The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + DAC combination is a slick headset that comes with a great looking DAC that backs up all of its aesthetic features with more than adequate performance.
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + DAC comes with very little downside, but if I had to mention some of the aspects I didn't like or would change it would be this; main headset port be relocated to the back of the DAC, longer cables for PS4 users, deeper base, and the adoption of micro-USB instead of the USB Mini B 8-pin cable. I'd also like to see the volume wheel on the left earcup have some added tension.
All in all, SteelSeries has done a fantastic job with the Arctis Pro + DAC. I truly believe that the company's goal of bringing out a headset that is capable of playing audiophile-level music, while also being good in-game has definitely been achieved.
So, is the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + DAC worth the $279.99? Yes, and no. I would say 'yes' if you are after a gaming headset that has kick-ass in-game audio, and also doesn't drop off at all once you chuck on some high-quality music. This headset is multi-use case, meaning that is versatility comes with a significant price hike. That price hike is only worth it if you are going to be using all of its features.
So, that means if you are after just a gaming headset and nothing else, then there are other options out there that can provide a similar experience in-game and be more bang for your buck. Ultimately, SteelSeries has released a product that buyers won't be disappointed with if they buy it, and I can personally say that the SteelSeries Arctis Pro + DAC is that good it's now become my daily driver headset. Lovely work here, SteelSeries.
The Bottom Line
The SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC stands as a perfect example that gaming headsets can also be used for listening to music at higher qualities.