Today we have a nice looking headset provided by Arctic. What makes this headset special is that they can be used for gaming and also for movies. Here is what Arctic says about the features of this headset:
ARCTIC SOUND P531 is the most professional computer headset and literally elevates gamers to a new dimension of sounds. It is like having a home theatre crammed into a headset. This 5.1 channel surround sound gaming headset that can be connected via USB. This headset is designed for ultimate gamers as it features four individual drivers in each earcup to provide true surround sound. To enhance exceptional gaming experience, the ARCTIC SOUND P531 is integrated with vibration units on the earcups to provide extra sensation. The ARCTIC SOUND P531 is installed with a special subwoofer to produce deep bass sounds. The illuminated remote control is dedicated to tune the drivers individually. Thanks to the 5.1 surround sound system, gamers can experience 3-dimensional game settings during their game play. From enemy footsteps, to grenade explosions, gamers can experience everything on a whole new level with this headset. With its integrated microphone, gamers can easily communicate with their teammates.
The ARCTIC SOUND P531 features premium soft fabric and ultra-thick cushioned earcups to provide optimum comfort for long-hours of game play. Its circumaural design and padded adjustable headband is to provide secure fit and eliminate any noise interruption. The earcups are reversible for added flexibility and the 90-degree swivel earcups mechanism is designed for easy single-ear monitoring. This foldable design allows users to fold the headset into a compact unit for protection and portability. Since the ARCTIC SOUND P531 uses an USB connector, it delivers pure digital audio straight from the source without much distortion. The distortion that affected analog devices from alternating current is no longer an issue because the built-in sound processor ensures superb quality. Gamers can concentrate on their intense game play without being interrupted by much distortion.
True 5.1 Surround Sound
Featuring four individual drivers in each ear-cup, the ARCTIC SOUND P531 plays true 5.1 surround sound. The 3-dimensional sound from games and movies will bring you to a whole new level of sound experience. This gives gamers a huge advantage, as they can reliably spot opponents based on the sound of their footsteps and gunshots even before seeing them.
Full Control and highest Quality
Connected via USB, the ARCTIC SOUND P531 is equipped with its own 5.1 sound card. The digital sound processor lets you enjoy absolute best sound quality. Furthermore, the inline-remote control gives you full access to modify each channel individually.d of their footsteps and gunshots even before seeing them.
A Full New Bass Experience
The strong subwoofer on the ARCTIC SOUND P531 is supported by special vibration units in the ear cups. Explosions can literally knock off your socks and you will feel as a part of the action.
The premium soft fabric and ultra-thick cushioned ear cups provide highest comfort for long hours of game play. They also isolate you from exterior noise so you can fully focus on what's going on. At the same time you won't interrupt the people around you.
• 4 individual drivers in each ear cup
• Integrated vibration units
• Closed circumaural design
• Illuminated in-line volume control
• Adjustable headband with 90-degree swivel ear cups
• USB connector delivers pure digital audio straight from the source
Let’s start with packaging. Arctic Sound P531 came in a nice package made from good material. Only bad part of it is that the headset was tied up to the plastic with metal wire that took some time to take off. The package comes with CD that includes codec, driver, software, and some videos.
I was little confused at first after installation because it was a bit complicated to locate the software. It should be on your taskbar to the left of clock after you install the software and do restart. If you won’t be able to find it there, go to control panel and there you will see Arctic Sound P531 icon, go there and you will be able to set the desired options for your headset. I would not recommend you to change a lot of stuff there; all you really need to change is one setting on the first page. If you are playing music or just regular computer game, leave the setting at 2 channels. If you are planning to watch a movie with 5.1 sound systems, switch to 4 or 6 channels. Finally, if you are going to play 3d game, switch to 8 channels option.
I tested the headset with computer game SWAT 4 Stetchkov Syndicate and two movies: K-Pax and Stay. I was very surprised with the quality sound the P531 headset produces. The subs do a nice kick whenever needed and high frequencies do their job very well. In the game little noise like footsteps were heard and gunshots in further rooms were noticed. In the movies every detail was heard. For example in the movie Stay, while the soundtrack was playing, sound of someone crying or yelling was noticeable from one side.
Speaking of the comfort, I was able to play pc game for couple hours without noticing any discomfort from the headset. The headset is covered with cloth all around, giving the best comfort possible. The unit comes with a controller on the usb cord which allows you to turn the mic on and off. Also the controller allows you to control the volume, sub, center, front, and rear. That’s four drivers in one headset!
Price of the headset right now is $65.46, which makes the headset BestPCReviews Editor’s Choice!
You can buy the product at the Arctic Site