The Arctis Nova Pro brings legendary sound quality with the Nova Pro Acoustic System and Premium High Fidelity Drivers. 360° Spatial Audio pulls you into a different world with Sonar Software. The GameDAC Gen 2 supercharges the sound with Hi-Res Audio, also allowing switching between multiple systems (PC, PlayStation, Nintendo Switch). The AI-powered noise cancelling microphone keeps your comms crystal clear.
From the manufacturer
Nova Pro Acoustic System
Recreate the feel of a professional sound booth with the Nova Pro Acoustic System, combining premium high fidelity audio hardware with the power of Sonar Software for Almighty Audio. The GameDAC Gen2 completes the Arctis Nova Pro experience with Hi-Res Audio Certification and built-in amplifier.
Nova Pro Acoustic System
360° Spatial Audio
Lose yourself in the soundscape with 360° Spatial Audio and feel the action from every direction using Sonar Software’s proprietary algorithms for ultra-immersive surround sound.
*Fully compatible with Tempest 3D Audio for PS5 / Microsoft Spatial Sound
Pro-Grade Parametric EQ
Hear every critical step, reload, or vocal, taking total control of every sonic element with magical precision, utilizing the Pro-grade Parametric EQ, a first in gaming. Quiet down teammates or raise the volume of specific sound cues, with game presets built-in for an instant advantage.
GameDAC Gen 2
Supercharge your game audio with 78% purer signal*, bringing ultra-low levels of noise and distortion. The ESS Sabre Quad-DAC chip elevates audio resolution to a sublime 96KHz/24-Bit for 50x more detailed sound**.
* vs GameDac Gen 1, at 105 dB Signal-to-Noise-Ratio | ** vs competitor at 48KHz/16-Bit
Setup the perfect entertainment system by plugging in two devices, easily switching between them. The convenience of dual USB connects your PC, PlayStation, or Switch and saves you from swapping cables.
AI-Powered Noise Cancelling Microphone
Sound crystal clear and natural with flawless noise cancellation. Lose the keyboard noises as our Sonar Software AI algorithm silences background noise. The all-new ClearCast Gen 2 microphone completely retracts into the earcup for single-player mode.
Height-adjustable rotating earcups, flexible suspension band and pivoting hangers ensure a comfy wear no matter how long you play. Premium PVD-coated steel keeps your headset going and going and going.
Nathan Terepocki –
BEST of the 5 I tested (read for more detail)I bought 5 headsets to see who would reign supreme. Aside from this one, I bought the following:-Astro A50 (Wireless)-Bose QuietComfort 35 Series 2 (Wired)-Beyerdynamic MMX 300 2nd Generation (Wired)-SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GamerDac (Wired)-SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro + GamerDac2 (Wired)between the 5, these were night and day better than all others except the other SteelSeries, which was a close 2nd.Bose were the worst due to tiny ear muff design which made it unusable… I don’t even have a big head. They are just tiny fit. Sound was ok but nothing amazingAstro A50s were surprisingly underwhelming since ive heard so much hype about them. not loud at all, and mediocre quality sound.Beyerdynamic didnt even come with a usb connector so i could not test these ones, but the earmuffs were not comfortableBoth steel series are incredible… but the Arctis Nova Pro (Wired) that i got, the GamerDac 2 is obviously better technology and feels more luxurious. also the SteelSeries GG app you can download on pc to tune your sound is incredible. This headset is AMAZING for gaming
Great entry for Audiophile gamers.The Arctis Nova Pro’s are definitely a treat for people looking for higher quality audio on PC.Off the bat, these headset’s sound and feel are amazing. Much better than 99% of gaming headphones commonly used.In terms of audio being 10/10.These bad boys hit a 10hz-40,000kHz frequency (99% of gaming headphones on average are 20hz-20,000kHz which is double the quality on both frequency ranges) and if connected to pc, can be maximized to 96KHz/24bit audio resolution which is the beginning standard to Hi Res audio. These headsets have great sounding highs and lows with more of a focus on highs. These headset’s can be turned up REALLY loud.My only complaint is I would wish the lows (bass) were much stronger feeling.Comfort is 9/10The headband and earcups are very lightweight so it sits on your head weightless and perfectly. The earcups definitely block out most of the outside sound when audio is playing. Only complaint is the headset’s material feels rather cheap since it’s mostly plastic.Features is 10/10You use a DAC that lets you control everything. You have custom EQ settings, Chatmix volume slider (can be used in PC with app), and mic settings like sidetone sensitivity as well as mic volume.Highly recommend for sure.
Great headset, but definitely takes some getting use to…I bought this headset as an upgrade from some hyper x soundclouds. First of all, I enjoy the fact that I don’t have to have the headset at 100% to actually here the game like a lot of high ends headsets. Moreover, if you do buy this headset and are pc user, definitely download the sonar app. Not only does this enable you to switch between pre-adjusted audio setting depending on the game, but also allows changes for how you want your microphone output to soundlike. I’m no audiophile, but I can genuinely say this is a great headset, with many features that you aren’t probably going to use. Finally, the sonar surround sound feature does take some getting used to if, it is just a different type of experience (definitely not in a bad way!)
Misael Alberto Davila Zapata –
Upgraded from Artics Pro Game DAC v1 and have 0 regretsSound quality is stunning. Very lightweight. Earpads are so fluffy and confortables.Very nice overall.If you want to buy it, try it by yourself. I have no idea why this product have such a bad reviews.
Caleb Stauffer –
Firmware update issue with MacWas so excited to try out the Hi-Res audio on my Mac, and decided to update the firmware (labeled as critical), and it bricked the GameDAC; constantly shows “Firmware Update Available”, and GG doesn’t recognize it’s plugged in. Hoping SteelSeries support comes up with a fix, and can demonstrate they value their Mac customers.
Apple Frenzy –
A great buy, but it isnt perfectI bought this product on impulse as i was originally going to buy a cheaper alternative. Once it got here i expected it to be pretty good, it astounded me with the amount of audio customization and clarity these give, I dont use the microphone but from what i can tell its a pretty ok microphone quality, nothing to good but nothing horrible either. The only thing im unhappy about is the pleather ear pads, they shift around easily and sometimes rotate when moved slightly, the inside of the earpad looks and feels like it is about to peel of, and i feel as if you would to scratch or rub it a bit to hard it would peel the entire thing of. the outside is nothing out of the ordinary, although it is clear it will eventually peel after a bit, might buy replacements for the ear cups down the line. But this headset is a great comfortable option even with the mediocre ear pads, although the plastic feels a bit to lightweight in certain parts, its not bad enough to warrant not buying it. I just wish it had a better plastic quality. Also forgot to mention that for music its quite ok, and for gaming its absolutely amazing, you can pinpoint an enemys location just by sound queues, its saved me multiple times in valorant.
Cheaply built and overpricedThought I’d upgrade my sons Arctis 7’s, but wow it is just very hard to describe the disappointment in the overall quality of these. Feel like these are overpriced by $100.Positives – Sound quality and dac are slightly above average, lightweight, comfortableNegatives – cheap plastic, cheap earpads, cheap cables, cheap headband, cheap mic
Decent audio, sketchy multi-input detectionSounds good. If that’s all you need to know, it does well in that regard. I specifically purchased this with the gamedac2 so I could swap between two devices without unplugging my headphones. This works sometimes but not always, which is kinda problematic. The way to get around this is to unplug and replug one of the usb-c inputs.
Great for gaming and great micPros: These sound great in games. Very detailed and immersive. The microphone is excellent, I was told I sound super crisp like I was using a condenser mic. Controls in Sonar are fairly robust aside from the noise suppression and noise gate.Cons: Music sounds decent, but the frequency response at the high end gets a bit weird and I could get the sound just where I wanted it. You can’t get the 96 KHz 24 bit audio if you are using Sonar. Sonar requires a login for all the features. Only includes one type of earcups even though I don’t have issues with them.It would be nice to have some extra features like Bluetooth support on the DAC at this price point. What you get is really good but the price still seems high, all things considered.
IncredibleReplaced Astro A40 TR + Mixamp with these. Very noticeable improvement to sound quality in Warzone and other games. Music was decent if you switched profiles but I wish there was an easier way to switch profiles in the software, it’s a bit tedious.