Digitally Processed Sound

ASUS STRIX DSP Gaming Headset

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When ASUS first announced the STRIX series of gaming hardware, I already know that at some point in time, it will roll out a whole slew of gaming peripherals outside of the standard offerings of graphics cards. So it is no surprise to me that ASUS launched the STRIX DSP Gaming Headset. Having no prior experience with ASUS headphones, I went into this review with no expectations and came out with some really interesting results.

Tight Seal

There are two components to this gaming headset – the main unit itself and the Digital Sound Processor it uses. Of course, let’s focus on the headset for now. In terms of size, this is a really large unit. While it’s not as heavy as some other headphones, I won’t exactly consider it light either. Putting this headset on reveals that it has a tight clamp to ensure a complete seal, making sound leak a non-issue. Personally, the clamp is pretty uncomfortable.

Open Internals

However, I particularly like how the other side of the ear cups is covered with a transparent plastic, allowing you to see the beastly 60mm drivers in all its glory. How often does one get to see the internal operations of a headset while it pumps out some tunes? This is why the ASUS STRIX DSP is unique for its class.

Post Processing

Performance of the headset by itself is rather underwhelming. It’s not bad but it’s not stellar either. Add the DSP into the mix though and the headset suddenly becomes impressive. If you’re not one who likes to go muck around with equaliser settings, then the DSP will be highly convenient as the pre-sets are rather decent and the amplification it provides is exceptional as well. One problem though – eventhough the headset is compatible with the PlayStation 4, the DSP isn’t. Therefore, if you’re looking to get a headset for your console, this one may not be the best choice. If you primarily game on your PC, this headset is one to look for; if you’re more of a console gamer, give this one a pass.

Value: 8/10
Performance: 9/10
Feature: 9/10
Design: 9/10
Usability: 8/10

Specs:
Weight: 320g
Drivers: 60mm Neodymium magnet
Frequency Response: 20-20000Hz
Sensitivity: 98 dB
Impedance: 32 ohm
Connectivity: Braided fibre cable (headset cable 1.5M + USB Cable 1.5M = 3M (max))

Verdict:  A great combo for the PC, not so much for consoles

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