# Corsair Launches High Performance USB Headset for Gamers

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1. ### btarunrEditor & Senior ModeratorStaff Member

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Corsair, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the launch of their inaugural audio product, the Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB gaming headset. This noise-isolating headset offers long-term playing comfort and immersive multi-channel audio, with massive 50mm drivers and a carefully tuned acoustical design optimized not only for gaming, but for movies and music as well.

The HS1 is loaded with features designed to optimize your gaming experience. The 50mm drivers provide more accurate sound reproduction and far lower distortion than is produced by smaller, more typical drivers. The circumaural, closed-back design helps reject ambient noise and keeps you in the game, even in high-distraction environments like LAN parties. Replaceable memory foam ear pads provide a reliable, comfortable fit that conforms to the shape of your head without binding or pinching. The uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone on an adjustable boom enables clear, low-noise voice chat. The end result is a headset that simply provides a superior gaming experience.

“We set out to develop a headset with the performance that gamers demand, while also providing the pristine audio reproduction required for multi-channel movies and high bit rate music,” stated Jim Carlton, Vice President of Marketing at Corsair. “The Audio HS1 easily meets both these challenges.”

Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 Key Features:
• Acoustically-tuned enclosures with oversized 50mm drivers
• Circumaural, closed-back design
• Replaceable memory foam ear pads with soft fabric covers
• USB Connection
• Dolby Headphone technology provides multi-channel sound and improves audio quality to reduce listening fatigue
• Uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone on adjustable boom
• Extra-large inline volume and microphone controller that’s easy to grab during gameplay
• Control panel software allows you to customize the listening experience

The Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming headset is available immediately from Corsair’s authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. It is supplied with a two year warranty, and is backed up by Corsair's highly regarded customer service and technical support. Technical specifications can be found here.

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mmm they look comfortable might just give these a go.

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Look nice and i do like clossed type headphones although no specs ( would have to be some thing very close to 5Hz-20-30kHz. And if the headphone turns left\right there is a good chance of it being a weak point.

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Follow the link in the news post, click on the 'Resources' tab.

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Would of been nice to see those specs in the first post ..

Anyways 20-20 is total fail for my requirements.

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Agreed. IMHO, ability to produce frequencies outside of a hearable range is vital for resulting audio quality you perceive. I've had a chance to try numerous headphones, not just for gaming purposes, and my experience has taught me to always check freq. range, no matter what my first impression is.

Based on (sometimes solely) this criteria, I chose to aim for headphones that can reproduce a range of 16Hz-22kHz or wider.

Hasn't failed me since...

And yes, that goes for compressed audio reproduction, as well.

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Nice looking for sure, any idea on a price?

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i would like to see these reviewed. judging by the specs they wont be very good.

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Corsair is getting into markets they dont belong in

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For sure it's not just about hearing but feeling it too.

Technics do some or used to ( not the DJ ones ) they were 5-20 and sounded so sweet although they had a weak spot which i was on about in my 1st post.

Not really a headphone kinda person mainly due to using a AV and speakers which i would not mind finding some 8" with soft dome front ported ones as front ported project though bass though the house better ( like a sub but better ).

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These look really nice but my selection in the Headset market is slim due to my big ears

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First of all, I hope Corsair doesn't go the way of other companies that expand into too many component/peripheral markets and end up watering down the quality of their entire product offering.

Secondly:

The human ear can't hear 5Hz to 30KHz (source), and many products' frequency response claims are exaggerated anyway. I'd rather Corsair be honest about a 20-20 response than skew the facts with a 5-30 claim as some do. Naram-sin's claim that products which can perform outside the frequency range of human hearing are better is not universally accurate. When it comes down to it, specs on paper mean very little compared to the review of an experienced listener. So a review is in order. You can't fairly or wisely judge these solely based on manufacturer frequency response ratings.

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As you eluded to, "felt" bass can't really be made effective with headphones—headset performance at sub-audible frequencies is inconsequential. Bass can be felt starting around 100Hz and below. There is very little actual musical content below 50Hz. On the high end, most adults can't even hear above 16KHz. So there's the "on paper" side of things.

Now back to the real world: I've used both the DJ1200A and DH1200A Technics. First, they don't hit 5Hz. Second, the bass is out-of-control, boomy, and the whole frequency range is imprecise compared to what I would consider "good" headphones. Everyone has their own preferred flavor but I own and would take Beyer DT250s or even Senn HD280s over the Technics any day. That's why I don't own Technics. If you don't like the loudness at different frequencies, you can always use an EQ. One thing you can't do, however, is get better sound out of a less sophisticated headset.

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these look really comfy, gj so far corsair

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DJ1200A's are different than the ones i am on about. They are flatter than the ones i am on about witch only makes me think the sound is smaller too. I cannot tell if there open backed maybe they are which would all so not help them to do what DH1200's can do

I have a senns before and i was un happy with them as the sounds to neutral ( and yes everyone's different ). I like a bold sound a sound that has some attach and not just mids and highs.