Tuesday, September 19th 2017

ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core Headsets

ASUS Republic of Gamers today announced ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core, a new series of gaming headsets tuned especially for first-person shooter (FPS) gaming. The headsets feature Sony-certified Hi-Res Audio and are designed to be incredibly lightweight and comfortable.

ROG Delta is the world's first gaming headset with the industry-leading, hi-fi-grade ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC , which delivers impeccably clear and detailed sound to give serious gamers the edge they need to win. ROG Delta features a USB-C connector and comes with a USB-C to USB 2.0 adapter for gaming on PC, console or mobile devices without changing headsets. A one-of-a-kind, circular rainbow RGB lighting effect provides a stylish look that sets gamers apart on the battlefield.
ROG Delta Core is a headset with a 3.5mm connector that delivers superb sound quality and an excellent balance of features and support for the most popular gaming platforms, including PC, Mac, mobile phones, PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Both ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core come equipped with exclusive ASUS Essence drivers, airtight chambers and audio signal diversion technology to deliver high-resolution sound and deep, punchy bass for full gaming immersion. Ergonomic D-shaped ear cups with ROG Hybrid ear cushions provide upgraded comfort for gaming without fatigue.

High-resolution audio for FPS gaming
ROG Delta features an ESS ES9218 QUAD DAC that provides lossless audio processing with each DAC devoting its processing power to a subset of the audible frequency range, from lows, mids, highs to ultrahighs. The four signals are then combined, which produces clearer sound with an impressive 127dB signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) that's much higher than any similar technology that's currently available in the market. As a result, gamers can hear and place in-game sounds with pinpoint accuracy, letting them precisely judge enemy distance, direction of footsteps, gunshot locations and more.

ROG Delta also features exclusive Hyper-Grounding technology that prevents electromagnetic interference via a multilayer PCB and special layout design, resulting in pure, noise-free audio. Due to this innovative technology, ROG Delta is the world's first gaming headset with RGB lighting that is able to include an ESS QUAD DAC to unlock its full potential, providing gamers with rich, powerful audio.

Both ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core include a new generation of exclusive ASUS Essence drivers. The drivers have been updated with Audio Signal Diversion technology, giving them a circular wall that helps separate high-, low- and mid-frequency sounds, reducing interference between frequency ranges for purer and clearer audio. The drivers also feature a wide frequency response of 20Hz-40kHz to provide incredibly strong bass and optimized gaming sound, so gamers can hear every detail while enjoying an all-around immersive acoustic experience. Housing the ASUS Essence drivers is an exclusive airtight-chamber design fine-tuned by ASUS audio engineers to provide a wider soundstage and balanced output for pristine, natural-sounding audio.

Comfort for extended gaming and streaming sessions
ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core are crafted to provide excellent comfort. Both headsets have ergonomic, D-shaped ear cups that more closely match the shape of the ear, versus oval ear cups, reducing unnecessary contact area by 20% for a better, more comfortable fit. This makes them ideal for extended gaming or streaming sessions.

Inside each ear cup, the drivers are tilted by 12 degrees to closely match the natural angle of the ear, further improving comfort. The sloped design also helps to improve sound quality by enabling the audio signal to travel directly into the ear canal, resulting in a more immersive gaming experience. Each headset also features lightweight design with carefully optimized clamping force to reduce ear fatigue and discomfort when worn for long periods.

ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core come with two types of ear cushions to fit any gamers' preference. ROG Hybrid ear cushions combine protein leather and fabric mesh to make them thicker and more breathable, providing a contoured fit that's perfect for extended wear. The second set of ear cushions are made of protein leather and are comparatively thinner and softer, making them good for on-the-go use.

RGB lighting and aesthetics
ROG Delta is the first gaming headset on the market to feature circular RGB lighting, which produces spectacular multicolor effects from seven independent lighting zones. Gamers can choose from more than 16.8 million color combinations and six preset lighting effects to create a unique style that shines on the battlefield.

ROG Delta also comes with ASUS Aura Synch technology, which lets gamers synchronize lighting effects across Aura-enabled products to create a captivating gaming atmosphere.

Multiplatform connectivity
ROG Delta features a USB-C connector for convenient connectivity with the latest PCs and mobile devices. A USB-C to USB 2.0 (Type-A) adapter is also included to ensure compatibility with a wide range of devices. Whether connected via USB-C or USB 2.0, users can enjoy pristine audio quality enabled by the ES9218 QUAD DAC on every device, at home or on the go.

ROG Delta Core also offers multiplatform connectivity with a 3.5mm audio connector, so one headset is all users need to enjoy gaming on PCs, mobile devices and consoles, including PlayStation 4 Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.
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3 Comments on ASUS Republic of Gamers Announces ROG Delta and ROG Delta Core Headsets

#1
RejZoR
I hate this audiophile nonsense placed on top of garbage ingame audio. Like, what's the point?! It's like playing a worn out audio cassette on a hifi system for 150.000€...

They really need to standardize TrueAudio from AMD or something to really elevate audio to a higher level with true physical audio. With ray tracing for graphics, it's really time we also get (again, since we already had it back in late 90's with A3D) ray traced audio in games. All this chasing of specs means nothing if source is terrible. No bitrate or sampling frequency can replace lack of quality 3D positioning or audio processing (reverberation and occlusion).

Then, gear like this will really be able to shine and show its real potential.
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RejZoR said:
I hate this audiophile nonsense placed on top of garbage ingame audio. Like, what's the point?! It's like playing a worn out audio cassette on a hifi system for 150.000€...

They really need to standardize TrueAudio from AMD or something to really elevate audio to a higher level with true physical audio. With ray tracing for graphics, it's really time we also get (again, since we already had it back in late 90's with A3D) ray traced audio in games. All this chasing of specs means nothing if source is terrible. No bitrate or sampling frequency can replace lack of quality 3D positioning or audio processing (reverberation and occlusion).

Then, gear like this will really be able to shine and show its real potential.
No, AMD's TrueAudio and this ROG Delta Core Headsets are gamer gimmick "nonsense" not audiophile nonsense. The ES9218 is a smartphone DAC and the LGV20/30(P) use this chip. Most DAC chips themselves are really cheap and it's the implementation that matters. With that said these are both gaming DAC/DSPs but the ROG Delta Core Headsets will have a lower output impedance because it's all handled onboard and it's not going through PCI-E. AMD's TrueAudio is just a dedicated digital signal processor (DSP) for PCI-E cards in most cases. I am sure some motherboards have AMD's TrueAudio too but don't quote me on that. No, skip me with that gimmick. Since it's PCI-E what type of output impedance are we talking? Whatever it is it's too high as it's PCI-E. Depending on your headphones/set could be losing 1/3 of your sound, no thank you. All TrueAudio and ASUS are doing is distorting the existing sound. Yes, they are just putting an EQ on what they think helps out the 3D audio effect. You do NOT need this at all. There are many ways to accomplish and this is just this AMD's and ASUS's versions. Game audio engines have had 3D audio surround in them for decades, it's been built into Windows since like pre-Win 95, and there are tons of software options. The thing I don't get with PC gamers is they just settle with overpriced gimmicks for audio but have the best of the best for everything else. Just get an external DAC and or AMP set up with a decent set of cans. While looking for a headphone/set "audiophile nonsense" will more than help you pick the correct headphone/set for gaming, and you should learn it.
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Ubersonic
Smoothe fake leather style headband plus fabric earcups, AKA the best combo. Nice to see as hardly any gaming headsets have this setup :)
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