Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset
I’ve wanted a wireless headphone/headset for use on my PC for years. I came really close to buying one of the cheaper Sennheiser models, but also had looked at some Sony IR and Bluetooth models as well. In the end, I convinced myself that it wasn’t worth it. Most of the wireless solutions available had one problem or another and realistically, weren’t going to sound as good as wired headphones anyways.
- Good sound quality
- Good wireless range
- Easy to set up and use
- Can be used while charging
- EQ presets are confusing
When I got the chance to try out the Corsair Vengeance 2000s, it didn’t take me long to realize what I’d been missing all these years. At the same time, I also confirmed that wireless solutions don’t sound quite as good as their wired counterparts.
IN THE BOX
The Vengeance 2000 box includes the wireless headset, USB charging cable, USB extension dock, a quick start guide, and a safety leaflet.
The memory foam earpads and padded headband make the 2000s comfortable enough to wear for a few hours at a time. The earpads are a little stiffer than the earpads on the 1500s, but are still very comfortable. The headband is adjustable as well, to give you a more precise fit.
The Vengeance 2000s look very similar to the corded Vengeance 1500s, but are slightly smaller (though they both use 50mm drivers). The power button is nice and big, which makes it easy to find when you’re wearing the Vengeance 2000s. The metal volume wheel is a nice convenience too. Some people might want more buttons on the headset, but I think it has just enough. More buttons would just clutter the headset with buttons you may or may not use. This way, you can easily find the two most important controls: power and volume. Lastly, the rotating condenser mic automatically mutes when placed in the upright position.
The sound quality of the Vengeance 2000 is very good. Not surprisingly, however, the corded Vengeance 1500s sound better, especially in bypass mode. Still, the 2000s probably sound better than a lot of corded headsets. The 2000s shine with the virtual surround processing turned on. I listened to a variety of different genres, including AC/DC, Pink, David Guetta, Bruno Mars, Stevie Wonder, and Jennifer Warnes.
I really, really enjoyed the Vengeance 2000s while watching movies. Sound effects sounded great and the dialogue was easy to hear. Games were more of the same. Playing Batman: Arkham City and F.E.A.R. 2 was a lot of fun.
The software is pretty straight forward to use, but the music EQ presets are a bit confusing as they’re labeled Audiophile 1, 1+, 2, 2+. For music, I preferred Reference EQ, which is described as an “electrically flat EQ profile.”
The Vengeance 2000 is a nice headset based on sound and comfort alone, but what makes it an awesome headset has more to do with what it doesn’t have: cords. The first two evenings, I kept reaching for the cord whenever I moved around in my chair at my desk.
The 2000s operate on the 2.4GHz frequency with a 40 foot range. Without any obstructions, I was able to walk over 40 feet away without any drops. I had to walk 20 feet away, through two walls, before I experienced any dropouts. The included USB extension dock is great for flexible placement of the wireless USB receiver. It’s nice to keep the receiver on a desk, rather than hidden behind the computer, so you can pull the receiver out when you want to move the 2000s to another computer, like a laptop.
The battery on the 2000s take up to 4 hours to charge and has about 10 hours of operating time. The micro USB charging cable has a translucent end that changes colors, depending on the state of the battery. Also, you can use the headset while it’s charging.
No light: off/battery drained
Red (fast blinking): less than 10% battery life left
Amber (slow pulse): charging
Green (solid): charging complete
The battery can be replaced by Corsair under warranty, should any problems occur. If it’s out of warranty, Corsair will charge a nominal fee to replace the battery.
The Corsair Vengeance 2000 wireless headset is one of the few wireless PC headsets I’d bother using. If you’re an audiophile and sound quality is all you care about, you should probably stick to your wired headphones or pay two to three times as much for a headphone that uses Kleer wireless technology. But if you’re looking for something that has a great balance of sound quality, comfort and convenience at a reasonable price, give the Vengeance 2000s a try.
Available from Amazon.com.
* Review unit provided by Corsair