Just Delivered: Corsair Vengeance Gaming Headsets

Subject: General Tech | November 28, 2011 - 10:47 AM |
Tagged: vengeance, corsair

Just Delivered is a new section of PC Perspective where we share some of the goodies that pass through our labs that may or may not see a review, but are pretty cool none the less.

Arriving just in time for my Thanksgiving break is a rather large but light box. Nestled inside lots of air bags are two boxes from popular computer case and peripheral maker Corsair. Specifically, the boxes include two pairs of Corsair's Vengeance series headsets, the Vengeance 1300 and 1500.

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Both of the Corsair Vengeance headsets are gaming headsets with full closed ear or circumaural headphones and noise canceling unidirectional condenser microphones. The 1300 is an analog headset with two 3.5 mm jacks for the headphones and microphone while the 1500 is a USB powered 7.1 channel headset. The 1500 uses a single USB connection to deliver both headphone audio and the microphone audio and is stated to draw up to 250 mW from the USB port.

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Both the Vengeance 1300 and 1500 have rotating ear cups that are also able to angle slightly up and down to fit comfortably in addition to the headband being able to extend or contract. The outside of the 1500 sports metal accents whereas the 1300 is plastic, making it a bit lighter, but they are both much lighter than they look to be. Further, both the 1300 and 1500 headsets have (non-removable) control pods on the 3 meter long cable to mute/un-mute the microphone and increase or decrease the volume level.

Initial impressions are positive, but it will certainly be interesting to see how they sound compared to other budget headsets, and whether or not they will live up to the same success that the HS1 and HS1A Corsair headsets held.  Read on to see more photos of the Corsair gear!

The Vengeance 1500 headset and control pod.

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November 28, 2011 | 12:14 PM - Posted by truk007

Hope you're going to review them. I've read other reviews, but the more input the better.

If you do review them, please include whether others can hear the sound from the headset (I'm not sure how it's referred to). I would be using these around others and I don't want to disturb them.

I would also love to know how well they sound during a number of games. Can you tell what direction gunfire is coming from? Can you determine when a Boomer is above you? Are there in-game subtleties that one may not normally hear from computer speakers?

Oh, and can you include a sound check for the mic. I would like to know how I might sound to others during a L4D2 session. Some mics sound distant and tinny (including the one I use currently).

One last thing... nobody ever discusses how difficult it is to alternate between listening to a headset and then the computer's speakers. I don't want to have to unplug the headset every time I want to listen to the regular speakers. Let your readers know if there is an easy method to turn the headset on and off.

I'm mainly interested in the gaming quality of headsets, but it still interests me if headsets produce sound that an audiophile might appreciate.


November 29, 2011 | 07:00 PM - Posted by Tim Verry

All valid question and something I'll definitely consider :) The 1500 can just be unplugged and you go right back to whatever your sound profile is for speakers, though if your speakers dont have a headphone passthrough I can see how it'd be a pain in the butt for the 1300 to keep having to switch back and forth.

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