Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Gaming Headset - Closer Look and Testing Info

Article Index
Arctic Sound P531 5.1 USB Gaming Headset
Features, Specs and More
Closer Look and Testing Info
Testing the P531 Headset

Closer Look:

As we get more familiar with the P531 headset, it's important to note that the main audio control on the line allows control and adjustment over the front, rear, center, subwoofer, volume and microphone controls.  Each of these can be adjusted independently and once they are adjusted to your liking, it makes a big difference in your favorite game or movie.  If the front, rear or center channels are too strong, you don't get any positional audio experience and the sound can easily be a bit weak.  Make sure you take the time to fine-tune your headset until you get a good balance.  You won't be disappointed.

P531 Profile
P531 Profile
Headset w/Mic Extended
Headset w/Mic Extended

 

The headset is very adjustable in terms of size, position of earcups and microphone position.  It is actually very comfortable on my average-sized head as the padding is nice and soft and made out of good quality material that seems to breathe.  This keeps your ears and the top of your head nice and cool. 

Top Down
Top Down
Foldable
Foldable

 

Arctic is quite proud to have their name displayed on this headset as you can see from the Top Down view above.  You can also see how flexible they are in terms of folding.  This allows them to be stored almost anywhere in your LAN bag as you pack them from venue to venue.  It would have been awesome if they would include a nice case for these as well.

 

Testing the Arctic Sound:

For testing these earphones we plugged them into a desktop PC as well as my laptop to use the 6-channel audio on multiple platforms.  We tested the microphone on Skype as well as TeamSpeak and in-game chat on MW2.

Before we get into testing, I have to say that listening to audio is very subjective.  What one person believes is "good quality" audio can be very different from what another person hears.  I am no audiophile, but I do like to hear the full spectrum of sound without the bass being over-powering or the midrange and treble being too sharp and harsh.  Please bear in mind that all of our observations are subjective.

With that being said, we'll jump into actual testing on the next page.