The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless headset: powerful, innovative, revolutionary

SteelSeries’ Arctis Nova Pro Wireless headset system is a game changer. It offers premium sound, design and an unparalleled level of customization.

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is the latest entry in SteelSeries’ renowned line of gaming headsets and accessories† A cheaper wired version is also available, but for the purpose of our review, we’ll focus on the wireless model. Honestly, when you go premium you don’t want wires holding you back.

And when I say premium, I really mean it. The Artcis Nova Pro Wireless headphone system isn’t cheap, but it isn’t quiet either. Every now and then we see new technology emerge that has the power to change the way we consume and experience entertainment, and this headset system has the potential to do just that.

Arctis Nova Pro Wireless / Photography by Happy

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Package

The new offering from Danish gaming peripheral manufacturer SteelSeries consists of two interconnected parts: a robust, elegant headset (with a retractable microphone) and a USB-connected wireless base station. Together, these two products form a system that can take your gaming experience (and performance) to the next level.

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless also comes with Sonar, a state-of-the-art equalizer that allows you to isolate specific sounds and create a beneficial mix depending on the game you’re playing. This might mean prioritizing team chat over ambient noise, or even putting a filter on your friend’s voice channel to reduce white noise.

These three components combine to provide a highly polished and powerful solution for all your video game audio needs. However, for more clarity, let’s discuss how and why the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is such a winner.

Sound quality

These headphones deliver right out of the box. If you plug them into your PC or console of choice, you won’t be disappointed. The headphones can be connected via a normal aux cable, but that’s not really what you should do. The wireless base station does a phenomenal job at processing audio and is able to convert the sound of an average game into impressive 3D audio.

The soundscape is wide and immersive, with a muscular, powerful quality added to in-game sounds. I tried the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless on Elden Ring (PC) and Horizon Forbidden West (PS5) and, compared to my Sony WH1000XM4 wireless noise canceling headphones, they were superior. I’ve never heard video games sound so expressive.

While the headphones are undoubtedly tuned for use with video games, I found that they also did an admirable job when tasked with music and film/TV.

Noise canceling technology and microphone

I found the noise canceling technology to be pretty damn good, maybe just a little behind the flagship models from Sony and Bose. At the end of the day, the difference in quality isn’t significant – if it’s noticeable at all.

The microphone of the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless, along with the accompanying Clearcast AI noise reduction technology, is also great. I tested it out by recording clips of myself as my roommate noisily prepared dinner a few feet away. With the filter all the way open, you heard nothing but my voice.

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Arctis Nova Pro Wireless / Photographic by Happy

I will note, however, that when Clearcast AI is set to maximum, there is a noticeable effect on your voice; it’s not necessarily bad, and still perfectly clear, it just makes your voice sound unnaturally thick. This isn’t a big deal though, as the noise canceling technology still does a great job when dialed in at lower levels.

The only real problem is that you wish your friends sounded half as good as you (and funnily enough, the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless system can help you too).

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Image: Sonar / SteelSeries

Wireless Base Station and Sonar

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless are not just any pair of headphones. They are a way of life. I’m joking, but only kind of. The sheer amount of customization options offered by the Wireless Base Station and Sonar app (currently only available when connected to a PC, but your presets can be transferred through the Base Station) is staggering.

No matter what kind of gamer you are, this system can give you what you want if you are willing to learn how to use it. Particularly relevant is that with the Wireless Base Station you can switch between two devices at the touch of a button.

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Image: Sonar / SteelSeries

It also allows you to control the mix between your game and another source, such as a Bluetooth phone call, Discord or Spotify. This is great for multitaskers and surprisingly intuitive to actually do. Say goodbye to the old one-to-one-ear technique – forever.

Plus, the Sonar app, which is free to download for Arctis Nova Pro Wireless buyers, gives gamers unprecedented control over what they hear.

Want to emphasize the sound of footsteps in your mix so no one can sneak up on you? Duty† No problem. Do you find high tones unnecessarily distracting? Just turn that frequency off with the intuitive equalizer. Want to use a filter on your friend’s microphone to remove static or background noise? It literally takes less than a minute.

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless System puts all of these options at your fingertips; and the only question you keep asking yourself is whether it’s fair or not… But then you probably just go back to killing again (which you never have to stop because the dual battery design system means it can last forever to work) .

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Image: Sonar / SteelSeries

Is the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless System worth it?

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless is a premium product that offers fantastic sound and extremely impressive flexibility. It can do practically anything you could want, and possibly a few things you didn’t even realize you wanted. The catch, unsurprisingly, is that it isn’t cheap.

The Arctis Nova Pro Wireless has a suggested retail price of AU$649. The wired version, the Arctis Nova Pro, costs about $150 less. In this context, though, I’d recommend going all the way if you’re going hard. And make no mistake – the Arctis Nova Pro Wireless really is all the way.

Learn more about SteelSeries’ Arctis Nova Pro Wireless System here

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