Tuesday, May 30th 2017

ASUS Unveils ROG Centurion 7.1 Headset with HDMI Input

ASUS showed off its flagship gaming headset, the Republic of Gamers (ROG) Centurion 7.1. This headset lets you have true 7.1-channel audio even when you don't have 8-channel analog jacks, the headset takes input from HDMI ports. Almost all modern graphics cards and motherboard integrated graphics solutions these days come with 7.1-channel digital audio routed through HDMI. This headset lets you plug into those, so you can enjoy some of the DSPs exclusive to those solutions, instead of ASUS having to certify its USB DACs with them. NVIDIA, for example, recently added Dolby Atmos to its GPU-integrated audio through a recent driver update. Both NVIDIA and AMD support top of the line DSPs.

The headset feature 10 independent sound drivers - 40 mm fronts, 40 mm (low-tuned) sub-woofer, 30 mm centers (there have to be one in each ear), 20 mm sides, and 20 mm rears. ASUS guarantees at least 90% environmental noise cancellation, although it didn't mention if it was an active setup (using destructive interference) or just good insulation. The drivers are powered by an ESS 9601 amplifier chip. Don't have an HDMI port to spare? No problems, just use the included DAC pod with a USB connection. You might not get access to the GPU's DSPs, but you still have good quality audio.
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3 Comments on ASUS Unveils ROG Centurion 7.1 Headset with HDMI Input

#1
Mussels
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pity you cant use HDMI on a PC for audio alone, it always shows up as a secondary monitor and causes issues (even with duplicate, i've had it break games - worse when you have a 2k/4k/144hz primary)
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Franzen4Real
I originally set up my PC with hdmi out to a home theater receiver/speakers and it drove me crazy that it was showing up as a monitor and letting my mouse cursor travel off the screen. I thought it was something specific to my particular receiver that the video card's hdmi output did not play well with, and switched back to optical out. (Which sucked, because I wanted uncompressed 7.1 output) Wow... that would be one serious over sight if these headphones do the same thing! (and from your comment, it sounds like they will..) I would not buy/use them under any circumstance if this is the case.
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Mussels
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they mentioned a USB DAC, if that does HDMI audio output that might be the solution vs HDMI from a video card
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