Asus ROG Theta 7.1 Review

Asus ROG Theta 7.1 Review

A good headset is a must if you want to play online with friends and acquaintances. Especially with team shooters and other games in which fast coordination is required, you need good sound to locate opponents and discuss things with your fellow players.

Meanwhile, numerous manufacturers cavort on the market for such accessories. And Asus, initially known for ready-made PCs, laptops, and all sorts of components that go into desktop PCs, has taken on the need. The current top model of the “Republic of Gamers” series – ROG for short – is called Asus ROG Theta 7.1. The headset promises high wearing comfort, robust sound, good communication, and all kinds of setting options at a street price of around 280 euros. THE STANDARD tested it.

PROS:

  • True Surround Sound is available.
  • 8 Different Drivers
  • The ROG 7.1 DAC is a one-of-a-kind product.
  • Stunning Design
  • Certification in High-Definition
  • Artificial Intelligence (AI) Noise Cancellation Technology

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Cable management is a pain
  • Microphone is poor.

Good first impression

The packaging and design of Asus ROG Theta headset itself are screaming “gamers,” with the most striking feature besides the illuminated brand logo being the futuristic-martial temple ends on which the actual listener sits. These, in turn, are factory-fitted with artificial leather ear pads.

If that gets too warm, especially in warmer seasons, you can replace it with the textile upholstery provided. These let in a little more outside noise but offer a more comfortable and, above all, more relaxed wearing experience. Unfortunately, replacing the upholstery turns out to be a bit “fiddly.” The Asus ROG Theta isn’t rock-solid on the head, but it is tight enough to slip dangerously far when the head is moved quickly.

The headset is well made and consists of solid plastic and a metal bracket. However, it is also relatively tricky for such a device, which could annoy some users. Therefore, in contrast to the usual designs, Asus has decided to lead a cable away from each earbud. These meet after around 20 centimeters and unite in the connection cable with a USB-C connector with a length of 120 centimeters. If that’s not enough, you can extend it with the included converter cable (one meter), but then you have to use a conventional USB-A plug. The headset should also be compatible with the PS4 and the Nintendo Switch (not tested).

Versatile in use

The intention behind the design is quite clear. The USB-C connector is aimed primarily at users who want to connect the handset to their cell phone or tablet, where the relatively short cable is an advantage. The extension option serves the clientele who connect the headset to a PC or notebook. It is a pity that the connection cable is permanently connected to the earphones, so if the cable breaks, it cannot be replaced without tinkering—a significant oversight for a device in this price range.

You can switch between the two operating modes on the left earpiece. A volume control, which also functions as a mute button, is also located there. A little further down is the jack plug for the detachable microphone. This means that the device can also be used as headphones when there is no need for voice communication.

The Asus ROG Theta 7.1 is configured using the “ROG Armory” software, which is generally used for setting Asus accessories. Here you can let off steam to your heart’s content with various preconfigured and customizable equalizers, effects, and of course, the advertised 7.1 surround sound.

Strong sound

In terms of sound, the headset is convincing. There is only a minimally perceptible background noise, which in principle is covered by the slightest sound. Basses are powerful, do not rattle, and only very rarely come across as dull. Treble sounds clear. And when it comes to mid-tones, the most specific discipline, there is no nakedness either. The surround effect gives most sounds more spatial depth, which should be avoided for films and games – except for those where the precise acoustic location of opponents is essential. This effect creates an artificial impression that does not exactly improve the listening experience when listening to music.

The volume control on the earphones is a bit fiddly to use, and it is quite easy to accidentally mute the microphone, which is indicated by a red light.

Subtle lighting

Speaking of light: The light intensity and color of the ROG logo on the headphones can, of course, also be configured, as can color changes and pulsating lights. If you want it to be very discreet, you can turn off this lighting. In addition, Asus graciously refrains from equipping them with “flashing lights,” although the tastes are, of course different here.

With the textile ear pads, wearing the headset for hours at average room temperature (20 to 22 degrees) is no problem in terms of heat generation. With the synthetic leather version, you definitely feel the need to take the headphones off for a few minutes after an hour or two. If the room thermometer passes the 25-degree mark due to the summer, interruptions are also necessary with the other upholstery. With the headphones closed, this is to be expected anyway.

Average voice quality

The microphone of the Asus ROG Theta 7.1 is a bit disappointing, however. The promised noise canceling works well, but the voice quality leaves a lot to be desired. You tend to sound quiet and a bit noisy. Above all, you remain understandable because your voice sounds very “harsh”, but not particularly natural. The sound corresponds roughly to the headset communication of fighter pilots, as it is often staged in films.

Conclusion

In terms of acoustics, the well-made, comfortable, and somewhat heavy headset offers users a lot, at least when it comes to hearing. Excellent sound quality and extensive setting options make it a good choice not only for gamers. Voice communication, however, is not as convincing. The noise suppression works well, but the transmitted voice quality is only average. Another minus point is that the connection cable is permanently installed and cannot simply be exchanged.

If you handle it carefully enough, do not worry about it, and are also willing to invest a little more in your communication accessory, the headset from the “Republic of Gamers” can be shortlisted.

 

Asus ROG Theta 7.1 Review
Asus ROG Theta 7.1 Review

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