Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

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Our last time out with a pair of wireless cans was a great experience, if a bit daunting. The Creative Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega Wireless headset offers a deep and vast audio experience with a ton of options, ways to listen and a software package replete with tuning choices and features to tweak. The resulting editorial was extensive ¬†as we tried to digest and convey as much as we could. Luckily things are a tad simpler with today’s wireless solution.

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Up for eval is Corsair’s Vengeance 2000 Dolby 7.1 Wireless Gaming Headset. They support support Dolby and Dolby Pro Logic IIx and will work with source types from stereo to all traditional multi-channels setups including 5.1 and 7.1 surround. One of the smarter features on the Vengeance 2000 headset is the option to choose your wireless transmitter solution. We found the overall audio to be commendable. Yet Dolby headphones that are wireless and support 7.1 don’t come cheap. If they do, something must be amiss. Right?! Let’s find out.

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The set comes with a pair Vengeance 2000 headphones proper, quick start manual, recycling instructional safety leaflet, Warranty guide, USB charging cable, USB dongle and USB extension cable. Those latter two are what comprise your 2-receiving options. The headset uses nice large 50mm driver with a 32 ohm impedance. The wireless range maxes at 40ft and the 10hr battery life beats out the Sound Blaster Recon3D Omega headset’s mere 8hr lifespan.

Vengeance 2000_5They’re not bad looking at all in their chrome on black motif with the illuminated blue accents. There is a blue LED power indicator light on the left earpiece. The omni-directional mic is on a malleable arm so it can be moved and placed according to the user’s preference. The mic also flips up out the way nicely. In this position,, the mice is conveniently muted. It’s a feature we’ve seen on many other headsets like the Sennheiser PC 363D and PC 350E.

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The Corsair Vengeance 2000 wireless Dolby headset doesn’t feature optical in/out. To get started you need to plug either the USB dongle or USB extension cable with dongle plugged in–to your computer or laptop. You get better reception with extension cable since it allows the dongle to be better positioned to maximize reception. Your computer will install necessary drivers. But I suggest skipping over to Corsair to download their latest software and driver set for the Vengeance 2000 set.

Vengeance 2000_2Once installed the software UI is familiar Corsair stuff. It looks very similar to the utilties we wrote about yesterday in our Corsair M95 MMO/RTS gaming mouse review. However, they are needed less for tweaking and more for testing sound quality if various listening scenarios. Open it up to reveal a single window/page where you can adjust volume for the headphones and the flip-up microphone, set the source type (2.0 stereo, 5.1, 7.1 etc.) and adjust the equalizer to your taste. You can also choose from 7-presets tailored for either audio, movies or games specific game types. After adjusting you can name and save your EQ profile. There is no speaker test or mixer features to futz with. It’s simple and strictly efficient.

We turned up the volume on our favorite games, music and movies with some surprising results. Game are easily and obviously the best use scenario. There even separate presets for MMO and FPS games. But I found hands-on use customizing the EQ is best. But the simulated 7.1 Dolby audio voluminous. Music and videos come off quite well. These cans don’t perform better than a pair of dedicated music headphones but are laudable nonetheless. I popped in Avengers, Game of Thrones and few others. The audio was fantastic but only after adjusting the EQ to my personal taste. I tried the MOVIE MOD-X preset and It was rubbish in my opinion–as if the sound was coming from deep down an old well, or something. Performance in music is very good but lacks the soundstage definition of a Beats by Dre, California Music, V-Moda or other notable music-centric solutions. That’s to be expected.

Vengeance 2000_7Bottom Line: The Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless gaming headset is a great buy for the stellar 7.1 performance choice or receiving options and competitive price. The surround sound multichannel performance envelops users in a way that makes Astro Gaming and Creative seem asleep at the wheel. Astro Gaming’s A50¬†wireless offer deeper more pronounced lows and Creative dumps a ton of features on you. Both these competing solutions do optical-in, which is great. But the Vengeance 2000 hold their own admirably for nearly $200 less than the highest priced competitor. Succinctly… Highly recommended!


 
 
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Positives


Great 7.1 surround sound envelops the user. Well-designed. Flip up mic for mute. Excellently priced. Full EQ. Two USB receiving options. Impressive performance in movies and music. Strong battery life.

Negatives


Bass thumps but lacks notable definition. Limited software utilities.


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Shawn Sanders

 
Shawn loves gadgets, literature, history and games. For 10yrs+ he's straddled both the comic book & video game industries, as a writer, editor, marketing officer & producer. Shawn got his start in tech & games as an editor & Hardware Director for GameRevolution.com. More notable accomplishments include Executive Producer on mobile games Geometry Wars: Retro Evolved & The Shroud.


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3 Comments


  1.  
    chuck

    Be careful with these. Literally…. they break on the slightest provocation where the earcup meets the band. They work great, freaking awesome. Good sound, excellent microphone, good battery life.

    But they won’t stay together. I bought two pair one for me and one for my wife.

    The first day I had them my son put them on and “snick” the plastic widget holding the earcup in place broke. My son is an 18 year old bull in a china shop. I’m not normally a “lets exchange this” type of guy, but seeing it was literally the same day I had bought them I took them back to the store and they agreed to send them out to be repaired no charge. So I bought another pair. That pair also broke in the exact same place before the first pair even came back. (They decided to just replace them rather than fix them.) Then the replacement set broke in the same place. All 4 pairs of these headphones broke within 3 months of getting them in exactly the same place. I finally went back to my store and with a little cajoling, they agreed to give me credit towards getting different earphones. Which was good of them.
    They obviously don’t have anyone doing any kind of quality control on these before they go out.

    So if you buy them… be gentle…… really gentle.





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