before, you may need to look for the microphone. This is on the earpiece and is extendable. This is very handy because when you’re not using the mic, you can slide it back into the earcups and it’s not always in the corner of your eye.
The microphone can also be adapted to the GameDac. On the device you can adjust the sound volume and mute the microphone. The headset itself also has a mute button for the microphone.
Sonar software is a must
With the Steelseries Sonar software, you get the most out of the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro headset. This is a software that you can download on PC and with it you can make many more settings. With this software you can adjust the sound of the game and make the audio focus, for example, on the footsteps of opponents in shooting games like Call of Duty, but also on the atmosphere of a world like Destiny 2.
Furthermore, this software also allows you to adjust the sound of players speaking without affecting the sound of the game. The same goes for your own microphone, you can also adjust it according to your preferences. To take full advantage of the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro, you must install the Sonar software.
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The Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro is simply recommended. If you’re looking for a high-end gaming headset that’s good in every way, you’ll quickly find these headsets. It’s extremely comfortable (despite the fact that the ear cushions can get a bit warm), the microphone has nothing to complain about, and the sound quality is simply phenomenal.
With all the possible settings on the GameDac and in the Sonar software, there are many possibilities to further enhance this fantastic headset by adjusting the sound to your own wishes. Only if you don’t know much about headsets, it can become a challenge to use Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro properly. You may have to look for some explanation online, but everything can be found on the internet in the end. The Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro is simply a fantastic headset.