Sep 17, 2016 Written by: MasterC

Republic of Gamers Announces Centurion True 7.1 Surround Gaming Headset

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While you may be content with your gaming headset, sometimes you wish they were louder, sometimes you wonder about what it'll be like getting a separate DAC (Digital-to-Analog Converter) and amplifier. Oh and you definitely don't want to deny any longer the advantage you get in games from having surround sound, but wait, you need to fork out oh let's say... at least double your budget for a complete surround sound home theater setup as well - and even that isn't tuned for gaming (not to mention the issue of the mic). Luckily for you, here is ROG Centurion - the first true 7.1-channel surround-sound gaming headet from ROG. This will give you the gaming experience you never knew you should be looking for - no matter on what desktop or laptop you have (er... provided it can run games properly that is).

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Every time you double the number of audio channels, you drop SNR (signal-to-noise ratio), so when you want to decode up to eight channels of surround sound (7.1) you better pair with the best DAC and amp you can for the job. ESS has been in the business for over 30 years, and at the heart of the Centurion audio station you'll find the ESS 9601 - the industry's best headphone amp for portable devices, and has been used in established audiophile brands such as Onkyo. Usually you have to do some homework to see if your headset or earphones are a good match particularly in terms of impedance, well don't worry about it, ROG did the homework for you.

ROG Centurion 7.1 ESS 9601

ROG Centurion features 10 discrete neodymium-magnet drivers for a true 7.1-channel surround sound experience (center - 30mm drivers, front left & right - 40mm, side left & right - 20mm, rear left & right - 20mm, and subwoofer - 40mm), which enhances in-game audio positioning for that competitive edge. The size of the drivers are selected according to their purposes. When you think about it, around 80% of the time there is important speech or sound effects coming from in front of you which make the center channel more important than the rest for mid-frequencies so 30mm drivers are used, the front and subwoofer channels need to deliver a lot of bass so 40mm drivers are used, the side and rear channels are for indirect sound effects and bass is left up to the subwoofer so 20mm drivers are used. In general, you will notice the same goes with home theater speaker sizes.

ROG Centurion 7.1 drivers

In-ear headphones can be fiddly and supra-aural headsets can sting your ears after a while, the Centurion on the other hand comes with a set of circumaural cups which don't crush your head and are incredibly comfortable, allowing you to last in a gaming marathon without a splitting headache. Included are interchangeable protein-leather and memory-foam ear cups, allowing you to customize the fit and comfort according to your personal preference. And check this out, a dedicated ROG headset stand is also included to keep your meticulous setup as it should be.

ROG Centurion 7.1 cushions

Another improvement over the Strix 7.1, ROG Centurion upgraded from a detachable mic to a retractable one, the same great flexible design is retained. The USB audio station also has a built-in ENC (Environmental Noice Canceling) microphone that actively detects and counters more than 90 percent of environmental noise, sometimes it might actually benefit you more by lending it to your teammates so you don't have to put up with their frantic keyboard bashing amongst other annoying noises.

 

To compliment and tweak great hardware, Sonic Studio gives you complete control over a wide range of detailed audio features, including controls for Sonic Radar Pro which maps precisely in-game sounds — such as footsteps and gunshots — and displays them on an on-screen overlay. In general, the easy plug-n-play audio station is everything you need, you cannot underestimate the usefulness of dedicated sound controls. The intuitive layout of knobs and buttons with LED indicators allow you to do everything you want without even looking at it, from changing preset gaming environments to individual channel level adjustments or even changing the headset lighting mode. In half an hour, you'll master the controls in order to do everything you want - blindfolded.   

ROG Centurion 7.1 lighting

It appears that we haven't covered how awesome it looks, oh well, you've probably only drooled at the pictures all the way up to this point anyway!

Here's the official feature video:

ROG Centurion is scheduled for release in October, prepare yourself! If you're reading on Flipboard, like or leave a comment!

 

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Press Release

Republic of Gamers Announces Centurion

True 7.1 surround-sound gaming headset with Hi-Fi-grade headphone amplifier, digital microphone, and Sonic Studio for

ultimate sound, communications, and audio control

 

KEY POINTS

  • ROG Centurion is a premium true 7.1 surround-sound gaming headset with digital microphone designed especially for pro and hardcore gamers
  • USB audio station has a built-in Hi-Fi-grade ESS 9601 headphone amplifier and dedicated controls for instant, in-game audio adjustments
  • ASUS Sonic Studio, an intuitive, full-featured sound utility provides gamers complete control over their audio experience

 

Taipei, Taiwan (17th September, 2016) — ASUS Republic of Gamers (ROG) today announced Centurion, a premium true 7.1-channel surround-sound gaming headset designed especially for professional and hardcore gamers. Created during ROG’s 10th anniversary, Centurion packs a decade of design and technological expertise into a one-of-a-kind gaming headset that delivers incredibly immersive sound, crystal-clear in-game communications, and amazing comfort with interchangeable ear cups. Together with an intuitive suite of hardware and software features that provide full audio control, this ultimate gaming headset sets a new standard in the proud ROG tradition of providing the best, most entertaining experiences to gamers.

 

Ultimate sound quality and comfort

ROG Centurion features 10 discrete neodymium-magnet drivers to deliver incredibly realistic and immersive true 7.1-channel surround sound and precise in-game audio positioning. With increased awareness of their in-game environment, gamers can hear every gunshot and footstep clearly, helping them pinpoint their opponents' actions and locations to gain a competitive edge. Centurion comes with a plug-and-play USB audio station, which features a built-in Hi-Fi-grade ESS 9601 headphone amplifier that improves the audio experience even further for brilliant, balanced sound when gaming and listening to music.     

In addition to outstanding sound quality, Centurion is incredibly comfortable, making it ideal for extended gaming sessions. It comes with interchangeable protein-leather and memory-foam ear cups, allowing gamers to customize their headset's fit and comfort to their personal preference. An exclusive Republic of Gamers headset stand is also included, giving gamers a convenient place to store their headset when not in use.

 

Ultimate in-game communication

ROG Centurion comes with a fully flexible, retractable digital microphone that ensures the best in-game communication with crystal-clear sound and low noise levels. The USB audio station also has a built-in microphone that actively detects and counters more than 90 percent of environmental noise, such as mechanical keyboard sounds and other people's voices, ensuring that distracting and annoying sounds are not transmitted to teammates.

 

Ultimate audio control

ROG Centurion works together with ASUS Sonic Studio, a full-featured and easy-to-use sound utility that provides gamers complete control over a wide range of audio features, such as equalization (EQ) and 7.1 surround speaker level-balancing. Unlike typical audio utilities with multi-screen interfaces that make configuration complicated and time-consuming, Sonic Studio has an intuitive all-in-one view that puts all the necessary audio controls on a single screen to make adjustments fast and easy.

Sonic Studio also includes controls for Sonic Radar Pro, a unique feature that precisely maps in-game sounds — such as footsteps and gunshots — and displays them on an on-screen overlay, so gamers can pinpoint their enemies for a competitive advantage in first-person shooters.

In addition to Sonic Studio's software audio controls, Centurion's USB audio station features intuitive, dedicated audio controls that gamers can access instantly in the heat of battle without disrupting their game. These include volume controls for the microphone and each surround-sound channel, and four game-audio profiles that boost critical details to provide the best sound for certain gaming scenarios, such as enhancing gunfire or footstep sounds in first-person shooters.

 

AVAILABILITY & PRICING

ASUS ROG Centurion will be available in October. Please contact your local ASUS representative for further information.

 

SPECIFICATIONS[1]

 ROG Centurion

Headphones

 

Connector

HDMI connector

USB for PCs (through the audio station)

Speaker driver dimensions

Front: 40mm

Subwoofer: 40mm

Center: 30mm

Rear: 20mm

Side: 20mm

Driver material

Neodymium magnet

Impedance

32 ohms

Frequency response

20Hz–20kHz

Ear cups

Two pairs of ear cups (1 x protein leather, 1 x memory foam cloth)

Weight

450g (without cable)

Size

221.5 x 229 x 111mm

Cable

Braided cable: 3m total (1.5m built-in + 1.5m extension)

Lighting effects

Static/Breathing/Off

Microphone type

Retractable digital microphone

Pick-up pattern

Unidirectional

Frequency response

100Hz–12kHz

Sensitivity

-26 ± 3dB

Audio station

 

ENC performance

More than 90% environmental noise cancellation

Power

USB-powered

Features

Master, individual surround channel, and microphone volume controls

Headphone amplifier

Game-audio spectrum profiles (Footstep, Gunshot, Racing, Action/RPG)

Lighting effect controls

Hi-Fi-grade ESS 9601 amplifier

Speaker output

HDMI to 3.5mm adapter cable (some sound effect functions do not work for speaker output)

Package contents

 

  • ROG Centurion surround-sound gaming headset
  • ROG Centurion USB audio station
  • Fabric mesh ear cushions (1 pair)
  • Memory foam ear cushions (1 pair)
  • ROG exclusive headset stand
  • HDMI-to-3.5mm speaker splitter cable
  • USB cable
  • Quick start guide

 

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About ASUS

ASUS is a worldwide top-three consumer notebook vendor and maker of the world’s best-selling, most award-winning motherboards. A leading enterprise in the new digital era, ASUS designs and manufactures products that perfectly meet the needs of today’s digital home and office, with a broad portfolio that includes motherboards, graphics cards, optical drives, displays, desktop and all-in-one PCs, notebooks, netbooks, servers, multimedia devices, wireless solutions, networking devices, tablets, smartphones and wearables. Driven by innovation and committed to quality, ASUS won 4,368 awards in 2015 and is widely credited with revolutionizing the PC industry with its Eee PC. ASUS has more than 17,000 employees around the globe with a world-class R&D team of over 5,500 engineers. Company revenue for 2015 was approximately US$14 billion.

 

[1] Specifications, content and product availability are all subject to change without notice and may differ from country to country. Actual performance may vary depending on applications, usage, environment and other factors. Full specifications are available at http://www.asus.com

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