ASUS unveiled the ROG Delta Type-C gaming headset at Computex 2018 in June. The novelty was remembered by the public for its triangular shape of cups, stylish and iridescent RGB lighting, built-in DAC and USB Type-C port.
In this article, we will consider these headphones in detail and tell you whether the headset is worth the close attention of users.
|Model||ASUS ROG Delta Type-C|
|Principle of operation||Closed|
|Frequency range, Hz||20–40 000|
|Headset connection interface||USB Type-C/USB A|
|Frequency range, Hz||100–10 000|
Contents of delivery
ROG Delta comes in a medium sized box. On the front of the box, the Republic of Gamers logo, the headset itself with the backlight turned on, and the Hi-Res Audio badge are drawn. The back cover contains detailed information about the new product and a couple of additional photos of the headphones from different angles.
Inside the box is a velvety form for the device, and in it directly ASUS ROG Delta. Below placed a compact package with accessories.
The complete package includes ROG Delta headphones with a soldered 1.5-meter wire in a fabric braid with a memory effect and a USB Type-C connector, fabric ear cushions, a detachable microphone, an additional meter cable in a rubber braid with a standard USB connector and a user manual.
ROG Delta looks spectacular and neat. The plastic headband is strongly curved upwards and covered with black leatherette, the cups are fastened with metal, and the cups themselves are made of plastic with a soft touch coating.
A padded insert is installed on the inside of the headband, and the outer part is distinguished by a stylized Republic of Gamers inscription.
ASUS ROG Delta is based on a flexible metal plate and two guides that adjust the headband projection by 2 cm on each side.
ROG Delta Type-C triangular bowls move in four planes and rotate 90 degrees. In this form, they are convenient to put in a bag or backpack. The bowls received a stylized triangle with rounded corners, the Republic of Gamers logo and a thin line of RGB lighting. Soft touch plastic is not afraid of fingerprints and scratches. The same can be said about the triangle in the middle. It is made of matte gray plastic.
Instead of the usual oval shape, the ROG Delta ear pads look like the letter D. The included ear pads are very soft and made of eco-leather.
D-shaped ear pads are easily removed and changed to others from the kit. Inside the cup are 50mm ASUS Essence branded drivers with neodymium magnets.
The left cup has a four-stream ESS Saber 9218 digital-to-analog converter. It works separately with each of the following frequency ranges: 20-150 Hz, 150-5000 Hz, 5000-20000 Hz and 20000-40000 Hz. The manufacturer declares the signal-to-noise ratio of the audio path up to 127 dB. Each cup also has an ASUS Aura RGB lighting controller.
In addition, on the left ear cup there is a button for turning on the RGB backlight and a volume rocker. Each movement in one direction or the other increases or decreases the volume of the sound by two divisions of the Windows mixer slider, respectively.
The microphone is unidirectional, removable and, if necessary, it can be quickly removed from the connector.
It is medium in size, so it does not get in the way, and thanks to the flexible design, it can be shaped to fit comfortably.
Ergonomics and ease of use
ASUS ROG Delta weighs 387 grams, sits perfectly on the head, does not press or feel. The headband is strong and tight, but bends a lot to the sides. The arc is very curved and for some users the headset will be large, the headphones can slip. The novelty is ideal for those who constantly stretch the arc to the maximum length in other headsets.
Headphones do not play and do not make any sounds. You can twist them, pull them, stretch them, shake them, and do a bunch of other things, but they don’t even creak.
ROG Delta immediately felt like family on the head. Headphones do not press and it is easy to work in them for hours or play all day without consequences and pain in the ears. Eco-leather ear pads muffle external sounds much better, but in the heat they should be replaced with fabric ones from the kit.
The metal fasteners of the cups do not collect fingerprints, but scratches are noticeable on them. Soft touch plastic on the cups and a gray insert in the middle also easily tolerate “fingers” and other types of exploitation.
The installed volume rocker is not the most convenient option when you need to immediately turn off the sound or make it to the maximum. But it is convenient if you constantly listen to music at the same volume and only occasionally change it. In other cases, it is more convenient to turn the volume up or down on the keyboard.
RGB backlight ASUS ROG Delta is configured in the proprietary application AURA.
Of the available modes, there are static light, breathing, cyclic, blinking and rainbow. In my opinion, the latter looks the most spectacular and it is better to leave it by default and not touch the rest of the options. For music lovers, there is a special backlight mode where the RGB lights adjust to the rhythm of the song.
The headset received a detailed sound with a dense sound and excellent attack. There is no overlapping bass that drowns out the rest of the frequencies, and in songs of any style, mids, lows and highs stand out well. With the latter, everything is generally very decent here, the upper supported frequency bar of 40,000 Hz speaks of this.
ASUS ROG Delta will not lose face even in front of connoisseurs of high-quality sound. It’s unlikely they’ll replace their current headset, but at least they acknowledge that gamer headphones can sound decent too.
All styles of music are perfectly listened to in this model, and in games ROG Delta produces excellent sound detail – the whistle of a bullet, speech and explosions feel like you are directly in the epicenter of events. Here it is easy to determine at what distance the enemy is and make him an unpleasant surprise.
Thanks to the USB Type-C connector, the headset works with most modern smartphones, tablets, laptops and computers. And for those who have older models, the kit comes with a meter cable with a standard USB port. True, it was supplied not with a fabric, but with a silicone braid.
ASUS ROG Delta is an eye-catching gaming headset for wealthy players, with an unusual triangular cup design, stylish RGB lighting and a built-in DAC. The headphones are easy to use, do not collect fingerprints, do not press, but some users may not fit in size and they will have to constantly tighten them, which will be distracting during work or online batches. In addition to gaming sessions, the novelty is great for listening to music, thanks to a restrained bass that does not overlap other frequencies.