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Asus Vulcan ANC Review

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Mentai 27th August 2011, 11:11 Quote
I like the design in terms of functionality, with the detachable mic and ANC. Do those audio cords pop out instead of breaking when I accidentally yank the cord? Aesthetically though it's average and I would prefer not to have Republic of Gamers on the side of my head if I want to go outside with them using my mp3 player.
noizdaemon666 27th August 2011, 11:49 Quote
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with it's clear bass and mid-range, which stayed undistorted even at high volumes

Fixed that for you :D But otherwise, great review, may have to get myself a pair of these.
Bloody_Pete 27th August 2011, 12:22 Quote
Oooooh, theis could be the headset I've been waiting for...
Th3Maverick 27th August 2011, 13:06 Quote
Any chance we can ever get a review of the Beyerdynamic MMX300?
GiantKiwi 27th August 2011, 13:30 Quote
Uhm what? you have to have batteries in to use those, despite the fact that ANC is almost always absolute crap, AND they are wired, no option to bypass the ANC. This is another classic example of a crap review of a pointless product, in an over-saturated market. This nothing like the reviews of a couple of years ago in the mag.
TheLostSwede 27th August 2011, 13:51 Quote
Uhm, I have a pair and the bass is the one thing missing in this headset, don't get me wrong, the overall sound quality is very good, but considering the large drivers, the bass is really lacking.
TheLostSwede 27th August 2011, 13:52 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
Uhm what? you have to have batteries in to use those, despite the fact that ANC is almost always absolute crap, AND they are wired, no option to bypass the ANC. This is another classic example of a crap review of a pointless product, in an over-saturated market. This nothing like the reviews of a couple of years ago in the mag.

No, you only need a battery IF and when you use ANC and if you look carefully, there's a switch for enabling and disabling ANC. So take a chill pill, they work just fine as a regular headset without ANC enabled and no battery inserted.
GiantKiwi 27th August 2011, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by TheLostSwede
No, you only need a battery IF and when you use ANC and if you look carefully, there's a switch for enabling and disabling ANC. So take a chill pill, they work just fine as a regular headset without ANC enabled and no battery inserted.

still doesnt detract from the fact that ANC doesnt work (Working with numerous different headphones in labs, including a few more reputable audio manufacturers, I'm fully aware of how crap the technology is) minus the ANC and youve got an identical headset to 10 other gaming headsets, at a drastically inflated price, so it doesnt deserve anywhere near the score it got.
GootyS 27th August 2011, 15:25 Quote
Have a look at the Turtle Beach gaming head sets. I believe they make them for most gaming platforms and the headsets have 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound. In saying that i would still love to get the ROG headset.
Skiddywinks 27th August 2011, 16:09 Quote
I have been shopping around for a decent set of 'phones for a while now, and while these do sound like a great effort by Asus, what reasons are there to not by some HD 555s or the like instead? Surely they can't be up to the same quality?
Picarro 27th August 2011, 16:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
still doesnt detract from the fact that ANC doesnt work (Working with numerous different headphones in labs, including a few more reputable audio manufacturers, I'm fully aware of how crap the technology is) minus the ANC and youve got an identical headset to 10 other gaming headsets, at a drastically inflated price, so it doesnt deserve anywhere near the score it got.

Uhm, you ever used a pair of Bose ANC headphones aboard an aeroplane? I can tell you that ANC works and it works just fine. The entire range of Bose Quietcomfort headphones are great for noisecancelling, though the overall sound quality is not that great for the exorbitant price you pay. I'd rather have a pair of Sennheiser or AKG for every day listening.
MorpheusUK 27th August 2011, 16:27 Quote
Thoughts on Logitech Gaming Headset G330?
greypilgers 27th August 2011, 21:49 Quote
Wow... GiantKiwi got out of the wrong side of bed this morning...

'Crap review of a pointless product... nothing like reviews a couple of years ago'?

Bit harsh mate. Reviews are just opinions after all. If you disagree with the mindset and opinions so much, don't read it? I've heard some ANC before and think that in some cases it seems to work quite well, whilst in others it doesn't. If you use such specialised equipment in situations such as you say, perhaps you have become sensitive to it and so a bit more critical than the normal PC gamer is going to be? Either way, your opinion is exactly the same as that of the reviewer, an opinion. We read it, take it on board, and use it to make more of an informed decision - just hopefully with a bit less acid than you exhibit...

:)
Ficky Pucker 27th August 2011, 22:10 Quote
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Originally Posted by Skiddywinks
I have been shopping around for a decent set of 'phones for a while now, and while these do sound like a great effort by Asus, what reasons are there to not by some HD 555s or the like instead? Surely they can't be up to the same quality?

HD555 or Audio Technica AD700 will be great for gaming. ;)

if you care about sound quality then defintely avoid "gaming headsets", any "gaming headsets"/headphones with ANC or wireless. (and avoid anything made by: Beats by Dre, Skullcandy, Bose)
Combatus 27th August 2011, 22:18 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
still doesnt detract from the fact that ANC doesnt work (Working with numerous different headphones in labs, including a few more reputable audio manufacturers, I'm fully aware of how crap the technology is) minus the ANC and youve got an identical headset to 10 other gaming headsets, at a drastically inflated price, so it doesnt deserve anywhere near the score it got.

Well we found the ANC does work, although you need to tweak your equaliser to regain some bass. More importantly, the Vulcan isn't identical to 10 other gaming headsets - a fact we tried to make pretty clear in the first paragraph of the review. To be honest, we'd pay the extra over and above our previous favourite headset, the Razer Carcharias, even if the Vulcan didn't have ANC - it's even more comfortable, sounds even better, comes with a half decent carry case and to answer Mentai's question, it's audio cable is removable too.
Baz 27th August 2011, 22:48 Quote
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It's audio cable is removable too.
This won it over for me. Great audio + mic + ANC + detachable audio cable to stop neck wrenching when you run the cable over? Nom.

In addition, it's worth remembering that dropping £££ on crazy awesome headphones from sennheiser/sony/mental-headphones 'r' us will get you better audio, although the Vulcan's audio is very good. We review it as a gaming headset - mic, and headphones, integrated, and try to avoid getting into audiophile detail. People buy what suits them; for the majority of online gamers, a headset is the answer.
fathazza 28th August 2011, 01:03 Quote
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Looks-wise, the Vulcan is simple and maybe even unremarkable, with subtle ROG insignia
http://images.bit-tech.net/content_images/2011/08/asus-vulcan-anc-review/asusvulcanheadset3-1280x1024.jpg

That seems about as subtle as a pikey-fied exhaust on a vauxhall nova!

Out of interest with a 38/40 for sound... What has this headset been compared against to achieve that score? Other "gaming headsets" or actual headphones?
Senilex 28th August 2011, 12:58 Quote
Is this USB or 3.5mm jack?
TheLostSwede 28th August 2011, 13:22 Quote
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Is this USB or 3.5mm jack?

It's got a pair of 3.5mm jacks, just not clear from the pictures as some clever person plugged the end that goes into the PC into the headset... :p
MSHunter 28th August 2011, 14:33 Quote
A good gaming headset, maybe. I think the best part it the (what looks like) removable/replaceable cables in this price range. Go Asus :D
GiantKiwi 28th August 2011, 14:57 Quote
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Originally Posted by Combatus
Well we found the ANC does work, although you need to tweak your equaliser to regain some bass. More importantly, the Vulcan isn't identical to 10 other gaming headsets - a fact we tried to make pretty clear in the first paragraph of the review. To be honest, we'd pay the extra over and above our previous favourite headset, the Razer Carcharias, even if the Vulcan didn't have ANC - it's even more comfortable, sounds even better, comes with a half decent carry case and to answer Mentai's question, it's audio cable is removable too.

removable audio cable to prevent ear wrenching on snags? how about most of the Steelseries Headsets which implement it like that as well....?
D3Mamba 28th August 2011, 19:02 Quote
Could somebody tell me if they think that these will be better than a pair of logitech G930s?
Senilex 28th August 2011, 21:40 Quote
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Is this USB or 3.5mm jack?

It's got a pair of 3.5mm jacks, just not clear from the pictures as some clever person plugged the end that goes into the PC into the headset... :p

Many thanks. I hate USB headsets!
Picarro 29th August 2011, 07:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by GiantKiwi
removable audio cable to prevent ear wrenching on snags? how about most of the Steelseries Headsets which implement it like that as well....?

They tell you that it's a feature, they don't force you to buy it. Why are you so unbelievably sour and mad?
Elton 29th August 2011, 08:44 Quote
For me though, I would still prefer just getting a seperate mic and headphone. Mics aren't too expensive anyhow.
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