ASUS launches first gaming headset with MQA

New ROG Delta S headset adds MQA technology

MQA’s award-winning technology has been adopted by global tech leader ASUS for its latest ROG (Republic of Gamers) headphones. The headset, designed to offer flawless audio quality for gaming enthusiasts, was revealed alongside the latest gaming gear during the ROG 2020 META BUFFS international online launch event on 1 September 2020.

Commented Kris Huang, General Manager of Gaming Gear and Accessory Business Unit, ASUS, “ROG has always focused on creating ground-breaking and unconventional gaming peripherals. Each ROG headset is meticulously researched and tuned, resulting in a product designed from a gamer’s perspective. We worked closely with MQA to create a headset that not only provides a gaming advantage, but also offers audiophile-quality sound when listening to music. ROG gaming headsets feature the industry-leading high-res ESS 9281 DAC with QUAD DAC technology, plus MQA technology support for impeccably detailed, true-to-life audio for the best gaming and entertainment experiences.”

Mike Jbara, MQA CEO added, “ASUS is a company driven by innovation, whose ROG line is committed to pushing the limits of the gaming experience. Gaming continues to set the bar for consumer entertainment, demonstrating what is possible and driving up quality expectations across all entertainment categories. The best collaborations come when partners share similar aspirations.”

The ROG Delta S gaming headset is the first with MQA Renderer technology, which can connect to an MQA core signal, for example within the TIDAL music streaming app, and complete the final "unfold" of an MQA file. The addition of this feature to improve the headset’s music playback aligns with recent research about gamers and music. As reported in Music Week, according to MIDiA Research, dedicated gamers spend 7.6 hours streaming music per week – more than twice as much as the average consumer, and also above the 6.9 hours for music subscribers.

ASUS continually enhances every aspect of the gaming experience across its ranges of high-performance gaming PCs, monitors, keyboards, mice and headsets, and its products have won numerous awards and accolades. The ROG Delta S headset has emulated this success with an even wider audience, being just as accomplished at delivering studio quality music, as it is at revealing every detail of game play. Here’s a selection of standout reviews:

– International Business Times: "The biggest selling point of the ROG Delta S headset is that it supports MQA audio playback. If you are a TIDAL subscriber, the ROG Delta S should be a must-own headset to best take advantage of its MQA support."

– AVForums (Highly Recommended Award): “When fed a MQA source such as TIDAL (which you can verify as the MQA status lights up in the Armoury Crate software), the result is sublime.”

– Gamesradar (The best PC headsets for gaming 2021): The ASUS ROG Delta S certainly packs a punch….and the cups are even capable of reading MQA files as well. That means you'll be able to stream high-end TIDAL Masters with studio-level quality while your thumbs are taking a break.

Given the incredible reception for the ROG Delta S headset, it's no surprise that MQA has since been included in its next generation ROG Delta S Animate.

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