Pros: Solid construction – won’t fall apart by pulling them on and off many times over
Cord has a bit of nylon lacing on the outside which makes them somewhat easier to untangle
Not heavy – foam around the ears don’t make your head sweat
Can stay on for many hours without too much discomfort
Good for music (might need to do a bit of EQing to fit your taste) and of course, gaming
Volume controller on the cord – the volume can go quite loud!.. (but see con section - changing the volume is drastic)
Nice, lengthy, 10ft cord – can plug into a desktop on the floor or a decent distance away
Quality microphone – when using recording programs you easily get a full wave form and when gaming, people can easily hear you - you can set the mic levels in the software or from Windows
Software is pretty good – can save EQ presets for FPS, different types of games, or different types of music
Cons: The mic isn’t retractable or removable – some of the higher end headsets do this. The best you can do here is flip it up. Some people will probably love the boom mic that actually makes it to your mouth over a more flexible, shorter mic
Not the best fit for people with smaller heads – although the headset is adjustable
7.1 ‘surround sound’ is kind of gimmicky for any headset – this is simply a way of splitting the sound between the TWO speakers to create an effect that your brain interprets as coming from a location in between. I think any good modern game (especially FPS) will do this without extra software
Volume changes rapidly when using the cord to adjust – would have preferred a dial over a click button
The headphones sometimes act up when you plug them into USB 3.0 port – go for 2.0 if you have one available
Overall Review: Good headset for the price point. Some headsets are much more expensive and come with external sound cards which are just not worth the money in my opinion
Any headset takes some time to get used to the fitting of the earphones
Software had no problems on Windows 8.1
Great mic sound quality
Music sounds wonderful
Surround sound works wonders for FPS
Drivers/Software make a difference and allow fine tuning
Nearly identical (see other thoughts) to my Vengeance 1500 V2 headset
A glorious surround sound experience to complement my EyeFinity Surround visual experience
Just buy 'em.
Cons: Mute button doesn't always seem to work properly.
Overall Review: These appeared identical to my Vengeance 1500 V2 headset aside from 2 very minor differences.
The first is the color scheme and logos on the headset.
The second is the material that the ear cups are made of and covered with. My Vengeance set has softer padding and a velvety material. The H1500 has a stiffer padding and the fabric is similar to that of basketball shorts. I prefer the H1500 primarily because the fabric doesn't attract pet hair and dust like the Vengeance.
I looked up the specs for the two sets on Corsair's site and everything they listed is identical. This lead me to shoot their customer support an e-mail to verify. Here is the response I received from them:
Me: "I am doing a NewEgg Eggxpert Review for your H1500 Gaming headset. I also own the Vengeance 1500 headset.
The specs for the 2 are identical from what I can see online. They are nearly identical in physical appearance, feel the same, and sound extremely similar if not identical. I was just wondering if you could give me any specifics for differences that I could note in my review of the H1500."
Corsair: "What specifics would you like? The V1500 and H1500 are basically the same headset, but different colors scheme."
My suspicions were correct. The sound between the two is identical and there are only cosmetic difference between the two. A quick search on @m@z0n confirms that the H1500 has replaced the Vengeance 1500 V2.
Prior to receiving this headset I had not used my Vengeance in several months. My biggest peeve with them was that they were very finicky and didn't work properly when plugged into my USB 3.0 Hub. I was forced to run the cord from my tower, which is mounted on the wall above my desk. I was pleased when I downloaded the drivers and found that Corsair had sorted out this issue.
The opening statement on Corsair's site for this headset tells the tale...
"Upgrade to Unfair."
I played through a majority of the Wolfenstein: The New Order camapign with this headset, and the surround is definitely nice. From the sound of enemies reloading or creeping around the next corner, the surround sound saved my life more than once.
I have a friend who is a music nut, creates/records his own techo, and is also an avid gamer. He has been through countless sets of headphones for various reasons, including his mischievous dog and 2 young daughters breaking things. I consulted him before I purchased my Vengeance 1500 V2, and aside from the awesome sound his favorite feature was the durability.
Music can get distorted and crackily if you push too far. It happens when all volume sliders are at /near maxed, particularly with Google Play. Set Google Play volume slider at 1/2 to 2/3 for best results. If you need more volume than this supplies then you must be deaf!
Sound quality, clarity, and detail are vastly improved with Corsair Software digitally enhancing the source and output. 7.1 Source Type and 7.1 "Now Playing" bri
Pros: Comfortable fit, great sound, outstanding volume, precise transmission. The headset has a very comfortable fit for those that have a 7 or above hat size. Those with a smaller hat size might want to consider another Corsair or other gaming headset. The sound is above that of many headsets that I have used. With great sound there is more reality in the games that you are playing. The headsets pick up all variants within the sound spectrum. The volume is very adequate and the adjustment controls are placed perfectly on the headset cord. The mute button will work only with the microphone...it will not mute the headset so the sound from the gaming device will still emit. The microphone has crystal clear transmission unlike some headsets I have used. The solid build of the microphone is the reason for the clear transmissions. It is not retractable, but can be flipped up in a stored position. Overall this is a very good headset for the price.
Cons: None at this time.
Overall Review: Unlike other headsets that may require batteries to power the headset the headset receives its power from the USB port and this advantage gives it the quality sound during game play. While I think this headset is a great headset it does not rate 5 eggs (perfect). At 4 eggs it still sits above other headsets.
Pros: As a qualifier, I will start by admitting I’m a bit of a headphone junkie. I not only have comparable gaming headsets (Logitech G430 and Logitech G930), but also several reference quality studio headphones that cost many times more than this Corsair gaming headset.
That said, I don’t expect this Corsair headset to offer the surgical precision of audiophile headphones. I can, however, use my other headphones as a reference for what a headphone is capable of. Gaming, music, and movies are the typical uses for headphones. Each is discussed in turn followed by an assessment of fit and finish of the product.
Gaming. Let’s start with the primary target for this headset. If you are interested in this headset then you want accurate and realistic surround sound and you want explosions to shake your brain. I’m happy to report that this headset delivers on both accounts. The 50 mm drivers on this headset go deep on the low end. The gaming environment is rich and lush. In comparison to my Logitech headsets which only have 40 mm drivers, the sound is more dynamic and explosions have a better punch to them. The pseudo-surround sound works just as good as the competition; however I found the expansive soundstage offered by my studio headphones in stereo to be just as an advantage for picking up directional audio queues.
Movies. Wow. Just wow. Like gaming, movies are immersive and oh my… the explosions. This headset is just fantastic for watching films. Although it is obviously tuned for a warmer, darker sound than my Logitechs and studio headphones, I find its sound well-suited for pretty much any genre of film. Dialog is clear, front, and center. And did I mention the explosions??
Music. Here is where I was a little let down. Don’t get me wrong, this headset can be used for enjoying music. The warm and dark sound signature is not to my liking however for my own tastes. This headphone puts out a lot of bass and it bleeds into the mids. Some may like the thump-thump beat of accentuated low tones in certain types of music. I prefer a more neutral sound in my music. The heavy low end on this headset can be fixed somewhat using the software EQ, so I won’t complain too much. There are some unavoidable caveats one must be aware of for audiophile music listening discussed in the Cons below.
Cons: Like all other headsets I’ve used with a USB based DAC, this headset is limited to only 16 bit/48 kHz audio and below. This is “DVD quality”, but keeps you from enjoying high resolution audio like common 24 bit/96 kHz and/or 24 bit/192 kHz FLAC files without downsampling. If you consider yourself an audiophile looking for a headset to serve a dual purpose with Hi-Fi audio, then look elsewhere. I wouldn’t have even mentioned Hi-Fi audio support if the Corsair software didn’t have specific equalizer presets named “Audiophile”.
One other small criticism, the LEDs on the volume control are a bit obnoxious. When muted, they alternate brightly from blue to red. In a dark room, it’s quite noticeable. On top of that, if you leave the headset plugged in and power down your system, the blue and red LEDs glow simultaneously and ends up giving off a constant pink glow.
And finally, this headset leaks sound quite badly even though it is a sealed, closed-back design. What this means is that while you may be enjoying your audio in apparent solitude, in reality people in the same room will hear the audio too. This headset might not be a good choice for late night sessions while a roommate or spouse is trying to sleep.
Overall Review: Fit and finish. This headset is built like a tank. It is definitely more bulky than my Logitech headsets. There is a lot more padding on the band and the cable is of a thicker gauge. I tested the headset in a pretty good gaming marathon and I never experienced any discomfort or sweat build up in the mesh ear-cups. With the massive 50 mm drivers, the ear cups are plenty wide and plenty deep for even the largest of ears.
The mic worked as well as any I’ve used in the past, so I don’t have much more to say about that. For the volume control, I prefer it by far to the rolling wheel on the Logitech G430, but it falls short of the ingenious barrel control on the G930/G35 ear cup. More on the volume, I found that each click on the control increased or decreased the Windows volume in 1% increments. I’ve read other reviews stating that each click resulted in too large of a scale up or down in volume making it frustrating to get it just right. That was not the case in my set up with Windows 8.1 and the latest Corsair software and drivers installed as 1% is the smallest increment possible.
The takeaway: This is an excellent headset for gaming and movies. It is a bit lacking for audiophile listening, if that is your intent. Well done Corsair.
Pros: This headset has a very strong build quality, they're not flimsy in the least. That's a problem with some headsets if the frame is made of plastic, and especially on the sliders themselves, where you'd adjust the size for your head, since it would be the narrowest part of the frame. This headset just feels extraordinarily more durable than any I've ever had before.
The pads are very comfortable as well, and I am a person who gets uncomfortable very easily. Other headphones I've used before will always hurt my ears and/or the top of my head after just a few minutes, but the Corair Gaming H1500's pads are so soft and have plenty of room to fit around my big ears, instead of crushing them, and I can game for hours and I forget they're even on my head.
Despite the closed design, the headphones still let plenty of environmental sound in as long as you have the volume set low. They do get very loud, however (probably dangerously loud) and can easily drown out your environment if you need to.
Sound quality is very good, and even though there's not a ton of bass, there's just enough to make me happy when listening to my favorite music. I've never experienced surround sound in headphones before, but it is easy for me to recognize what direction a sound is coming from in these headphones EXCEPT for rear-left. It might not be a problem with the headphones as much as it is my brain, but it's hard for me to determine that direction.
Lastly, the microphone is a vast improvement over my old desktop mic that I used to use. It can fold out of the way, and won't pick up too much environmental noise. It's noise cancelling is very good as well. The mute button is a very useful feature. When I first started playing with the headset, I kept accidentally knocking the mic with my hand if I were to try and scratch my nose or something. I apologized to my friends when it happened in case I deafened them with a knock to the microphone, but they said they didn't hear anything; So, I'm assuming it cancelled out the noise from accidentally hitting the back-side of the microphone stem.
Cons: My girlfriend wants to steal these, so it looks like I will be buying another pair soon.
Overall Review: Apparently my head isn't quite big enough. I have always considered myself to have an average sized head, some headsets I've used would seem too small even if I extended the sliders all the way out. These headphones fit a little loose when the sliders are closed. Not a lot, just a little bit. If I move my head too fast, they will fall off. That's my only problem with them, but they're so good over-all I've decided not to include this as a con.
I am very happy with this headset and would recommend it to ANYBODY looking for a good gaming headset without too big of a pricetag.
Pros: The Corsair H1500 Gaming headset is my first really heavy duty professional high quality head set.
They are powered (and get sound and transmit from the mike) solely from the USB port on your computer. Since they are powered, they can deliver much more volume than a person with normal hearing can stand.
The H1500 headsets are BIG! My ears are not small, but the ear foam does not come close to pressing on my ears. These are headsets you can wear for hours without any discomfort. The headsets do not seem to heat up – I guess their size accounts for that.
The sound quality from these headsets is remarkable. The base is much more than I would expect; on some music it almost seemed like too much, but nothing worth adjusting my balances.
The surround sound was a surprise, but I guess I should have expected that with Dolby. I just was not expecting an explosion from my 6 O’clock. The 50 mm drivers on this headset pick up the low end very well.
There are lit digital volume and microphone controls (off/on) well placed about 2 feet below the headset. The sound/power cord is about 4X the thickness of the plastic cord on most headsets. The cord appears to be enclosed in a cloth-like sheath for better protection..
The headsets appeared in my output devices a few minutes after I plugged them into a front USB port. I was puzzled when the headsets did not appear right away, but I of course my Win8 system had to go find the required drivers.
It might have been quicker to go out and get the drivers myself.
Cons: I would not want to use these headsets with a computer that was not on AC power. The currency draw would be excessive for a batter powered dev
I don’t use the mic very often, so I would like to keep it on mute.
The flashing red lights on the control to indicate mute are annoying.
I asked a friend who loves listening to classical music to give them a try. She said they were better than most headsets, but lost a little bit of detail.
Overall Review: My other experiences have been decent quality Plantronics and Sennheizer, but neither measured up to the quality of this Corsair set.
I use earbuds at the gym on a daily basis, playing MP3 files from my Shuffle. Obviously in that context I don’t need very high quality – my main concerns are that the buds don’t hurt my ears and they don’t fall out while I’m exercising.
But at home when I’m ready to just relax and enjoy some of my favorite tunes, or movies, or games, comfort and quality are most important.
I’m listening to some YouTube favorites right now as I do this review.
Pros: Robust, meaty sound, very good bass for a pair of headphones, excellent for gaming and a huge improvement over the built in options on my laptop for general sound applications (Skype etc.).
Cons: Only con I found, apart from the size of the headset making you look like a sound engineer from a sixties recording studio, but then I'm an old fuddy duddy, was the placement and design of the controls on the cord. No matter what I did I was constantly leaning on it and alternately blasting my eardrums and killing the sound.
Overall Review: Messing about with these in a PC environment I found that they were a pleasure to use and to wear. I’m not a big fan of earbuds, they tend to hurt my ears and also for some reason give me a headache with prolonged use. This headset did neither, I wore them for an extended period of time listening to music, Skypeing with friends and also attempting to survive more than a few minutes in a few online games. I did not at any time feel any discomfort from wearing them, although the first time a few of my Skype contacts saw them they were wondering if my hearing had gone completely, they did remark, however, on a marked improvement on the sound quality they were getting at their end of the call. I loaned the H1500s to one of my Grandsons to see what a younger generation thought of them. Within an hour or so he was sold and was quite persuasive in his arguments about what should be pride of place in his stocking come the Christmas season, namely a pair of Corsair H1500s. His reasons were 1) they looked cool, 2) they are very comfortable to wear, 3) explosions sounded a whole lot better, 4) he could actually make out a lot more cussing/conversation than he could normally (not sure what his mom will make of that) and 5) they were way cooler/better than what he was used to. So a product that pleases two users with vastly different computer experience and ages. 5 eggs… no quibbles!
Pros: - Large ear cups with plenty of depth
- Long cable
- Very comfortable over long periods of time
- Easy driver and software acquisition and install
- Large sound stage when set properly in software
Cons: - Does take a bit of tuning and tinkering to get a good sound
- Decent amount of sound bleed for closed headphones
- Annoying flashing light when mic is muted
Overall Review: I find these headphones wonderfully comfortable and I have no problems wearing them for hours at a time. The long cable is nice as my computer sits on my right and the cable enters the headset on the left. I would have preferred the inline controls to be either higher or lower as were it sits is right in my lap and buttons tend to be accidentally pressed. Getting the drivers and software from Corsair's website was painless and quick. It took me about 15 minutes to set as equalizer to what I like and figure out all of the settings to make these sound good. I prefer the 5.1 surround setting to the 7.1. With the 7.1, I found the surround speakers overpowering the front and rear. The inline volume buttons also jumped the volume a lot in 7.1 mode, whereas in 5.1, the buttons are normal volume adjusts. My biggest complaint about these would be the blinking light when the microphone is muted. The normally steady blue lights in the inline controller flash between red and blue when the microphone is muted.
Overall, this is a good headset with solid build and audio quality. If you are looking for a headset in this price range, definitely consider these.