Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset Review

Surround sound systems, while impressive, are more conducive to larger rooms. This poses a problem for most people in small apartments or dorms. If you are living on your own and want that fully immersive surround sound experience there is still hope; the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset offers all the sound quality of a home theater that easily fold up and can be tossed into your back pack. These headphones could be the difference between neighbors bang on your wall telling you to shut up and relaxing and fully enjoying your favorite music and movies. Let’s see if the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset is the right choice for you:


Provided by: Arctic Cooling

Price: $66.55

Closer Look:



Specifications and Features:

ARCTIC SOUND P531 is the most professional computer headset and literally elevates gamers to a new dimension of sounds. It is like having a home theatre crammed into a headset. This 5.1 channel surround sound gaming headset that can be connected via USB. This headset is designed for ultimate gamers as it features four individual drivers in each earcup to provide true surround sound.

Main Features

  • 5.1 channel gaming USB headset
  • Installed with special subwoofer to produce deep bass
  • Distortion free digital audio
  • Microphone included
  • Lightweight and highest noise absorption
  • Designed for ultimate gamers
  • Features 4 individual drivers in each earcup for uncompromised 5.1 surround sound details and dynamics
  • Integrated vibration units to provide extra sensation to gaming experience
  • Closed cicumaural design to isolate outside noise

To enhance exceptional gaming experience, the ARCTIC SOUND P531 is integrated with vibration units on the earcups to provide extra sensation. The ARCTIC SOUND P531 is installed with a special subwoofer to produce deep bass sounds The illuminated remote control is dedicated to tune the drivers individually.. Thanks to the 5.1 surround sound system, gamers can experience 3-dimensional game settings during their game play. From enemy footsteps, to grenade explosions, gamers can experience everything on a whole new level with this headset. With its integrated microphone, gamers can easily communicate with their teammates.

The ARCTIC SOUND P531 features premium soft fabric and ultra-thick cushioned earcups to provide optimum comfort for long-hours of game play. Its circumaural design and padded adjustable headband is to provide secure fit and eliminate any noise interruption. The earcups are reversible for added flexibility and the 90-degree swivel earcups mechanism is designed for easy single-ear monitoring. This foldable design allows users to fold the headset into a compact unit for protection and portability.

Since the ARCTIC SOUND P531 uses an USB connector, it delivers pure digital audio straight from the source without much distortion. The distortion that affected analog devices from alternating current is no longer an issue because the built-in sound processor ensures superb quality. Gamers can concentrate on their intense game play without being interrupted by much distortion.



I tested the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset against a more expensive pair of Pulsars’s and the SteelSeries 7H USB headset. I tested them for Gaming, Movies, and Music. Normally I would go into great detail in this section stating how the testing headphone compared etc. The truth of the matter is this, they did not compare, not even a little. The Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset blew both the Pulsars (Around $90 retail) and the 7H’s (about $149 Retail) out of the water. The Pulsars rely on a vibrator to simulate a sub woofer’s effect and the 7H’s rely on simulated 7.1 surround sound. The Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset have a sub woofer and genuinely produce surround sound using multiple speaker channels.

When it comes to music none, I repeat, NONE of my headphones (I have about 40 pairs) come close to the bass clarity of the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset. The bass is beautiful and the mids are crisp and the treble is just smooth enough to cut the typical sibilance inherent to treble heavy songs.

When it came to gaming the immersive capabilities shined forth, you can pin point the exact area in which things are happening. Reaction time increases and the “feeling like your there” experience is unsurpassed.

Movies are great if you find yourself in a dorm room where you are forced to be quiet and cramped for space your movie experience will still be remarkably enjoyable.

Voice in game….here is the one downfall compared to the 7H’s, the 7H’s noise canceling is unsurpassed so you will get clearer voice from the 7H headset, and the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset is on par with the Pulsar’s.


Overall I am having a hard time with this headset, why? Because I have given out some great awards to the other headsets I have used. These headsets cost much more than this headset, the where also much better known brands, and had everyone screaming their praise. Well as it turns out the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset simply put, is better, by far! The sound quality, bass quality, and software drivers included make this the best headset I have used to date. Is it the most comfortable? By no means, is it the best looking? No. Is the voice quality the best? Nope. What makes it so great? Everything else: sound, sound accuracy, clarity, and isolation just to name a few.

Would I recommend this product? A thousand times yes the Arctic Sound P531 Gaming 5.1 Surround Sound Headset is the best headset I have EVER seen in the under $70 range.


  • Price
  • Bass
  • Immersive Experience
  • It has a Real Sub!
  • Great for Small Spaces
  • Great for Pinpoint Accuracy in Game


  • No Noise Cancellation on the Mic
  • Not as Comfortable as the 7H’s


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