Corsair VOID Surround 7.1 Channel Gaming Headset Review
Introduction and Specifications
The Corsair VOID Surround Gaming Headset is a hybrid product of sorts, combining a traditional stereo gaming headset with a Dolby Headphone-enabled USB dongle to unlock virtual 7.1 surround sound. We’ll have a look, and listen, in this review.
The market for gaming headsets being what it is, one of the most important factors with each new product inevitably becomes price. There are different tiers of products out there from many companies, and Corsair themselves offer a few different choices and various price-points. With the VOID Surround we have a pretty affordable option at $79.99, which is about half the price of the previous wired pair of gaming headphones I looked it, Logitech’s G633.
One of the advantages Corsair offers with this VOID headset is a pair of 50mm drivers, which theoretically offer better bass than 40mm options (though of course size alone is not a guarantee). The 7.1 surround effect is via Dolby Headphone, which is a virtual effect that is commonly found with single-driver options such as this. If the effect is convincing, a headset like the VOID can save the user a lot of money over the pricey discrete multi-driver options on the market.
Here’s a look at the specifications and features of the VOID Surround Gaming Headset from Corsair:
- Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20kHz
- Impedance: 32k Ohms @ 1kHz
- Sensitivity: 107dB (+/-3dB)
- Drivers: 50mm
- Connector: 4-pole 3.5mm
- Type: Unidirectional noise-cancelling with adjustable, rotating boom
- Impedance: 2.2k Ohms
- Frequency Response: 100Hz to 10kHz
- Sensitivity: -38dB (+/-3dB)
- PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One (with 3.5mm connector on controller – adapter may be required on older models), mobile and tablet
- A PC running Windows 7, 8, or 10 is required for CUE software and Dolby Headphone functionality
VOID Surround Gaming Headset features from Corsair:
- Genuine Dolby Headphone: Treat yourself to 7.1 channels of accurate and immersive surround
- Universal Compatibility: The mobile-compatible connector works with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and mobile devices. The included USB Dolby 7.1 sound card unlocks genuine Dolby Surround for PC.
- Embark on Marathon Gaming Sessions: Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads enable extended play.
- Unlock Legendary Audio: Oversized 50mm neodymium drivers bring the action to life with brilliant range and precision.
- Crystal Clear Voice Communication: The noise-canceling microphone on the VOID headset puts your voice in the spotlight—and nothing else
- Microfiber/Memory Foam Earpads: Play in comfort for hours… and hours
Thanks to Corsair for providing the VOID Surround Gaming Headset for our review.
- Corsair VOID Surround Gaming Headset: $79.99 - Amazon.com
Immediately out of the package the VOID Surround is a very sturdy feeling headset. The VOID Surround weighs 12.6 oz (with the cable) on my postal scale, which is substantial; though not at all heavy for gaming headphones.
The box includes the headset, Dolby Headphone USB dongle, and paperwork. The software required to enable surround sound is called CUE (Corsair Utility Engine), and can be downloaded from Corsair's support page, after selecting Gaming Headsets from the dropdown, and then "VOID USB, VOID Wireless" for the CUE software. (Curiously, at time of writing the product page does not offer a link to this required software.)
Next we'll take a close look at the Corsair VOID Surround headset.