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Steelseries Arctis 9X Review

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The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is an excellent gaming headset. It delivers balanced, clear audio, high-quality comfort, and a microphone that excels in recording and blocking outside noise. The only downfall is some noticeable audio-visual delay.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

A 2019-model headset built purposely for Xbox One, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X is a high-end gaming headset that boasts 40mm neodymium drivers. This has Xbox Wireless technology, connecting to Xbox One consoles and compatible computers without a dongle. You can find similar devices among the best-ranked gaming headsets. It works with the SteelSeries Engine app for graphic EQ and preset access. The app also supports Windows Sonic Spatial Audio for directional sound. Although it has a 3.5mm connector that offers some compatibility with other consoles and PCs, this cable doesn’t transmit microphone audio. See our SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 review for a wired option.

Consensus

our Verdict

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X has a lot going for it as a gaming headset. The audio is clear, as it has a wide 20-22,000 Hz frequency range, meaning bass, mids, and trebles are all accurate. Then, if users want to adjust sound, they can tweak preferences extensively in the companion software via the 10-band EQ and audio presets. It also is ideal for long gaming sessions. The headset is built for comfort with porous memory foam and has a long-lasting battery life with 28 hours of playback.

The microphone is also high-quality, and testers rated it an 8.3 out of 10, placing it in the top 10% of gaming headsets. However, the headset does experience audio/visual delays, as the latency was tested at 249 ms when connected to a PC via Bluetooth.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Amazing Audio Quality
    • The sound production is neutral and detailed, as the frequency range is 20-22,000 Hz, which is above average for gaming headsets.

    • There are a lot of opportunities for customization and enhancement for specific gaming needs, as the SteelSeries Engine companion software has many great features. These features include a graphic 10-band EQ, a handful of audio presents, and a mic-level adjuster.

  • Comfortable Design
    • Gamers can use the headset for long sessions without fatigue, as the earcups have a thick memory foam pad and are spacious so as not to cause fatigue. The padding also has pores, which allow for breathability, reducing the likelihood of overheating.

  • High-Performance Microphone
    • The headset excels at recording gaming content and communicating with fellow gamers. The mic sound quality was rated the mic recording quality 8.3/10, placing it in the top 10% of the category.

    • Audio from the mic comes through clearly, given the headset has a tested speech-to-noise ratio of 34.17 dB, which places it in the top third of gaming headsets.

Reason to Avoid

  • High Latency
    • There’s a noticeable delay between audio and visuals, given the headset has a 249 ms tested latency when connected to a PC via Bluetooth, which is far below average for a gaming headset.

Steelseries Arctis 9X Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery LifeBattery Life20 hrs
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsAndroid, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Connector SizeConnector Size3.5mm, USB
Detachable MicDetachable MicNo
Driver SizeDriver Size40mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialAirWeave Fabric
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response20,000 Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response20Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingNo
Product WeightProduct Weight1.2 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsNo
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)0
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)8.3
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)34.17
BT Latency (ms)249
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)30.402
High End Roll Off (Hz)8,736.026

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Market Context

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A 2019-model headset built purposely for Xbox One, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X is a high-end gaming headset that boasts 40mm neodymium drivers. This has Xbox Wireless technology, connecting to Xbox One consoles and compatible computers without a dongle. You can find similar devices among the best-ranked gaming headsets. It works with the SteelSeries Engine app for graphic EQ and preset access. The app also supports Windows Sonic Spatial Audio for directional sound. Although it has a 3.5mm connector that offers some compatibility with other consoles and PCs, this cable doesn’t transmit microphone audio. See our SteelSeries Arctis Nova 1 review for a wired option.

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 is the PS4 and PS5 version of SteelSeries Arctis 9X. While the SteelSeries Arctis 9X is designed for Xbox One and…

The SteelSeries Arctis 9 is the PS4 and PS5 version of SteelSeries Arctis 9X. While the SteelSeries Arctis 9X is designed for Xbox One and compatible PCs, connecting via Xbox One Wireless technology, the SteelSeries Arctis 9 requires a USB dongle to plug into PC, PS4, and PS5 systems. See our SteelSeries Arctis 9 review to analyze the differences.

Featuring a wider passive soundstage, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X may appeal to some users more than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X. Additionally, the 9X has…

Featuring a wider passive soundstage, the SteelSeries Arctis 9X may appeal to some users more than the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X. Additionally, the 9X has a clearer microphone. That said, the SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X runs for 33.3 hours on a single charge, running longer than the 28-hour runtime of the 9X. Check out our SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7X review for details.

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With a padded headband, the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 is more ergonomic than the SteelSeries Arctis 9, which has a ski-band-style headband. The Astro device also has a clearer mic. However, the SteelSeries has a longer-lasting 28-hour battery life than the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019, which runs for 17.5 hours on a single charge.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

Yes

No

Battery Life

20 hrs

20 hrs

26 hrs

Compatible Platforms

Android, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Android, iOS, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Android, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, VR Box, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Connector Size

3.5mm, USB

3.5mm

3.5mm, USB Type-C

Detachable Mic

No

No

No

Driver Size

40mm

40mm

40mm

Earcup Foam Material

AirWeave Fabric

AirWeave Fabric

AirWeave Fabric

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  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    74
    The SteelSeries Arctis 9X are satisfactory for neutral sound. They have a neutral, balanced sound… Read More

    By:

    Jean-Simon Bonneterre
  • PC Mag
    66.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is one of the best wireless gaming headsets you can get… Read More

    By:

    Will Greenwald
  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The SteelSeries Arctis 9X provides great sound and a comfortable fit, but almost every new… Read More

    By:

    Marshall Honorof
  • Trusted Reviews
    82.27

    Category Trust Rating

    90
    The Arctis 9X is an excellent gaming headset that works well with both Xbox One… Read More

    By:

    Jade King
  • Techradar
    50.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The SteelSeries Arctis 9X is genuinely an awesome headset for Xbox One. It has great… Read More

    By:

    Jackie Thomas
  • Laptop Mag
    64.34

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    The Arctis 9X delivers solid sound wrapped in a premium design, but its wireless issues… Read More

    By:

    Rami Tabari

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