SteelSeries Arctis 3 All-Platform Gaming Headset for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, VR, Android and iOS
SteelSeries Arctis 3 All-Platform Gaming Headset reviewed by Quadcapable August 25, 2017
For the past several months I have searched for the perfect pair of headphones. For the previous two years I have been using the Jabra 80 UC Stereo Wired Headset which, have worn out. Due to my physical limitations. My search was for headphones that would sound good. But also would be able to be in one position on my noggin without causing any pressure. Prior to beginning the selection process I had no bias towards brand, wired or wireless, USB versus audio input jack, built-in microphones, or price point. Long story short, I chose the SteelSeries Arctis 3 All-Platform Gaming Headset. Now that the secret is out I will explain how I came to that decision and discuss some of the other headphones and headsets that did not meet the criteria.
No Idea Starting Criteria: lightweight, sounds good, comfortable, good Amazon recommendations
Trial and Error Novice Criteria: large soundstage for gaming, good bass, built-in microphone, USB connection, good Amazon reviews, comfortable head strap material, over-ear design, wired
Headphones Tested (from first to last)
UC stands for unified communication which is a development of VoIP and basically meant to be a superb headset (headphones with microphone attached) for the telephone. Very good range inside the mids and upper frequencies for voice communication. However lacking in bass. USB adapter worked on and off which I substituted an in-line USB amplifier. Excellent noise-cancellation both actively (switched on) and passively (ear cups themselves). All features required a second person to assist. For gaming I was concerning these were not worth the cost in my opinion. If you do a lot of work on the phone and a large or busy setting booth loud ambient noise I would recommend these as the headphones do well canceling out noises in the microphone that is built-in helps as well was singling out the user.
Plantronics Voyager Legend Wireless Bluetooth Headset
Bluetooth one ear typically used for phone.Decent Sound Quality Microphone only good for private room with not much ambient noise. Easily paired with all devices. Prefer a wired earbud with microphone.
66 Audio BTS+ Bluetooth Sports Headphone
Least expensive alternative. Headband goes around the back of neck the which allows for little more comfort. Bluetooth pairing was difficult and unreliable. Sound was sub-par and not good for gaming (spatial awareness). Would Not Recommend It All.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset
Great sounding headphones right out of the box. Horrible microphone right out of the box (requires too much tweaking for individual applications). Decent Spatial Recognition for in game. Had to use a separate tabletop mic to compensate for the sub-par headset microphone. If you utilize Equalizer APO and Peace you can tweak the microphone to work better. The headset was very nice and comfortable. I thought the felt was kind of cheap on the earphones.
Sennheiser HD 598 Cs Closed Back
I almost kept these headphones which should say something. Somewhat heavy and placed more pressure than the other headphones so cannot wear for longer than a few hours. Had to download additional software Equalizer APO and Peace to enjoy the most out of these headphones. Zero noise reduction. Would not recommend in a high-traffic area due to the felt ear cups.
Audio Technica AUD ATHAD500X Audiophile Open-Air Headphones
Great for gaming in a sealed off quiet room. The open back (basically leaks sound because they are not sealed on the outside of the headphone) is best used if you are not around a lot of people or value your privacy. Comfortable headpiece and the earphones were large enough to go around my ears. Found them to be very good in game and for gaming in general besides everyone in the house hearing what I was doing. Open-back ear phones interfere dramatically with any voice recognition program you may be using. If you use voice recognition
SteelSeries Arctis 3 All-Platform Gaming Headset
These Are Probably the Least Expensive Headphones on the entire list. The SteelSeries Arctis 3 sound great out-of-the-box have a built-in extendable microphone (I have not use the microphone) and are designed very well for comfort and long usage. The band that displaces the weight across your scalp is made from high-quality ski goggle straps that are very soft and very durable. I have worn the SteelSeries Arctis 3 All-Platform Gaming Headset for 13 hours straight without touching them or having them adjusted. They are so easy to place on your head someone else could do it for you with little to no instruction.
They are inexpensive but sound quality is better than any other headphones on this list. The drivers used in these headphones are the same drivers used in the newer SteelSeries Arctis 5, & 7. What the real difference being wireless capability and if you like LED lights. But if you want a simple plug-and-play headset that sounds great whether more watching a movie, playing a situationally sounding videogame, or head bobbing to some music; Arctis 3 All-Platform Gaming Headsets are for you.
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