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Corsair HS1 Review

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capnPedro 11th September 2010, 12:33 Quote
I think I'll be going with the similarly priced Sennheiser HD555s (£79) as I don't want my Xonar D2X to go to waste. It's maybe a shame that I'd be missing out on a microphone, though.
sear 11th September 2010, 15:38 Quote
I never, ever, ever trust "gaming headsets" to sound anything other than utter dog-do.
rickysio 11th September 2010, 17:23 Quote
The best gaming headphones still are the Audio Technica AD700.
thehippoz 11th September 2010, 17:46 Quote
that sb arena any better? I have a pair of sennheiser too but only because my pro novas got stolen

you should check out turtle beach headsets in your reviews
wafflesomd 11th September 2010, 18:56 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
I never, ever, ever trust "gaming headsets" to sound anything other than utter dogshit.

Still waiting on some real headphone reviews.
flaming_goat 11th September 2010, 19:41 Quote
Considering this is a gaming hardware site maybe you should go to an audio site to get headphone reviews if you don't like gaming headsets.
docodine 11th September 2010, 19:58 Quote
Wafflesomd and flaming_goat both have valid points.

Bit should leave hi-fi product reviews to other websites, and even though "high end" gaming headsets fall within Bit's jurisdiction, they're just such a terrible value compared with many similarly priced headphones.

:-(
rjkoneill 11th September 2010, 20:19 Quote
i had a logitech g35 usb headset once - it was totally fail

usb headsets arent a patch on a good headset and a high end soundcard.
HourBeforeDawn 11th September 2010, 21:56 Quote
I still love my Steel Series 5 USB headset.
modfx 11th September 2010, 22:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
I think I'll be going with the similarly priced Sennheiser HD555s (£79) as I don't want my Xonar D2X to go to waste. It's maybe a shame that I'd be missing out on a microphone, though.
I use a pair of 515s myself and pair it with this http://www.play.com/PC/PCs/4-/12068873/SPEEDLINK-SL-8691-SBK-Spes-Clip-On-Microphone/Product.html It seems to work pretty well :)
Pete J 12th September 2010, 00:06 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
I never, ever, ever trust "gaming headsets" to sound anything other than utter dogshit.
That's why I went all out a while ago and bought myself a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX 300s. They do cost an arm and a leg* but are worth the money - absolutely no regrets in buying them!
thehippoz 12th September 2010, 01:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
That's why I went all out a while ago and bought myself a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX 300s. They do cost an arm and a leg* but are worth the money - absolutely no regrets in buying them!

freq response down to 5hz.. really =p

if is has a good signal to noise ratio on the amp looks to be about perfect.. probably multiple speaker design with crossovers to go that low- have to hear it myself.. what I really liked about my novas is I could reproduce music pretty much exactly as it's recorded without all the sb bull

you could close your eyes on live songs and it was like being at the concert.. these sennheiser are nice but it's not the same at all
memeroot 12th September 2010, 02:04 Quote
akg 701's for me (120 quid)

much better than my sure e5's
frontline 12th September 2010, 18:30 Quote
Sennheiser PC350's still sound pretty good to my ears, certainly as a balance between good gaming audio/movies/music. Plus the build quality is excellent unlike a lot of the cheaper headsets that i've owned, which may offer great value for money, but seem to break after a few months use.
Pricetx 12th September 2010, 18:38 Quote
Personally I have a SB arena and I found the sound quality to be rather good, and the microphone apparently is very clear. However, I haven't really had any experience of other headphones / headsets to compare it to.
jcb121 13th September 2010, 00:18 Quote
i am buying these asap :)
Baz 13th September 2010, 12:56 Quote
I think we're fine in reviewing gaming headsets, but don't see us straying into full on headphone reviews - everything just gets a great deal more complex. USB headsets are great as they're plug and play, so work with pretty much everything and provide sound+mic in an easy package - perfect for gaming.

Of course dedicated headphones will sound better, and personally I prefer a dedicated headphone and stalk mic setup. For those who want an all in one solution though headsets like the HS1 do the job, and the HS1 in particular is very comfortable.
wafflesomd 13th September 2010, 18:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by thehippoz
freq response down to 5hz.. really =p

if is has a good signal to noise ratio on the amp looks to be about perfect.. probably multiple speaker design with crossovers to go that low- have to hear it myself.. what I really liked about my novas is I could reproduce music pretty much exactly as it's recorded without all the sb bull

you could close your eyes on live songs and it was like being at the concert.. these sennheiser are nice but it's not the same at all

That response is marketing...

They obviously cannot achieve reproduction at 5 hrtz. Like 99% of headphones out there, it's a single driver in each ear capable of good fullrange reproduction from 30-40 to 20khrtz.
Invectus 14th September 2010, 10:17 Quote
"female vocals in particular sound deliciously smooth and natural" watching 5.1 Doldy HD pr0n? :D
Pete J 14th September 2010, 12:19 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
That response is marketing...

They obviously cannot achieve reproduction at 5 hrtz. Like 99% of headphones out there, it's a single driver in each ear capable of good fullrange reproduction from 30-40 to 20khrtz.

Well, they're easily the best headset I've ever had and the sound is incredible. So I don't care about the numbers :| .
Kingsley813 14th September 2010, 13:26 Quote
Can someone please give me the definition of a 'gaming headset'? What, a headphone that has a microphone attached to it, ala call centre worker? A headset is a headset. Simple. The 'gaming' tag really takes the biscuit, considering such headphones are such poor quality compared to other headphones that are also equally credible.

I currently use the Beyerdynamic DT250 -- expensive at £160 for the 80 ohm version, but they are just fantastic driven through an Audigy 2 ZS. What's more, the entire headset can be dismantled, and parts replaced -- so they'll last much longer than 'gaming' headsets.
sp4nky 14th September 2010, 13:58 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
Well, they're easily the best headset I've ever had and the sound is incredible. So I don't care about the numbers :| .

For £300 I should hope so too.
Eiffie 21st October 2010, 21:53 Quote
Bit-tech should do a review of the two types of Astro Gaming Headphones, the A30's and A40's. They are a bit on the expensive side but for 5.1 headphones that have tons of ports on the mixamp and a good quality microphone it seems like a solid buy for anyone looking for 5.1 on a ps3/xbox360 or a pc with optical outputs. I don't think their perfect for everyone but as a owner of a A40 headset plus the mixamp for over 6 months, i haven't heard anything better. Granted it cost me out the ass to get em. The A30's are the budget model but could still be a solid buy, maybe you guys would take a look at either of those headphones.

Or you could say those headphones are over hyped by MLG and they don't even compare to a solid pair of studio headphones. Either way, a review would be nice. :)
John_Mc 23rd December 2010, 09:29 Quote
Buy Corsair products because they're rated top notch, but forget about ever spending any of their so-called rebates.

Corsair offers "rebates" which their customers despise. First of all, you have to bend over backward to try to fulfill it, and if you make even the tiniest of mistakes on any of their forms, your rebate will be rejected. If you misspell, abbreviate, or leave off a single word on the envelope you send your forms in, rejected! If the post office smears the postmark on your envelope, rejected! If the envelope gets "lost" or delayed in the mail, rejected!

But suppose you do manage to make it through their labyrinth of bizarre rebate requirements and finally get your money after waiting month after month after month, then what? Surprise! You don't get a check at all--NOPE! Instead, you get what they call a "rebate card" which you cannot deposit or cash anywhere! But you'd better do something with it quick, because the fees begin to accrue immediately, and Citibank will be only too happy to deduct those fees from your card as fast as they legally can. (So be sure to read all the fine print on that lengthy document which accompanies your "rebate" card.)

So buy Corsair's products because of their great reviews, but you should totally ignore their sleazy rebate b.s.

I don't know about you, but I think I'd rather buy from a more reputable company. God only knows what trials and tribulations await should you need warranty work. Yea, good luck with that!!!
etsledge 12th January 2011, 21:32 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pete J
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Originally Posted by sear
I never, ever, ever trust "gaming headsets" to sound anything other than utter dogshit.
That's why I went all out a while ago and bought myself a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX 300s. They do cost an arm and a leg* but are worth the money - absolutely no regrets in buying them!

Yikes! Did you really buy that? You know the MMX 300 is essentially a DT770 with a mic right?

What I did was buy a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770's on eBay for around $95, then I had Tommyboy, who does mic mods on Head Fi and MLG forums, just mod my DT 770's for another $60. The sound quailty, paired with my X-Fi Forte, is absolutely superb, and I don't have to worry about breaking a clip-on mic anymore. If you want to get a mic mod, I suggest you get in touch with Tommyboy. He does some beautiful work.
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