Asus ROG Delta S Wireless Review
My first impression of the Asus ROG Delta S Wireless headset is that this is a beautiful-looking headset with a colour scheme that matches my PS5, the console I planned to mainly use this headset on for my testing – for both gaming and music. The Delta S Wireless headset came ready with multi-platform support and usage. The headset is not just good for PS5 and PlayStation 4, but on Nintendo Switch, PC and Mac as well. I haven’t got an Xbox to test it on but I reckon it’d work wonders on it too.
Design, Build, and Quality
There’s a feeling of freshness with the panda colour scheme (black and white) and a minimalistic approach in the Delta S Wireless overall design. It doesn’t bear the overly extreme “gaming-styled looks” like some of the gaming headsets on the market currently and it’s easy for whatever device or usage I want to match it with.
In terms of comfort, this headset feels pleasingly comfortable even during long-hour sessions and this is including the fact that I wear an earring on my left ear. The D-shaped cups perfectly cover my ears and despite it being 318g in weight, I didn’t feel it pressing down uncomfortably. The headband is also sufficiently padded and more importantly, it doesn’t clamp too hard, just fitting nicely without feeling loose even when I turn my head aggressively.
Every purchase of the Delta S Wireless also come with two sets of ear cushion – one being the 100% protein leather cushion which can make your ear feel warm after a while and a set of fabric cushions that ventilates better but offer a lower surrounding noise blocking as the result.
Both cushions do not entirely block out environmental noises but they are good enough despite the gap. As a father with a young daughter at home, I appreciate being able to detect any noise from my child’s activity. Switching between the cushions is thankfully an effortless process and doesn’t involve any nervous moments where I was afraid I’d accidentally tear a cup away from its body.
Most of the buttons are situated on the left cup whereas the USB-C Wireless dongle goes to the right into a smartly caved-in compartment. All in all, there isn’t really anything to complain about when it comes to the build and design. The Delta S Wireless looks and feels good and the quality seemed formidable as well. All the slight bending and pressure I applied to it didn’t even produce as much as a squeak.
With a 50mm Neodymium magnet driver and frequency response of 20~20,000Hz delivering audio straight into users’ ears, the Delta S Wireless sounded capable for most games that I’ve tested it on except for games with busy backgrounds sounds. When it gets busy, it can sound like some of the noises have glued together and come out like a huge chunk instead of an individual piston firing precisely.
Racing games like F1 2022 and GT7 were my first two games with the headset and the sound effects from the engine purring and throttling was loud, clear, and immersive. But when I get to a firefight in Cyberpunk with the hostiles cursing and shooting at me, the sound can sometimes feel underwhelming but only a little.
Music with punchy tunes and softer vocals has a danger of the vocals being drowned by the louder music like The Hu’s Legend of Mother Swan. Whereas Alan Walker’s Faded (Vocal) where both the music and vocal have identical volumes sounded punchy and crisp on a more balanced note.
Classical and instrumental pieces have varying results, depending on which one you are listening to. Solo parts tend to be clear and crisp, whereas parts where a few instruments Echo off each other tend to stick together again in a rather flat, monotonous tone.
To get the best out of the headset, users have to use the Asus Armoury Crate software. This is where the option to customise the headset is located including the part where we adjust sound profiles and the individual settings for each.
Depending on the poison you prefer for your ears, the default profiles can sound adequate or flawed. I found myself tinkering around with the profiles’ EQ settings a lot to get the results that I want but this is highly subjective to individual preferences.
The headset is a little lower in the bass on default but that can be adjusted on the software, unless of course if you are using this full time on a console in which case any form of meaningful adjustments can be annoyingly out of reach.
The good thing is that the Armoury Crate software is easy to understand and use despite its rather slow loading start-up time. Microphone settings with features like Noise Gate, Perfect Voice, and the AI Beamforming Mic are also set here although, like the EQ settings, it will take you a while to get the best configuration here.
The AI Beamforming Mic works together with the AI noise cancelling technology by focussing the acoustic zone in front of our mouth to pick up what we say. It’s meant to produce a clearer voice, discounting our background noise which is a great idea but the implementation still needs to be worked on.
often than not, I have the other side of the mic complaining that I sounded too hollow, or as if I was too far away from my mic. Perfect Voice and Noise Gates can be adjusted to smoothen any undesirable effects out but it is still too much work for something that’s supposed to work right off the box.
To remedy the misfortune from the coupling of Beamforming and AI Noise Cancellation, I had to switch around, depending on the environment I was in, to either turn ANC on which leaves me sounding lesser in volume and clarity or turn it off to make myself louder and more audible, but at the same time also allows my background noise to flood into the mic.
I can still have a normal conversation if I’m not being overly picky or sensitive over what the other side feels but yeah, I do wish things were a little more simple and the quality better.
Connectivity and Battery
The 2.4GHz wireless connection ensures low latency when connecting to devices and there’s also the Bluetooth option but unfortunately, one can only choose one or the other through a switch on one of the earcups. The headset does not support dual-connectivity.
In the battery department, Asus has claimed that the Delta S Wireless has enough juice to last up to 25 hours on a single full charge which isn’t exactly top-notch. I’ve left my headset uncharged for a few days with sporadic usage in between. I didn’t leave it for exactly 25 hours but if my timer didn’t deceive me, I charged it again after 22 hours but not because it went dry, I simply needed to do it for a full long day ahead. The charging speed wasn’t exactly Sonic the Hedgehog but a quick 15 minutes charge does bring in enough juice for 3 hours which is alright if you’re in a hurry.
What I Liked About The Asus ROG Delta S Wireless Headset
- Handsome design
- Comfortable even after long hours
- 2.4Ghz mode
- Armoury Crate software easy to use
What I Wished Was Better
- Needs a dual connectivity mode
- Microphone quality
- Better default sound profiles
- Audio can sometimes feel glued together
- Battery life
- EQ needs heavy tuning
The Asus ROG Delta S Wireless headset is undoubtedly one of the most comfortable headsets I tried before and if you are looking for something more in the comfort zone and don’t mind spending time playing with the EQ settings a lot, then it’s going to be easy to recommend this headset to you. But if you are a user who expects things to work out almost flawlessly right out of the box then this headset will challenge you to a series of EQ workouts. Its microphone qualities leave much to be desired but if you’re not one who regularly talks to people online then it won’t have a chance to bother you much.
Asus ROG Delta S Core Review: Gaming Headset for Any Occasion
This year, the Asus ROG Delta series of gaming headsets has been expanded with another model, Asus ROG Delta S Core. These are wired headphones, which are made in a recognizable design, with a rather nice package, a detachable microphone and compatibility with virtually any device that runs games.
One of its features is its light and ergonomic design as the full-size headset weighs only 270 g. So let’s see if the headphones are really as comfortable as the official website of the manufacturer says, what is the sound in them and whether they can be used not only for games.
Asus ROG Delta S Core headset came in a nice box with ROG branding. Along with the headset inside you can find an extension cable with a splitter for headphones and a microphone, an additional pair of ear pads (fabric), as well as a removable microphone and accompanying literature.
Market positioning and price
The Asus ROG Delta line includes a number of gaming headsets with different types of connectivity and a variety of additional features, from backlighting to cool noise cancellation on the microphone. The series includes, for example, the flagship ROG Delta S Animate with a full range of features and a hefty price tag, and there are simpler ones like the ROG Delta Core.
The fresh Asus ROG Delta S Core can be considered the latter: it is a full-fledged gaming headset with good functionality and high-quality sound, but without any bells and whistles. And at the time of writing this review, you can buy it for 150.
Design and materials of Asus ROG Delta S Core
Like all models of the ROG Delta series, Asus ROG Delta S Core is a full-size model with recognizable D-shaped “ears”. The main color is black, but there are decorative elements marked with red. Thus, the logo on the cups and the “fork”, on which the headphones are held, are highlighted with red. In addition, the cups have a textured surface with the name of the series “Republic Of Gamers” in different languages.
There are a number of holes on top of each cup.
Inside there are marks L and R on the sides.
The headband is not foldable, but the ear cushions are rotated (90 degrees inward and a little bit to the back) and the size of the headband is easily adjustable. For convenience, there are notches on the inner metal plates.
The body of the headphones combines a metal base, plastic and artificial leather, which covers the headband and ear cushions. The inside of the headband has a generous layer of memory foam. And on top you can see the embossing with the name of the line.
The ear cushions are replaceable. Out of the box, the headset has ROG Protein Leather ear cushions made of artificial leather that are soft and pleasant to the touch. And for those who spend a lot of time in headphones, there are ROG Hybrid pads made of breathable mesh fabric.
It is easy to remove the ear cushions, but it takes a little skill to put on the others. Although you will hardly have to face this often as you choose the right ones and use them.
The right cup is devoid of any controls, all of them are concentrated on the left cup. Thus, there is a fixed cable connector on the bottom of it. The wire itself is braided and has a comfortable length of 1.5 m. It is also possible to increase the distance and use separate jacks for microphone and headphones by connecting the supplied branched cable.
Next to the wire you can see a 3.5 mm jack for connecting a microphone. The microphone is flexible and looks quite simple. The volume control wheel and the microphone mute switch are located at the bottom.
One of the features of Asus ROG Delta S Core is the weight – the full-size gaming headset weighs only 270 g, which provides the novelty with the title of the lightest headphones in the series. They are really light and you can spend a lot of time in them without feeling tired. Their fit is also very comfortable, because the cup just “hugs” the ear and the headphones do not press anywhere, and the fixation is quite confident. The producer says that in this model the contact area was reduced by 20% (I wonder, in comparison with what?), so maybe it also somehow contributed to the comfortable fit. Unfortunately, I have nothing to compare with, because I am not familiar with other models of the series. However, as for me, the ergonomics of ROG Delta S Core, without exaggeration, is a solid A.
As for which ear cushions are better, it is a matter of taste and how much time you spend with the headset. I do not spend many hours in a row in headphones, so I prefer the ones made of artificial leather – they are softer and more pleasant. But for prolonged gaming, fabric ones will be more appropriate.
Features of Asus ROG Delta S Core
Asus ROG Delta S Core has 50mm Asus Essence drivers with neodymium magnets. The reproduced frequencies are in the range from 20 Hz to 40,000 Hz, and the impedance is 32 Ohms. In addition, there is 7.1 surround sound with Windows Sonic support. Such characteristics of speakers should provide high-quality and detailed sound. And they do provide it, but we will talk about the sound quality in detail below.
The microphone here is analog and does not have a noise cancellation system, but has received TeamSpeak and Discord certification. One of the advantages of Asus ROG Delta S Core is its compatibility with almost all devices you can play on: from smartphones and tablets to game consoles, including Xbox and Playstation.
As for the proprietary Armoury Crate utility, Asus ROG Delta S Core is not yet listed in the list of supported devices. Perhaps it will be added later (or maybe not – they are good at the start), but during the writing of the review it was not possible to get acquainted with the additional settings.
Sound and microphone
Asus ROG Delta S Core is, first of all, a gaming headset, which should provide the player with a clear understanding of where the enemy is sneaking up on him. The headphones cope with this perfectly well, as the sound can determine not only the direction, but also the relative distance. Of course, the sound quality depends on the device to which the headset is connected. The sound in games on a game console or an old but still powerful laptop is very different.
Despite the gaming nature of the headphones, I listened to music with pleasure during testing. over, on a smartphone. By the way, here I came across an interesting thing, which I think I must share.
The first time I listened to music streaming on my old Mi 9, I was left without emotions as the sound was flat, quiet and completely inexpressive. Then I blamed the bundled Type-C adapter – audio jack, because there is no 3.5 mm jack in my device. I think there is nothing to be surprised here: the adapter is a poor solution for sound, and the headset is designed for games, not for music.
But a little later I dived into the settings with the purpose, perhaps, to tweak something there so that the headphones would sound better. After complete switching off of equalizers, which I usually use to fine-tune my simple TWS, the headphones opened up perfectly. The volumetric, panoramic (!) and balanced sound appeared, without distortions in the “bottoms” or “tops”, but at the same time with clearly defined basses. Here I will also note that such sound was obtained when connected to Mi 9 based on Snapdragon 855, on Redmi Note 9 Pro with Snapdragon 720 the sound was much simpler. From this we conclude that the sound source is of great importance, and you should not interfere with normal audio devices to do their job with all sorts of improvements. By the way, the sound is also excellent when watching movies, so I recommend it.
As for voice transmission, the microphone does its job well, but it lacks noise cancellation. Be prepared for the fact that in addition to your voice, the interlocutor will hear the surrounding noises and sounds.
Asus ROG Delta S Core is a high-quality and lightweight gaming headset with good sound right out of the box. It does not need additional settings or equalizers to please the player with a clear and really pleasant sound. In addition, although headphones were created primarily for games, they are also perfect for music and watching movies. But it depends on what you connect them to.
Additionally, we would like to praise the headset for its laconic, but interesting design, excellent quality of materials and assembly, detachable microphone, which can be disconnected when it is not needed, very good ergonomics, as well as a pair of additional ear cushions included for enthusiastic players.
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Asus ROG Delta S Review
The Asus ROG Delta S is a great wired gaming headset for those who want to jump between platforms. Audio quality is impressive, but the high price left me wanting more.
The Asus ROG Delta S headset is pretty heavy-duty, feeling like a classic gaming headset.
The large earcups and headband is likely to fit most people, even if it is a little big on me. Using a wired connection via USB-C (and a bundled USB-A adaptor), it offers wide support including PC, Playstation, Xbox and Nintendo Switch.
I’ve been playing games and listening to music with the headset for the past three weeks, so here are my thoughts.
The ROG Delta S is a pretty simple-looking headset; the matte-black finish is classic and doesn’t stand out like some headsets on the market. Out of the box, the headset comes with pleather earcups, which are super-comfortable and helped the headset to feel less heavy on my ears.
You’ll also find a second pair of earcups in the box, which are softer and thinner, with Asus suggesting their ideal for on-the-go use.
Since the adjustable headband is partly made of metal and thicker plastic, it can start to feel heavy following a few hours of use. It was also a no-go for my stud earrings, immediately pushing them into my head. This headset isn’t as comfortable to wear all day as others I’ve tried, such as Logitech’s G435.
The RBG lighting brings some personality to what is otherwise a minimalistic headset. I kept my lighting on during use, but it can be toggled off if you prefer. Or you could engage the Soundwave Light mode, which matches the lighting to your microphone.
Under the lighting controls sits the rocker for the volume, which I much prefer to a roller; I felt it offers greater control, and I was less likely to knock it when adjusting the headset. The rocker can also be pushed in to mute the microphone, which attaches to the left earcup when in use.
The cable also attaches to the left ear cup, using a USB-C connection instead of the more typical 3.5mm jack. If your device doesn’t have a USB-C connector, there’s still some hope as the headset comes with an adapter that turns it into a USB-A. With most older PCs using USB-A ports, this is a very important inclusion.
However, I found the wire to be a little more troublesome than those on other wired headsets I’ve used. Since you need to connect it into your PlayStation 4/PS5 directly instead of via your controller, the cable feels a little to short to reach the sofa.
You’d have to sit quite close to your console when using this headset, since the USB-A cable is only 1m in length. Thankfully, it worked for my setup well enough, but anyone looking to recline on a far-away sofa will struggle with the length.
You can connect the Asus ROG Delta S via USB-C or USB-A, so I was able to test it out on my Nintendo Switch, PC and PlayStation 4. Sadly, my iPhone X doesn’t include a USB-C port, although this headset should be supported by any phones that do.
Bluetooth connectivity is lacking, as is an audio jack, so there are some limits on what you can connect to. Nevertheless, I was happy with the number of platforms with which I could use the Delta S, and there was no setup required past plugging it in.
Note that the microphone is detachable, which is a massive plus for me. When attached, you’ll know it’s on from the small red light, so you can keep track of whether it’s on mute.
Sound quality and microphone
This headset does deliver some great audio while gaming, which should be expected with the 50mm drivers and MQA technology – a built-in renderer that helps decode MQA audio files for better audio quality.
The QUAD DAC also improves noise performance, so when I was playing God of War on the PlayStation 4, for example, I was able to hear the tiniest movements made by characters very clearly. For a headset that isn’t exclusively made for consoles, I found that the Delta S was super- impressive. None of the audio felt jumbled, leading to a more immersive experience.
I also dabbled in Animal Crossing: New Horizons on the Switch, and while I don’t associate that game with its audio, the crunch of leaves as I walked and the sound of the waves on the beach was crystal clear. The background music also sounded better, and I played for longer just so I could keep listening.
Past that missing feature, this is an impressive headset for gaming. For music, I found that it worked wonders with songs featuring heavy bass. Bass extension was decent, giving songs such as Age of Consent by New Order a clear and rumbling sound. It picked up on instrumentals particularly well, too, giving softer songs such as When Love’s in Bloom by The Blow Monkeys a lot more depth.
I used the Delta S over Discord and Zoom without issues. The Asus AI noise-cancelling tech meant that I could even blare audio from my headset without it interfering with my mic or upsetting anyone with whom I was on a call with, which was very welcome.
Should you buy it?
You want high-quality audio: The ROG Delta S is an impressive headset that can be used on multiple platforms. It’s great for any PC or Playstation gamers looking for a reliable headset for both gaming and entertainment.
You want to wear it all day, every day: While the audio is impressive, I don’t see many people being able to wear this headset for extended periods without issues. There are cheaper headsets out there that can be worn for days on end with no issue.
The Asus ROG Delta S headset is a great choice for anyone looking for a headset for gaming on their PC or Playstation but who isn’t a fan of loud design. The audio is crisp and will enhance most games. However, it isn’t a model that will be easy to wear day in, day out, as a result of comfort. There are plenty of options on the market available for less that deliver for comfort and comparable audio quality.
Asus ROG Delta S Wireless Review
The Asus ROG Delta S Wireless is a great wireless gaming headset that is wonderfully comfortable, sounds fantastic and offers vast compatibility. Connectivity is literal plug and play, while the 25 hours of battery life provides plenty of endurance. Just note the mic here sounds a little thin, and the software doesn’t offer the most functionality.
The Asus ROG Delta S Wireless aims to cut the cord on the brand’s eye-catching Delta line of headsets to offer the convenience of wireless connectivity.
The market is awash with plenty of premium gaming headsets out there, so it may well be difficult for the Delta S Wireless to set itself far enough apart from the competition.
Its price is a high one, with an RRP of 170, putting it well in the frame against the competition, but can those good looks translate to excellent performance? Let’s find out.
Design and features
The Asus ROG Delta S Wireless is a great looking headset. It combines minimalistic styling with the signature aggressive design of ROG products, as demonstrated by its D-shaped earcups especially.
It is predominantly comprised of plastic, although comes with a metal-reinforced headband for an extra bit of durability. Given the high price, a little bit of metal would have been nice, like the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless features, just to act as a reminder that the headset is more of a premium product. Even so, the plastics used feel durable and hard-wearing.
You won’t find any RGB lighting here, which may turn some people off, but that goes along with the minimalistic look the Delta S Wireless features.
The padding is mostly excellent, with the default protein leather earcups, although I can’t help but feel there could have been a smidgen more around the headband. All of the padding combined to offer great passive noise isolation, while a weight of 318g means it feels substantial, but remained lightweight enough to keep it comfortable to wear for long periods of time.
If you want to swap out the bundled protein leather ear cups for another set, then Asus has been generous enough to throw in a second pair in the box; they’re made of a more breathable foam mesh. Personally, I preferred these in testing, even if the leather ones felt a little plusher, especially considering I was testing this headset during a heatwave.
As for multimedia controls, the Delta S Wireless features a good selection. There’s a USB-C port, alongside a selector switch for connectivity (either Bluetooth or 2.4 GHz wireless), as well as a volume dial, and an unassuming button that controls media playback.
When it comes to compatibility, the Delta S Wireless here works with practically anything. It works with both Bluetooth, and the 2.4GHZ USB receiver (either USB-C, or USB-A with the adapter), and so offers wireless support for almost any mainstream gaming device, barring the Xbox due to its requirement for Xbox Wireless. However, you can use a wired connection instead which widens its compatibility even further.
25 hours of battery life with the Delta S Wireless is also decent enough for the price, and in using the headset for a week or so, it managed to match that figure with ease.
Sound and Mic Quality
Sound quality for a gaming headset is of paramount importance, and the Delta S Wireless sounds pretty good.
Its 50mm drivers offer great audio, with an especially fantastic soundstage, given the further position of the drivers away from your ears with the thick earcups. Mids felt nice and punchy while the highs were twinkly and bright. And even though this headset brings with it a fair amount of bass, it occasionally felt a little hollow with a small lack of power and impact.
There is virtual surround sound on offer, as enabled through Armoury Crate software, and it definitely makes a difference. The sense of placement when hunting down enemies in playing Sniper Elite V was much better than with it off, while it also allowed for more of the Delta S Wireless’ bass to come through.
You’ll also find Asus’ decent Armoury Crate software bundled in which provides fantastic customisation, including enabling the surround sound, fiddling with EQ settings and even adding reverb to audio which is a rare feature.
The microphone isn’t the usual detachable or retractable boom type you’ll see on other headsets and instead sits inside the headset. It’s one of Asus’ AI Beamforming options, as used in the likes of the ROG Fusion II 500.
Overall, it offers decent pick-up with some generally good clarity, although I struggled to notice the difference that the noise cancelling made. During testing, the mic still picked up my keyboard noises, and especially my desk fan.