Corsair Vengeance 2000 Wireless Headset Review

Author: Roger Cantwell
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Wednesday, July 11th, 2012
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
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Corsair is well known for their high quality products across many categories from the Dominator memory series to their Extreme computer cases. Although it is difficult to write a review on a headset due to an individual's opinions on sound quality being very subjective, I will do my best to cover the quality of Corsair's Vengeance 2000 wireless headset.

The Vengeance 2000 headset was built to the same high quality standards as the rest of Corsair's products, unsurprising as the manufacturer boasts it will take gaming, music and movie sound quality to the next level with it. Let's find out if they can meet that goal, and perhaps surpass it.

Corsair claims that the Vengeance 2000 headset has a ten hour battery life and up to a forty foot wireless operation range.  If this proves true, I would say they are off to an excellent start.

On the front of the box you can get a look at the wireless USB adapter as well as a partial view of the headset. The back of the box contains more information regarding the features of the Vengeance 2000 headset in multiple languages.

 

The left hand side of the box has a full listing of the Vengeance 2000's specifications, again in multiple languages. A view of the headset's power button and volume control is provided on the right side of the box.

 

Specifications:

Frequency Response
20Hz to 20kHz
Impedance
32 Ohms @ 1kHz
Sensitivity
105dB (+/-3dB)
Drivers
50mm
USB power consumption
500mA
Connector               
USB Type A
Wireless range
up to 40 feet (12m)
Battery life
Up to 10 hours
Microphone
Unidirectional noise-cancelling condenser with adjustable, rotating boom
Impedance
2.2k Ohms
Frequency Response
100Hz to 10kHz
Sensitivity
-37dB (+/-3dB)

The Vengeance 2000 headset comes equipped with HRTF technology that recreates various sound effects in three dimension when measured from the user's eardrum, basically allowing us to hear more realistic and three-dimensional sounds reproduced in 5.1/7.1 surround sound.

Another feature of the Vengeance 2000 headset are the 50MM drivers that have been meticulously tuned to deliver a more realistic and detailed audio reproduction, allowing for a more enjoyable listening experience. The 50mm drivers deliver extremely clear highs and a nice deep bass with no distortion.

The headset has a form-fitting cradle with the USB adapter tucked in the center. On the righthand photo, the boom microphone is seen in the down position. The mic uses a unidirectional noise canceling condenser that allows for clean and clear voice recognition even in a noisy room (quite nice for those times when you need to issue those critical tactical commands to your squad mates).

 

 

The 50mm drivers are colored in the classic Corsair blue.  This photo also showcases the mic in the up position. The ear pads are covered in a microfiber memory foam for added comfort.

 

With the headset lying face down, you can see the oversize power button along with the scroll wheel for volume control. Accessories include a wireless USB adapter, USB extension cable, USB charging cable, along with the quick start guide, warranty card and safety leaflet. No driver disk is included.

 

The default settings for the EQ is excellent on its own, but the Vengeance 2000 really shines when you start playing with the different presets and fine tuning the levels to your preferences.

 

No drivers are needed if you are running an up to date version of Windows 7. I do recommend you head over to Corsair's website to download the latest software for maximum performance and compatibility.

I used a combination of movies, music, and games to test the overall sound quality of the Vengeance 2000 headset.

Test Setup:

Games:

After a few minutes of playing around with the headset, I found out it works just as well with older FPS titles as it does with some of the newer and more recent ones. I still had one more thing to do before I jumped into real game play testing, and that was to hop on vent with some buddies.  Almost immediately they began to ask about my new headset due to the fact that my voice was much clearer and easier to understand than my last session.

So with the EQ set to FPS and the surround set for studio, I set out to stalk some prey in some of my favorite games. First up was the tried and true CS: Source.  Gun fire from the left and right was easily detectable and distinguishable. With the volume set at 100% (crazy, I know), the explosions were deafening and without distortion in the hallways, so I dialed the volume down to around 45%, which by the way was still more than adequate for the task at hand. The only time I didn't hear someone coming was when they were walking.

Next up was COD:2. Old school, I know, but when you prefer to snipe rather than go in guns blazing it really pays to hear the crunch of dirt underfoot.  It saves you from the dreaded bash of death; the high-pitched sound of bullets as they ricochet from metal and stone only helped to add a little more realism to the game.

Movie:

I watched one of my favorite movies, Predator, while wearing the Vengeance 2000 headset using the EQ preset Movies Mod-X (and the surround set to Cinema) and enjoyed every minute of it! The wireless feature worked like a charm! I was able to stream Predator to my TV in the living room (29 feet away) with crystal clear sound. The sound quality was top-notch, from the wind whistling around Royce as he was in free fall to all the teeth-rattling explosions.

Every little nuance from the highs, mid range, and lows was exceptional from the snap-on the holsters, deafening explosions, the crunch of the dirt under the characters' boots and the dry fire of the sniper rifle (makes for a bad day when faced with a bloodthirsty alien dog coming at you). The Vengeance 2000 headset, while primarily designed for gaming, will certainly get the job done when it comes to your favorite music or movies!

Music:

After having gone through all the presets and each mode (studio, cinema, and hall), I decided to go with the preset Audiophile 1+ along with studio for my music. After running through a little Testament, Slayer and Slipknot, I moved on to some of my favorite female bands - Elis, Evanescence and Dark Princess - to see how they compared to their male counterparts. I changed only one setting, and that was turning the bypass on. Once again, the sound quality was through the roof from the opening notes of Wait and Bleed, to the ending of Whisper.

Again, Corsair has given us another high quality product that is not just for gamers.  The Vengeance 2000 headset is fully capable of handling anything you throw at them!

In a market flooded with products that promise whole lists of features from A to Z, it can sometimes be difficult to choose the right product for you. This is where Corsair sets themselves apart from the rest of the crowd by consistently delivering some of the finest hardware available today.  They've struck gold once again with the Vengeance 2000 Wireless gaming headset; dollar for dollar you will not find a better value!

The headset has an incredible operational range (line of sight testing had them go to almost 50 feet, just don't move) for a wireless device, along with some of the finest sound quality I have heard in a long time. The HRTF technology, along with the 50MM drivers and the unidirectional noise-cancelling mic, adds a whole new layer depth and realism to your games.

But don't let the name fool you. Even though the Vengeance 2000 is labeled as a gamers headset, it has everything you need to enjoy your favorite moves and music as well.

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