Corsair Vengeance 1300 Analog Gaming Headset ReviewIndybird - January 1, 2012
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The Corsair Vengeance 1300 proved to be an above-average headset after nearly a week of use. The first thing you notice is that these headsets do not feel cheap. Although they're not going to be able to withstand any kind of heavy abuse, it should last many years of day to day movement and LAN parties. The headset looks great too; the subtle accents and mixed matte and glossy black plastic give it the $200+ premium headset appearance.
The overall audio quality was decent, but in all uses I found the Vengeance 1300 seriously lacking any bass; suprising considering the notably large drivers in each ear. Some equalizers that work in Windows helps bring a little bass back, but it's never quite proportional. Despite lacking bass, the performance of the mids and highs were quite good; vocals in music and games were particularly clear. Since weapons, car engines, and vocals in games are all centered around these frequencies, gaming performance was, in turn, very good. Despite these good highs and mids I couldn't really recommend doing a lot of music listening as the bass cutoff is very noticeable.
The measures taken to make the headset comfortable were definitely not in vain; the synthetic leather on the headband and ear cups were so comfortable and effective that I barely noticed them on my head after long gaming sessions. During these long sessions I found the inline volume and microphone controls to be more than adequate for frequent use; they are more than easy enough to control without looking at the remote.
If it wasn't for the severe lack of bass, then these headphones would be at the top of my list for their price range. While the comfort and build quality are definitely there, the audio performance averages out to just decent. The clarity of the range of sound that the Vengeance 1300 is capable of producing is without a question very good; if gaming is your only concern then this $80 headset just might fit your bill.
- Good build quality
- Decent sound quality
- Solid appearance
- Very comfortable, even at length
- In-line controls
- Good mic quality
- Lacks bass
- Not very loud at full volume