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ASUS Vulcan PRO headset review – can it live long and prosper?

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In our last ASUS headset review for this series, we look at the ASUS Vulcan PRO, the top of the range for the Republic of Gamers. Does this headset go above and beyond the others? Is this the creme de la creme?

Look and Feel

Vulcan side view

The Vulcan is the largest headset, featuring full-sized ear cups to snuggle your hearing bits while the large and cushioned headband ensures that it rests comfortably on your head. It’s a good thing, too – weighing in at 325 grams, the headset can start to feel a bit heavy on the head. But don’t worry, the cushioning ensures that it never digs in where it shouldn’t; it is a soft and snug fit. The mic is detachable, but when attached it doesn’t always seem to sit where it should – it moves easily but seems to tend towards touching my cheek or sticking out too far in front of me.

Vulcan spitfire

This headset give a ton of mobility thanks to the 2.5 meter braided cable, which is extended even further when using the ROG Spitfire USB soundcard. Of course, this gives gamers two things to fiddle with – you’ve got the volume adjustment ability on the main cable along with the on/off toggle for the mic, while the soundcard gives the opportunity to adjust settings for FPS, Surround and Amp on the fly. I did have a tendency to grab the wrong one at times, but it’s still nice to have that much control at your fingertips.

Pump up the Volume

Vulcan carry case

The Vulcan proudly offers sound cancellation technology – it’s one of the key selling points. This is powered in the headset with a AAA battery and can be turned on simply by toggling the Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) switch on the left ear cup. Of course, you will know it’s on by the faint white noise “swooshing” sound you hear instead. Unfortunately, the noise cancellation doesn’t block out any noises the headset itself might make – plastic movements are still pushed directly into your ear drums regardless of noise cancellation.

Vulcan left ear cup

The actual sound quality of the Vulcan also varies depending on use of ANC or not. While ANC may help minimize some of the ambient noise in your environment, it simply isn’t worth the loss in sound quality to your actual ears. The ear cups do a decent job of muting most sounds in the room without the ANC – the dull swoosh reduces the range of sounds produced. The Vulcan boasts a frequency range of 20 Hz to 20 kHz, and reaches 54 dBFS with excellent drivers delivering a balanced stereo experience. However, at higher levels there is some degree of crackle and distortion.

Thanks to the ROG Spitfire Soundcard, you can enjoy 7.1 virtual surround sound. Of course, virtual surround doesn’t compare to true surround for the true audiophiles, but it certainly does sound convincing enough for most gameplay. FPS, Surround and Amp can all be toggled on and off quickly and easily on the soundcard itself.

Specifications

  • Connectors: 3.5 mm (1/8”) jack
  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohm
  • Drivers: 2 x 50mm
  • Cable: Braided, 2.5 meters
  • Weight: 325 grams
  • RRP: R1 849

Verdict

Despite the high-end design (and price tag) for this headset, gamers may not feel that they’re getting top range value for the Vulcan. The build quality means that some gamers might hear plastic groaning when the ear cups adjust to movement and they could be prone to distortion.

I’m very sad to say goodbye to all three of these headsets as they return to their ASUS masters. I am very impressed with their audio range, although I feel that the cheaper headsets were the best, offering excellent value for very reasonable prices.

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Last Updated: May 21, 2014

26 Comments

  1. Admiral Chief in Space

    May 21, 2014 at 15:38

    Does that make you….a cheap girl?

    πŸ˜›

    I liked the Orion’s look the most

    Reply

    • Alien Emperor Trevor

      May 21, 2014 at 15:42

      Cost effective maybe?

      Reply

      • Admiral Chief in Space

        May 21, 2014 at 15:47

        So, as a pickup line, you ask the girl if she is “cost effective”?

        Huehuehue

        Reply

        • RinceofFuturePast

          May 21, 2014 at 15:48

          lulz

          Reply

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 21, 2014 at 15:50

            No wonder he is #ForeverSP

            πŸ˜›

          • Alien Emperor Trevor

            May 21, 2014 at 16:03

            Why are you laughing darling?

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 21, 2014 at 16:06

            Oh snap! You guys back together? Congrats!

          • Jedi JJ

            May 21, 2014 at 16:07

            Rince just got the missus angry. You know there’s trouble when she’s being vague.

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 21, 2014 at 16:10

            Is Trev the missus? I thought it was the other way around?

          • Jedi JJ

            May 21, 2014 at 16:12

            You never know with them really. It changes.

          • Admiral Chief in Space

            May 21, 2014 at 16:13

            O_O

        • Jedi JJ

          May 21, 2014 at 15:57

          He’s being sensible. Wouldn’t want to get someone who’s expensive but then doesn’t have the right frequency response.

          Reply

  2. Alien Emperor Trevor

    May 21, 2014 at 15:39

    The Orion looked like the best of the 3 to me.

    Reply

  3. RinceofFuturePast

    May 21, 2014 at 15:50

    So if you engage the ANC you get shitty reception? Who would have thought…

    Reply

    • Jedi JJ

      May 21, 2014 at 15:55

      Boom!

      Reply

  4. FSR

    May 21, 2014 at 15:56

    “The build quality means that some gamers might hear plastic groaning when the ear cups adjust to movement” that is a killer for me. Unacceptable.

    Reply

  5. Jedi JJ

    May 21, 2014 at 15:59

    I have two sets of Headphones. One for when I need a mic (was about R150) and a set of Sennheisers.
    I really can’t complain about either one. Both are quite decent. (the Sennheiser obviously being the better one)

    Reply

    • Admiral Chief in Space

      May 21, 2014 at 15:59

      “I really can’t complain about either one. Both are quite decent”
      Is that what she said?

      Reply

      • Jedi JJ

        May 21, 2014 at 16:01

        Just because you only have one is no need to be mean about it. πŸ˜‰

        Reply

        • Admiral Chief in Space

          May 21, 2014 at 16:05

          Confucious say: “One whole is better than two half”

          Reply

          • Jedi JJ

            May 21, 2014 at 16:06

            Oh yea! Well you suck!

            Yea. Take that!

  6. UltimateNinjaPandaDudeGuy

    May 21, 2014 at 16:05

    Any chance you could give a review of the Logitech G930? I am thinking of getting it… πŸ˜€

    Reply

    • Kromas

      May 22, 2014 at 07:15

      Yes Please.

      Reply

  7. Lothy

    May 21, 2014 at 19:21

    Not worth the buy. Headphones are good and comfy but there is a high chance the ear pad stitching will come undone. This has happened to me and a mate who both got the vulcans. Oh and Asus dont cover that under warrarnty…

    Reply

  8. Maxiviper117

    May 22, 2014 at 11:51

    Well the Headset I myself would highly recommend is the “Cooler Master Storm Sirus True 5.1 Surround sound” gaming head set.

    Reply

  9. Marcus Nilsson

    February 12, 2016 at 23:01

    This headset is crap, i’ve been carefully taken care of it, but it broke after 2 month of use. like literaly. crap my worst 100 dollars ever spent on a headset, you can get the same one for the price of 30 dollars on amazon. DO NOT BUY IT.

    Also if the sound is too loud the sound noice canceling will start making a noice as if you have been playing way too loud music in the headset.

    this headset wouldnt be worth more than 30 dollars.

    Reply

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