SteelSeries GameDac is Now Available
No longer just part of the bundle
SteelSeries is now selling the company’s popular GameDAC gaming audio system as a standalone unit. The company also announced a few updates to the Arctis line of headsets. The SteelSeries GameDAC is a dedicated high-fidelity USB DAC and amplifier, which was specifically made for gaming on PCs and consoles. The GameDAC transforms any PS4 or PC into a high-performance audio source by bypassing the low fidelity, poor quality DACs found in typical console controllers, USB headsets and PC sound cards.
“We are diligent when it comes to getting user feedback and looking at what the community has to say about our products, so that we can then improve the performance where it is needed,” said Tino Soelberg, SteelSeries CTO. “Providing GameDAC as a standalone product and opening it to work with any headset is a great example of how we here at SteelSeries can quickly provide superior products to gamers.”
The GameDAC is powered by the ESS Sabre DAC and amplifier with 121dB of dynamic range and -115dB Total Harmonic Distortion + Noise. As gaming’s certified first Hi-Res Audio DAC, it ensures users hear high-fidelity 96 kHz / 24-bit audio at its full resolution with no downsampling. The GameDAC also features an OLED screen for easy access to settings and controls without the use of additional software. This means that PS4 gamers can fully customize their EQ, sidetone, toggle surround sound, configure their headset illumination as well as access their volume and ChatMix levels, without using a PC. PC gamers looking for an even deeper level of customization can use SteelSeries Engine software for total personalization. The GameDAC is available now globally for $129.99.
“With the creation of the GameDAC and the Arctis Pro line, we challenged the norm of how gaming headsets should sound,” said Brian Fallon, Product Category Manager for Headsets at SteelSeries. “We’re happy to now open up the power of the GameDAC to headsets of all kinds to ensure that gamers everywhere can get the best audio experience possible regardless of what headphones they are using.”
As we mentioned earlier, the company also announced the new Arctis 3, 5 and 7 updates. The devices still use all the best features of the original Arctis line including the Discord-certified ClearCast microphone and low-distortion S1 speaker drivers for high-quality audio. The new line features a variety of new aesthetic changes compared to the original Arctis line and all of the new models feature added memory foam. The headband on the Arctis 7 has been redesigned to closer resemble that of the Arctis Pro for an improved fit for heads of all sizes. The new Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 will also receive several performance upgrades. According to the company, the soundscape has been updated to support an extended bass response and the Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 will both receive an upgrade to DTS Headphone: X v2.0. Existing customers with the original Arctis 5 and Arctis 7 will also receive the performance upgrades through SteelSeries Engine.