SteelSeries Arena 9, 7 and 3: new premium speakers presented

With the Arena series, SteelSeries has introduced new premium speakers at gamescom 2022. The top model SteelSeries Arena 9 is a 5.1 surround sound system that connects via a single USB cable, the Arena 7 is a 2.1 sound system and the Arena 3 comes as a pair of stereo speakers.

SteelSeries Arena 9 in detail

SteelSeries Arena 9 is said to be the world’s first 5.1 surround sound system to connect via a single USB connection. It’s made up of two front wired speakers with 0.75-inch tweeters and 3-inch woofers, a similarly sized center speaker, two wireless rear speakers (which can also be wall-mounted), and a 6.5-inch subwoofer. .

Connecting to PC, Mac and PlayStation 5/4, the Arena 9 connects via a single USB cable and is also capable of playing audio via Aux and Bluetooth (version 4.2). A 3.5mm jack for connecting headphones is also provided, as well as an optical Toslink port.

The SteelSeries Arena 9 is conveniently operated via a so-called control pod, which you can place on your desk. An informative OLED display then lets you adjust audio settings, mute, and adjust the RGB lighting of the sound system.

As with the SteelSeries Arctis Nova Pro Wireless gaming headset (our review), Sonar software is used to adjust the sound, allowing for precise tuning. Includes 10-band equalizer or acoustic echo cancellation.

As for the sound, the Arena 9 covers a frequency band from 35 Hz to 20,000 Hz and reaches a maximum of 100 dB of volume. The drivers are said to provide high-quality acoustics thanks to organic fibers and a silk lining.

Steel Series Arena 7 and 3

Slightly below that, the SteelSeries Arena 7 positions itself as a 2.1 sound system that also connects via a single USB cable. A connection via 3.5mm jack, Bluetooth and optical cable is also offered here.

Otherwise, the technical equipment and the speaker performance is the same. RGB lighting in four zones is also offered, but it is exclusively available on PC. However, you will have to do without the OLED control console, which is operated via a rotary wheel with an integrated multifunction button.

Sand Steel Series 7
Image: SteelSeries

Similarly, the SteelSeries Arena 3 is a pair of 4-inch driver stereo 2.0 speakers that connect to PCs, Macs, or smartphones via a 3.5mm jack or connect wirelessly via Bluetooth. It covers a frequency band from 50 Hz to 20,000 Hz and also gets a whopping 100 dB at its peak.

You can adjust the settings on the right speaker via the multifunction button, and also connect a headset via the jack directly on the back.

Sand Steel Series 3
Image: SteelSeries

Prices and availability

The new SteelSeries Arena 9, 7 and 3 audio solutions are now available in stores and directly from the manufacturer. Arena 9 has an RRP of €599.99, Arena 7 costs €329.99 and Arena 3 is available for €149.99.

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