Back on September 16, Corsair introduced their new Vengeance line of gaming headsets and peripherals. The Vengeance 1500 headset is the follow up to the Corsair HS1, one of the best gaming headsets available, at any price. The new Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB gaming headset is based on the Corsair HS1 USB headset and now looks as good as it sounds.
- Great sound quality
- Very comfortable
- New aggressive appearance
- Replaceable earpads
- Large, accurate 50mm drivers
When I reviewed the HS1 a few months back, I wrote that it was supremely comfortable, but that they were just a tad heavy and loose on my head. I’m happy to say that the 1500′s fit better than the HS1 and stayed put during my testing. The 1500′s still use the uber-comfy memory-foam earpads and have very good padding on the headband. I wore the 1500′s for two to three hours at a time and experienced very little discomfort.
Like the HS1, the Vengeance 1500′s sound crisp and accurate––just the way I like ‘em. For those who prefer a more custom sound, the 1500′s respond well to EQ settings in the Corsair software.
I listened to a lot of FLAC-encoded music files and LAME-encoded VBR MP3s with the 1500′s, spread over multiple genres like rock, classical, dance, rap, and trance. They all sounded great with the EQ flat, but responded pretty well when I switched EQ profiles in the software. Pumping up the bass was fun on certain songs, but it sacrificed some accuracy to allow for artificial bass. When I left the EQ flat, I felt the bass was nice and tight.
I put on my favorite test movies, Saving Private Ryan, Star Trek, and Tron: Legacy, and really enjoyed the Dolby Headphone setting. Positional cues were accurate and dialogs were easy to hear. The 5.1 surround effects worked well and enhanced my listening enjoyment.
Playing games on the 1500′s was a lot of fun. I could hear every detail while playing F.E.A.R. 2 and the location of the sounds were spot on. Gunfire and explosions were satisfying too.
The mic worked fine in my Skype tests. I could hear the person on the other end perfectly and was told that they could hear me clearly as well.
The new control panel and drivers also work with the HS1, so if you’re an HS1 owner, you should go download it. The control panel is easy to use and not overwhelming or complicated at all. If you want to fine tune the 5.1 or 7.1 settings, you can customize the sound to your heart’s content. The EQ supports profiles and includes a few presets that work well out of the box. Also, I had no issues with the 1500′s on a Windows 7 64-bit system. There were some HS1 owners who had problems with the old HS1 software running on Windows 7 64-bit.
BUILD & DESIGN
The obvious difference between the HS1 and the Vengeance 1500 is the all new styling. The 1500 bares very little resemblance to the HS1, other than being a circumaural, closed back headset. The HS1 didn’t look bad by any means, but I think to some, it looked bland for a gaming headset. The 1500′s are anything but bland and I personally love the new styling. I’m also a sucker for accent stitching, which Corsair uses on the headband in their signature blue. The headband now has a textured appearance as well.
The ear cups have also been changed from a silver/gray matte plastic to a combination of matte black, glossy black with a strip of blue. The brushed chrome appearance of the lower section of the headband also give the 1500′s a sleeker, stylish appearance.
The folding mic has been moved from the outside of the headband, to the inside. The move is not only a cosmetic improvement, but it moves the mic even closer to the user’s mouth. The mic also doesn’t make a cheap clickety sound when rotated, like the HS1 did.
The cable and wired remote on the 1500 is identical to the HS1. The long, tangle-proof headphone cable still controls the volume and mutes the mic. The individual volume up and volume down buttons light up blue during normal use and change to red when you press the mic mute button.
||20Hz – 20kHz
||32 Ohms @ 1kHz
||3m (10 feet)
||Unidirectional, noise-cancelling condenser
Corsair took an already great headset in the HS1, and made it even better with the Vengeance 1500. It’s comfortable as hell, sounds great, and looks awesome. I’m not sure you’d find a better headset in its price range, or any other price range for that matter. If you’re looking for a new gaming headset, the Vengeance 1500 needs to be at the top of your list.
Available from Amazon.com.
Review unit provided by Corsair