Corsair Vengeance 1500 USB Gaming Headset Review

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tyloriusmaximus

i know this is over a year later but i have to say a few things. i have had this headset for a long time and love everything about it and people judging a headset and saying it is bad even though almost all reviews whether professional or consumer based are very good.

the bullet point made a few comments down is completly untrue you have no way of knowing that getting shot hurts unless you get shot. the only reason you know is because of other people telling you or you assume it does because something going through you would hurt (logic). if you use logic or its specifications than this headset should be very good (as it is) because of its virtual 7.1 surround sound, 50mm drivers and solid build quality. i am not saying it is the best headset on the market but calling it crap is unjust and is usually from people who have no or little experience with it

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azstrathack

I have owned this headset for 3-4 months and I really like it. I know it isnt "TRUE" surround but it doesn't really matter all that much considering what they cost they are amazing in sound quality. The 1500 is a bit shallow in the bass on default but with the custom settings I find I run almost everything by modifying the "music+bass" setting and saving my custom configs. I like that music playback is excellent if not perfect. The surround implementation is the best I've heard with this sound chip and your PC is free to do other things. If you only have $100, its a great pick. I have seen them cheaper on the web so look around. I think they kick-ass as well.

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oddwaffle

You don't need to get shot to know it's painful to get shot at. You don't really need to use every headphones out there to know that gaming headphones are generally overpriced for their quality.

The author did mention that Senns's PC 333D is better than this in terms of sound quality and the Senns's cans themselves aren't exactly the best (in terms on sound quality) given its price range if you include other headphones. I have tried the pc 333D and I think it's a lot closer to the HD202 in terms of sound quality. Given $100, you can buy a comfortable pair of headphones with quality similar or better than the HD202.

This means if you only are looking for comfort and sound quality from your headphones with roughly $100: there are better products out there than this Corsair 1500.

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Valor958

I agree with TomSnoq's post from Apr 1. Most of the negative posts here are biased with no experience with this product.
As for the car comparison... I drive a Focus and have driven Acura's and other nicer cars, and honestly... most cars from the past decade drive about the same. There are some lower quality models here and there, but most drive the same for their class. A Focus 5 speed felt about like a Acura RSX as far as ride was concerned... and honestly not too much different than an NSX. Irrelevant here, but just saying... real experience, not perceived expectations from past experiences, trumps.
I plan on finding someone near me to try these out before buying them. They look good and would be a good replacement for my several year old GameCom headset. After 3 years one of the sides snapped, but liquid cement has fixed it for almost 3 months now... so, good enough.
There is a LOT of strong language here as to the quality too. "Crap", "Garbage", etc is entirely unjustified just because you don't like the method of sound reproduction. Yes, there is a difference between True and Simulated surround (5.1 or 7.1), and I’ve heard from both sides the same arguments that the other side sucks… leave it to your ears to decide and use intelligently chosen words to describe your feelings. Negating an entire product as ‘crap’ simply because you don’t think you’ll like it as it uses simulated surround… not a helpful or effective comment.
Now, the actual owners we have here have stated they like it. Maybe they ‘only’ like it as they haven’t experienced much more expensive ‘true’ surround headphones… maybe they like it because it sufficiently suits their needs. Not everyone is an audiophile, and not everyone has the same standards. Honestly, my Gamecoms are great and have good enough sound reproduction for my needs. They were sturdy for 3 years before breaking, and the mic and inline controls are still running strong.
Bottom line, choose your words more carefully. The pseudo-intellectuals posting and spouting ‘facts’, are only performing half their duty for a qualified review. Comment spam essentially.

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truk007

I've been using this headset for 2 months and I absolutely love them!

The virtual/simulated 5.1/7.1 works great in games as I can now hear my opponents coming from behind me. I am told by other players that the mic is clear and there is no background noise. I prefer using these rather than my 2.1 channel speaker set-up for gaming.

The set-up on my PC regarding the mic was a little cumbersome. Not sure why Corsair doesn't include better mic instructions, but there is plenty of info on the net regarding this. Still, one shouldn't have to search the net to find answers.

I snagged them on sale with a 20 buck Corsair rebate from the Egg. Well worth it, in my opinion, if you're pinching pennies.

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Rift2

I bought a set of Turtle beach Cans they were ok but after playing Duke Nukem MP for a while my ears were ringing off the hook so I returned them. Yet I had ringing in the ear for the past two month and they still go on and off the Ringing if I hear a loud bang at work.

Never again!!! Speakers all the way

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PMass

You should do a review on the Logitech G930s or G35s.

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D00dlavy

I bought these headphones from Amazon and I adore them!

These replaced my Cybersnipa surround sound Sonar model, which was only OK (the volume adjuster on the cord started to wear out and cause audio distortion). Vengeance 1500 = best pair of gaming headphones you can get for the price range.

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ocnier

Alex I like your review and your insight but its time to set up your categories correctly. This is SIMULATED 5.1 not true 5.1. So lets make the category specific. This is not TRUE 5.1 or above. This headset is nowhere near in the class with the TB Z6A, CM Sirus, etc... You guys at MaxPC need to specify the subclass of headset. It's just not the same.

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alex_dh9

Seems like someone is taking this article a little too personally...

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dgrmouse

It's been a while since I've spent time with a USB headset. Are they still worse than cheap on-board sound? Are these USB only?

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JohnP

I am using the USB port for my Cooler Master Storm true 5.1 headsets. I have absolutely no issue with the sound. I watch movies, play games but am not a serious music listener (but Adele's Rolling the Deep sounds great!).
The ONE thing that I hesitate about these cans is that I think the 5.1 is just simulated. Frankly, I have tried those on a couple of sets and gave them away. The CM Storm's have extra speakers in the earpieces and that makes them true 5.1. I wish someone here would actually post if these are just two speaker headsets with simulated 7.1...

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ocnier

These are a standard speaker headset without the extra speakers in each cup. They are SIMULATED 5.1 headsets not true 5.1.

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joeking

I don't think they were EVER worse than onboard. Your moving the D/A process outside the noisy environment of the PC with USB headsets. You also should have reduced jitter through the USB interface. Most onboard's are simply riser cards.

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joeking

Dolby Headphone can only upmix up to 5.1, read the specifications Alex Castle. Anyways, my opinion on USB headsets: crap. You can only squeeze so much sound quality out of that external module. I can see a use if you travel a lot to LAN's but any Maximum PC-esque builder should be using discrete sound cards like the Xonar ST, Titanium HD or the upcoming ASUS Pheobus. The difference in sonic fidelity is night and day, USB solutions can't touch it.

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Danthrax66

Bullshit. Quit limiting yourself to the gaming soundcard market and you will see that there are plenty of excellent usb solutions. example: http://www.head-fi.org/t/587361/d7-sidewinder-initial-impressions I own it, had the Xonar st it is a lot less clear than this, listened to the titanium hd again worse, Pheobus will probably be the same thing.

Also check out this headphone thread with reviews on various audiophile headphones for gaming: http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-3-15-2012-dolby-headphone-test-on-1st-post

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joeking

When I said USB solutions, I was referring to USB headsets, not external DAC's. Sorry, I should have been more specific.

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Danthrax66

I figured that but it was kind of general. But yeah the d7 is by far the best sound card/dac/amp you can get for under $200.

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joeking

My issue with external DAC's is the lack of software features. I heavily rely on Dolby Headphone for positional audio. With no virtual surround sound implementations, I feel like a sitting duck.

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Suijen

Is it too big even if you adjust them?

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JohnP

I give up. Do these headphones actually have separate speakers for surround sound or are they just "surround mixed"?

My Cooler Master Storms have 2 speakers in each ear giving true 5.1. Only gripe with the Storms is that they fit pretty tightly until they break in some. Amazing audio tho and the puck is terrific.

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ocnier

Sorry but there are very few "true" 5.1 headsets: CM Storm Sirus, Turtle beach Z6A (replaces the HPA2's), and the Triton 5.1 AX's. That's it. The Razer Tiamat will be the next big thing but it hasn't been release yet. I'm a big Corsair fan but this product is crap in comparison to true 5.1 headsets. If you comparing it to "simulated" 5.1 then its awesome, but frankly that's like comparing apples to prunes..... Do the math...........

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ocnier

Correction on my part the Tiamats have been released but they are in short supply.

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Danthrax66

No they are $20 headphones with the rest of the price marked up. http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-3-15-2012-dolby-headphone-test-on-1st-post this is a good round up of headphones. Personally dolby headphone isn't that great, in fact almost all software emulation is garbage. I use AKG q701 headphones and the iBasso d7 and it's like wall hacking in fps games, and this is out of stereo headphones. The iBasso is amazing though I have never heard anything this clear and accurate before. If you want dolby headphone then get an Asus Xonar STX soundcard or a X fi for other surround tech (supposedly better but I still prefer stereo).

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noobstix

These look pretty sturdy with the brushed aluminum. If these have the ability to last more than a year without cracking, I might invest in these in the future (when the price drops). Right now I'm on my 2nd pair of Corsair Vengeance 1100 (the smaller, cheaper, and behind-the-ear cousin) after the first one broke after 20 days. TBH, I think it might be better to invest in a headset that costs more than $50 rather than something like $30-40.

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Danthrax66

http://www.amazon.com/Sony-MDR-V6-Monitor-Series-Headphones/dp/B00001WRSJ just get these they will last you forever (they were first released in the 80s and people still have them) and they don't sound like ass. They are more accurate than any "gaming" headset I have tried but they are by no means on the level of more expensive audiophile headphones. You need a decent sound card to get virtual surround though, but onboard should be ok for the most part. And just get a usb mic.

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turbogamer1000

had them, control pod got hot and cable broke, sending back now so lets see if it was just a lemon

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D00dlavy

Are you using your headset to fucking lasso your pets?

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Humpfester

You can get these baby's @ Amazon for 70 bucks, they should be at my front door tomorrow.

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whathuhitwasntme

any reason this wont work on a 360?

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Danthrax66

Buy a gaming pc.

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alexw1234

For a 100 bucks, those are sooo going next to my new 30 inch display.

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Danthrax66

Why? They aren't worth it. http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-updated-3-15-2012-dolby-headphone-test-on-1st-post

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strykyr

Do you have any experience with the Vengeance 1500? I sure hope so the way you have flamed these.

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zat0x91

You don't need experience to figure out how "gaming" gear in general is overpriced pieces of shit.

Why don't you spend some time over at head-fi and argue with people who have experience with plenty of gear rather than the 'paid' reviews here.

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strykyr

Bullshit. If you have never touched it, you have no way of knowing if it's decent or not. Period.

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zat0x91

Okay, I'll let you continue being a self-delusional idiot.

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Duck Dodgers

I've never driven a Ford Focus, but I know it's not as good as a Lexus. If you have experience with quality technology it stands to reason you can spot crap. This may not be the case 100% of the time, but one can make an educated guess. Your logic is flawed, sir.

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TomSnoq

His logic is not flawed. Zat0x91 made a classic fallacious argument "appeal to authority" and he called him out on it.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_to_authority

Your argument is that experience is not neccesary and one can simply rely on reputation instead. Simply stating your argument clearly suffices to refute it.

I don't know if these headphones are any good or not but the arguments against them seem to be nothing more than snobbery.