JLab Go Air Sport True headphones review: Cheap running headphones with a surprising punch

While you have to make a couple of sacrifices, the Go Air Sport True headphones from JLab perform far better than you would expect at this price.
Pros: – Very cheap
– Good sound for price
– Comfortable and light
– Water- and dust-resistant
Cons: – Frustrating charging system
– Fiddly touch controls
– Feel very cheap
Running can quickly become boring, the gym is a melting pot of bassy music, grunts and weights smacking the ground, and even when you’re squeezing in a quick home workout, the sound of your own breathing can be something you’d rather not have to deal with.

With this in mind, a pair of headphones for your workouts can be an essential purchase. But if you’re looking to keep the costs low, your options become limited with most of the best earbuds and headphones for exercise exceeding £100.

How do they look and feel?
It won’t come as any surprise to hear that, at this price point, you’re not exactly getting a luxury product. Both the charging case and headphones are made of a cheap-feeling, but very sturdy, plastic.

However, when you actually put the headphones in, this isn’t a problem. In fact, these headphones feel great when you’re wearing them. They are lightweight, and thanks to the hooked design, they stay secure throughout your workout.

I have frequently had headphones come out when I’ve been running, requiring an adjustment every so often, but the Go Air Sport True stayed in without any issues.

However, because of the shape of these headphones, the sound can often dampen as the earbud comes out a little bit during exercise. A quick tap back into place solves this issue though and is a common experience when using running headphones.

Thanks to the lightweight design, these headphones stayed comfortable for long periods of time. It took a bit over an hour of exercise to notice any discomfort with them in.

Do they sound good?
The most important question: can headphones that only cost £29.99 produce a good sound? Surprisingly, yes. Of course, these are by no means going to blow you away, and they certainly aren’t going to compete with more expensive headphones, but for the price tag we were thoroughly impressed.

You get three different equalisation (EQ) settings: JLab Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost. There is a noticeable switch between these, especially on certain songs.

How do they look and feel?
It won’t come as any surprise to hear that, at this price point, you’re not exactly getting a luxury product. Both the charging case and headphones are made of a cheap-feeling, but very sturdy, plastic.

However, when you actually put the headphones in, this isn’t a problem. In fact, these headphones feel great when you’re wearing them. They are lightweight, and thanks to the hooked design, they stay secure throughout your workout.

I have frequently had headphones come out when I’ve been running, requiring an adjustment every so often, but the Go Air Sport True stayed in without any issues.

However, because of the shape of these headphones, the sound can often dampen as the earbud comes out a little bit during exercise. A quick tap back into place solves this issue though and is a common experience when using running headphones.

Thanks to the lightweight design, these headphones stayed comfortable for long periods of time. It took a bit over an hour of exercise to notice any discomfort with them in.

Do they sound good?
The most important question: can headphones that only cost £29.99 produce a good sound? Surprisingly, yes. Of course, these are by no means going to blow you away, and they certainly aren’t going to compete with more expensive headphones, but for the price tag we were thoroughly impressed.

You get three different equalisation (EQ) settings: JLab Signature, Balanced and Bass Boost. There is a noticeable switch between these, especially on certain songs.

This problem is slightly alleviated thanks to the playtime of the headphones. You can get over 32 hours from one charge. If you’re only using these when you exercise, you won’t find yourself having to awkwardly dangle them from your wall to charge all too often.

While these earbuds aren’t waterproof, they are water- and dust-resistant. This means some light rain, sweat and general splashes will be absolutely fine – just make sure you don’t drop them in puddles or tubs of water.

Should you buy the JLab Go Air True?
It feels hard to massively fault the JLab Go Air True headphones. The company labels themselves as an affordable audio company, and with these running headphones, that’s exactly what you’re getting.

If you are after an impressive audio performance, or headphones that offer a premium look and feel, these are not the headphones for you. But for something cheap and decent for the occasional bit of exercise, these are a great choice.

They are affordable, offer a long battery life, fit comfortably, and while the audio is by no means incredible, it will provide you with the quality you need for podcasts, audio books or that quick shot of bass-heavy music to get you through your run.

Sony’s Latest Noise-Cancelling Headphones Live Up to the Hype

For the past few years, those in search of serious sound quality from their noise-cancelling headphones have almost uniformly sworn allegiance to Sony. So expectations are precipitously high now that a new flagship offering has joined the brand’s storied lineage in the form of the WH-1000XM5, the successors to 2020’s truly beloved WH-1000XM4. With some fierce audiophile-worthy competition having recently joined the high-end fray in Apple’s AirPods Max, can the OG music lover’s choice still cut it?

Having spent hours jamming out to our playlists with these over-ear cans, there’s little doubt in our mind that these live up to our dizzying expectations and then some. Despite a somewhat contentious redesign, these are easily the best-sounding, best noise-blocking headphones we have used. Here’s why they’re a near-on essential purchase for commuting, your summer travels, and everything in between.

A total design shift?
As headphones go, the Sony WH-1000XM5 are reasonably controversial. Well, ‘controversial’ in the sense that there’s always going to be a subset of people who pretend not to like Abba or claim that Trent Alexander-Arnold isn’t a world-class right-back. Why the fuss? Sony’s oval-shaped on-ear cans inspired a generation of similarly designed headphones, so they’ve broken new stylistic ground in order to distinguish themselves all over again.

While the XM5s are certainly more curvaceous than the XM4s with a broader set of cups that add bulk to your ears, they don’t feel cumbersome to wear at all. The overall chassis is significantly tidier, with all the ports and buttons swept up on the bottom side of the cups for a cleaner profile and a more ergonomic placement for turning on things like noise cancellation and the like. In a world where headphones should absolutely be a consideration when building an appropriate office fit, these look the part wherever your workplace sits on the smart-casual divide.

The headband is definitely a highlight for us, losing the mechanical look from older models for a single arch that’s bolted on the top of each cup for a decidedly suaver look. Better still, those cups are comfier than previous iterations and sit snug on your ears, allowing a bit more room for the improved drivers while bolstering the build quality so it doesn’t feel so fragile if you’re stretching over hats or a larger-than-normal head. The downside? Avoid any sort of moisture as if your life depends on it. There’s still no water resistance of any kind on these cans, and Sony makes a concerted effort to remind you, placing a little flyer in the box with several big, red crosses over images of wearers listening to music while sweating or in the rain.

Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones
$398.00, Amazon

Noise-cancelling culture
As much as the Sony WH-1000XM5’s refresh delivers on an aesthetic front, those same design changes go a long way to passively shelter your ears from ambient sound and deliver that all-important noise-cancelling excellence. Previous iterations were excellent for long-distance traveling, drowning out the low-frequency drones of planes, trains and taxi-driver chit-chat, and you’ll still find that quality here, but now there’s even better blockage in higher-frequency sounds like voices or the screech of train brakes. All of which is is enhanced with the smart microphones that analyze your surroundings and send a message to the powerful drivers to pull the curtains around you for total focus on your music.

The ANC goes a long way in improving your music, but even with that turned off they sound superb. The new drivers are 10mm smaller than the previous model but pack a much more powerful punch, with new processing power to eke out the individual notes in your tunes for a much better listening experience than we ever got out of the WH-1000XM4s and we noticed vibrancy in voices we hadn’t heard before—Kendrick Lamar’s velvety voice on “Mother I Sober” is an emotional gut-punch with these on.

The sonic performance is expansive and rich, with a clear focus on spreading out the quality throughout the frequency range so you don’t miss anything. We enjoyed the hearty kick drum of Alt-J’s “The Actor”, which stayed out of the way of the brilliant vocals for an even listen. High-hats have a lively trill to them, and bass-heavy tunes like “Cooped Up” from Post Malone’s latest album thunder without being overbearing, which is great if you’re currently riding the Kate Bush wave post Stranger Things season 4.

Location tracking weirdness
Being a pair of highfalutin headphones, the XM5s don’t simply promise to look great and play back your favorite tunes in resplendent form. They also come with a few gimmicks to further stand out from the chasing pack. Download their app and it will track your location so it will adapt your sound for the optimal experience whether you’re walking down the street, sitting in an airport lounge, or hurtling along the countryside on a train.

As well as just slightly creepy, this trickery proved a bit wonky in turning the transparency mode on when we definitely didn’t want it to. More useful by far is a speak-to-chat feature for the office that dims the ANC and volume so you can still hear conversations without having to take the cans off. This also works with voice control so you can switch up tracks without taking your hands out of your pockets.

As for the one additional headphones spec that everyone really does care about, we got about 30 hours of noise-cancelling listening, which isn’t any longer than the XM4s, but still proved enough to see us through a full week’s worth of work days. It bumps up to 40 hours with the noise-cancelling turned off, but you’re better off leaning into the USB-C quick-charge refueling when these cans are running low on stamina.

Sony WH-1000XM5 verdict
To anyone who’s been paying attention to the music scene over the last few years, it should come as no surprise that the Sony WH-1000XM5s are as good as we expected. These are industry-leading headphones that continue to break new ground and build on the excellent work of the previous builds. Audiophiles expect true quality from their music, and while there are other brands like Apple and Bang & Olufsen that offer similar stylistic class and verve, there’s just no beating Sony in the audio department.

We’ve been lucky enough to slip many of the top noise-cancelling headphones over our ears, and for the longest time, Sony’s WH-1000XM4s were our favorite, so it seems fitting that the improved XM5s will receive that honor to take over from their predecessors.

There will be some who might turn their nose up at the design, but once you pull them over your ears, you probably won’t care about any of that, because you’ll be lost in your music anyway. The price tag is justified with the improved smart features that adapt your tunes on the fly based on what you’re doing, and we love being able to switch up tracks with just a few quick voice commands. Those of you with the previous XM4 models slung around their necks might not be keen to dish out more cash for the same sort of product, but if it’s the best-in-class you’re after, look no further.

 

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If you’re up in the morning & want to keep your earbuds in between heart attacks so you can take a hike on the mountaintops, sweat resistant headphones probably won’t cut it. All your friends will hate you for it. The same goes if you have to go to a concert or a mosh pit without your earbuds. Sweat-repelling headphones are good at preventing sweat and keeping out unwanted wetness, but they can’t do much when it comes to staying dry while still delivering quality audio, which is what we need from our headphones.

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longer battery life and comfort are impossible to achieve. For the first time, sweatproof headphones make it possible for you to get back to work after a workout or an extended workout. If you don’t have a wireless headset in your pocket, you’re not a human! With sweatproof headphones, you can get through those hard-hitting workouts and be fresh and ready to handle the day’s demands.

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SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox review: “One of the best wired headsets we’ve used”

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro For Xbox is the latest wired addition from the well-regarded peripherals manufacturer to enter the best gaming headset market. At home on Xbox consoles and PC primarily, this set is aimed squarely at the premium end of the market for gamers who take their audio seriously.

And it does not disappoint: to say I was impressed would be an understatement – read on and I’ll explain why…

Design & features
The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox has a minimalist, somewhat gamer-industrial aesthetic with a brushed metal headband complemented by brushed metal detachable side plates, and an adjustable fabric support headband – both of which can be swapped out for other colours if you have them. Overall the headset is generally well made and a good combination of sturdy yet lightweight.

The earcups house 40mm Neodymium drivers with a 38Ohm impedance and the microphone is of a retractable design that lives in the left-hand earcup. It isn’t a “retract to mute” design, however – there’s a button on the rear of the earcup for that, not far from the headset’s general volume control knob on the earcup’s underside.

The Digital-To-Analogue Converter (DAC) unit is well made and sized, and comprises of a very large dial with an accompanying offset LED screen. The dial does double duty as a push button (much like on a late 2000s car stereo) to facilitate menu navigation and selection.

Performance
I can confidently say the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox gave an outstanding account of itself during our testing and is easily one of the best Xbox Series X headsets and best Xbox One headsets on the market right now.

The sound quality and depth, both in stereo and surround modes, was just superb, being clear, rich, and detailed on both Xbox and PC. I was impressed with the bass levels too, being deep enough to provide the “oomph” I like from the assorted explosions and gunfire-related events one encounters in the likes of Sniper Elite 5 and Doom Eternal, but not overwhelming the rest of the audio experience either. Other sounds were reproduced extremely clearly and distinctly, including dialogue, in-game audio cues, and ambient sounds such as rainfall in open-world games like Ghost of Tsushima.

While the headset is comfortable to wear, regrettably the leatherette-type material for the earcup cushions feels extremely thin and I am concerned it will eventually split or degrade, especially under heavy use.

The DAC was pretty straightforward to use and I liked the fact that once I set things like the EQ (which can be fine-tuned across a number of frequencies), volume, and chat mix how I liked them, they stayed set, even after the unit was turned off.

I can confirm from the testing we did that the Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro For Xbox is, as advertised, also compatible with PC and PlayStation 5. In fact, I was able to connect an Xbox Series X and a PlayStation 5 simultaneously (there are even two USB cables in the box) to the DAC and switch between inputs – essentially allowing one headset to be used for both consoles without having to plug in or reconnect anything else when switching between them.

The audio quality on the PlayStation 5 was not quite as good as on the Xbox or PC in my testing – it lacked the same depth and richness – but was still more than decent. (There is a dedicated PS5 version of the Nova Pro, so that’ll be the one threatening those on our best PS5 headset list.) The PC sound was as good as the Xbox, however, making this especially appealing for anyone running both the Microsoft platforms, or anyone looking for a multi-functional PC headset for gaming.

Should you buy the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox?
Provided your console or PC isn’t more than about 3m away from wherever you like to sit and you don’t mind the wired setup, then the Nova Pro for Xbox gets a hearty and resounding recommendation for us.

The SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro For Xbox is easily one of the very best wired headsets we’ve used on Xbox and PC and offered crystal clear, finely tuned audio experience across the board, paired with a comfortable fit and sturdy build.

Caveats are slight, as, while the sound quality and general offering is excellent, it is very expensive, and the cables can get in the way if you’re having a particularly energetic gaming session.

Ultimately, I believe the audio quality and the cross-compatibility with most other systems (particularly PC and PlayStation) outweigh the relatively minor negatives and make the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox a standard-setter for Xbox wired gaming headset audio.

How we tested the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro for Xbox
We tested the unit by using it as a primary headset for an Xbox Series X, using the supplied USB and 3.5mm audio cables which came in the box, and tested with several games including Minecraft, Forza Horizon 5, Sniper Elite 5, Strange Brigade and Yakuza: Like A Dragon.

Stax’s first wireless headphones

Japanese brand Stax invented the electrostatic overears, but now it has launched its first wireless and more affordable pair of headphones. The Spirit S3 still aren’t exactly cheap, but they are a lot more accessible than an electrostatic pair.

They also boast a pretty impressive battery life.

The Spirit S3 are aimed at audio professionals and enthusiasts (that’s us). They use Planar technology, which combines the benefits of a dynamic and balanced armature driver to deliver “exceedingly detailed lower frequencies and clearer, more consistent high-frequency performance,” according to Stax.

At a claimed 80 hours, the battery life is something special. Not only that, but Stax also says that a 10-minute charge will give you a staggering 11 hours of runtime – in that charging time, a lot of headphones can manage only an hour or two’s playing time.

Bluetooth 5.2 comes as standard, giving you greater range and a more robust wireless connection than earlier versions. There is a dedicated app for tweaking the equaliser settings, aptX for higher-quality wireless playback, and a low-latency gaming mode for fragging with minimal delays.

The headphones are made from carbon fibre, which should be hardwearing and lightweight, and they have replaceable ear pads and cable, for extending their longevity.

EarFun’s UBOOM

For most of us, summer is now in full swing. And just in time for the season of long evenings and outdoor revelry, EarFun has announced its newest Bluetooth speaker, the UBOOM L, which promises to withstand the elements while delivering a big sound on a budget.

The UBOOM L is EarFun’s second speaker and builds upon 2019’s UBOOM with a larger design, widened speaker diaphragm and additional features. Like the original UBOOM, the UBOOM L aims to create an omnidirectional soundfield but uses larger 5.5cm drivers alongside dual passive radiators and Earfun’s proprietary JumboBass Technology to improve its low-end extension.

Rocky Deng, head of product development at EarFun, says that the new speaker “Surpass[es] our award-winning model UBOOM launched two years ago, it’s meant to deliver our EarFun signature bass sound to all the music lovers and get all the party people dancing.[It] is our delicate gift to the world.”

If the UBOOM L’s 28 watts of power simply isn’t enough for your needs, you can connect two speakers together for wireless stereo. Each speaker features Bluetooth 5.0 connectivity as well as a 3.5mm jack input concealed behind a waterproof rubber seal alongside a USB Type-C charging port.

A claimed 16 hours of playback time should be enough to see you through even the most languorous of beach days, while an IPX7 rating and EarFun’s Sweatshield Technology promise to keep the music playing whatever the weather. And if you want to take your tunes swimming, it even floats.

Meanwhile, multi-taskers and workaholics will be pleased to know the UBOOM L has a built-in mic to take hands-free calls and can be used to connect to Alexa, Siri or Google Assistant voice assistants.

Three audio options are available to tailor the UBOOM L’s performance to your needs. Indoor Mode emphasises bass, while Outdoor Mode lifts the speaker’s loudness. Planning on an impromptu outdoor cinema screening? There’s also a Video Mode that employs ultra-low latency to help keep everything in sync.

The EarFun UBOOM L will launch globally on Amazon and the company’s website from mid-July, priced at £70 / $80 / AU$112. However, a limited discount of 25% will be available to users who subscribe to the brand’s early bird page(opens in new tab) bringing the price down to an inflation-busting £52.49 / $60. That’s considerably cheaper than the similarly outdoorsy Sonos Roam at £159 / $169 / AU$279 and the five-star JBL Flip 6 at £130 / $130 / AU$200.

Of course, we can’t vouch for the UBOOM L’s sound, having not tested it, but if you have a spare 45 minutes, then you can always watch this extensive video of the speaker being put through its paces by producer Olaf Lubanski, who works with Earfun to tune their products.

 

Sennheiser teases wireless headphones with triple the battery life of AirPods Max

Considering a set of Apple AirPods Max or another of the best over-ear headphones currently on the market? Maybe read this first – you’ll only have to wait until August for their release.

Sennheiser just officially teased its Momentum 4 Wireless noise-cancelling over-ear headphones ahead of their now-confirmed August global arrival.

The German brand has pretty concisely revealed the first few official images and details of its hotly-anticipated wireless cans, which will succeed the 2019-issue Momentum 3 Wireless – but we do have some key facts. And one in particular is seriously impressive.

Three years is a fairly long stretch between headphone iterations in the constantly evolving world of wireless audio and Bluetooth technology, but 2020 was not a great year for anyone. And given the information now available to us, Sennheiser has clearly used the time to go back to the drawing board and start afresh, rather than tweak and fine-tune an older model for its latest release.

The Momentum 4 Wireless promises “best-in-class sound, advanced Adaptive Noise Cancellation and an all-new design offering exceptional comfort”, and that gray fabric covering the headband (which looks very similar to that adorning the Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 3 and older Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2’s charging case) is certainly a new direction for Sennheiser’s flagship over-ears.

Opinion: with this spec alone, Sennheiser could rule them all
The headline-grabber here is the claimed battery life, at (a frankly incredible) 60 hours. Whether or not that figure is with ANC deployed remains to be seen, but given that Apple’s top-tier AirPods Max boast just a third of that, at 20 hours when listening with ANC and Spatial Audio turned on, it’s a bold claim indeed.

Need another reference? The Sony WH-1000XM5 can stretch to 30 hours with noise cancelling activated or 40 hours with noise cancelling switched off – which is a two hour improvement over the still-excellent WH-1000XM4.

How Sennheiser has managed to stretch to a 60-hour battery when Sony could only eke an extra two hours of juice from its flagship wireless over-ears, even following a drastic update, we cannot say just yet.

But we do know to expect an “audiophile-inspired 42mm transducer system” with slightly angled speakers to “ensure sound is channelled slightly from the front towards the user’s ears”, which should promote a “more natural soundstage”.

Elsewhere, we can anticipate advanced voice pick-up for optimised calls and voice assistant access, plus “multiple customisations to enable users to adapt the sound to their unique preferences”.

Will we see Bluetooth 5.3 and support for Bluetooth’s new audio-sharing Auracast protocol, set to arrive in the next few months? We don’t know yet – but given Sennheiser’s track record it seems likely.

Steelseries Arctis Nova Pro Review: This Gaming Headset Is Expensive but Worth It

When it comes to gaming, it’s all about going bigger. The graphics need to look more life-like, the load times need to be shorter and the sound needs to accurately convey every little clash of iron or whizz of a bullet. Harder, better, faster, stronger. That’s the ethos of gaming in clever axiom (or song lyric, depending upon your preference).

That spirit is at the forefront of SteelSeries, the gaming accessories company that makes one of the best gaming headsets, bar none. How do you continue to push and evolve on that ethos? That’s what the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Gaming Headset is out to discover. The brand sent over a unit for us to check out. Read on for my full SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro review to see how it holds up.

setup: A Painless Process
Upon opening the Nova Pro’s box, you’ll find the headset itself as well as a knob-based control box. The headset is self-explanatory, but the control box might be slightly less so. The control box is actually a high-end version of SteelSeries’ GameDAC receiver, complete with all kinds of different functionality (more on that later). You can connect the GameDAC in a variety of different ways, including through two USB-C ports and a 3.5mm jack.

I plugged the DAC into my gaming PC and the other into my PlayStation 5. Upon booting up my PC, the DAC came alive through its included display. I turned on the actual Nova Pro, and it connected instantly, with no fuss or hassle. I also then paired the Nova Pro to my PC via Bluetooth (again, more on that later) and then got off and running. However, you will need to ensure you have the SteelSeries Sonar software on your computer already (I did), as it will help you take better advantage of the actual audio input.

Design: Sleek Yet Comfortable
The overall design of the Nova Pro is relatively minimalist but pulls, specifically, from Danish design aesthetics; you’ll notice SteelSeries branding on each of the removable, magnetic plates on either side of the ear cup. The caps are plastic but are gilded with a glossy coating to make them seem as if they’re each metal or, perhaps, steel. The back side of the headset features control functionality, which is not dissimilar from other SteelSeries products in the past. The front side of the headset features a retractable mic that actually lays flush with the rest of the headphones; it’s so stealthy that you may miss it upon an initial glance.

As for the earcups themselves, they’re extremely plush and soft, geared towards long gaming sessions. While not actually leather, the exterior of the cups has a leather-like covering that looks and feels high-end. You can adjust the interior headband so it fits your head shape better in order to provide a more tailor-made feeling.

 

Features and Performance: Multi-Platform Magnificence
This is where the fun begins; so far, the design of the Nova Pro isn’t a totally radical departure from the previous SteelSeries. However, that changes once we get into the features of the headset and how the GameDAC helps to facilitate some of those features. The two USB-C inputs on the back of the DAC let you toggle between two different gaming inputs, which means you can go from playing Destiny 2 on your PC to playing God of War on your PlayStation 5 without ever having to change headsets. This adds so much value to what is a pretty expensive headset already at $350 (although the wired version is a bit cheaper). Sure, you could have one headset you move between devices, but that takes extra time and effort to constantly move around a dongle from PC to console and back again.

The Bluetooth connectivity also allows you to leverage that connection, which means you can overlay, let’s say, music or videos on top of your game. I found it super handy to have a podcast going while I was grinding away in Destiny 2. The DAC also serves as a way to manage the Nova Pro’s other audio features, including active noise cancelation/transparency, sidetone control, some equalizer modes and the hub where one of the two chargeable batteries rests to recharge.

Battery life on this is really good (I got about 10 hours of full ANC use out of it before needing to swap batteries), especially with the fact the second battery is pretty much on deck, fully charged, and ready to swap whenever.

The audio quality on the Nova Pro is really where the headset shines, though. When paired with Sonar, the spital audio really does improve the situational awareness of a given game; when playing shooters like Fortnite or Destiny 2, I really did have an understanding of where a given enemy was in the space around me.

Music sounded good through the headset as well, although not up to the supreme quality of something you’d find in a higher-end pair of headphones. Sonar allows you to really hone in the audio settings for a particular game, allowing you to even have it as a preset to return back to later on; that customization is really helpful if you’re, say, a streamer who really needs to have a team audio up and game audio down. However, as strong as the sound is, the mic is a little bit lacking; it’s not bad by any stretch, but if you’re a streamer looking for an all-in-one premium audio solution, this doesn’t quite fit the bill.

 

Our Verdict
Everything about the Nova Pro is designed to facilitate a premium experience and minus a hiccup with the microphone, the Nova Pro delivers in spades. Sure, the $350 price is a hefty barrier, but the quality of sound, the ease of use and freedom of accessibility offer a ton of value.

So Should You Buy It?
This might be a bridge too far for casual gamers who just want something to plug and play, but if you’re looking for sound you can not only hear but also feel, you’re in the right place.

Pros:

Multi-point connections

Tons of comfort

Great sound

Hot-swappable batteries

Cons:

Very expensive

Mic could be better

SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless Gaming Headset

 

SheerlinkTM Expands Audio Module Series

In association with the NAMM show in Anaheim, California (June 3-5, 2022), RTX A/S, (NASDAQ Copenhagen: RTX A/S), a leader in the design of resilient wireless audio solutions, today announced the expansion of their audio module series supporting the Sheerlink product solutions. The new RTX1291 2.4GHz module bears strong relations to the RTX1290 module but fits additional purposes due to its higher DSP performance.

RTX Sheerlink solutions for wireless audio products significantly reduce the complex wireless audio engineering and, what really matters these days, the uncertainty of the supply chain. Thus, enabling vendors to focus on realizing their own product ideas while improving their capability to deliver.

Multiple wireless configurations are available in the Sheerlink solution family, each with its own product use cases in mind. Supporting one to multiple wireless devices on a single system or going big with interconnected systems.

“Our customers have really embraced the possibilities we are providing. Product portfolios have revealed themselves and many have moved their wireless products into the leading game. With our exciting roadmaps and shared goals with our customers we intend to stay there, together,” said Torben Bjerregaard, Director of Product Management at RTX.

Besides modules, the Sheerlink product solutions include recommended designs for analog and digital circuitry as well as antenna design. Additional support packages give customers the freedom and flexibility to get products to market within a very short time frame without necessarily being radio experts.

Whether buying into one product, a partial or full product portfolio, RTX offers the capability and resources to deliver complete ODM solutions, including mechanic and packaging, product type approvals, production tests, and software customization.

About RTX

RTX A/S is a leading provider of wireless solutions – a growing business driven by digitalization and the demand for mobility and secure transmission. RTX has successfully finalized more than 1,000 wireless projects, ODM or OEM solutions in collaboration with global technology brands – from initial design, development, testing, and production.

RTX operates through 3 business areas: ProAudio, Enterprise, and Healthcare with a broad exposure to global brands in many different industries. RTX was founded in 1993 and the company is headquartered in Denmark with satellite locations in Hong Kong and the US.