Excerpt: Looking to take your PC gaming to the next level? Trying to find a way to crank up the sound without imposing on your neighbors or loved ones? Looking for the extra level of immersion into your current PC game of choice? Then you’re probably in the market for a quality headset for your PC. For many years I was resistant about using a headset and honestly only used one with <insert applicable VoIP software here> for communicating with my friends while gaming.
Summary: There probably isn't anything more difficult to review when it comes to audio, thus speakers and headsets. Audio is subjective so that's an entire big grey area that you need to describe loaded with subjective perceptions and facts from the reviewers side.
One thing we can clearly state though is that Corsair have been very consistent in the design, features, and quality of their products, and it shows again in their Vengeance headsets. We liked the 1100, loved the 1500...
Summary: Final Thoughts
After spending much time with the Vengeance 2000 headset I sort of have mixed feelings. Let’s start out with the good things though.
This headset has to be one of the most comfortable headsets that I have ever used. The felt earcups are not annoying at all and feel great. I can listen to music, play games or watch movies with this headset for hours without having the remove the headset because it is irritating.
Pros: Extremely comfortable, Great sound quality, even in stereo, Wireless!, Easy to setup, Volume scroll wheel
Cons: Driver installs the headset as stereo device and this cannot be changed, No mute button on media controls on the headset
Summary: The wireless gaming headset suffers tremendously from inherently flawed drivers that mangle surround sound. The hardware and stereo quality are at least commendable, but these can't justify the $150 asking price on their own.
Pros: Superior comfort and no clamping, Volume roller on left earcup, >10 hour battery, Can be used while charging, 50mm drivers deliver excellent stereo sound, Decent microphone
Cons: Expensive, Surround only works in 45% of titles, Surround fails in all tested media player applications, Xear 3D directional cues not as precise as Dolby Headphone, Xear 3D softens heavy dynamic influences in music, Wireless hiss can be heard during moments of silence, Requires two USB ports for charging and streaming, Lacks controls for music playback or answering calls, Low battery alert beeps cannot be disabled
Summary: Today we’re having a look at the Vengeance 2000 headset from Corsair. A brand new headset featuring 7.1 surround sound and a main focus on gaming. The Vengeance 2000 comes in a very stylish and good looking box, showing off its contents. In the front of the box we find the USB stick which provides the 2.4GHz wireless connectivity and just a sneak peak of the headset itself. I’ve tested this headset with several games and quite a few songs.
Conclusion: In terms of comfort we found the Vengeance 2000 a nice headset to wear, even during extended playing or listening sessions. Although the headset is reasonably large it is not overly heavy and with all the padding along the headband and earcups we didn't experience any discomfort. The finish on the Vengeance 2000 is also high quality and the components are well thought out and constructed to a good standard.
Summary: While we are sorry to see the Vengeance 2000's lack of true 7.1 audio capability, it is not a deal breaker for this product in any way. Many of the newest PC game titles simply do not support it.
Mass Effect 3
Deus Ex: Human Revolution
, and the last two Call of Duty titles only offer options for music, sound effects, and voice volume, not channel selection.
Summary: There are pros and cons to both analog and USB headsets. Analog and USB multichannel reproduction accuracy depend on the audio source like an inline USB audio processor, integrated audio (motherboard) or discrete audio card. Analog multichannel headsets rely on integrated codecs or audio cards with multiple wires bundled in to one thick wire, which can often be a point of weakness in terms of wear and tear.