It’s been a while that we did a headset review. Asus just sent us the latest edition of their gaming headset, the ROG Delta S Gaming Headset. The old Delta Gaming Headset got our Lason Worthy Award because of its audiophile sound and features that it offered. Let’s see if the Delta S is a better than its older brother and what are the features that they added in?
UNBOXING AND FIRST IMPRESSIONS
PACKAGING AND ACCESSORIES
- ROG Delta S Gaming Headset
- Detachable Microphone
- Extra Pads
- Type-C to Type A Extension Cable
|Frequency Response:||20-40000 Hz|
|Length and type of cable:||1.5m; Braided|
|Connection:||USB Type-C; Gold-plated|
|Microphone Pickup Pattern:||Unidirectional|
|Freequency Response:||100 – 10000 Hz|
|AI Noise Cancelling:||Yes|
DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY
The ROG Delta S still keep the design aesthetic of its predecessor but this time they went an all black design. Not much had changed visually. It is still the same closed back with D-shaped earcup design as the previous one.
It still has the non-removable cable with the controls on the back-left side of the earcup and the earpads here are still the same.
Since the headset uses USB Type-C. We will plug directly into our PC.
SONG USED FOR TESTING:
- Marvel’s Avengers
- League of Legends: Wild Rift
SOUND SIGNATURE AND IMPRESSIONS
They the right amount of bass right here. It doesn’t overpower other frequencies which can lead to a muddy or overpowering sound to the track. People might not like the amount of bass but for a person who enjoys listening to music. You might enjoy this for its balanced sound signature.
Mids are good here and not much complaints. Listening to female vocals feels nice and sometimes it makes the vocals shine on certain tracks.
They toned treble down not to be piercing or bright. As a person who owns some bright pair of headphones, This one is just has a decent amount of brightness or sparkle.
SOUNDSTAGE, IMAGING, AND ISOLATION
The soundstage here is decent. As a closed-back headset, it struggles to give me a good idea on how far the enemy is from me but the imaging here is where it excels. I can easily pinpoint the enemy’s location by listening to its foot steps during my solo Valorant games.
The isolation on this one very good. Since this is a closed-back headset, I have experienced no sound leakage, and it isolates well that can make you be immersed in listening to music or playing a game.
Let’s talk about the comfort of this headset. It has good padding throughout the headset. The headband and on to the earpads but the same problem I had from its older brother is the longevity of using the headset. I can probably use this for at least 1-2 hours without feeling the pain of the driver wall contacting my ears. The main issue is the D-shaped earcup design. My small ears don’t make contact with the earpads which makes it uncomfortable after hours of using the headset. The only solution I made is using the Soft Foam Cushion for the Koss PX100 Porta Pro on to the middle area where my ears contact the driver wall.
The microphone here is decent on stock settings and doesn’t eliminate much of the sound BUT that is not the case with the AI Noise Cancelling feature which is found on other ASUS Products. It clearly eliminates the background noise while keeping my vocals clear with little-to-no distortion or sounding muffled.
The headset can be configured or customize via the Armoury Crate. It is kinda hard to find navigate the software at first. Just click the Keyboard and Mouse Icon then Delta S will show up and it would take you to the customization page after that you can now tune the frequencies and set certain sound profiles for different situations like gaming or listening to music. You can do other things as well as adjusting your microphone settings, changing the lighting and many more.
The other feature I want to highlight is the MQA or Master Quality Authenticated. It says that it would work with Tidal but it didn’t work after testing this out. I reached out to ASUS regarding with this and hopefully this would get fixed soon or an update on how to do this properly.
The Asus ROG Delta S Gaming Headset delivers the audiophile sound with gaming centric features like the Delta but with added features like the AI Noise Cancelling on the microphone and the MQA. Even though this headset performed well, there are areas that need to be improved on. First is the comfort, I hope they would either change the earcup design or add padding on the middle of the earpads which small ears make contact on. Second, the software feels like a bloatware and it is kinda hard to navigate especially for the first time. It needs more improvement and making it simpler by removing the unnecessary things from the software. Third, make the headset removable or detachable cable. most people would prefer this over a non-detachable cable especially if this gets damaged and can be hard to be replaced without opening or modding the headset.
I would still give this our Lason-Worthy Award despite it comes short in some areas.
Asus ROG Delta S Gaming Headset Review
Overall, The Asus ROG Delta S is still a Lason-Worthy recommendation from me because of its sound and features that is built in to the headset despite there are things this headset failed to deliver especially the comfort, which is a big thing that I look for a pair of cans.
We would like to thank ASUS ROG for sending this to us for a review. You can get the Delta S in any Asus affiliated stores nationwide.