To go along with the new Asus ROG Phone 6 and ROG Phone 6 Pro smartphones, Asus has created a new wireless headset specifically for gaming. Except they aren’t nothing but wireless, because in the box is a cable that attaches to the earbuds and adds a quad DAC so you can listen. Called the Asus ROG Cetra True Wireless Pro earbuds, they are designed to appeal to anyone looking for gaming power, convenience and audiophile quality.
Audiophile quality, from wireless earbuds? Yes. ROG Cetra uses a pair of 10mm drivers and mounts Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Sound Platform of AptX Lossless for 24-bit, 96kHz CD-quality audio, making it one of the first to arrive with this combination, alongside the NuraTrue Pro Headphones† Not enough for you? That’s where the cable comes in. Switch from the Bluetooth connection to the included USB Type-C cable, and it adds an ESS 9280 Quad DAC, which Asus also uses in its ROG Fusion II 300 USB Headsetready to deliver great audio without any lag.
As for lag, Asus claims that if you pair the ROG Cetra with the ROG Phone 6 or ROG Phone 6 Pro, the latency is reduced to 45ms, making them ideal for gaming. In wired mode, there’s a noise-cancelling microphone designed to isolate your voice even in windy conditions, plus active noise cancellation (ANC) when connected to Bluetooth. Asus has added several special modes, including one that handles wind noise better. Other features include touch controls and access to your phone’s voice assistant, plus an IPX4 splash-proof rating so they can be used in the rain and withstand sweat.
Asus states that the battery will last seven hours or a total of 21 hours without the ANC, or four and a half hours or 13 hours with the ANC on. The case has a 10-minute quick charge feature that adds an hour and a half of headphone use.
The Republic of Gamers branding leaves no doubt that the ROG Cetra was designed with the gamer in mind, but the audio technology inside means they could also appeal to anyone with a preference for great-sounding audio. They join several other gaming-focused accessories created to enhance the ROG Phone 6, including the Nintendo Switch Joy-Con-esque Kunai 3 controller.
Asus has announced the ROG Cetra True Wireless Pro, but at the time of writing has not given a final price or an exact release date. Instead, it says the headphones will be released around September or October this year.