The ROG Cetra uses Type-C connector, so we can’t use any amplifiers/DAC on this one. We will be using the Final Audio E1000 for the A/B testing.
SONG USED FOR TESTING:
- DotA 2
- Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege
SOUND SIGNATURE AND IMPRESSIONS
The ROG Strix Cetra’s sound signature is warm & smooth where the bass and vocals are more prominent, and the higher sounds, though present, are quieter and subdued.
The Bass is too bodied and boomy which can overpower other frequencies in certain tracks like Far East Movement – 3D ft. Bruno Mars
Mids are slightly recessed from what I’ve tested. Vocals are moved back a bit, but they are still good in my opinion. It is not clear as the E1000 I used a comparison.
Treble here is still present but it is very toned down and there is not much sparkle into it.
SOUNDSTAGE, IMAGING AND ISOLATION
The soundstage is decent, I didn’t expect any wide soundstage because this is an in-ear headset at all.
Imaging wise, it is good as well. I was able to tell which sound is which. Gaming here is no issue at all because of its good imaging. You can able to pinpoint sound cues like gunshots and footsteps quite easily.
Isolation is also good. It will all matter if you use the right tips for a perfect seal. This is a perfect companion if you need on the go headset for traveling and if you are a pro-gamer who competes in LAN tournaments. They also added features like ANC Mode which reduces the outside noise you hear and Ambient mode where you can let the outside noise enter the headphones to hear the environment clearly.
Comfort here is decent for me. The ROG Cetra itself is a bulky type of in-ears vs from the normal in-ears I have. And they have some weight to it because of the features they’ve added.
The fit will also matter if you pick the right eartips to use. The stock tips are quite mediocre in my opinion. The nozzles are quite thin, and the silicone isn’t the best of quality. I felt discomfort in using the stock tips but after swapping them out with the Final Audio E-Tips. The in-ears are more comfortable to use now rather than before.
The wings here used to help the headphone stay in place on your ears and the earpiece has some weight to it mentioned above. Overall, I would rate the comfort and fit at 6.5/10.
The microphone quality is decent. It picks up some of the background noise, but you can still tweak it using the software.
The ROG Cetra can be tweaked with the ROG Armoury II software. It is only available on PC. I don’t have any information if they will make an app for smartphones because it is also targeted for mobile gaming as well. You can further EQ the sound signature in the software and you can also tweak the microphone as well.