Question Wireless Headset Conundrum

Sep 3, 2020
So I'm gonna buy some headphones for gaming and also listening to music outside via my Android phone. Two candidates I'm torn between are Steelseries Arctis 1 Wireless and Arctis 3 Bluetooth. They're almost the same price and I assume use the same drivers although there are some differences in sound ratings here:

Arctis 1 Wireless Pros:
Better wireless sound as it uses 2.4GHz wireless
EQ control through software
Can use wirelessly while gaming

Arctis 3 Bluetooth Pros:
No Dongle to connect to phone (It's not much of an issue as my phone is USB-C but still one less thing to lose)
Has the headband thing so more comfortable
7.1 surround
It's 3 instead of 1 so better??? (I really don't know)

The other minor difference is that the 1 has a detachable mic and the 3 has a retractable.
Please advise. I'm open to other suggestions too.


Do not assume "the same drivers". Find out.

Which option, in your mind, is the simplest?

There is a lot to be said for simplicity.

[Side bar: Google "Occam's Razor"....]

Review your requirements, prioritize your requirements, and ignore "marketing speak".

Then purchase accordingly but retain a RMA option if the purchased headphones do not meet your requirements and expectations. Audio being more subjective than objective barring some gross technical problem such as static, echoing, screeches, and so forth.

[ Moderator note: moving your post to Home Audio to garner other suggestions.]