Cor­sair HS50

Sim­ple de­light

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PRICE $ 89 www.cor­

Un­like the other head­sets that Cor­sair has re­leased, the HS50 is a very straight­for­ward prod­uct. There are no eye­catch­ing an­gles, bright colours, vir­tual sur­round codecs, USB lights or any­thing else. In the pack, aside from the head­set it­self is a re­mov­able boom mic and a split­ter ca­ble ex­ten­sion. The de­sign of the head­set it­self is also a great deal more straight­for­ward than the Void line – a well-padded sprung metal head­band holds two oval earcups, each hous­ing a 50mm driver. The left earcup fea­tures a vol­ume con­trol as well as a mic mute button. The sim­plic­ity of the de­sign def­i­nitely helps to re­duce the cost of the head­set, but that sim­plic­ity doesn’t mean that Cor­sair skimped on per­for­mance. The HS50 head­set is a cracker.

The bass re­sponse is re­mark­able for such a straight­for­ward stereo head­set. It’s not over­pow­er­ing but de­liv­ers a deep, rich res­o­nance that works equally well with mu­sic and games. Like­wise the high ranges are crisp and clear. The over­all ef­fect is a won­der­fully spa­cious sound that punches well above the $89 price point. If there is any prob­lem with the HS50, it’s that the head­set is def­i­nitely on the heavy end, weigh­ing in at 330g with the mi­cro­phone at­tached. This might not seem like much but af­ter a while you can def­i­nitely feel it on the top of your head. The earcups can get a lit­tle toasty af­ter a while as well. That said, nei­ther the weight nor the hot ears out­weigh the value for money the HS50 head­set of­fers. By es­chew­ing ex­tra fea­tures and in­stead sim­ply fo­cussing on the fundamentals, Cor­sair has de­liv­ered its best head­set to date. DANIEL WILKS

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