By James Cao
Superior gaming audio reproduction that’s a match for your high-end sound card
If you have a high-end sound card, the Vengeance 1300 will do it justice. If your audio card has CMSS™-3D or a similar multichannel headphone audio technology, you’ll hear the subtle midband positional cues that you need to enjoy accurate multichannel audio and play your best. Is your enemy behind you and to the left, or to the right? Are they behind a wall, or do they have you in their crosshairs? Gaming sound designers work hard to make audio sound great, and your high-end sound card and Vengeance 1300 are a great combination for making that happen.
The massive 50mm drivers greatly reduce the overloading and distortion that can occur with gaming headsets that use smaller drivers that aren’t up to the task. You’ll get more accurate sound reproduction, particularly for the all-important low-frequency effects. The more detailed, cleaner sound doesn’t just enhance your enjoyment… hearing the audio the way the game designer meant it to be heard can give you a competitive advantage, too.
The extra-wide, extra deep earcups don’t just help things sound great — they feel better, too. The memory foam earpads with synthetic leather covers provide a comfortable and reliable fit that conforms to the shape of your head without binding or pinching.
Intense, immersive gaming
The circumaural, closed-back design blocks distracting sounds and keeps your head in the game, and the extra-large inline volume and microphone control is easy to grab and use when the action heats up — you don't need to take your eyes off the screen.
Whether you’re barking instructions to your teammates or chatting with old friends, you deserve to be heard. The unidirectional, noise-cancelling microphone is tuned to capture your voice loudly and clearly, while screening out distracting background noises. And, it flips out of sight when you’re not using it.
Corsair Gaming Headset
The Vengeance 1500 and Corsair HS1 gaming headsets feature two sets of technology provided by Dolby: Dolby Headphone, and Dolby ProLogic IIx.
Dolby Headphone is responsible for accurately reproducing positional audio. If you're playing a multi-channel game or watching a movie with surround sound, Dolby Headphone takes the multi-channel signal delivered to the headset and applies advanced HRTF and other algorithms to deliver it the way the audio designer intended. There's no up mixing or adding of additional channels: if your enemy is behind you and to the left, that's where you'll hear him.
Dolby Headphone also applies audio processing to give you the feeling of listening to audio from speakers in a room, reducing the "in your head" effect that can lead to ear fatigue. It's a key part of the comfort equation that helps you play for hours and think about the game, and not the headset.
Dolby ProLogic IIx is an optional feature that allows for up mixing of stereo and 5.1 sources into simulated 7.1 surround sound. It's a technology that originated with home theater systems, and many people like to enable it on their home theater systems when listening to stereo music, so that the music is delivered to all the speakers. On a headset, it's not necessary when you're playing a game or watching a video with multi-channel audio. You may enjoy it with stereo sources as well, but if not, you can simply leave it turned off.
2) How should I clean my Corsair Gaming headset?
The foam pads are made with open cell foam, so they should not be immersed in water. You can use the sticky side of tape or a lint removal tool to clean the ear pads, or a gentle wipe with a damp cloth on the fabric would also be fine
3) Why didn?t you include a certain feature found in more expensive headsets?
Our goal is to create a great product in the $99 price range. We?ve done this by talking to customers about what they want and how they use their headsets, and creating a simple, durable product that focuses on what?s important: audio quality, comfort, and reliability.
In our evaluation of the gaming headset market, we?ve found several products which emphasize features at the expense of material quality, so the end result is a plasticky-feeling product that may not be as comfortable as it could be, or which is liable to wear out sooner than it should. We?ve designed the HS1 to last the active enthusiast through years of use and abuse.
4) Will a more expensive gaming headset sound better?
Our goal was not to create the best-sounding $99 gaming headset on the market, or even to create a gaming headset that?s as good as $150 models. Our goal is to create the best-sounding gaming headset on the market. This is an endeavor which has influenced everything from the choice to use 50mm drivers, to our obsessive focus on baffle orientation and geometry, and even our selection of padding and fabric materials.
But, hearing is believing. We invite you to compare the HS1 to the finest gaming headset you can find, and tell us what you think.
5) What is the exact benefit of 50mm drivers, vs. the 40mm drivers found in most other gaming headsets?
Big drivers sound better than small drivers. This is immediately understood who?s listened to the same music on large home audio speakers and a portable iPod dock. But explaining why and how they sound better requires a little more detail.
A 50mm driver has 56% more surface area than a 40mm driver (thanks to the ?A = ?r2? formula we learned in elementary school). It also has a proportional increase in what audio scientists call ?volume velocity,? or ?acoustic impedance.? This translates into a measurement that the same scientists refer to as ?acoustic power? or ?sound power.? A 50mm driver has an increased sound power of 143%. You can look up these terms on Wikipedia for more details on how they?re calculated.
The additional sound power allows the driver to reproduce audio that?s much more detailed. If your audio source has a lot of things going on at once ? a 24-track musical ?wall of sound,? for instance, or a boss level in a game where you have way too many enemies firing way too many types of weapons your way ? a driver with more sound power can recreate each of these more accurately, while a smaller driver is more liable to lose details in the noise.
This means that listening is more enjoyable, with less distortion ? whether it?s distortion that you can immediately notice, or if it?s the continuous, low-grade distortion that irritates you on a subconscious level, contributes to ear fatigue and makes you want to stop listening.
Beyond enjoyment, there?s a practical advantage when playing games ? you need to hear the voices of your teammates during the massively insane firefights. While this won?t be an issue 90% of the time (a good game audio designer will test on various types of speakers and headphones), it?s that 10% that counts.
6) How does Dolby Headphone provide surround sound using just two drivers?
The first question to answer is ?how do humans detect sounds all around them, when we have just two ears??
The answer is that we?ve learned to determine the position of a sound based on the subtle changes to the sound depending on how it reaches our ears. For instance, a sound wave that travels over the back of your ear before reaching your ear canal will be slightly modified in a way that?s different than the modification that takes place with sounds that come at you from the front. We figure this out subconsciously, and it?s not a skill we?re born with ? we learn how to do this as infants.
Audio scientists have been studying these effects for decades, and they have a name for these position-based changes: head-related transfer functions or HRTFs. Scientists have learned how to apply these functions to sounds to make them appear to come from any direction. In other words, the functions simulate the effect of the sounds coming from front or behind you. The HS1 provides surround sound using HRTF technology developed by the experts at Dolby. A key to the effectiveness of this technology is the design of the headset itself, and we have found competitive products that have licensed the same Dolby technology, but lack the proper response curve for effective HRTF. So, if you?ve tried other surround sound headsets which use HRTFs and have not been impressed, please give the HS1 a serious evaluation.
That being said, there is a certain percentage of the population for which HRTFs aren?t effective. A lot of acoustic science has gone into developing this technology, but it can?t accommodate for everybody?s unique head and ear shape. If you fall into this category, you can be assured that you?ll still enjoy great-sounding stereo audio with the HS1.
7) What does Dolby Headphone do besides provide surround sound?
Dolby Headphone also incorporates Dolby ProLogic IIx technology, which up-mixes stereo and 5.1 audio sources into 7.1 audio. It can create a feeling of spaciousness and depth that you don?t hear in the original source. It?s the same technology that?s ubiquitous in home audio. However, if it?s not to your liking for whatever reason, you?ll be happy to know that it?s optional.
Dolby Headphone also applies processing to simulate the effect of listening to speakers in a room. It doesn?t attempt to make the instruments and musicians appear to be placed far away; rather, it makes the audio source sound much as it would if you were in your living room listening to music on your audio system, rather than wearing headphones. This reduces the effect of audio appearing to come from ?in your head? and can greatly reduce what is known as ?headphone fatigue,? the syndrome where you get tired of music that appears to emanate from your skull.
In our testing, we?ve noted that Dolby Headphone works great for most audio sources, but there are some types of recordings where the effect adds a little too much processing. That?s why Dolby Headphone, like Dolby ProLogic IIx, is an optional setting. We recommend that you try it with a variety of audio sources, and play with the configuration options that allow you to choose the simulated room size. We think that you?ll find that for many types of audio, it adds a sense of realism that you can?t get with ordinary stereo headsets.
8) What has Corsair done to make the audio sound so great, besides using 50mm drivers?
The choice to use 50mm drivers, rather than the industry-standard 40mm drivers, was just the first step of the journey. There?s much more to creating a great headset beyond investing in the right high-quality components. Our audio engineering team looked at every parameter that affects accurate audio reproduction, including driver design and alignment, baffle geometry and angle, and the acoustic tuning of the materials chosen for the ear-pads and liner material.
9) Does my content need to be specially encoded to take advantage of Dolby Headphone? Do I need to look for PC games with the Dolby logo?
No. Dolby Headphone works with any stereo, 5.1, or 7.1 audio streams.
10) What is the benefit of a circumaural, closed-back design? What do those terms mean?
?Circumaural? means ?around the ear.? The other type of commonly used earcup design is ?supra-aural,? resting on the ears.
Circumaural ear cups provide superior noise isolation. Noise isolation is important for LAN parties and other noisy, high-distraction environments ? you want to get your head into your game (or your movie, or your music) without noise filtering in, and others around you may not want to hear what you?re listening to.
When designing a Circumaural headset, the key to comfort is relatively light weight, without creating pinch points or touching the ears. We?ve accomplished this by using extra-large ear cups that we tested on people who sport some of the largest ears we could find. Our use of memory foam allows a firm, uniform seal, without exerting too much pressure on the head. The fabric covering allows for less slip than imitation leather, and reduces the excess moisture that leather-like materials can cause.
Closed-back ear cups are sealed against sound leaving or entering the ear cup. Compare this to open-back ear cups, which have perforations, slots or another type of opening in the ear cups that allow some environmental sound in, and allow some of the audio from the ear cups to escape. Open-back designs do not allow for adequate noise isolation.
By James Cao
By Groupe 01
Posted on January 16, 2012
The Vengeance 1300 headset scores 4/5 stars and is approved by Groupe 01 in France.
Publication language is French: "Ultimately, Corsair offers us a versatile headset that has the advantage of being comfortable despite weighing in at 350 grams. Noise isolation 3D sound spatialization are its strengths, which is very pleasant when playing for hours."Full Review!
Posted on May 16, 2012
Silver award for the Vengeance 1300 from 9Lives in Belgium
Silver award for the Vengeance 1300 from 9Lives in BelgiumFull Review!
By Overclockers Club
Posted on January 1, 2012
Vengeance 1300 headset get the "Bronze" award at OCC
"If it wasn't for the severe lack of bass, then these headphones would be at the top of my list for their price range. While the comfort and build quality are definitely there, the audio performance averages out to just decent. The clarity of the range of sound that the Vengeance 1300 is capable of producing is without a question very good; if gaming is your only concern then this $80 headset just might fit your bill."Full Review!
Posted on January 10, 2012
The Vengeance 1300 headset wins the Gold award from Overclocking Station in Germany.
Publication language is German: The Vengeance 1300 headset wins the Gold award from Overclocking Station in Germany.Full Review!
Posted on February 28, 2012
Vengeance 1300 headset scores 9/10 and wins the "High End" award at Gamezoom.net
Publication language is German: Vengeance 1300 headset scores 9/10 and wins the "High End" award at Gamezoom.netFull Review!
By PC Advisor
Posted on December 23, 2011
The Vengeance 1300 picks up a Silver award from HW-Journal.
Publication language is German: The Vengeance 1300 picks up a Silver award from HW-Journal.Full Review!
Posted on December 2, 2011
Both Vengeance 1500's and 1300's wins an award, "Dam Good" and Dam Good Value" award at Hardware Canucks
Both Vengeance 1500's and 1300's wins an award, "Dam Good" and Dam Good Value" award at Hardware CanucksFull Review!
By Johnny Guru
Posted on November 30, 2011
Corsair Vengeance 1300 gets the "Editor's Choice Silver" award at HardOCP
Corsair Vengeance 1300 gets the "Editor's Choice Silver" award at HardOCPFull Review!
Posted on May 20, 2012
Vengeance 1300 Headset wins the Silver award at Team Hardware Venezuela
"Comfortable, Good quality Materials, high and middle sounds pretty good"Full Review!
Posted on March 8, 2012
Vengeance 1300 headset wins the "Recommended" award and scores 5/5 at Zeden in France
Publication language is French: “No need to procrastinate any longer: it is simply the best stereo wired headset we’ve tested so far!”Full Review!
By Silent PC Review
Posted on May 20, 2012
Vengeance 1300 wins the Silver award at TeamHardwarezla.com
"Comfortable, Good quality Materials. High and middle sounds pretty good"Full Review!
Posted on November 15, 2011
Vengeance 1300 headset scores 8.5 overall and wins the "GDN Silver" award at GamersDailyNews
Vengeance 1300 headset wins scores 8.5 overall and wins the "GDN Silver" award at GamersDailyNewsFull Review!
Posted on April 2, 2012
The Corsair Vengeance 1300 headset wins the 'Gold" award at TLR-ePorts.
“The sound quality is incredible, and much better than I expected. All the different frequencies, from rumbling bass to high treble come through sharply; multiple loud explosions from your game will not get in the way of your teammate’s voices.”Full Review!
By Xbit Labs
Posted on March 12, 2012
Vengeance 1300 headset scores 9/10 and wins the Editor's Pick and Performance award at Hwbox.gr
Publication language is Greek: Vengeance 1300 headset scores 9/10 and wins the Editor's Pick and Performance award at Hwbox.grFull Review!
Posted on February 23, 2012
The Vengeance 1300 headset wins the Bit-Tech Approved award.
“The Vengeance 1300 then is an extremely competent headset - it certainly improves on the HS1A that it replaces in many areas, most notably aesthetics and in terms of pure bass power.”Full Review!