Corsair’s newest headset has improved consolation, nevertheless it backpedaled on sound
Corsair impressed me final 12 months with its $150 HS75 XB Wi-fi, an Xbox-exclusive wi-fi headset that regarded and felt extra like a high-end set of headphones than a gaming accent. In addition they had nice sound high quality and an easy-to-learn button format with the correct quantity of options. It wasn’t essentially a flaw that they solely labored with Xbox consoles, however nobody likes to be excluded. The corporate has now launched the HS80 RGB Wi-fi for a similar $150 worth with PlayStation compatibility, however these aren’t fairly the successor that I used to be anticipating or hoping for.
This one works with the PS4, PS5, in addition to PC with its USB-A wi-fi transmitter. Not like most wi-fi headsets that use a dongle like this, I couldn’t get it to work with my Nintendo Swap dock. Corsair says you’ll unlock higher-fidelity audio (24-bit / 90KHz) when it’s plugged straight into your PC, nevertheless it didn’t sound drastically higher to me. Noticeable, sure, however not a lot that I’d take into account it the only function price shopping for these for. There aren’t any PlayStation-specific options which are unlocked with this headset that I observed, nevertheless it’s good to have another choice that works with out a fuss on PS5.
Platform compatibility apart, the HS80 RGB Wi-fi is a departure from the HS75 XB Wi-fi in just a few welcome and unwelcome methods. This new mannequin’s closed-back design seems nice, and it definitely cures the HS75 XB’s situation of letting an excessive amount of sound in by way of its open-back ear cups. However listening whereas in wi-fi mode made me notice that I most well-liked the advantages that the outdated open-back design helped to ship, like the hotter, extra inviting, and life-like sound.
The HS80 doesn’t sound dangerous, it simply doesn’t have the identical rapid “oh, this sounds fantastic” impact that the HS75 XB Wi-fi supplied, regardless of having 50mm neodymium drivers in widespread. Although, once more, the HS80’s sound high quality appeared just a bit clearer and extra outlined — significantly with music — whereas plugged into my PC, as is marketed.
The general look riffs on Corsair’s Void lineup of headsets reasonably than the ovular ear cup design of the headset I’ve been evaluating it to all through this piece. The Void has typically had extra of an aggressive look, however these look refined. The construct high quality appears like a minor enchancment over the HS75 XB with extra aluminum touches within the combine, and I’m all for Corsair’s alternative to make use of plush cloth ear pads over the leatherette used within the HS75 that acquired a bit of clammy at occasions.
Considered one of my favourite enhancements is the consolation, which acquired a lift by switching to a bungee-style headband that helps the headset really feel gentle in your head. Velcro straps might be adjusted on all sides of the headset beneath the scarf, and it has no points accommodating my massive head. In my transient testing, the fold-up microphone made my voice sound higher than I anticipated it to.
The HS80 RGB Wi-fi cans have a slew of customizable equalizer and RGB lighting settings within the iCue app for Home windows 10, so unsurprisingly PC is one of the best platform on which to expertise them. Whether or not you’re wired or utilizing them wirelessly, clicking within the quantity dial switches between the equalizers saved within the app on PC. However sadly, that very helpful function didn’t work whereas wirelessly linked to a console.
Coming again to efficiency, I examined the HS80 RGB for some time on PS5 with Closing Fantasy VII: Remake and Ghost of Tsushima, consistently switching between it and Sony’s $100 Pulse 3D headset. The headset was easy to attach and get operating. Although, to my shock, I loved the sound profile of the Pulse 3D extra in each video games. Then again, I most well-liked the consolation of the HS80 RGB.
In fact, sound high quality partially comes all the way down to style. The sound in Sony’s headset is rather more ahead with its mids and highs, which places an emphasis on its 3D audio tech. Corsair’s headset doesn’t attempt so exhausting to compete in that regard, which is okay, however total it’s a far much less thrilling sound profile to take heed to by comparability. I wasn’t anticipating that, provided that the HS75 XB Wi-fi have been such a pleasure to make use of.
I believe there are folks on the market who could discover all they want in a headset like HS80 RGB Wi-fi, costly as it’s for such a easy providing. However in case you cherished the HS75 XB Wi-fi as a lot as I did, you could be a bit of disillusioned with just a few of the adjustments right here.