SteelSeries Announces Independent GameDAC, Arctis Headset Upgrades

Now you can harness the power of SteelSeries' GameDAC on any headset -- and the company's Arctis line gets a few upgrades to look and performance.

SteelSeries has always made headphones and gaming audio equipment that gamers love. Take a look at any esports tournament and you'll see a bevy of players donning their gear. In a continued effort to make the very best headsets on the market, SteelSeries has taken community feedback to heart in their latest release. 

Previously only available with the Arctis Pro+ headset, SteelSeries' GameDAC is now available as a stand-alone product that works with any headset. Currently available for $129.99 at, the GameDAC is a powerful tool for audiophiles trying to tune in the right tone. 

When we reviewed the Arctics Pro+ GameDAC back in March, we liked the GameDAC for its ease of use and ability to provide excellent EQ for both consoles and PC. Our only gripe at the time was that for PC use, there were quite a few wires to contend with. 

As of this writing, SteelSeries did not specify which gaming headsets would work with the standalone DAC. The company simply said it would work with "all headphones and gaming headsets". 

As for SteelSeries' Arctis line, the company said the each of the variants in its catalog would be receiving upgrades. Ship dates for the new and improved Arctis headsets were not released. However, the company did share a few details on what gamers can expect. 

According to the release, all models in the line -- the Arctis 3, Arctis 5, and Arctis 7 -- will keep their "Discord-certified ClearCast mics; low-distortion S1 speaker drivers for high-quality audio; the iconic ski-goggle headband design; and exclusive AirWeave earcups." 

Each of the headsets will receive upgrades to comfort, as SteelSeries plans to add more memory foam to make sure none of the cans dig into your head -- although we never really had an issue with that before. The Arctis 7 will be receiving an "new" headband that better puts it in line with the headband found on the Arctis Pro. 

Although the Arctis 3 will not be receiving any performance updates, both the Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 will. These upgrades will come in the form of "extended bass response" and additional "DTS Headphone: X v2.0" support. 

You can currently purchase all three headsets on the SteelSeries website.  

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Published Sep. 6th 2018

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