Games today are high defined stuff. Not only in terms of story and gameplay, but also in terms of graphics and sound. If you think you can enjoy most of their sound by using your standard earphones –irrespective of them being quality products, think again. You don’t want to be left guessing in the middle of a FPS where exactly your enemy is barging in from. You need gaming headphones for this job. We review the Corsair HS1 and give you a taste of our experience.
Call me Bulky Bigears
“It is large and it is bulky!” is what will circle your head at first glance. Guess what? You are right. It really is. Wearing them is quite comfortable, at the same time it is quite heavy. But adjust the earpieces from the sides to fit your head (loosen them up a bit if needed) and you won’t find any reasons to complain. Down the wire, there is a small piece for controlling volume and muting the mic. The mic is attached on the left earpiece and is small and sturdy. What is really good about the earpieces is that they rotate at an angle of 90 degrees, so wearing/removing doesn’t cause damage to the headphones. It has a standard USB interface and looks like an average set of headphones so the HS1 doesn’t score any brownie points here.
Volume Control: I've got the power
This is where HS1 should make a mark. Does it impress? Let’s find out.
To experience the headphones you need to install the software from the CD that comes bundled with (it’s a plain jane headset without the software). Now in the HS1 application, you can tweak a host of different settings to give you feelings of different environments. There are five tabs, Main, Mixer, Effect, Voice Effect and Information. Obviously the Information tab gives you basic detail about the headset. The rest of them is where you can do all the tweaking.
In the Main tab, from the System Input section you can choose from two channels (stereo) to eight channels (7.1) which are for different purposes like music, movies and of course, the most important 3D games. Stereo and four channels (4.0) is mainly for music, six channels (5.1) for movies and eight channels (7.1) for games. The next comes the DSP mode, where you select the options of Dolby headphone, Dolby Pro logic llx (which is available only when ‘stereo’ is selected in the System Input) and 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter. Let’s take this one by one.
Main Tab: Experience different channel settings
The Dolby headphone filters out a lot of noise that you tend to get from normal stereo headphones, to give you an awesome experience. It uses the HRTF (head related transfer function) to give you a feeling as if you were sitting in the midst of a 5.1 or a 7.1 system! Music is a real pleasure to listen to and unnecessary noise is cancelled out in games. The Dolby Pro logic llx gives you a feeling of a 7.1 channel surround experience while you’re listening to stereo content. In a way it simulates the eight-channel effects, and does a very good job at that. The 7.1 Virtual Speaker gives you at that depth in the base that so many of us desire from good headsets.
Mixer tab: turn it up
The Mixer tab is used to adjust volume levels of the speaker and the microphone.
Effect tab: Experiment with different surroundings
The Effect tab lets you to experiment with different environments and also has an equalizer with preset options as well as custom settings.
Karaoke/Voice effects tab: echoing the drama
The Karaoke/Voice effects tab lets you record voice and play it around with different settings such as echo that you can use during a normal conversation or while playing games.
While there are some settings that won’t really make a lot of difference, all in all, the software can really be called the icing on the cake and gives a whole new dimension to the HS1!
At a price of Rs. 4,999, you might say it’s a wee bit expensive, but the quality that it delivers is worth every single penny you’ve spent on it. Right from the moment you wear it, till the instant you take it off, you’re left with a smile on your face. If you’re an avid gamer or for that matter a casual user with a taste for good sound quality, you must definitely head for the HS1.
|Wearing Style||On Ear|
Published Date: Nov 17, 2010 09:15 am | Updated Date: Nov 17, 2010 09:15 am