ASUS ROG Vulcan ANC Review

Posted by: Tony Le Bourne on: 11-12-2012 [ 12 comment(s) ]

We take a look at ASUS' first step into the high end Gaming audio sector, the ROG Vulcan ANC headset. Is it worthy of the Republic of Gamers badge?

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BurningFeetMan



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#26790 Posted on: 11.12.2012 19:47:16
Thanks for the review mate!

Good looking headset, but I am also confused why they would use a battery solution as opposed to USB, but like you say, i'm sure they have their reasons.

The active noise cancelling sounds like it should be a good feature but then again, unless your gaming at a LAN or something, I don't think the noise should be that obtrusive without the ANC?

I definately like the inclusion of a carry case, that's something I wish mine came with (Roccat Kave)

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#26792 Posted on: 11.12.2012 22:12:08
I agree this one is a good looker indeed. One thing that is paramount for me is comfort as I seem to get very achy ears quickly when wearing headsets, they look quite comfy.

Some fantastic shots of this headset in the review, nice work Tony!

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#26800 Posted on: 12.12.2012 04:01:56
They do look very nice, have always liked ROG branding and design scheme. Comfort is always an issue for me with any form of headphone when wearing glasses, was this tested at all?

Another concern I have with 'gaming' headsets is they never tend to be of good build or sound quality compared to real headsets. I am very much into Audiophile grade equipment such as Grado and Sennheiser headphones these tend to be far superior in quality then gear branded for gamers with little in price difference.

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#26801 Posted on: 12.12.2012 05:11:33
@ BFM
this headset does have passive ANC so its hard to tell if the ear cups are 'that well sealed' or if simply there isnt much sound leaking in. but there is no 'hiss' with the ANC switched off and honestly it does a good job blocking most noise anyway. When you have music/sound or any audio playing it is fairly difficult to hear anything externally. eg. I never heard my phone ringing right next to me but felt it vibrating.

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Comfort is always an issue for me with any form of headphone when wearing glasses, was this tested at all?
Sorry, I didn't test with glasses as I do not wear them but it is a very good consideration that I will bare in mind in the future!

I can try testing with glasses sometime today and get back to you. The memory foam is pretty forgiving but proof is in the pudding so to speak.

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Another concern I have with 'gaming' headsets is they never tend to be of good build or sound quality compared to real headsets. I am very much into Audiophile grade equipment such as Grado and Sennheiser headphones these tend to be far superior in quality then gear branded for gamers with little in price difference.
honestly, I think that 'gaming gear' sets more of a culture and image rather than out right performance, don't get me wrong, in recent years there has been some fantastic gaming grade products released, but I am pretty sure that at the price point (being 70-130) manufacturers are starting to realise that people WILL choose the Sennheisers over 'gaming gear' if the 'gaming gear' doesnt deliver the quality expected at that price range. There is definitely an overlap in price points between gaming gear and audiophile grade products and with ASUS working with Sennheiser in the past, it would not surprise me if they eventually come out with something 'more' in future. as the competition heats up in this particular segment, all it takes is one heated competition between rival companies and even the audiophile grade manufacturers may need to keep on their toes as the gap in audio quality will only get smaller.

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#26886 Posted on: 19.12.2012 20:26:55
Just had an email with a good price on these headphones, I thought I would share it in this thread. If you would rather I put it in the deals section please let me know, or mods move it


58.90 including delivery @ Overclockers

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#26887 Posted on: 19.12.2012 20:31:04
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Just had an email with a good price on these headphones, I thought I would share it in this thread. If you would rather I put it in the deals section please let me know, or mods move it


58.90 including delivery @ Overclockers
Just seen that too, seems a good price, always difficult buying headsets online unless you know they are definitely good and suit your ears thou.

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#27143 Posted on: 25.12.2012 02:45:49
well just to report back about using them with glasses and can report that, for me, are still very comfortable. the memory foam really does the trick. unless you have thick framed glasses etc i dont think it would really interfere with the comfort of these headphones.

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#27152 Posted on: 25.12.2012 12:36:05
Nice review looks like a great headset from asus will you be reviewing their other (newly released) headset?

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#27785 Posted on: 09.01.2013 21:17:09
cant say if we will be getting the orion pro in but it does look nice

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#27792 Posted on: 10.01.2013 00:41:59
Thanks for the glasses feedback, much appreciated!

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#28027 Posted on: 15.01.2013 23:05:12
Nice looking review, Tony.

I do agree with you with regards to gaming headsets being more of a culture rather than the performance they bring to the table.

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#28052 Posted on: 16.01.2013 13:09:29
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Nice looking review, Tony.

I do agree with you with regards to gaming headsets being more of a culture rather than the performance they bring to the table.
I agree also. Looks play a massive part nowadays.

Look at Beats headphones, there is much better quality headphones for cheaper but people are willing to pay the premium for the name and the design.


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