ASUS ROG Delta USB RGB Headset Review
The last 12 months or so have seen a big change in the quality of audio from gaming headsets. For a long period of time they seem to be designed with the understanding that gamers don’t require crisp audio, so long as it’s a pair of headphones with a microphone attached.
Given that online streaming of media has rapidly replaced any other format in both audio and video spheres, it isn’t a massive shock that the modern technophile demands more of their audio and is willing to pay a little extra to get better quality. The market reacted and a lot of the headsets we’ve reviewed recently definitely fall into the high-end, HiFi category.Â
ASUS are one of, if not the, biggest companies in the world that we cover and by virtue of this have produced a lot of headsets. Some have been excellent, some less so, but any time they apply their ROG logo to something we have to sit up and take notice. This isn’t even the more gaming focused Strix arm of the ROG brand, but full on, red box, ROG. So, does the ROG Delta USB RGB headset produce the kind of aural pleasure previously reserved for only the most discerning customers?
The ROG Delta, as you would expect from a Republic Of Gamers product, goes beyond simple driver size and frequency response. Firstly the Delta is equipped with the modern Type-C USB connector, but you get a regular one in the box if you haven’t got a Type-C plug on your PC or wish to use the Delta on any of the main consoles. Why USB instead of 3.5mm jacks? That’s because the Delta uses four ESS 9018 DACs to control separate areas of the frequency range, leading to a 127-dB Signal to Noise Ratio that is, on paper at least, as good as anything else in the gaming headset world. Excellent SNR is only good if there is a broad frequency response upon which to work its magic, and with 20Hz-40kHz the ROG delta is up amongst the HiFi headsets we’ve reviewed in recent months. Elsewhere the Delta has the RGB lighting we’ve come to expect from all modern hardware. This is currently only available – at time of review – in a single “one colour covers all” mode, but an update that will split the RGB into eight zones is planned by the end of the year. Let’s take a closer look.
|USB Type-C and USB Type 2.0
|PC, Mac, PS4, Nintendo Switch, USB Type-C mobile phones
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