Asus ROG Centurion
ASUS has been known for their quality gaming peripherals such as the ROG Claymore and the ROG Gladius gaming mouse. Their audio department, however, isn’t as known compared to their input peripherals. They aim to change that with the ASUS ROG Centurion.
7.1 surround sound has been all the hubbub in the gaming space the past few years. ASUS tries to detract to all that by offering a true 7.1 experience with the Centurion. Other surround sound headsets only use virtual surround sound where the 7.1 capability of the headset is only gained through software. Centurion, however, does have ten individual drivers to deliver a true or analog 7.1 surround sound experience (much like Cooler Master’s Sirus S headset). Due to this, the headset is a bit heavy but its leatherette ear cups and headband do a good job of distributing the weight all over your head. It also comes with an extra velour ear pads just in case you prefer those.
Strangely enough, the headset does not use a traditional 3.5mm jack or even a S/PDIF connection. Instead, the headset has an HDMI connection. Don’t worry though, the Centurion comes with a DAC/AMP combo. The DAC has all the controls to fine tune your experience with the Centurion. You can individually set each driver’s volume for your own personalized audio experience. You can also hook up your 5.1 surround sound system to the device since it comes with a HDMI to 3.5mm speaker splitter cable.
ASUS has been pushing RGB lighting to most of their products nowadays. Unfortunately, the Centurion only comes with red lighting with only steady and breathing as its modes.
With its 7.1 true surround capabiility, we decided to play some games first to see how the ROG headset will perform.
With Blizzard’s hit shooter, Overwatch, locating enemies became much easier with the Centurion. Pinpointing enemies became a non-issue with its 7.1 surround. We can clearly hear where Soldier 76’s shots are coming from as well as where Zenyatta’s orbs are being thrown. The individual controls for the drivers also became handy in case we needed to tone down the volume of the drivers whenever we experience sensory overload when playing intense matches. Audio quality with music is surprisingly good. As with most gaming headsets, however, bass and mids are much more noticeable than the higher notes in songs. When it’s 7.1 surround is activated, it does give off a “live” feeling to songs.
It is rather unfortunate that the ROG Centurion only comes with red lighting, but its performance both in games and music more than makes up for its shortcomings.
CONCLUSION The price might be a turn off for some people, especially for audiophiles, but the ASUS ROG Centurion’s performance both in games and music makes up for its shortcomings.
The ROG Centurion comes with its own DAC/AMP that controls every single driver in the headset.