Corsair still relish in their gaming peripherals as their products begin to show across all the desks of major esports players across the world. The popular GSL streams, MLG and IPL have all seen their fair share of Corsair gaming peripherals sneak into booth shots and onto the screens of tens of thousands of eager fans. And it’s no surprise, they’re of high quality and offer a very promising life span for the cost. With that, Corsair dropped the new Vegenance 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset our way, and with a week of worrying ear sweating and tinnitus behind us, we’re here to share the verdict.
We’ll be honest with you, the last time Corsair handed us a pair of their headphones, the Wired Vengeance 1500 5.1/7.1 Headset. Its lack of a defined base really held it back and it’s focus on apparent near studio quality sound seemed targeted at the wrong audience. But its older brother now seemingly fixes the errors of its sibling with near perfect results. Very, very loud results.
Out of the box, you’ll notice a very similar look to its preceding cans; the same brushed aluminium look staple to Corsair’s flagship products makes a humble return. The same fabric cushioned cups housing the headset’s impressive 50mm drivers are big enough to cover any cranium size well but maybe don’t quite offer the thickness needed to ensure a comfy fit during long sessions. They do well for a good few hours, but then you’ll start to feel as if the cushions have lost their air and push against your head a little too much. You’ll find it hard not to break that 5 hour brawl with your friends. Just try to endure the discomfort at that point. You’ll just let them down and they’ll start to mock either your gigantic ears or your lack of ability to fight through a little bit of uncomfortable ear pushing, questioning your masculinity at the same time. It’s a cruel world…
If you’ve been using Corsair’s bundled EQ software with those Vengeance 1500s, you’ll be in good hands should you upgrade to the 2000 headset. The many, more precise, preset EQ settings will bring the perfect sound levels to whatever you do with the cans, though with the volume wheel situated on the left of the headset itself, you’ll never use that slider in the software or in windows itself for that matter. Stick to its 7.1 setting and tweak the 3 distance triggers to whatever you fancy or bypass to good old fashioned stereo sound if you just can’t let go. Its impressive 8 hour battery and ability to be used while charging means you quite easily sit in your back garden listening to the tunes of your PC or do a tad of cleaning up without having to load up your playlist on another device. So long as you don’t stray too far or pass through many walls.
We dropped the Vengeance 1500 because of its lack of booming bass, a little quality anyone other than budding audiophiles adore; but now and it’s back, with a, wait for it… Vengeance – it had to be said. It’s ironic that the Audiophile EQ preset now packs such a thunderous level of bass, but it’s really on a whole new level, and it’s absolutely brilliant. The many other preset EQ levels offer incredibly clear sounds whether it be music, movies, or pin-point positioning of activity within a game – a must for any competitive player these days. Of course, single player games are really going to benefit from the crystal clear clarity and from playing Alan Wake with these babies, we can confirm its as good as its going to get without waking the neighbours with a 7.1 surround system at 3 in the morning.
If the price is right (<£100), the Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headset is just about a perfect headset as you’re going to get. The ability to sit in your back garden and still enjoy the absolutely stunning sound quality beaming from your computer desk is something of a luxury you’ll come to realise once you get your hands on it. The slight discomfort after an extensive period is a worthwhile trade-off for its many, many, good traits and just about any of your sound related computer tasks are going to get a whole lot more enjoyable should you slot these onto your skull. It’s just a shame you can’t connect them up to your phone or tablet.
Final Score: 5/5