A few months after the release of the 7.1 model, which we tested in March, ASUS has finally made available the Electret variant of the Theta range, the state-of-the-art gaming headphones equipped with two pavilion drivers, one electret type and one classic type with neodymium magnet, designed for those players who also love listening to music without compromising, perhaps using DACs and high-end external amplifiers.
The two new models, spotted for the first time at Computex 2019, share construction shape and materials, but differ profoundly from the technical point of view which is characterized by a series of four pavilion drivers and an integrated audio DAC to offer surround sound of high quality in the case of 7.1, while two drivers, one of which is a classic type with a neodymium magnet and one an electret type, for the Elecret.
The Theta Elecret are therefore the first commercial product to be equipped with electret driver technology, a technology capable of returning a truly realistic audio rendering especially with regard to medium and high frequencies and, for this reason, ASUS has combined them to drivers with “classic” neodymium magnets mounted in a sealed chamber to offer optimized bass.
The boom microphone, with unidirectional pattern, uses signal deviation technology that reduces interference between frequency ranges for a more pure and clear audio, so much so that it is certified Discord and TeamSpeak.
Like the Delta, the Thetas also mount triangular pavilions, in the shape of an inverted D, which perfectly follow the lines of the ear, allowing, at the same time, to have a surface in contact with the head smaller than that which would be with the standard models .
The exclusive ROG Hybrid pads, available in bundles in both leather and breathable mesh and in fabric, are characterized by a smooth and soft finish that transmits greater freshness, exceptional comfort (even when wearing glasses) and high acoustic insulation .
The ROG Theta Electret, thanks to the 3.5mm TRS and TRRS cables supplied, support a wide range of gaming platforms, including PC, Mac, game consoles, Nintendo Switch and mobile phones.
Below is the summary table that compares the 7.1 variant with the Elecret protagonist of our today’s review.
||ASUS ROG Theta 7.1||ASUS ROG Theta Electret
|Driver||4 per pavilion with neodymium magnets||2 per pavilion, electret and neodymium magnet|
|Driver size||Front da 40mm – Center da 30mm
Side da 30mm – Rear da 30mm
|Frequency response||20Hz – 40kHz||20Hz – 40kHz|
|Impedance||32 Ω||32 Ω|
|Connection||USB-C, USB||Jack TRRS|
|Surround||7.1 real||No (Stereo)|
|Weight||~ 570g microphone included||~ 555g microphone included|
|Microphone||ECM capacitor||ECM capacitor|
|Frequency response||100Hz – 12kHz||100Hz – 12kHz|
|Signal to noise ratio||-40 ± 3dB||-40 ± 3dB|
|Controls||Switch modalità surround 7.1/ stereo
volume control, microphone activity and RGB lighting
|Accessories||USB-C to USB adapter cable, additional ROG Hybrid bearing set||TRS headphone and microphone splitter, additional ROG Hybrid bearing set|
|Compatibility||PC, MAC, mobile devices with USB-C, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch||All devices equipped with a 3.5mm audio jack|
|Management software||ROG Armoury||Nobody|
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