ASUS ROG Theta 7.1$299.99
- Premium material quality
- Multi-platform compatibility
- Rich in bass and crystal-clear highs
- Aura-Sync compatibility
- ROG Hybrid ear-cushion
- 7.1 Virtual surround
- Virtual subwoofer for better lows
- Big and bulky
- Slightly heavier
ASUS ROG Theta 7.1 is a surround gaming headset built for hardcore gamers. Unlike the recently reviewed Strix Go 2.4, the ROG Theta 7.1 was meant to be used only over a wired connection. This award-winning gaming headset is slightly unique compared to its rivals in the market.
The ROG Theta 7.1 features a customized ROG home-theater-grade 7.1 DAC. The headset feeds to four ESS 9601 headphone amps to deliver a deeper and clearer audio effects while gaming or listening to musics. According to ASUS further, the headset is the industry’s first powered by AI Noise-Cancellation microphone and obtained certification from Discord and TeamSpeak.
Looking at the packaging style, it reminds me of RP-AC68U‘s enclosure style. The box was uniquely designed in a such way the unboxing process feels quite good. ASUS clearly nailed the way of presenting the first impression of their premium product, well done ASUS.
Upon unboxing the product, a few noticeably standard accessories were bundled together. This includes, a unit of ROG Theta 7.1, a detachable microphone, a user guide, a warranty guide, ROG Hybrid ear cushion and a USB-C to USB 2.0 (Type-A) adapter.
The standard specifications of ROG Theta 7.1 are as follows: – Source.
|Driver||Driver diameter : Front : 40 mm, Center : 30 mm, Side : 30 mm, Rear : 30 mm
Driver material : Neodymium magnet
|Frequency Response (headphone)||20 ~ 40000 Hz|
|Noise Cancellation||AI Noise Cancellation|
|Pick-up Pattern||Microphone boom:
100 ~ 12000 Hz
|Frequency Response (microphone)||Microphone boom:
100 ~ 12000 Hz
Sensitivity : -40 dB ± 3 dB
According to the specification sheet, the ROG Theta 7.1 is multi-platform compatible, it supports variety client-device from PC to smartphone, thanks to its USB-C compatibility.
The headset was engineered using a premium material resulting in being heavier compared to other gaming headsets in the market. If I compared the unit with the another gaming headset from the same manufacturer, I would say the ROG Theta 7.1 is heavier.
Next, ASUS maintains their simplicity via providing only two physically visible and accessible features. The left-cup is responsible to control the status of the entire headset. Diving further, a toggle switch to switch in between two different modes, PC/NB or Phone. The volume shift-lever functioned as to control the volume and microphone volume of the unit. A microphone’s 3.5mm input is present. The headband is adjustable to fit your head sizes.
In order to unleash the full potential of the ROG Theta 7.1, a dedicated driver is needed. For the purpose of this review, I will be bundling the headset together with ROG Pugio in a single driver. Accessing the Armoury II further, it appears to be offering a quite similar features just like other ROG headsets such as equalizer tuning, virtual-surround tuning, profile selection and other default sound processing tools, i.e. bass boost. If the microphone was needed to stream, the AI noise-cancellation checkbox is present.
Before beginning to analyze the audio quality, I’ve used a standard-operating-procedure (S.O.P) by allowing the headset to undergo a standard 2-hour burning in session. To my surprise, the any new headset that undergoes burning in session sounds awful, but the ROG Theta 7.1 seems, it was tuned well by the engineers to produce a good quality even for the first use. After the two-hour session, the headset begins to show its true color. Thanks to its fine tuning of ASUS’s eight Essence drivers, a pleasing music session can be achieved. When it comes to music, I always opt for the highest bit-rate mp3 quality. The Hi-Res rated is not a joke where I can feel the difference in terms of audio quality delivery. The virtual subwoofer pumps in a deep bass that feels punchier than Strix Go 2.4 and Delta. I’ve tested the headset further by putting it into a real acid-test by testing the performance in gaming session. To my surprise, the audio effects from the headset feels different when the virtual-surround feature is enabled. A deeper audio detail effects are audible and improves my concentration towards the game even further.
The streaming session with ROG Theta 7.1 is possible thanks to its AI noise-cancellation technology that improves voice-chat by minimizing the background keys clattering noise for a smoother experience.
Pricing at RM1199 (est. $299), the ROG Theta 7.1 falls into the premium category of gaming headset. However, is it worth for the price? I will summarize both good and bad about this headset. I will begin with the negative points I’ve encountered while using this headset. First, the headset is big, heavy and bulky thus decreasing its portability class. Not everyone will prefer a headset this big to be used for long wear as this would or may cause a discomfort after the usage. Next, ROG Hybrid D-cup ear cushion might not suitable for everyone, but you can always use the stock cushion instead.
Now, looking into the positive side of this headset. The audio quality is good. The driver is responsive, allows customization together with other peripherals and any changes made will immediately take effect. Next, the headset doesn’t feel hot when using it for a long time, thanks to its fast-cooling fabric material used. The longevity of the headset is a highlight here as it only can be powered over a wired connection, so you don’t really have to worry about the wear-and-tear process due to the wired headset tends to have a better life expectancy compared to wireless headsets.
I would like to give a full five-star for its performance, both in terms of audio quality delivery and its premium features offered through the Armoury II driver. The summary of this review is, the ROG Theta 7.1 did a good job and if the price is made cheaper, the headset can be suitable for everyone. I would certainly recommend the headset, if you’re looking for a premium gaming headsets that offers longevity, performance, customization and synchronicity.