Corsair Vengeance 2000 Headset ReviewWaco - June 19, 2012
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Testing the Corsair Vengeance 2000 headset required some serious music listening sessions, a movie or two, and some intense gaming sessions. Granted, there's no easy way to measure sound quality, but I will do my best to describe any flaws or drawbacks in the sound reproduction that these sound-quality oriented headphones can deliver.
- Processor: Intel i7 2600K @ 5.0 GHz
- Motherboard: Gigabyte Z68XP-UD4
- Memory: 16 GB (4x4 GB) G.Skill Sniper DDR3-1600 MHz
- Video Card: Sapphire 5970 @ 1000/1200 MHz
- PSU: PC Power and Cooling Silencer Mark II 950 Watt
- Hard Drives: Seagate Barracude 7200.10 750 GB w/ Corsair X128 using Intel Smart Response
- Optical Drive: N/A
- Case: Cooler Master HAF 932
- OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64-Bit SP1
- Turtle Beach TBS-2114
- Philips SBC HB250 w/ AntLion ModMic
Corsair hit the mark here. With the "Reference EQ" setting enabled and the additional HRTF processing disabled, this headset is just awesome for gaming. I tested them playing Skyrim, Left 4 Dead 2, and Warhammer 40K: Retribution. The bass response is crisp and authoritative. The midrange output is clear and precise. The treble is a bit more "shimmery" than I'm used to, but definitely has no real drawbacks. Even at maximum volume, which is LOUD, there is no detectable distortion at any frequency; explosions sound like explosions, footsteps behind you are easy to place, and gunshots ringing off corridor walls are nearly deafening. Locational awareness was on-par with pretty much any other headset and far superior to any speaker setup I've heard. The microphone performed admirably and the people I was playing with, when asked, described the sound of my voice as "very natural with no distortion or feedback". Sounds like a winner to me!
Corsair didn't design these headphones to be ideal for movies; however, they perform this duty admirably. The lack of wires along with the very long range allowed for comfortable listening even if you have your computer (or HTPC) in another room. I tested these headphones with a few of my favorite scenes such as The Matrix, The Lord of the Rings, and Gone in 60 Seconds. Because they never introduce a hint of distortion, even on very low bass drops and explosions, movie watching was very enjoyable and fatigue-free. Dialog was easy to understand; there was no detectible hiss or noise floor during quiet sections and they could certainly go loud enough to kill your hearing by the time you're 40.
Music is life; at least, it is to me. I've had many gaming headsets that claimed to have "superior sound quality", but couldn't deliver on that promise when doing any sort of critical listening. Corsair, on the other hand, has produced something special. I tested out this headset with quite a variety of music ranging from Skrillex (I know, shut up), to Beethoven, to Amon Amarth, to Adele (yeah, Adele). Not only are these headphones wireless with absolutely ZERO background noise or hiss, they sound absolutely awesome at the same time. With the "Reference EQ" setting enabled, these headphones outperform any gaming headset I've heard to date; wired or wireless. The response is almost perfectly flat (I found the low bass to be slightly muted) and try as I might, I could not get them to distort even when pushed to the absolute limit. Corsair is true to the claim of being oriented towards sound quality.