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Hmm. That’s an interesting one. The HS50 is usually a little bit cheaper, though I’ve seen the Arctis 3 get regular discounts. The 2019 version of the Arctis 3 has better padding than the original model, so you should consider that one if you can as the old model has been discontinued.

The HS50 has more fun to its sound. The bass and treble frequencies stick out more, giving it a bit of an aggressive bite that’s fun in a movie theater sort of way. The Arctis 3 has a smoother, more natural sound profile that I think hardcore audiophiles will like more. I tend to slightly prefer signatures like the HS50’s, but that’s my own personal taste.

As far as comfort goes, the Arctis 3, especially the 2019 version, is more comfortable. It has a softer fit thanks to its gentle suspension headband and big memory foam padding. The HS50 has a very tight, clampy fit. On the plus side, it doesn’t stick out nearly as much as a “gaming product,” but it’ll take several days to loosen up and even then you might not like how it feels if you want the headset to “disappear.”

The Arctis 3 has a better mic that’s better at cancelling out background audio, and it also has a removable cable. But the HS50 uses more metal in its construction.

So now you have to ask yourself what’s most important to you: Do you like v-shaped sound signatures? Do you need the most comfort? Do you need the most background noise cancellation? Do you need a more robust build? Do you need a removable cable?

I sadly can’t answer those questions for you.

If both headsets are the exact same price in your area, I’d probably go for the Arctis, due to its better comfort and slightly better feature set. The HS lineup’s biggest strength is its performance vs. its price, so if you’re not getting a deal compared to what you’re otherwise considering then it’s slightly less exciting.

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