SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition Headphones Review

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition

SteelSeries has announced the exclusive Destiny x Steel series collaboration featuring exclusive Destiny-themed variants of its gaming headsets, mice, mouse pads and other accessories in celebration of the new expansion of Destiny 2, The Witch Queen. Each peripheral has a unique redesign based on Destiny 2’s in-game interface and aesthetics. Customers who pre-order SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition will also get a special in-game emot. Plus early access to new features in SteelSeries’ desktop app.

Pros

  • Excellent microphone performance.
  • Decently comfortable.
  • Comes with a Y-splitter.

Cons

  • Cheap, plasticky build.
  • Lacks software support
  • Sensitive to glasses.

Price and Availability

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition come with a white color variant only. It is priced $69.99. You can purchased this product from amazon and company’s official website.

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Box Content

  • Arctis 1 Headset
  • Dual 3.5mm Extension Cable
  • Product Information Guide

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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition : Design

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition

The Steel Series Arctis 1 Destiny Edition looks just like the rest of the Arctic headphones. The headphones offer a slightly different headband design that looks more like straight headphones. It doesn’t have styled joints and yokes like other Arctic headphones. Moreover, the ear cup padding is made from mesh-like fabric just like the rest of the lineup. They also have a detachable boom mic which can give them a more casual look.

Speaking of design, the Steel Series Arctis 1 Destiny Edition is no more stable on the head. You should not use them while running or jumping as minimal movement of the head can cause them to fall. In addition, the cable is not detachable. And you can remove it from your head if it gets hook or stuck on something.

These entry-level gaming headphones are made of thin plastic material. Which doesn’t seem very strong. The padding of the headband is not cite. Even after very little use, it is already coming out of its slot on our unit. The hinges look fine but look hollow and do not have a wide range of motion. Which suggests that they can be easily broken by a little physical stress. If you want a pair of wired gaming headphones that look and feel significantly more durable. check out the Bose QuietComfort 35 II or Austrian Audio Hi-X55.

Like most gaming headphones,

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 is fairly large and not easy to carry around. They have larger cups that do not fold into a more portable format. But they turn to be flat, which makes them a little easier to slide inside the bag. They don’t even come with a traveling case for their safety. Conversely, since they are for gaming, you should not hang out with them frequently, as they are more likely to be around your gaming setup.

Controls,

Looking for control, on the left cup, is the volume wheel and mic-mute switch. The wheel is easy to use and stops scrolling when you reach the minimum or maximum volume, but has no notches. The mike-mute switch is also fairly easy to use, but it can be a little difficult to know what setting you’re on without taking it off. Unfortunately, if you want to use it with your phone, you can’t control your music or take calls directly from your headphones.

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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition : Sound

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition has a hot and grawing sound profile. They offer a touch of extra buzz but lack a bit of a push and a rumble. They also have a low load of trevad, so the vocals and main instruments look dull and lack detail as well as presence. These headphones also have incompatible bass and trouble delivery and are sensitive to fit, positioning and sealing.

The frequency response (20hz-20khz) of the Steel Series Arctis 1 is poor. Like many gaming headphones, their bass and trouble delivery varies greatly among users. And these headphones fit on your head, are sensitive enough to seal and position.

Moreover, these headphones have excellent bass accuracy. While they lack the low-bass and struggle to deliver thump and thunder. They have a balanced mid-range, which adds punch and body to your mix. The high-bass, by contrast, is over-emphasized, making them a booming sound. That said, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to fit, seal and condition. The feedback here reflects the average bass response, and your experience may vary.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 has decent mid-accuracy. The lower-middle is fairly similar, but the rest of the series is less stressed. Which resulting in a lack of detail and clarity in the vocals and main instruments. They’re also nudged behind the mix.

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 microphone has wonderful voice handling. It can distinguish your voice from a very noisy environment. In addition, SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition offers custom steel series sonar equalizer presets created by Destiny’s own sound designers.

Noise Canceling Bidirectional

The most extraordinary feature of The SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition is without a doubt the ANC (active voice cancellation). It comes with Bidirectional Noise Cancellation. It can be turn on and off and is very effective against most white noises or conversations happening around you. During the months I used them, I found that the ANC worked best in an already quiet environment. When in a car or train they did not match the sounds of the engine and were not always the best against naughty tourists or crying children. Once the sound in my immediate area gets louder, it will cut off my music.

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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition : Battery

The Steel Series Arctis 1 Destiny Edition does not have active features and does not require a battery.

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SteelSeries Arctis 1 Destiny Edition : Connectivity

These headphones are compatible with the Xbox One by plugging their TRRS cable into your controller. You have full audio and microphone compatibility. It does not support Bluetooth connectivity. It connects to your PC and games via 4-pole 3.5mm + dual 3.5mm PC extension wired cable

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Verdict

The LucidSound LS10X is slightly better than the Steel Series Arctis 1. The LucidSound LS10X is slightly more comfortable, and the Arctis 1 is better built because the content doesn’t look cheap. That said, they work fairly similarly in our tests and most people won’t notice a big difference in sound. However, SteelSeries has a detachable mic. Which gives it a more outdoor-friendly look if you want to use it with your phone.

If you want good sound, excellent microphone and releasable parts, then Beyerdynamic MMX 150 is for you. The headphones have a 44mm dynamic driver, interchangeable wires, natural vocal transmission with less ambient and more.

The Corsair HS80 RGB and SteelSeries Arctis 1 are two suitable gaming headphones with different power. Corsair has a more neutral sound profile, it is significantly better built and looks more durable. Some may even prefer their larger cups and make the padding feel more comfortable. SteelSeries microphones, on the other hand, are significantly better and sound more clear. If you play single player games and don’t need a boom microphone, get a Corsair.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What gaming platforms are compatible with Arctis 1?

The Arctis 1 features a 4-pole, 3.5mm connector, which offers universal compatibility with PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox controllers, Nintendo Switch, most gaming laptops, and smartphones. The PC version also includes a dual 3.5mm adapter cable for PCs with separated mic and headphone jacks.

Are there differences between Arctis 1 for PC and the Xbox and Playstation versions?

The main difference is that the Arctis 1 for PC includes the dual 3.5mm cable needed for PC connectivity, whereas the Xbox and Playstation versions do not.

How is the sound different from the Arctis 3?

Arctis 1 has the same speaker drivers as the Arctis 3, and has been tuned with the same Arctis signature soundscape for clarity and detail.

What kind of ear cushions does the Arctis 1 have?

Arctis 1 features the same Airweave athletics-inspired fabric ear cushions that are found on the rest of the Arctis line. Airweave is soft and breathable to keep your ears cool and dry.

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