SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Review

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless

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10.0/10

Recreate the feel of a professional sound booth with the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Acoustic System, combining premium high-fidelity audio hardware with the power of Sonar Audio Software Suite for Almighty Audio as you’ve never heard before.

You’re going to be dissapointed when you first turn them on. Theres a subtle hiss when nothings playing and although clear they initially sound flat and unexciting. Being an audiophile I was ready to return them. But then I installed the Steelseries Engine 3 software and turned on DTS 2.0 and oh boy now we where talking, but lets start from the beginning.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Review

I had purchased these to replace the ROG Deltas (Quad DAC) which are 24-bit 96k (studio quality) which sound exceptional but had a fair amount of wear and tear and cabled with type-c. I was a little dissapointed when I saw the Arctis Pro Wireless where only 16-bit 48k (dvd quality) but was willing to give them a go as they are wireless. The mids on these are some of the best (clarity) I’ve ever heard but the bass and trebs where SERIOUSLY lacking. I tried messing around with custom EQ’s and just couldn’t get it where it needed to be (but with a 40mm driver I knew it had the capability.) Then I installed the Steelseries Engine 3 software (for windows) and turned on DTS 2.0 and oh boy did they go from driving a VW Polo 1.2 to a Golf GTI 2.0.

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Review

The flat range suddenly became more dynamic and the sound was alive. The highs and lows where almost there but needed minor tweaking. Setting the Bass Enhancement to ‘Low’ gave it the fill but with a slight overshoot. This meant the EQ 100hz had to be adjusted and lowered by -2. For the treble, setting ‘Dialogue Enhancement’ to Low created clean highs but again a slight overshoot. Turning this off and increasing the EQ 8000hz by +2 made the sound perfectly balanced (see attached pic.) Then finally setting the “volume limiter” to ‘on’ to tighten the ranges and deliver clean and uncompromised sound.

This in my opinion has created some mind blowing sound for gaming and music. The clarity/immersion is exceptional and will give you an advantage. Never have mids been so good (especially for gaming.) Even on my ROG Delta’s with Quad DAC’s they sound muddy compared to these.

Overall, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless wouldn’t be worth it if it wasn’t for DTS 2.0 in my opinion, but because of it they definantley are!

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