Latest in Gear

Image credit:

SteelSeries' gaming-friendly DAC is now available by itself

You'll also see more comfortable Arctis 3, 5 and 7 headsets.
Jon Fingas, @jonfingas
August 28, 2018
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Engadget

SteelSeries' GameDAC has been a solid way to boost the quality of gaming audio (and virtually any other audio), but there's been a catch: to use it, you've had to buy an Arctis Pro headset rather than bring your own cans. That won't be an issue after today. The company is now selling the GameDAC by itself for $130 (€150), letting you plug in virtually any 3.5mm headphone set to use with your PC or PS4. You'll want a high quality set if you're going to make full use of the device's fidelity. If you have one on hand, though, the ESS Sabre 9018 DAC inside promises more distinct sounds, tighter bass, better positional sound (through DTS Headphone:X 2.0) and 24-bit/96kHz support from compatible sound sources. An OLED screen and physical controls let you fine-tune the output on a PS4.

And if you don't quite need an audiophile-grade gaming experience, SteelSeries has a few new options. It's refreshing its Arctis 3, 5 and 7 headsets with both performance and comfort upgrades. The 5 and 7 now promise "extended" bass response and DTS Headphone:X 2.0 support (current owners will see upgrades through SteelSeries Engine), while all the new versions have extra memory foam for a more comfortable fit. Arctis 7 buyers also get a more comfortable headband that closely resembles what you'll find on the Arctis Pro.

The updated Arctis 3, 5 and 7 models are ready to ship at respective prices of $70 (€100), $100 (€130) and $150 (€180).

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

You’ll need more than $299 to truly enjoy next-gen gaming

You’ll need more than $299 to truly enjoy next-gen gaming

View
Confused about which console to buy? Just wait.

Confused about which console to buy? Just wait.

View
MasterClass is offering college students a year of courses for $1

MasterClass is offering college students a year of courses for $1

View
Apple iPad (2020) hands-on: A better kind of basic

Apple iPad (2020) hands-on: A better kind of basic

View
Apple's latest iOS 14.2 beta adds a built-in control for Shazam

Apple's latest iOS 14.2 beta adds a built-in control for Shazam

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr