ASUS Orion Pro Gaming Headset Review

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So a lot of you out there are thinking that good sounding audio equipment is simply good sounding audio equipment. Sounds simple enough, right? Obviously, if speakers sound good musically, then they will follow suit for gaming and movies…or at least that would seem the obvious answer. Naturally, the reverse would logically hold true. Unfortunately, in the world of audio and human perception, logic tends to go out the window. There are a lot of factors to consider when choosing the right equipment and sound. Environment plays a huge part. You know those giant speakers at your favorite club that you would assume would sound so good in your bedroom? Well, they wouldn’t. They are engineered to be overly bright and punchy, with a lively sound that would become intolerable after just a few minutes of listening in close quarters. How about that movie theater with the awesome special effects? Did you ever notice that the musical passages of the movie don’t sound very good, sounding strangely hollow and lacking any realism to any instrument? The point being, different equipment has very different sounds for different needs. In the world of headsets, the needs for gaming and movies tends to be very similar, yet diametrically opposed to the needs of accurate and pleasurable music listening.

ASUS Orion Pro Headset

 

In the world of gaming, lively sound is very desirable with exaggerated transients and dynamic range. This isn’t the case at all for music. You don’t want an acoustic piano sounding like it is being played with a sledgehammer. You want to hear the nuances along with a natural attack. The other huge issue for gaming is positioning. In games, you want to be able to locate opponents (among other things) that you cannot see by the sounds they make. The result of a speaker being able to do this leads to a very “close” and directional sound with narrow ambiance. Musically, this would leave you with an acoustic piano being played with a sledgehammer a foot from your head, directly on one side with the opposite ear plugged. Not exactly the effect you would be looking for. You would want the effect of the piano to fill the “room” naturally, as a real piano would, with a general direction of the piano but the acoustic reflections all intact. ASUS has mastered both ends of this spectrum with their audiophile Xonar Essence cards and their ROG headsets, and have been able to pull off some very impressive crossover performances.

ASUS Orion Pro Headset

 

The ASUS Orion Pro headset, with Spitfire USB Dongle, provides an all-in-one solution for incredible gaming audio and effects. The ASUS Orion Pro is the manifestation of extensive research in gaming audio characteristics, as well as comfort and ergonomics for those all night gaming sessions. The Orion headset features 50mm drivers with neodymium magnets sporting 20Hz-20KHz frequency response for incredible clarity and extended bass. 100mm full-sized padded ear cups provide 30dB of isolation along with great comfort, while the band easily adjusts for a perfect fit. Pressure is regulated to keep your Orion Pro snug, while never being tight enough to cause discomfort. A noise canceling microphone located in the left ear cup can easily extend and retract as needed. The Spitfire USB Dongle brings your gaming to life with flatter frequency response with no drop outs in the low and high end and added effects. 7.1 Virtual Surround can be turned on and off at the push of a button. FPS EQ emphasizes frequencies found to be most common in footsteps, enabling pin point precision in locating opponents. The Orion also has 3.5mm connectors on a 2.5mm braided cable, if you choose to use them without the Spitfire, as well as volume and mute controls in line.

 

 

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