ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500 Headset Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500 Headset Review

Introduction

When ASUS were first getting their Strix brand up and running the decision was made to make an owl the mascot of the models. This led to all sorts of products which utilised this theme as ASUS tried to get it imprinted in the public consciousness.

The first Strix Headset perfectly resembled an owls eyes when the ear pieces were flattened, and whilst this might have been something of an acquired taste in terms of the aesthetics, there is no denying its effectiveness in making us all sit and take notice of this new group of products.

Since then we have reviewed a few ASUS headsets but the Strix models have been almost conspicuous by their absence. Was this a one time deal? Did ASUS change their Strix focus away from peripherals and solely towards the motherboard/GPU market or, as we know now, were they just biding their time before unleashing a new Strix headset.

Enter the ROG Strix Fusion 500.

The design of which entirely - as the Strix range has as a whole - eschews the owl design and aims squarely regular headset designs we've come to know and love. Does the sound quality live up to its lofty price tag and the kudos that the Strix range has acquired?

Technical Specifications

The plain specifications seem to underplay the qualities of the Fusion 500. If you've been following our headphone reviews you'll know that 20Hz-20kHz is regular for a headset frequency response. However looking deeper into the ASUS specifications beyond this simple table and the ASUS Essence drive has a proclaimed 20Hz-40kHz response. That would provide much greater audio quality that the specifications below, so we're intrigued as to which is the truth. What cannot be denied, but is also lacking from the table below, is that the Fusion 500 is equipped with ESS 9601 amplifier to push the bass hard and a ESS 9018 DAC which provides 24 bit, 96Hz playback. Additionally the Strix Fusion 500 also has Bongiovi Acoustics 7.1 virtual surround, toggled with a button on the headset. But it's better to show than tell so let's take a closer look.

ASUS ROG Strix Fusion 500 Headset Review  

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Most Recent Comments

30-01-2018, 14:20:24

Dicehunter
@42 seconds in the video, Impotence is 32 ohms is it guv ? best get that headset some electronic viagra..... Quote

30-01-2018, 16:24:40

hellboy99
Overpriced for some RGB bling if you ask me, I'll stick with my HyperX Cloud for now.Quote

31-01-2018, 12:29:50

gunbust3r
My OCD is killing me, please pull that protective film off of them!Quote

04-02-2018, 08:59:12

DavidFrederickWatson
i must admit i do really like the design route they have chosen with these , would be nice to have a good pc and lots of nice pc goodies to go with it , thats why i appreciate the chance of winning that TTL edition giveaway pc , its magnificent , ive never even tried a gaming pc or even touched an ssd or gpu before or anything so it would be an almighty upgrade to say the least , and this crappy old all in one is on its last legs anyway so it would be impeccable timing haha , win or lose i appreciate being in with an honest chanceQuote
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