Looking first at the build quality of the ROG Vulcan ANC we have a headset which sits at the top end of the market. The finish is exceptional and rugged with each of the various parts feeling solid, something which is important for those intending on travelling with the headset. It is clear that this long term durability and travel was very much taken into account when designing the headset and shows through in design decisions such as the ability to fold the headset up and the use of a removable (replaceable) cord.
That said we did feel that the folding joints were a little loose, it didn’t cause any problem when wearing the headset but they had a tendency to fold when taking it off or picking it up.
In terms of performance the ROG Vulcan ANC headset scores well. In gaming we get loads of bass and plenty of detail with the headset reproducing various genres of game well, matching many of the Razer headsets we have used. We were also pleased to hear the comments from those we spoke to on the microphone, informing us that it exceeded the quality on our SteelSeries headset.
The Vulcan ANC is also an incredibly light and comfortable headset to wear, in fact one of the most comfortable we have used.
In terms of noise isolation and cancellation the passive aspect of the Vulcan ANC works well with the earcup design minimising noise in and out of the headset. In fact it takes significant levels of noise before we get any impact on our experience even without the active technology.
Speaking of active noise cancellation we were more than happy with the effects when gaming, there was clearly a positive impact when we enabled ANC, especially on sounds such as loud cooling systems and generic background noise. When listening to music or watching a movie we wouldn’t recommend enabling ANC though. It had a tendency to flatten out the sound and therefore reduce the quality of the audio in these tasks.
So that brings us to value. Clearly ASUS have done their research before releasing the Vulcan ANC and found that gamers like their travel cases, so have provided a top quality version here. The ability to change earpads and cable also adds value as these low cost items can be replaced should they expire through general wear and tear. Our only two minor issues are that Asus did not include fabric ear pads for those who prefer that material… and there was no battery included in our sample.
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