Pros: Very nice sound still, Very functional Very Comfortable.
Cons: Updated review to add a CON from my previous Review............. Product has an issue many people are seeing online, and I have now experienced this myself.
If you are holding the power button and turning them off it can put them into "Boot Mode" rendering them useless until you re-flash the Firmware to get them working again.
See "Other Thoughts" on the steps provided by Corsair.
Overall Review: 13. I've plugged my headset in to charge but it doesn't appear to be charging and doesn't turn on. What's wrong with it?
The headset may have inadvertently been placed in "bootloader mode". When in bootloader mode, the headset will disable all audio and lighting, in other words it will appear to be off. Bootloader mode is our failsafe protocol that prevents the headset from becoming unresponsive, which typically happens if the headset is improperly disconnected during a firmware update.
14. I never disconnected my headset during a firmware update. Why is it in bootloader mode?
If a button is held down inadvertently while plugging the headset in to charge, it may go into bootloader mode.
15. Is there any way to recover the headset from bootloader mode?
Yes. If you re-flash the firmware the headset will return to normal. You can do this by going into CUE's Settings, under Settings, there will be an "Update Firmware" button. Click the "Update firmware" button and use "Force update from the server" option. Once the headset is recovered, it will need to be paired with wireless adapter.
16. How do I pair my headset to the wireless adapter?
First you will need to use a paper clip to insert to the small hole under the white LED on the wireless adapter. Press and hold it for a few seconds and the white LED will begin rapidly flashing. Then on the headset press and hold the power button (while the headset is off) for 8 seconds, if done correctly the LEDs on InfoMic will begin flashing green and red. Once the headset is paired, InfoMic will indicate that it is paired by pulsing green and the adapter will no longer rapidly flash.
Pros: Another supplemental review. I had wondered how "real" the virtual 7.1 really was for two-driver headsets.
I recently had a chance to compare these one-on-one with a "true" 7.1 headset with 5 drivers in each earpiece.
I am pleased to report that not only does virtual 7.1 work, it actually works just about as well as a multi-driver 7.1 headset. Plus those big 50mm drivers make them just outstanding for listening to music as well.
The catch is, you have to wear the VOID headset for a couple of minutes before the 7.1 effect really starts working well--there is an adjustment period each time you put them on. On the other hand, a true 7.1 headset works as well as it will ever work from the second you put it on, so there is a trade-off with some advantages to each.
Cons: The only real drawback to this headset is its unfortunate tendency to want to fall off of your head if you either lean back or lean forward. It enforces good posture! <grin>
Overall Review: This is a beautiful multipurpose headset, equally at home whether you are lost in the world of a game or lost in your favorite music.
Pros: You can tell by looking at this headset that a lot of work and time has gone into the design of this headset. Corsair has been bringing some quality products to the table and this one is no different.
- Lightweight and durable with the hinges being what feels like aluminum.
- Buttons on the headset once you get used to them are easy to hit
- Infomic is ok i guess
- Microphone sounds relatively clear and crisp.
- 50mm drivers capable of making some neutral sound
- RGB lighting on a headset?? Cool in theory but all i can see is battery drain.
- Somewhere between 8 and 10 hours of battery life before the thing starts beeping telling me it's at 15%
Cons: None of these cons would drive me from reducing eggs but for the amount of effort they put in designing this headset i don't understand why
- Infomic leds are pointed AWAY from you
- Buttons could be more responsive
- Software could be better... Needs a different way of monitoring battery life
- It seems initial firmware make it so the headset doesn't get very loud and i often find too much having everything turned all the way up.
- RANGE (40 ft is dreaming, it's 21 feet to my kitchen and it cuts in and out and lets forget about going to any other room..)
Overall Review: This headset is a good skype/gaming headset even for the price. Getting up and not having to take off headphones is an awesome idea but the range on these things really leave something to be desired.
Sound quality is acceptable, but don't go into these things expecting better sound than a pair of decent headphones. Though the sound quality is improved with software EQ but it's still not as good as i think it could be.
The infomic has the LEDS pointed away from you, so you either need to just hold your hand over the LEDS to tell or just turn the mic to you but this is probably because you dont want LEDS pointed at your eyeballs when your trying to game. There were other ways to tackle this, like lights pointing down or ones that aren't bright etc.
Overall being able to skype and game and listen to music all without having any wires attached to me makes me give this product a thumbs up. The battery life was good, EQ makes these things heaps better and the mic was unsurprisingly good quality as well. Would recommend to a friend.
Pros: - Sound quality was very good. I could hear the most minute detail in each scene, ranging from echoes to footsteps. Sounded good in games AND for listening to music.
- Battery lasts fairly long (around 13 hours) in my testing.
- The earcups are large and comfortable.
- Corsair software gives the user many options for adjusting the sound and lighting of the headset.
- Indicator lights near the tip of the microphone to let you know when the microphone is muted, battery life and equalizer settings.
Cons: - Wireless connection would sometimes drop out requiring the PC to be rebooted for connection to be re-established.
- The headset has to be recharged because it is wireless.
- Because the microphone has status LEDs on it, it has to be positioned further away from the user's face so the LEDs can still be seen by the user.
- Microphone was kind of weak. Had to speak louder compared to other headsets I've used, so people could hear me clearly.
- No extension cable or dock so the transmitter / receiver can be placed closer to the headset / user.
Overall Review: This headset had pretty good sound quality, but the mic. was a little bit of a let-down for something at this price point.
At this price it also should have come with a USB extension cable / dock so the transmitter / receiver could be placed closer to the user wearing the headset.
The price is a bit high for what you get and the build quality needs work. The whole unit seems to be plastic.
Lighting feature is a gimmick since you don't actually get to see it since you wear the headset on your head. Might get you noticed at a LAN party though.
Overall, I wouldn't recommend this headset to friends and family. You can get better at a lower price.
Pros: Sounds very good. Long battery life. Comes back from the dead.
Cons: Died and had to be revived the hard way...
Overall Review: My last review was an update to my original review. This review is an update to my update. After less than 5 minutes on the phone with Corsair technical support the thing started working again. Turns out there is a tiny reset switch hidden in a tiny hole on the receiver dongle near the LED I had to press for 15 seconds. Then I was instructed to plug it into a port previously NOT used by the device. After that, I had to open CUE software, plug in headphones via USB, hold the power button on the headset until the LED on the receiver stopped blinking and became solidly lit. Then my cell phone disconnected... The headphones still didn't work so I rebooted my PC and, voila! They are back to their original quality!
Pros: Good overall sound quality, sound fidelity is high as long as the source does not contain very high frequency contents (such as brass instrument or high pitched female vocals). The soundscape of the headphone's audio reproduction is quite even, with only slight bias toward bass. This gives nice punchy sounds without getting overly muddy on the sound with exaggerated bass track. The audio is clearly reproduced without any artifact of a wireless connection (as long as the content is not high frequency). The 7.1 sound is quite good if the game properly support the simulated surround sound. Directional sound response is nicely done, give you a clear sense of audio orientation and create realism and suspense.
The cushions for the ears are thick and well padded, and comfortable for wear. There is a LED light on the mic for mute status indication.
The headphone uses a standard micro-usb type B connector for charging, can take to up 1 AMP of input current, so most cell phone chargers can readily charge this head phone without you having to resort to booting up a computer to charge the headphone. The omni-presence of micro-usb cables also means you don't have trouble finding the cable to charge the head set. The battery life of the headphone is also quite good, I have had the headphone for more than 2 weeks, and only had to charge it once.
If you don't want to bother with the LED light tweaking software, you don't even have to bother with installing/downloading any device driver. The USB dongle for the wireless streaming is readily recognized by Windows 7, 8.1 and 10, and the unit shows up as a standard USB digital audio device.
Cons: The good sound production is marred by audio clipping at high frequency. High pitched female vocal (in songs) and brass or string instrument can be often be heard clipped at the high end when transmitted via the wireless link (assuming to be audio artifacts due to bandwidth limited compression used for transmission).
The LED light on the ear muffs are pointless to me, I never bothered to install the control software after reading comments regarding the iffy behavior of the software.
The mic input is over compressed in an attempt to reduce upstream spectrum use from the headset back to the computer. In addition, the LED status light is good on paper, it works for bystanders who can see you from afar regarding the state of the mic, however, since the mic is so close to your mouth and below your field of vision normally, you would have to bend the mic and look down to see what that LED, which is completely useless in the heat of the battle for a game. The voice from the mic is also tinny, needs substantial input boost to properly pick up the voice, and is too compressed to use for anything others than normal speech. In another word, you can use it for chatting in a game, as a skype headset, and not as a regular recording device for anything other than that despite of the high price of the headset unit.
Since the unit is only recognized as a standard USB digital audio device, the headset can only be used as a standard stereo device under windows. Any games would have to provide simulated 3D sound provision to provide surround audio.
The ear muffs are big and fluffy, but I find myself unwilling to wear it for extended period of time. You definitely feel the presence of this headphone on your head, not like some studio quality headphone I have that allow you to forgot the existence of a headphone and allow you to be absorbed into the sound. That combined with the high frequency audio clipping issue (especially with high bit rate MP3 320kbps for instance), make it not suitable for anything outside of gaming and audio conferencing.
The USB streaming dongle is also of significant size, making connecting it behind a computer difficult and would seem to be easy target for breaking itself or the USB port when bumped or kicked.
Overall Review: I really want to like this headset, and in concept it is great. It's wireless, has comfortable ear muffs, long lasting battery. However, the high frequency audio artifact makes using this distracting, and the mic phone is also not sufficient beyond gaming chat and audio conferencing. The color changing LEDs in the ear muffs are not my cup of tea, and it seems to be a hassle requiring your to install extra software to turn them off. They should only be turned on using the extra software for anyone wanting that feature.
With everything said, for the purpose it is designed for, which is gaming (FPS especially) who the soundscape is often low frequency grumble and the occasional wise crack over audio link on the simulated combat radio channels, this headset serves well for all its promised functionality. I would recommend it as what is claims to be a gaming headset with the convenience of wireless streaming, just make sure you leave the computer far away so you can't accidentally kick or bump the USB dongle to ruin your day.
Pros: Sound quality is great. These are extremely comfortable, I prefer the fabric to the fake leather cups. The fake leather ones make my ears sweat, the fabric is breathable and my ears don't sweat.
I've never ran these dead. The battery lasts quite a long time. I charged these a couple times a week.
The charging cable is nice and long, but I really liked that you can use any standard phone charger since these use a standard USB connector. I use my own cable to charge.
I like the fact that you can use these as a wired headset as well. This is a nice feature I like to see on all wireless products. I've actually been to a LAN party before where two people's wireless mice interfered with each other. I wouldn't want my only headset to not work at a LAN party. So it is great that these work over the cable when plugged in with a USB cable.
The 7.1 audio worked OK, but it wasn't as good as a true 7.1 headset. This is simulated 7.1, this headset only has 2 speakers in them. Though for simulated 7.1, these are probably the best I've heard.
All of the controls were in the logical position, and it was real easy to learn how to control the headset by touch.
Cons: The yellow dongle and yellow USB cable really puts me off. I know the SE version is yellow, so they come with a yellow cable and dongle. However, this version is black, and IMO the cable and dongle should match.
The mic audio isn't the good. It is good enough for communicating in game to teammates, but not for something like recording for Youtube or Twitch. The mic audio is just too...tinny...that is the best I can describe it. However, I know a large reason for this is because the mic audio is highly compressed so it works over the wireless connection. Every wireless headset I've used has the same problem. The output audio is favored over the mic audio, and that is the way is should be. But this leave very little bandwidth for the mic audio, so it has to be compressed heavily.
Overall Review: I'm mildly annoyed that this version didn't come with the base station for the dongle. It says SE only in the manual. I know throwing in some kind of base station would not have added that much to the cost. For the price Corsair is asking for these, throwing in a base station wouldn't break the bank.
Pros: Sound quality = Excellent
Mic quality = Excellent
Construction = Excellent
Comfort = Amazing!!!
Range = great
Battery Life = Great
Lighting = Bonus!!!
Cons: The "Corsair Unity Engine" software is very klunky. Not like the "UNIX" software on cougar products. But it should be! So please fix this "Corsair"! The manual only covers getting it turned on really. Not very in depth, and not alot of trouble shooting guidelines. Almost no info on forums or support page. Really just the download for the software. Nothing in the way of using the software or what all the controls do. But you figure these things out as you go sometimes, I suppose!?! Wish the Battery Info LED could be toggled to stay on or flash while using. instead of when it gets low.
Overall Review: This is by far the most amazing headset ever. It is so comfortable.
If you had to wear this for a long period, I doubt you're head would feel pinched or heavy like alot of headsets. Don't let the cons deter you from getting this. it is totally worth it! When you first plug it in the lights might not come one right away give it a few minutes or so, Also there is 2 LED's on the Mic, The closest one is the battery indicator. So watch that one if the ear cups LED's don't turn on when you firt plug it in.