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SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless Gaming Headset - $175.99 +tax FS

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I've been looking at the Arctis SteelSeries 9x for a while now due to its ability for audio and microphone on Xbox Series X and PC via Bluetooth, and audio (only but no microphone) via Playstation 4/5. The discount finally pushed me to buy one for myself.

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ARCTIS 9X
Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox

Discord-certified ClearCast noise canceling microphone for clear, natural-sounding voice communication on all platforms
Arctis signature soundscape emphasizes critical sounds to give you an audio advantage.
Play all day with athletics-inspired performance fabric AirWeave ear cushions that keep your ears cool and dry
Windows Sonic surround compatible on PC, Xbox Series X|S, and Xbox One

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Holy crap.. That's a lot bad things going on... So what's a really good headset?
On paper, the 7x is perfect... and the bass response thing.. I guess one could overlook that, if you don't like deep bass. I so wanted to buy the 7x too.

I personally love non-gaming headphones, my absolute favorite are Sennheiser MOMENTUM Wireless 2, but they won't work on your xbox series x, or xbox one, at least not wirelessly. They can be used with a 3.5mm jack directly to your xbox controller, however they don't sound very good that way, as there is not enough power being fed from the controller to the headphones.

Hoping that SteelSeries make some adjustments their 7x line, fixing what seems to be engineering design flaws. Not sure if they would change their drivers to 50mm, but that is less of an issue than just having one side of the 7x headphones break, as that seems to be an issue for the owner's I have seen over on reddit.
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I used turtle beach and Astro headsets before I got my series x. These steel series headsets are awesome in comparison. I've have the 7x since release and they have not fallen apart yet. I travel with them regularly and there is not a single sign of breakage. There is no issue with the 40mm driver imo. In fact, the overall sound quality including bass is much better than my turtle beach which used a 50mm driver.
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Is this much of an upgrade from a Phillips 9500 with a vmoda boom pro? TIA
While I can't say for sure because the only experience I have with steel series is the arctis 5, based on my experience with headphones is that your phillips + vmoda is just about better than any "gaming headset" as long as you are fine with the connectivity options and being open back.

The 9x obviously would give you wireless and bluetooth so it does have it's advantages in connectivity. It would have software + multichannel virtualization as well.

I will say I do like my arctis 5, I thought the build quality was good and they are very comfortable, but the audio quality is pretty mediocre. I do not use the arctis 5 for gaming, instead I just use them for work meetings. I'm sure the 9x would be better but no idea how much.

That said, I did think the SHP9500 were honestly pretty weak for sound quality for music, but they were exceptional for use with gaming due to their great sound stage + imaging and when combined with dolby or dts virtualization software, made a great combo for fps gaming.
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I got these for Christmas, and used them for about a week before returning. The microphone feels flimsy, but more importantly, it was causing my controller to freeze up. Didn't have an issue with the same controllers before or after the headphone.
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I have the 7x. Great set. 9x even better
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I've had these since release. I have no problems. Not really sure what everyone else is even talking about. The only thing I dislike is the micro usb to charge.
Same. No problems since launch other than Steelseries having crappy sidetone.
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RIP, bought one from Best Buy last week for $200.

Great headset: does Xbox wireless with console and PC, simultaneous Bluetooth (I use it for listening to podcasts from the iPad when playing on the Xbox), and has a 3.5mm jack if your computer has neither Xbox wireless nor Bluetooth.

Two issues: charging is via micro-USB and not USB-C, and wireless range with the Series X (and possibly all Xboxes) is pretty terrible - works fine when I'm on the couch some 10ft from the Xbox and TV, but if I move to the kitchen about 20ft away I get interruptions in audio. Even Bluetooth has better range and consistency.
My Sony 3D Pulse sound fantastic when they aren't cutting out. Per usual it's blamed on interference however the only thing in my gaming room is the couch, tv, desk it's sitting on and the ps5 the usb dongle is on the front.

The monstrous amount of threads complaining about the random cutting out shows it's not a minor issue.
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And the adapter wont output 120hz, something to be cautious about. Realized that after the adapter came, sent it back but still waiting for my money back. I guess ill have to contact them soon its been a while.
I bet... I'm not a fan of using adapters on electronics that output video or audio due to that exact reason, degradation of signal output.
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I almost got the 7x, but the price difference and good experiences steered me toward the turtle beach 600 gen 2 for the pS5. zero complaints. love look, feel, and sound.
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If you game on xbox this is one of the best headsets you can get. Have had mine for a little over a year, bought them November 2019 and have had zero issues. Build quality is strong, audio quality is ridiculously clear, sharp, and spatial. Unlock the Dolby atmos headphone license on your Xbox for like $15 or whatever, so worth it. They have great Bluetooth for calls on your phone and streaming music 🎶. Range is good if your in the same room, but when I goo down the hall to the bathroom they usually cutout, and the use of old micro USB are the only down sides. But they charge quickly and last foreverrrrr
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Have had these about 2 months now and really hate them for PC. I'm not sure if it's a wireless thing as I've never owned a pair of wireless gaming phones before but there are so many problems with these it's not even funny.

First of all, as others have mentioned, it's a usb micro for charging which are absolutely horrible. Second, their website says that it is possible to unpair them from a previous xbox, but it's not. You can only do so if you are pairing it with a new xbox or xbox wireless adapter. So if I want to bluetooth connect them to my phone for instance, turning them on will also turn on my xbox at the same time. The controls for turning bluetooth on and off are finnicky at best and extremely unreliable. They say these are also supported for PC play, but their equalizing software does not support them? Wtf? Their software literally only supports one model. I will never purchase another steel series headset again because my experience with these in comparison with my Kraken 7.1 v2's is extremely poor.

I should point out some of the pros of the headset as well. The construction feels very sturdy. They actually feel good to put on. I expected them to be heavy on the head, but somehow they balance that weight nicely. The mic seems to prevent unwanted external noise well. The party chat mix is a nice feature on the headset although it doesn't work in xbox party on PC no matter what setup you have.
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While I can't say for sure because the only experience I have with steel series is the arctis 5, based on my experience with headphones is that your phillips + vmoda is just about better than any "gaming headset" as long as you are fine with the connectivity options and being open back.

The 9x obviously would give you wireless and bluetooth so it does have it's advantages in connectivity. It would have software + multichannel virtualization as well.

I will say I do like my arctis 5, I thought the build quality was good and they are very comfortable, but the audio quality is pretty mediocre. I do not use the arctis 5 for gaming, instead I just use them for work meetings. I'm sure the 9x would be better but no idea how much.

That said, I did think the SHP9500 were honestly pretty weak for sound quality for music, but they were exceptional for use with gaming due to their great sound stage + imaging and when combined with dolby or dts virtualization software, made a great combo for fps gaming.
Thanks. I have the Sony ch700, shp9500, and vmoda crossfade. I think the vmoda sounds the best for music, but just to hot for gaming for me ever since I tried the open back comfort of the 9500. You saved me a few bucks. +4 Reps to you good sir.
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So what is a decent Wireless headset for Xbox Series X? Seems to me these 9x are a bit buggy now from some of the comments. I've got the Hyperx Cloud II that works ok. Any suggestions?
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General thoughts on Xbox headsets:

The RIG 800LX has always been my favorite headset but they're riddled with issues. I've owned three sets and most people that I''ve recommended it to have issues. After a third set breaking and the original makers (Plantronics) sold the line to Nacon, a company that doesn't provide any customer support, I decided I can't give them any more of my money.

I first looked to the Arctis 7x due to compatibility with the Series X and PS5. Unfortunately I found the microphone to be far too sensitive, even after adjusting settings. Reviews state the 9x has a better microphone so perhaps you won't have that issue.

Returned those and bought the Astro A50s. Love them and no real complaints other than you have to fumble around getting them on the charger dock in order for them to actually charge. Supposedly this was improved on for this Gen4 set so I don't even want to know how bad it was before. But $300 is so much for a headset that doesn't really feel like $300, if that makes sense. Decided to try one more set which is the Turtle Beach 700 Stealth Gen2, and then return the pair I liked the least.

Overall the 700 Stealth is a great headset, and the mic seems to be slightly better than the A50's in terms of not picking up background noise, but it's significantly less comfortable than the A50s, and also much heavier. The ear pieces are made up of a more leather-type of material that makes me ears/head moist/almost sweaty, whereas the A50s have a super soft suede/felt-like material (probably isn't those, just not sure what to call it). Very soft. I'm now wishing that I didn't try the Astros in the first place...an extra $150 over the TBs is a ton of money, and they probably aren't worth that must extra in terms of added value, but damn is it just so much more comfortable. Night and day. Think I might bite the bullet and keep the A50s.

Summary - if you have the money, go with the Astros 100%. If you're more on a budget (not that any of these are really cheap), I'd say the TB 700 Stealth Gen2 are your best bet. Now keep in mind I didn't try the 9x myself, so if the mic really is better than the 7x's, that could be better over the TBs. Honestly I'm just not too big on the loose/pull out/flimsy type of mics in general, so that's why I didn't look at the 9x more (both console compatibility was a big draw for me with the 7x)


Good luck!
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General thoughts on Xbox headsets:

The RIG 800LX has always been my favorite headset but they're riddled with issues. I've owned three sets and most people that I''ve recommended it to have issues. After a third set breaking and the original makers (Plantronics) sold the line to Nacon, a company that doesn't provide any customer support, I decided I can't give them any more of my money.

I first looked to the Arctis 7x due to compatibility with the Series X and PS5. Unfortunately I found the microphone to be far too sensitive, even after adjusting settings. Reviews state the 9x has a better microphone so perhaps you won't have that issue.

Returned those and bought the Astro A50s. Love them and no real complaints other than you have to fumble around getting them on the charger dock in order for them to actually charge. Supposedly this was improved on for this Gen4 set so I don't even want to know how bad it was before. But $300 is so much for a headset that doesn't really feel like $300, if that makes sense. Decided to try one more set which is the Turtle Beach 700 Stealth Gen2, and then return the pair I liked the least.

Overall the 700 Stealth is a great headset, and the mic seems to be slightly better than the A50's in terms of not picking up background noise, but it's significantly less comfortable than the A50s, and also much heavier. The ear pieces are made up of a more leather-type of material that makes me ears/head moist/almost sweaty, whereas the A50s have a super soft suede/felt-like material (probably isn't those, just not sure what to call it). Very soft. I'm now wishing that I didn't try the Astros in the first place...an extra $150 over the TBs is a ton of money, and they probably aren't worth that must extra in terms of added value, but damn is it just so much more comfortable. Night and day. Think I might bite the bullet and keep the A50s.

Summary - if you have the money, go with the Astros 100%. If you're more on a budget (not that any of these are really cheap), I'd say the TB 700 Stealth Gen2 are your best bet. Now keep in mind I didn't try the 9x myself, so if the mic really is better than the 7x's, that could be better over the TBs. Honestly I'm just not too big on the loose/pull out/flimsy type of mics in general, so that's why I didn't look at the 9x more (both console compatibility was a big draw for me with the 7x)


Good luck!
The mic is one of the strongest points of the 7x. Crystal clear.
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