SteelSeries Arctis 9X Review and Specs

SteelSeries Arctis 9X is a versatile model of headphones for gaming and casual listening for their wired and wireless Bluetooth connection and great battery life. They have comfortable over ear wearing style and closed back cups.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X review

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Features

If we look at the SteelSeries Arctis 9X specs we will see that they state quite a low impedance of 32 Ohm, a wide range of frequency response - 20Hz-22KHz. 98 dB sensitivity supplies quality sound at loud volumes.

20 hours of battery life is quite a decent feature for wireless headphones. They also have a battery free listening mode. I find it comfortable to have a battery level indicator.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X review

Sound

I find the sound of SteelSeries Arctis 9X satisfying to please most users for gaming and music listening. They deliver a right amount of bass, it is strong, but seems to lack subbass. The mids and highs are strong. The trebles may seem sharp with some tracks. The imaging is nice for gaming, voices and instruments.

Noise cancelling

Unfortunately, the headphones do not support ANC. The closed design does not isolate ambient noise enough and the sound will leak at loud volumes too.

Connectivity

The device supports Bluetooth 4.1 and Wi-Fi wireless connection. Detachable cable is 3 m/9.8 ft long.

Comfort and design

As the set is designed for gaming it comes with a detachable microphone that is also great for calls. Their headband is adjustable but it will feel tight for large heads. The headband and cups are amply and softly padded. The cushions of cups are porous and do not make my ears as hot as most of the other closed back headphones. The cups lay flat but do not fold for a better portability and there is no carry case. As for the control functions, the buttons and app are quite enough for comfortable use.

Pros and cons

SteelSeries Arctis 9X pros and cons

Pros

  • Great device for gaming for its wireless design, microphone and long life battery
  • Nice sound quality for both music and games
  • Good build quality and materials
  • A decent model for versatile use in home and out, for sports and office for its wireless connection and closed cups

Cons

  • Compatible with Xbox One only that restricts its gaming use
  • Large and unfoldable cups make this appliance not comfortable to carry

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Product

SteelSeries Arctis 9X

Model

Arctis 9X

Brand

SteelSeries

Reviews

0

General

Wearing style

over ear

Enclosure

closed back

Wireless

Wired

Specifications

Transducer

dynamic

Driver size, mm/inches

40/1.5

Impedance, Ohm

32

Frequency response, Hz

20Hz-22KHz

Total harmonic distortion (THD), %

3

Sensitivity (SPL), dB

98

Magnet type

neodymium

Weight (headphones), g/oz

425/15

Comfort

Adjustable headband

Foldable

Noise cancelling

Active noise cancelling

Adjustable noise cancelling level

Microphone

Built-in microphone

In-line microphone

Detachable microphone

Cables

Detachable cable

Audio cable length, cm/ft

300/9.8

Jack connection (TRS)

3.5

Balanced connection

Control

Built-in control buttons

In-line control

Touch control

Voice control

App control

Control functions

volume, answer/end, play/pause, next/previous track, microphone volume, microphone on/off, ChatMix Dial

Wireless connectivity

Bluetooth

Bluetooth version

4.1

aptX

aptX HD (Hi-Res Audio)

Bluetooth profiles

A2DP, HFP, HSP

NFC

Wi-Fi

Battery

Battery type

rechargable

Battery life, hrs

20

Charging time, hrs

Charging port

micro USB

Charging cable

micro USB to USB-A

Speed charge

Battery free listening mode

Battery level indicator

Additional features

Water resistance

Light indication

Additional audio features

DTS Headphone:X

In the box

Audio cable

Carry case

Charging cable

has not

1/4 Adapter (6,35 mm)

Interchangeable ear pads

User manual

Manual

SteelSeries Arctis 9X
SteelSeries Arctis 9X

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