Corsair Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset ReviewIndybird -
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To test the Vengeance 1300 I’m going to be primarily gaming since that is it's target purpose, but I'll also be throwing in a little bit of music as it is marketed as a multi-purpose headset.
- CPU: AMD Phenom II X4 965
- Cooling: Noctua NH-U12P SE
- Motherboard: ASUS M4A89GTD Pro/USB3
- Memory: Mushkin Redline 997013 4 GB DDR3-1600 MHz
- Video Card: XFX Radeon HD 6970
- Power Supply: NZXT Hale90 750 W
- HDD: 1 x Seagate 7200.11 750 GB SATA w/ 32 MB Cache
- Optical Drive: Lite-On DVD-R/W
- OS: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
To test the gaming qualities of the Vengeance 1300 I tried out fast paced shooter action in Battlefield 3 and some immersive environments in Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Battlefield 3 faired decently. The stereo image was quite clear and even allowed me to distinguish angles of gunshots and footsteps, if only a little bit. Explosions and other deeper sounds were quite lacking, however the highs and mids were very clear. Skyrim was a similar story, while moving through corridors and vast open plains the ambient sounds were up front and clearly audible. Sword and magic combat also faired well with the headset's range of audio.
To test the music listening qualities of the Vengeance 1300 I used my standard genre's of music: classical, 70's rock and modern electronic. Starting off with Camille Saint-Saëns’ 'Samson and Delila' I was neither impressed or disappointed; the strings and higher brass were slightly clear, but there is a sharp cutoff in the reproduction of the lower instruments such as the timpani and the double bass. For the 70's rock I listened to "Us and Them" by Pink Floyd. The vocals were very clear, and quite impressive. Background instruments were generally well rendered, but much like with Samson and Delila the definition of the bass was noticably lacking. Lastly I listened to "Propane Nightmares" by Pendulum to fit the modern electronic category. Synthesizers and vocals were rendered very well in addition to the snare and cymbals of the beat, but as noted before, the lack of bass was most prevalent here.
On a side note, I noticed that while listening to all three selections, the headset could not be turned up quite as loud as I would've preferred. Some of the more subtle sections of Samson and Delila were nearly inaudible.
To test the microphone quality I performed a Skype call with some friends and recorded myself using Windows sound recorder. I was told by my friends that my voice was overall clear and full; they had no trouble hearing me clearly. While listening to the vocal recording of myself I could affirm their testaments; my voice was very clear and well defined.
During the course of the testing the headphones were nearly physically unnoticeable due to their comfort. The headband kept the relatively low weight of the headset completely off my ears, and the soft leather ear cups never irritated the side of my head.