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Corsair Vengeance 1500 Review



Corsair has never really been a brand that has factored in when people discuss things like Razer, SteelSeries or even Logitech, but I’m happy to say that Corsair has done a fantastic job in bringing its products to the forefront of the market, and is able to put up massive competition.

The Corsair Vengeance 1500 headset is a 7.1 Dolby headset which reproduces multi-channel gaming audio for situation awareness. What’s interesting is that these seem to be almost designed for competitive play with the highly enhanced positional audio. The Vengeance 1500’s were released near the end of last year, so while the headset isn’t exactly new, we felt it was important to bring this set to the public eye purely because of how well it fares.

Look

The Vengeance 1500 is somewhat bulky but fits fantastically on the head. The black and silver colours that run down the sides of the cups are complimented well by the black leather headband with material-covered ear cups, which have a light blue material on the inside. The microphone stalk looks neat when tucked up and down, and does well to add to the style of the headset.

It also has a braided cable that runs three meters in length and just following on from the base of the cable at the headset, is a small little unit where users can adjust both sound as well as turn the microphone on and off. It runs all the way down to a USB connector which allows easy connection to your computer.

Design

The first thing I noticed about the headset was how tight it actually was on the head. The force between the two ear cups from the headband is quite strong but does relax over time which seems to allow it to contour to the specific user. Each ear cup has a material inside to it which allows for extreme comfort when wearing them. The headband also has lots of give in it both at the top and the bottom making the headset easy to wear. Although it is quite heavy, the comfort of it allows it to be worn for long periods of time and the cups are big enough to fit most ears completely.

The microphone stalk doesn’t exactly fold away completely which may annoy some gamers, but while it is up, it seldom gets in the way. There are no switches or dials on the actual headset itself but the controls a little further down the cable will allow gamers to adjust however they feel comfortable. Interestingly, since the headset is a USB headset, the volume adjusts the actual computer volume, rather than the volume of the headset itself.

Each ear cup can swivel forwards by 90 degrees making them easy to put down when not in use and to store away in case of travel.

Sound

The Dolby 7.1 surround in the Corsair Vengeance 1500’s is really good. From the start, I didn’t notice any shortcomings in sound. After a while though, I was able to deduce that the bass of the headset was a little unclear at times, but still somewhat solid. The bass had a solid “boom” to it but without it being too overpowering while the trebles were great and the mid-tones also well-defined.

The audio positioning of the headset works really well in games where you need to discern surroundings. Interestingly, it doesn’t seem as broad as spectrum as some of the best headsets on the market. This means that players will still have positional audio, but not necessarily all the way around. This is still quite acceptable by my standards, but isn’t able to compete at the very high end of headsets.

There isn’t much sound leak from the Vengeance 1500’s as the closed design prevents that. It also means that there is little sound from the outside world which is great for gaming. The noise-cancelling microphone on the flexible boom does well when used and has very small amounts of ambient noise pickup, which is great. It’s actually one of the better microphones I’ve used on a gaming headset so makes quite a big difference when talking over the Internet.

Overall

In terms of gaming headsets, the Corsair Vengeance 1500 headset is definitely near the top of my list. I think that Corsair has done a fantastic job to put this headset out into the market and instantly allow it to become a rival of the top gaming brands out there.

It’s very hard to gauge favourites in these situations because I find that not many headsets come close to some of the Sennheiser models, but these also cost anywhere from R1,500 to R4,000. With an RRP of just R950 from certain online retailers, the Vengeance 1500 is a great purchase for anyone looking for a top of the range gaming headset. I’m a huge fan of the Corsair Vengeance 1500 headset and I think that many more gamers would be too if they only knew more about it.