Our new fa­vorite wire­less cans?


WHAT’S THE GOLD stan­dard for head­phones? How can you re­view some­thing so sub­jec­tive and say, un­equiv­o­cally, that it’s good, that it’s worth in­vest­ing in? Us hu­mans are all weird crea­tures, made from our ex­pe­ri­ences, nur­ture, our en­vi­ron­ment. Our senses are equally as unique. They can be fresh, they can be worn out, they can be flat, or tightly tuned, or they can sim­ply pre­fer some­thing dif­fer­ent. So how on earth can any re­viewer—be it us or any other pub­li­ca­tion, for that mat­ter—go out and say, with­out a doubt, that these are some of the best head­phones we’ve ever lis­tened to? Well, we’ve got a sim­ple test: Crank up the vol­ume, lis­ten to your fa­vorite track, and see whether those cans make your hair stand on end. If that tin­gling sen­sa­tion shoots across your shoul­ders and along your arms, if that track evokes an emo­tional re­sponse, we know we’re on to a win­ner.

That should give you a good idea as to where we’re head­ing with this re­view. Let’s start with a lit­tle pref­ace, though: We’re quite the con­nois­seurs of wire­less head­phones here at the mag. Af­ter all, when you spend your days us­ing mul­ti­ple ma­chines at any given time, be­ing wire­free makes your work­ing life far more com­fort­able. Sure, they have their draw­backs—fi­nite bat­tery life is cer­tainly the biggy, and sound qual­ity over the wire­less medium al­most al­ways suf­fers— but in con­trast to the al­ter­na­tive, the im­prove­ment to your qual­ity of life is just too tempt­ing to pass up, even against some of the silly pairs of head­phones we have in the of­fice. AIR STYLE

This is a set of Cor­sair’s new­est HS70 SE Wire­less head­phones, and we’ll be straight-up with you: They’re in­cred­i­ble. By far the best wire­less head­set…. Scrap that—we’ll even go so far as to say the best Cor­sair head­set we’ve ever tested. Aes­thet­i­cally, they’re a breath of fresh air. There’s no RGB here, the min­i­mal amount of plas­tic is soft to the touch, the leather mem­ory foam head­band is em­broi­dered in an ar­ray of dif­fer­ent col­ors, and the over­all feel of them is sturdy. These can take a hit, that’s for sure. There’s the usual height ad­just­ment on them, but that’s it.

It’s the au­dio, though, that car­ries these beau­ties: 50mm neodymium dy­namic driv­ers drive both earcups, and although they only come pack­ing a 20Hz–20kHz fre­quency re­sponse, they’re some of the most well-bal­anced coils we’ve ever seen from the gam­ing mar­ket. Equal even to HyperX’s now leg­endary Cloud se­ries. Ev­ery­thing is crisp, ev­ery­thing is clear, they’re not too bass heavy, there’s very lit­tle dis­tor­tion, and the mids don’t fall flat—it’s all very nice. Jump into Cor­sair’s CUE soft­ware to ac­cess the EQ pre­sets, and you’re graced with a grand to­tal of five sep­a­rate pro­files, all of which make quite a dra­matic dif­fer­ence to the over­all feel of the au­dio. But, again, noth­ing here is too harsh, and noth­ing leads to any dis­tor­tion. The Bass Boost is our pre­ferred EQ set­ting, be­cause it pumps up that low end whilst also rais­ing the tre­ble just enough—you end up gain­ing clar­ity in the top end whilst se­cur­ing that fat feel on the bot­tom. Sim­ply glo­ri­ous.

So, then, draw­backs? Well, apart from the lack of ro­ta­tional move­ment, and no RGB for the, er, en­thu­si­asts, you’re still lim­ited to a 16-hour bat­tery life be­fore you need to recharge, and there’s no dock or the like. On top of that, the 7.1 vir­tual sur­round sound still kind of sucks, even in films and games. It’s just too syn­thetic, and you can tell—but, then, that is an op­tional ex­tra; you don’t have to en­able it. Ul­ti­mately, for the price, these cans are classy as hell, sound in­cred­i­ble, and are com­fort­able to boot. It’s hard not to love them. –ZAK STOREY

Cor­sair HS70 SE Wire­less

COLOS­SUS Per­fectly bal­anced; awe­some price; aes­thet­i­cally pleas­ing; good mic.

CRAP The 7.1 vir­tual sur­round sound sucks.

$100, www.cor­

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