Final Thoughts & Conclusion
This is one of the more interesting reviews to write a conclusion for that we’ve done in a while, so we’ll just dive in. The ESS Sabre ES9018 a DAC and ESS Sabre 9601 Headphone driver are some of the best in the industry, and it’s easy to see why. The audio is clean and clear, there is zero distortion or noise, the bass is deep and solid, and the treble is high and clear. Bass is certainly the strong suit here, Low-Frequency Effects are intense, reminiscent of a sound system like you might find at your local movie theater. There is no distortion or rattles even at full volume on ultra-low frequencies below 30Hz. That being said, there seems to be a large band-gap in the 200Hz to 500Hz range that really muddies up dialog, especially deeper voices in games and movies.
On the flip side of things, Treble is overpowering and anything high-pitched will have you reaching for the volume pretty quickly. Speaking of reaching for the volume, the touch controls do work but respond kind of slowly. They also do take a bit of getting used to as you have no tactile feedback, only a super smooth surface. We really like the overall aesthetics, but those bronze-chrome surfaces like the touch panel collect fingerprints like no one’s business. All of the ROG touches everywhere do look really nice though, as does the RGB lighting.
We would really like to see ASUS work on the software side of things. You potentially need several pieces of software if you have a ton of ASUS gear. And for the audio side of the world here, We would really love to see a software EQ and maybe some profiles. We feel the software is the only thing holding this headset back from being top of the pack.
Good Job ASUS!