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November 11, 2012

Asus RoG Vulcan Pro ANC Review

Asus has recently unveiled their second gaming headphone under the Republic of Gamers lineup. Based on the pictures we’ve seen, the RoG Vulcan Pro is definitely one good looking set of cans, but does it sound as good as it looks? Catch our full review after the break.


Since Asus released their first gaming headphone last year, the RoG Vulcan ANC has been one of the highly regarded audio peripheral in the gaming industry. It offers outstanding in-game sound performance, Active noise cancelling feature and sleek design.

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The RoG Vulcan Pro ANC gaming headset is basically just a refreshed version of the first one. The only and probably the most significant difference between the two is the inclusion of the RoG SpitFire which we’ll discuss later on the review.

Package

This gaming headset comes in a very presentable packaging; one that is fit for a premium product just like the Vulcan Pro. Flip open the box and you’ll be greeted with an emblem-shaped, rigid carrying case with an engraved RoG logo on the outside.

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Opening the carrying case will reveal the Vulcan Pro along with a handful of accessories and the user manual. There’s the RoG SpitFire and the regular audio cable with in-line volume control which are both braided for extra durability.

Then there’s the detachable noise-isolating microphone. It’s also flexible so you can literally bend it in any direction you please.

Accessories

It also comes with the coolest cable manager I’ve ever seen in my time. It’s made of soft rubber with the RoG logo and has the same color as the Vulcan Pro. You should keep this handy whenever you’re using this headphone because the cables are just too long, especially when the SpitFire is attached.

Design and Construction

Majority of the Vulcan Pro’s body is made of carbon, which is not only lightweight but also durable. Besides the glossy self-adjusting cups painted in red, most of its exterior has a black matte finish that gives it a premium look and feel to it.

All the portion of the headphone that will come in contact with your head is well-cushioned and is padded with synthetic leather for a more comfortable wear.

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The headband can be adjusted by up to 2 inches on each side which are supported with a metal brace for added rigidity.

The circumaural cups have a closed back design for best noise cancellation and minimum sound leak. Although the cans don’t swivel like professional monitors, it can easily be folded to fit the carrying case.

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Each side of the cups sports a brushed hairline metal cover with stenciled RoG’s logo. The right cover conceals the AAA battery compartment while the other side is non-detachable.

The left can houses the two audio ports (line-in and microphone) along with active noise cancellation switch.

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Asus RoG Vulcan Pro ANC specs:
Driver: 40mm Neodymium Magnet
Frequency Response: 10 – 20,000Hz
Impedance: 32Ω
Noise Cancellation:
• Active: Max. >15 dB, 85% ambient noise cancellation
• Passive: Max. >30 dB
ANC duration: up to 40hrs on single charge
Cable length: 2.5 meters
Dimension: 210 x 180 x 70mm
Weight: 325g

Performance

The Vulcan Pro, by itself, is one decent gaming headphone. It should give its users respectable sound performance, especially when its active noise cancelling feature is on. Here’s a graph that shows how much noise this headphone can negate.

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But sometimes good, isn’t good enough, especially for gamers with high expectations. This is where the RoG SpitFire comes in to play.

This DSP (Digital Signal Processor)/Amplifier transforms the Vulcan Pro from an average headset to one kick ass audio equipment that delivers unparalleled in-game sound performance. The RoG SpitFire connects to a USB port and, as with any amp, increases the signal’s power to deliver better sound quality.

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The RoG SpitFire offers three amplification modes; FPS, Surround and AMP. These options can be switched on or off by pressing the corresponding buttons. An LED indicator lights up when an option is triggered.

FPS gives users better in-game sound positioning by amplifying minute sounds like footsteps, while Surround offers 5.1 and 7.1 virtual surround sound. When both amps are activated, the sound is so immersive that it almost seem like you’re actually in the game.

SpitFire

AMP on the other hand takes care of the music side of thing. It boosts the sound quality of the headphones whenever needed. However, with or without this feature, I still find the overall sound quality a tad too bassy for my liking. But given that the Vulcan Pro was specifically designed for gaming, I think this shortcoming is forgivable.

Conclusion

The Asus RoG Vulcan Pro ANC is the total package. It has both the superior build quality and the awesome in-game sound performance that would please any gamers out there. The active noise cancelling feature plus the RoG SpitFire is a sure fire combination to give you that immersive gaming experience.

I must to admit that its PhP5,999 price tag is a bit pricey, but based on my experience, it’s definitely worth every cent.

What we liked about it:
• Premium build quality
• Superb in-game sound performance
• Package includes hard carrying case

What we didn’t like about it:
• Braided cable is too long
• So-so media sound performance

Written by Ron Bulaong

This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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