Since being acquired by Turtle Beach, Roccat has been releasing numerous headsets that have incorporated different features that the parent company is known for. Some of their headsets include Turtle Beach’s Superhuman Hearing and the ProSpecs design to make wearing spectacles with headsets comfortable. Roccat headsets in general have been a point of interest in that they started incorporating some of the unique Turtle Beach features but have been able to maintain their own identity in the world of gaming headsets. Roccat has issued stereo and virtual 7.1 surround sound headsets, so there’s one more logical step for Roccat to take in reaching out to all the different preferences regarding game audio sources. And that next step is the level of immersion beyond 7.1 surround sound: 3D spatial audio.
The Syn Pro Air attaches to a computer through a USB dongle with the Roccat logo for easy identification. The headset includes a USB-C charging cable, a USB-C adapter that can be used for the dongle or charging cable and a detachable mic that can quickly be muted by flipping it. The ear cuffs can be rotated so the headset lays flat for easy storage. The left ear cuff has a mic mute button, power switch, USB-C charging port and master volume wheel. The right ear cuff has the mic monitoring wheel. Setting up the headset is as easy as turning it on while the dongle is plugged into the PC. Further sound control can be found with Roccat’s Neon software that can be downloaded for free. Like the Kone Pro mice the Syn Pro Air has AIMO RGB lights that can be controlled further with the Neon software, and to match the mice when activated it showcases a honeycomb pattern on the earcuffs. This particular feature I’ve always wondered about since I can’t actually see the lightshow when I’m wearing the headset, but I have to admit it is cool looking and probably a nice visual adornment for eSports players and streamers.
▪Immersive 3D audio with 50mm Nanoclear drivers from Turtle Beach
▪Superhuman Hearing boosts critical in-game sounds for an extra edge
▪Rapid charge via USB-C to quickly get back into the action
▪ProSpecs earpads and perfect-fit headband feature memory foam
▪Breathable athletic fabric wicks moisture away from the skin
▪Lay-flat yokes ensure easy and safe stowing
▪Detachable flip-to-mute TruSpeak mic for crystal-clear communication
▪16.8 million color lighting fully compatible within the AIMO eco-system
▪Direct wireless connection via USB-A transmitter
▪20Hz–20kHz speaker frequency response
▪2.4GHz transmitter frequency response
▪Audio controls: power button, master volume wheel, mic mute, mic monitor wheel
▪Rechargeable 24h battery (average 1+ week play time based on typical ~3h use per day)
▪50mm speakers with neodymium magnets
▪Removable unidirectional microphone
▪Athletic fabric headband with foam cushioning
▪Over-ear design featuring memory foam
▪2-year manufacturer warranty
The Syn Pro Air is similar to Turtle Beach’s Elite Atlas Aero, which was their first foray into 3D audio. The analogy that we’ve previously used for 3D audio is that it is to the ears what a virtual reality headset field of vision is to the eyes. Even though the audio sources are the same as stereo, the right and left earcuff, technical wizardry with the sound engineering creates a field of sound that surrounds the user that is just incredible in gaming. A enemy that is behind the player’s left side fires a gun and the sound will come from behind the player and to the left. In single player settings this create a much greater level of immersion where it feels like you’re in the game. In multiplayer settings this gives the player a tactical advantage as the spatial audio can give away enemy locations. The overall sound quality with the Syn Pro Air is high quality and brings games to life. Listening to the scores on RPGs can sound as epic as watching a movie in IMAX, while shooting games can make the player feel like they’re in the warzone. Video games are what the Syn Pro Air was designed for, but since the sound quality is so great during the review process, it was used for watching streaming videos and listening to music, including curating the music for the article about the upcoming Rocksmith+.
The Syn Pro Air remains comfortable for long gaming sessions and the fabric on the earcuffs does a good job at wicking away moisture. The headset is able to remain comfortable for so long because it is very light. It seems like it is a well constructed piece of equipment but it’s probably best not to test how well it can withstand a bout of gamer rage. The headset is completely wireless but the claim of a roughly 24 hour battery life seems accurate as it did last about a week on the first charge with a few hours of daily use. The Neon software is the control center for the Syn Pro Air and is worth installing. Switching off the 3D audio does make a big difference in sound, which can easily be experienced by playing some music while switching it on or off. This is also where players can adjust the level of other features like the Superhuman hearing. There’s also a visual EQ adjust so the levels can be tweaked if you want more thump to the low end or more piercing highs. This is also where the user can adjust the light show on the headset.
The Roccat Syn Pro Air brings the immersion of 3D audio to the Roccat family of headsets at a more accessible price point of $149.99 while still maintaining a high level of quality. This is an impressive headset, but to unlock its true potential the Neon software is a must. With the 3D audio and customizable EQ the user has the capability to get the perfect sound for whatever they may use the headset for and the user interface for Neon is simple and intuitive, though being able to save multiple EQ presets for different occasions would be an improvement. Overall, the Syn Pro Air is a great option for players who want to bring the immersion of 3D to their gaming without an audiophile pricetag.