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Corsair Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Headset Review

Indybird    -   January 6, 2012
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Conclusion:

The Corsair Vengeance 1500 headset has proved to be one of the better gaming headsets I've tested to date. Out of the box the headset definitely gave the simultaneous impression of an enthusiast gaming peripheral and professional headphones. The headset is very well built and feels very solid in your hands and on your head. Over the course of testing I found the comfort of the headset to be a mixed bag; the headband does a great job of keeping the weight of the headset off your ears and the padded ear cups are extremely soft to the touch but the headset clamps pretty hard to your head, which detracts from the overall comfort over time.

Setup of the headset and software was pleasantly straight-forward and I found the features of the Corsair control panel to be more than adequate. Unfortunately all of the fine tuning that the control panel provided just couldn't make the surround sound a solid experience. In all of the games I tested the positional audio just was not there; I consistently found the front and back to be indistinguishable. However, despite the poor surround sound performance, the range of sound the headset produced in these games was so good that I would overlook that negative. Powerful sounds such as thumps and explosions were loud and full, vocals were extremely lifelike and the detailed background sounds were well rendered every time. The music performance wasn't initially as good as the gaming, but thanks to the powerful equalizer function in the control panel I was able to fix that.  It should also be noted that the built in digital amplifier really allows you to crank the volume on this headset way up. The Vengeance 1500 can go loud enough to clearly listen to them from a couple feet away without any distortion.

Overall testing and using this headset was a very pleasurable experience. Though it is touted as a 7.1 headset and doesn't really deliver on that front, it makes such a good stereo gaming headset that I have a hard time considering that as a negative. Great build quality, premium look & feel, and an extremely full range of sound make this headset worth every penny of its $100 suggested price tag. If the 7.1 processing isn't a make-or-break option for you, then this headset is without a doubt one of the top gaming headsets available to date.

 

Pros:

  • Good build quality
  • Great sound quality
  • Solid appearance
  • Decent Comfort
  • Digital In-line controls
  • Very loud without distortion
  • Durable, Braided Cable

 

Cons:

  • Control Panel Software not included
  • Surround sound isn't convincing
  • Clamps to head a little hard


 

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