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ASUS Strix 7.1 Review

ASUS Strix 7.1 Review

It seems that in recent times manufacturers want to take our audio completely into their own hands…which may not be a bad thing for those with laptop, or inbuilt audio solutions. Taking control used to mean bundling a basic USB soundcard with a headset but nowadays we get amps, surround sound and the like. Today we test one of those advanced headsets in our ASUS Strix 7.1 Review.

ASUS Strix 7.1 Review – Packaging and Bundle

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The Strix 7.1 arrives in a fairly chunky box which provides a glimpse of the product design while also letting us know about the key features and specifications. Inside the headset is suspended in a plastic tray with the bundled items in a compartment below. These start with product documentation before continuing through the removable mic, speaker cable, USB cable and control pod… more on that shortly.

ASUS Strix 7.1 Review – The Headset and Amp


Looking around the Strix the majority of the construction is chunky plastic. The headband works through a suspension design with padding and the outside of each earcup allows us to see the LED sections inside. These can be set to pulse, off or always on. Also worthy of note is that the headset can fold flat and that extending from the left ear cup is a 1.5m braided cable which ends in a HDMI plug. The headset weight is 450g.


Flipping the headset over we find two hexagonal ear cushions, 13cm wide, which are memory foam covered by a soft protein leather coating. Underneath the orange cloth are 5 drivers in each ear, neodymium, totalling 10 overall which provide our true 7.1 solution. Their sizes are: Side 20mm, centre 30mm, rear 20mm, sub 40mm and front 40mm. Impedance is 32 Ohm and frequency response 20-20,000Hz. Our mic plugs into the left cup and is a uni-directional model with 50-16000Hz response and -40db sensitivity.

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Key to the Strix 7.1 is the ASUS Audio Station. This driverless device connects to our system via USB (single 1.5m braided cable that splits at the end into two USB plugs). On the front of the unit is a dial which changes the function of the main top dial, allowing us to change the levels of the individual drivers, mic and change profiles. ASUS provide settings for RPG/Action, Racing, enhanced footsteps and enhanced gunfire to help place our enemies. Another setting allows us to tweak the LEDs. Four buttons run across the front of the top surface and they enable speaker passthrough (via the bundled 3.5mm cables), mute the mic, toggle 7.1/stereo and enable/disable the internal AMP. A switch on the centre of the base allows us to disable environmental noise cancellation (ASUS state 90% reduction in noise) and while the unit doesn’t need drivers, its firmware can be updated. The most recent update adding additional volume to the device.

ASUS Strix 7.1 Review – Conclusion


Starting with the design of the Strix 7.1 we have a headset which initially disappointed. It feels very plasticy, basically because it is… once we got over that we started to appreciate the cool ear-cup design, inside and especially outside. Those LED illuminated owl eyes are cool and the foam/protein leather pads are very comfortable.

Value wise, a more premium feel would help in this area, as would a basic travel case (especially given ASUS note that the folding design is ideal for gamers on the move) however at £145 or so, it is fairly well priced.

Set-up was easy enough. No drivers required. Just plug the headset HDMI into the Audio Station and then the Audio Station via USB into our PC. The available firmware update was applied easily enough, though the skin used on the wizard was a bit basic…little touches do make a difference.

As far as using the audio station goes, it was fairly simple. The manual provided wasn’t great, it left a little guesswork but the overall use of the pod was fairly intuitive. On the feature front, overall we were happy. The various gaming profiles are all useful. The inbuilt amp provides a nice boost to our audio and the quick mute/speakers selectors are always welcome. Noise cancellation worked well and having a switch to enable/disable is wise, though placing it on the base and making it hard to switch seems odd. As far as mic quality goes, it was good for a headset model with decent clarity and volume. Streamers will still want their stand alone model though.

For those wanting to listen to music, the experience is decent. Plenty of volume, maybe a lacking a little clarity in more demanding tracks. Fed a surround signal from a music Blu-Ray the quality did step up though. That said, we were disappointed that ASUS did not include profiles for various genres of music as they do gaming. Speaking of gaming, that and movie audio were both impressive, as standard and through the provided profiles. Separation and spatial sounds were great and there is plenty of bass available when needed.

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