The ASUS ROG Delta line has become synonymous with the build quality, striking designs, and value for money since its announcement two years ago. With little to no signs of slowing down, ASUS has released another headset in the form of the ASUS ROG Delta S, a wired headset with all of the above-mentioned features. With only a few features absent from the headset, most of them only affecting those who would want every single bell and whistle on their headset, ASUS has gone and delivered yet another piece of hardware. Without any further ado, let's jump straight into the unboxing.
Getting your hands on an ASUS package will forever be an exciting experience, many thanks to the premium packaging the Taiwanese company produces. Ogling the beefy box of the Delta S will reveal the standard fair of design accomplishments coupled with the juicy back-of-the-box specifications (or jargon, depending on your technological inclination). Once open, buyers are greeted by a fancy welcoming statement (can you feel the excitement yet?). Unearthing the device yields the Delta S headset, a detachable microphone, a quick start guide, a pair of velour earpads, USB-C to USB-A 2.0 cable, and warranty papers. Pretty standard stuff, yet it remains exciting to inspect every piece and marvel at the craftmanship. This is especially true when comparing newer tech to much older tech.
Upon inspection, buyers will immediately notice the build quality is much akin to a tank. No, really, this headset, although made from plastic, has to be the most sturdy-feeling headset I've had in a long time. The new stainless steel headband contributed greatly to this, though. In addition, it might also be the most comfortable headset I've worn this year. The soft pad covering the ridge of the headset not only keeps it in place but also feels less taxing during prolonged use. Switching between leather and velour earcups extends the comfortability of the product by a lot. As always, the outsides of the earcups have stellar RGB lighting, which can be toggled between Soundwave Light Mode, RGB Wave, and No Lighting Mode. The best part is, these lighting modes can be toggled with a little switch on the left earcup.
Now for that technical jumbo. The Delta S is compatible with PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Nintendo Switch, and Xbox One. No matter what platform you prefer, you will inevitably be treated to the magic that is neodymium magnets. Scaling in at 50mm with 32 Ohm impedance, and a response of 20 to 40000Hz, the sound produced here is nothing to scoff at. Lastly, the Delta S sports a Hi-Fi DAC and Hi-Fi Amp, which naturally means it supports ESS 9281 Pro for that oh-so-good audio quality. The small microphone consists of a unidirectional mic, noise sensitivity of -40dB, and a frequency response between 100 and 10000Hz. The cheeky microphone also supports AI Noise-Cancelling. If the lighting switch isn't to your liking, the non-protruding RGB can also be customized with the ever-present ASUS Aura Sync software.
With that out of the way, let me explain the day to day use and impressions of the ASUS ROG Delta S. With the stars perfectly aligning, both an Immortals Fenyx Rising and Delta S fell into my lap for review. Although the audio quality is exceptional, the practicality of using a wired headset with only USB options on a wireless controller is non-existent. Listening to everything from Dragon Quest XI's sweeping score by legendary Koichi Sugiyama to Deftones' new "Ohms" album, the ROG Delta S never disappointed. Unfortunately, time did not allow a complete The Lord of the Rings trilogy rewatch, but I have no doubt it will be an audio odyssey.
Listening to everything from Dragon Quest XI's sweeping score by legendary Koichi Sugiyama to Deftones' new "Ohms" album, the ROG Delta S never disappointed.
Kingdom Hearts devotee, From Software fanboy and aspiring Audiophile (the good kind that believes in FLAC files). Vincent enjoys writing about games almost as much as playing them.
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