ASUS STRIX MAGNUS USB Microphone Review: Page 4 of 7
Posted by Paul Malfy on Friday, August 11, 2017 - 8:00am
A Closer Look
All the buttons and knobs on the Magnus are “Thoughtfully Positioned” to adjust while gaming much easier with less hand movement.
The ROG STRIX Magnus looks nothing like any other microphone I’ve used before. The design is unique, and has the STRIX feel to it that many other ASUS products have. The front of the mic has two 3.5mm jacks near the bottom: the first is for a headset and the second is an auxiliary input. This can allow you to plug in an audio source, such as an MP3 player, directly to the microphone. You can connect a musical instrument and record or play live music. I was able to use the Magnus, with my 5.1 surround sound, as a make-shift karaoke machine.
On the left side of the mic, from top to bottom, we first see the mute/power button. Below that, there is a button for turning on the AURA RGB lighting. The back and the bottom of the mic have RGB lighting and is controlled using the AURA software. Next, there is a volume control knob and the USB connection for the PC. The headphone jack is also on the left side of the mic, near the bottom.
On the right, the top switch has 3 positions. This allows you to switch between the three modes the mic has. These three modes are Cardioid, Stereo, and Environmental Noise Cancellation (ENC) mode. There is a sensitivity knob to increase and decrease the mic sensitivity. There is an external USB 2.0 hub on the right side of the mic. This hub supports essentially any USB 2.0 device such as a keyboard, mouse, or flash drive. Finally, there is the auxiliary input for a musical instrument.
The back side of the mic has the ROG EYE logo, with RGB back lighting. The unique design on the rear of the mic is also RGB backlit. Near the bottom right there is a Kensington lock. This allows you to lock the mic in Demo Mode when on display, mostly in a retail setting. However, I use it in the background of streams and videos as I think it looks cool.
The front of the mic has both a headphone jack and an auxiliary input.
Designed with game streaming in mind, the ROG STRIX Magnus is 50% smaller than the average USB microphone. It measures only 13 cm x 9.5 cm x 5 cm. It’s also designed to fit between the monitor and keyboard without blocking the screen. This design essentially eliminated the need for a large mic stand that takes up space and gets in the way.
The mic is connected to the PC with a USB 3.0 A to A cable.
Even the USB cable has the ROG logo.
The bottom of the mic has threads to attach the adapter. This adapter allows you to use a standard mic stand with the Magnus.
This adapter allows you to use a standard mic stand.
Although the Magnus comes with an adapter, a large mic stand like this is unnecessary.
The Magnus is perfect laying down in this position without all the extra clutter of the mic stand.
ROG STRIX Magnus has three 14mm, studio-grade condenser capsules.
Here are the internals of the mic.