Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB 7.1 Gaming Headset Review
30 October 2012
Summary: It is clear that this headset was designed for 5.1 surround sound. I think the inclusion of the 7.1 options in the control panel is due to the same panel being used for all three of the Corsair Vengeance headsets. Or it was just left in as a marketing gimmick. But even so, I spent more than my normal threshold of time in these and the comfort provided is excellent.
Pros: Very comfortable design, Minimizes perspiration, Solid 5.1 surround sound performance, Extremely long cable (9.8 feet), Attention to detail in design
Cons: Virtual 7.1 audio an unnecessary bullet point, Trouble with rear center audio reproduction
Excerpt: Gaming is like any other facet of technology: you’re only as strong as your weakest link. So when Corsair sent us the Vengence 1500 Headset we were quite excited to see where this headset fit into the vast (and ever-growing) market. First glance gives us some hints into what we’re in for: Dolby 7.1 means we can expect superior sound quality and Corsair means we’ll be getting a quality product.
Corsair Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 USB Gaming Headset
11 May 2012
Conclusion: Corsair Vengeance 1500 is a very felicitous product. Gaming headsets have been suffering from an unaccurate frequency response with overemphasized bass. Vengeance 1500 manages to avoid these traps by having a very neutral sound. It is difficult to recommend headphones or speakers, because preferences are very subjective. Some may want to have a brain-melting bass, whereas others can't stand to sound like that.
Pros: Build quality, Audio quality, Frequency response, Multichannel modes in games and movies, Simple software, Price, Removable ear pads
Cons: A bit itchy ear pads, Squeezing, No clip on the controller
Corsair has really hit the ball out of the park with the Vengeance 1500. It produces clear and crisp audio while delivering a solid virtual surround environment. You can wear it for hours on end, and at times even forget you’re wearing it. Not only are the core bases covered (performance, comfortable), but it is also quite stylish. The blue stitching on the headband, with the blue accents on the earcups, and the aluminum plating create a unique trendy look.
Conclusion: The Corsair Vengeance 1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset is priced at around $100.00 USD, or less at certain e-retailers which we feel is a great deal given the fact that it has an overall well made design, pleasing aesthetic value, excellent sound clarity, easy to navigate software, and is priced lower then other high end gaming headsets on the market. The bass level of the headset will be a problem for some.
Summary: We made it through another year, and another review. Thanks for reading! Corsair have been very consistent in the design, features, and quality of their products, and it shows again in their Vengeance headsets. Being Corsair's second refresh of their headsets, the Vengeance 1500 had the big shoes of the HS1 to fill. The HS1 was (and still is) a great pair of headphones.
Excerpt: When Corsair made their first entry into the headset market, they made a strong one and we have only good memories about what was a very well rounded product. And now as part of an all new Vengeance series of products, we have two new headsets which again, like the first entry, come in two versions; an analog and a USB based digital headset featuring Dolby headphone software support.
Summary: While not without some minor hardware and software flaws, the Vengeance 1500 is by far the greatest USB headset I've ever had the pleasure of reviewing.
Pros: Amazing sound quality, Flat profile, Comfortable for extended gaming sessions, Excellent Dolby Headphone spatialization, Excellent game compatibility, Configurable speaker count through Windows, These cans get really loud without sacrificing quality, Solid construction
Cons: Dolby Pro Logic IIx does not automatically upmix content, Microphone is overly sensitive, v1.1 drivers provide no mechanism for changing input channels, v1.1 drivers break the Virtual Speaker Shifter, Voice Shifting, Karaoke, environment effects are dropped features, Headset lacks a carrying bag or case