Corsair’s newest headset has improved consolation, nevertheless it backpedaled on sound


Corsair impressed me final yr 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 structure with the correct amount 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 value 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 immediately 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 real function price shopping for these for. There aren’t any PlayStation-specific options which might be unlocked with this headset that I observed, nevertheless it’s good to have another choice that works and not using a fuss on PS5.

Platform compatibility apart, the HS80 RGB Wi-fi is a departure from the HS75 XB Wi-fi in a number of welcome and unwelcome methods. This new mannequin’s closed-back design appears nice, and it actually treatments the HS75 XB’s problem of letting an excessive amount of sound in by means 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 However listening whereas in wi-fi mode made me notice that I most well-liked the advantages that the outdated open-back design helped to ship, like the hotter, extra inviting, and life-like sound.

Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless

These are the entire buttons and dials on the HS80. I’m lacking the devoted chat / audio mixing dial that was on the HS75 XB.
Picture: Corsair

The HS80 doesn’t sound unhealthy, it simply doesn’t have the identical rapid “oh, this sounds great” 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 fairly than the ovular ear cup design of the headset I’ve been evaluating it to all through this piece. The Void has usually had extra of an aggressive look, however these look refined. The construct high quality looks like a minor enchancment over the HS75 XB with extra aluminum touches within the combine, and I’m all for Corsair’s selection to make use of plush material ear pads over the leatherette used within the HS75 that received just a little clammy at occasions.

One in every of my favourite enhancements is the consolation, which obtained a lift by switching to a bungee-style headband that helps the headset really feel gentle in your head. Velcro straps may be adjusted on both sides of the headset beneath the headscarf, and it has no points accommodating my giant 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 the very 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.

Corsair HS80 RGB Wireless

The bungee headband is a key space of enchancment within the design.
Picture: Corsair

Coming again to efficiency, I examined the HS80 RGB for some time on PS5 with Last Fantasy VII: Remake and Ghost of Tsushima, always 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. Alternatively, I most well-liked the consolation of the HS80 RGB.

In fact, sound high quality partially comes right down to style. The sound in Sony’s headset is far more ahead with its mids and highs, which places an emphasis on its 3D audio tech. Corsair’s headset doesn’t strive so laborious to compete in that regard, which is okay, however total it’s a far much less thrilling sound profile to hearken 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 feel 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 should you cherished the HS75 XB Wi-fi as a lot as I did, you might be just a little disenchanted with a number of of the adjustments right here.