- Interface: USB 2.0
- Driver size: 60mm x 2
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
- Impedance: 32 ohm
- Connector: 3.5mm
- Cable length: 1.5-3.0 metres
- Good sound quality
- Needs to be connected to the amplifier to be used properly
Immersive Audio Experience
ASUS aren’t exactly new to the headphone game, as we’ve seen the Taiwanese tech giant unveil several with its Republic of Gamers line of gaming products and accessories. The STRIX brand is finally making waves now, and ASUS has a new toy to show in the form of the ASUS STRIX DSP gaming headset.
The ASUS STRIX DSP is clad in a black polycarbonate shell that houses to 60mm neodymium drivers that provide some really impressive audio power. The STRIX brand is based off an owl, and this really shows, as you swivel the two earpieces to show an owl-eye design that looks pretty cool and intimidating.
At the side, the STRIX DSP comes with a detachable microphone, and a half-metre long cable which connects to a USB amplifier, which then connects to the PC. This is important as on its own, the headphones don’t sound very good when connected to the PC or any other media device.
The amplifier does several things. Not only does it connect the STRIX DSP to the PC via USB, it also functions as a volume controller, mode selector, and as a noise cancelling hub, thanks to its built-in microphone that detects external noise and eliminates it so that you’ll have an uninterrupted gaming session.
What the mode selector does is that it helps the STRIX DSP to adapt its output to suit different kinds of games, including first person shooters, action/adventure games, racing games and such.
As far as sound quality is concerned, the STRIX DSP is pretty good. The 60mm drivers deliver upon their promise, and the sound quality is quite immersive, regardless if you’re listening to music or playing games. This is further helped by the fact that the headphones can convert native 7.1 channel audio into virtual 7.1 surround sound, which really does help especially if you’re playing games that require you to have positional awareness.
CHIP CONCLUDE: ASUS has some pretty good ideas built into the ASUS STRIX DSP headphones. Gamers in particular will appreciate the level of audio presets it comes with, and the design of the headphones look pretty cool, and is very comfortable to wear. Definitely one of the outstanding product if you’re looking for a gaming headset.
(previously published in issue December 2014)