Who Is The ROG Delta S Headset For?

  • The ROG Delta S headset provides high-quality audio without any unnecessary gimmicks
  • The headset is incredibly comfortable and lightweight, making it a great option for extended use
  • The microphone on the ROG Delta S is one of the best around for a headset
The ROG Delta S is one of the most comfortable headsets I've ever used

Gaming headsets come in all shapes and sizes, but only one headset right now can offer a built-in MQA renderer: the ROG Delta S. Outside of supporting MQA, the Delta S doesn't really have anything else to offer that sets it apart from the competition. However, that basic approach allows the ROG Delta S to focus on what really matters with a headset, which is to say audio quality, microphone quality and comfort.

Comfort First

A headset can be the best-sounding piece of equipment ever, but it is pretty useless if it isn't comfortable to wear. Thankfully, the ROG Delta S is one of the most comfortable headsets I have ever put on. The ear cushions clamp snugly, but are never tight enough to be uncomfortable. Additionally, the cushions are very soft, making it easy to keep going during long gaming sessions.

The ROG Delta S has a funky shape, but is super comfortable

The top band has the same cushioning that the ear cups have, which helps the ROG Delta S feel comfortable. The headset is also pretty lightweight, which is great for reducing neck fatigue.

The ROG Delta S earcups can swivel 90 degrees, allowing the headset to lay flat on a table. This makes the Delta S easy to tuck into a bag, and means the headset can be quickly hung around my neck without feeling like I'm being choked.

High Quality Audio

The biggest selling point of the ROG Delta S headset is that it supports MQA audio playback. MQA is a file type that claims to offer unparalleled audio quality. As of right now, only two streaming services even support MQA playback, Tidal and nugs.net. The ROG Delta S stands alone as the only headset currently available that supports MQA playback according to the official MQA website.

The ROG Delta S also supports all other file types as well, and makes audio sound fantastic regardless of if it is an MP3 or FLAC. Music comes in with a healthy balance between highs, mids and lows, with nothing overpowering anything else.

If the default audio experience isn't exactly what you had in mind, the ROG Armoury Crate software allows for expanded audio customization options like adjusting EQ levels and turning on a virtual 7.1 surround sound. Users can create profiles for individual games or apps and the headset will adjust when each game is loaded.

The only negative when it comes to audio playback is there was this weird crackling sound whenever I play something on my computer. It almost sounds like that little pop when a needle is put onto a record for the first time. This doesn't happen with other headphones, so I'm not sure what is causing it with the ROG Delta S. That said, once something is playing the sound doesn't happen again. It only crackles when going from silence to something playing.

Monumental Microphone

The ROG Delta S microphone is one of the best available in a game headset. The microphone uses AI to help filter out the majority of background noise, and it works very well. When testing out the microphone, the person I talked to couldn't hear a television in the background, and couldn't hear my mechanical keyboard clacking away, even when I was hovering fractions of an inch above my fingers.

The ROG Delta S microphone uses AI to filter out background noise

Instead, I was told I sound crystal clear, and there were no muddled sounds or any echoing effects. I was also told I sounded nice and loud, making it even easier to understand what I was saying.

The microphone can be muted by clicking in the volume rocker on the back of the headset, but this is a little awkward as the rocker is fairly small. I would have preferred a dedicated mute button, or at least something a little easier to quickly press when a sneeze is coming on.

Compatibility

The ROG Delta S is fairly compatible with a wide range of devices. The headset has tossed out the traditional 3.5mm headphone jack and instead uses a USB-C connection. However, if the headset being used doesn't have a USB-C port, the headset does work when using a USB-C to USB converter.

The ROG Delta S can obviously be used with PCs, but is also compatible with the Nintendo Switch, PS4 and PS5 with the converter. Because the headset supports the PlayStation line of consoles, it means it does not support Xbox consoles.

The headset can also be used with cell phones and tablets to both listen to music and have phone calls. The microphone is detachable, making it easy to use the ROG Delta S headset as a dedicated pair of headphones.

No Special Features

The ROG Delta S is phenomenal as a headset, but it doesn't really offer any special features outside of the MQA compatibility and the great microphone. There are only two buttons on the back of the headset. One can quickly change the RGB lighting on the headset from its pre-set (or customized with the ROG Armoury Crate software) light pattern to a reactive light setting, or to turn the lights off completely.

The back of the headset only has two buttons, one to control the lights and the other to control volume

The second button is both the volume adjustment rocker and the microphone mute button. The volume is adjusted by pushing the rocker up or down, and the microphone can be muted by pushing the button in.

That's it! There aren't any built-in 3D effects, noise cancellation or any wireless features. There isn't even a way to pause an audio track. As far as headphones go, the ROG Delta S is pretty straightforward.

Final Thoughts

For $200, the ROG Delta S is not cheap at all, but does offer some compatibility with PlayStation, Switch, mobile and PC all supported. That said, a USB-C to USB adapter is needed to get the headset to work with devices that don't have a USB-C port.

If you are a Tidal subscriber, the ROG Delta S should be a must-own headset to best take advantage of its MQA support. For everyone else, the Delta S is simply an incredibly comfortable headset with solid audio quality and a fantastic microphone.