A stunning achievement for gamers.
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It’s really, really nice to open up a box, slap a set of headphones around your ears, and actually get excited. It’s easy to get a little jaded in this old reviewing business, so remembering just how important a truly good product can be is kinda cool. And exciting, important, and cool pretty much sums up the new HS70 headphones from Corsair.
There’s a lot to like, but the key feature will always be sound, and the HS70 cans manage to balance gaming pedigree with everyday subtlety. Many gaming headphones boost the lower range to punch up gunshots and explosions with chest-pounding power, but the HS70s, while offering clear and solid audio in-game, don’t go too far over the top. More importantly, the virtual 7.1 surround sound actually does its job very well, delivering clear positional audio at all virtual distances. Our go-to game for such testing is PUBG, and here the HS70s shine, allowing you to pinpoint distant gunshots, or track the location of that sneaky bastard stalking you on the other side of a wall.
This balancing act also makes these ideal headphones for listening to other media. Whether its music or movies you can enjoy every part of the track, without the thumping bass focus getting in the way and muddying the experience.
Basically, these are my new go-to headphones in terms of audio. They’re comfortable, to boot, solidly made, and offer excellent audio isolation – both in terms of blocking out sound around the listener, and the audio being pumped out by the cans themselves. And while they’re undeniably gaming focused, you can detach the mic for when you just want to listen to stuff, and the design is based around the rest of the HS range. In other words, they don’t look like something from an aggressively designed science fiction film set.
The HS70’s wireless connectivity is pretty cool. With a USB dongle plugged into your PC, you can listen to them up to around 40 feet away and still get a clear connection. Blocking walls and other items will reduce that, but I can essentially listen to these headphones from one end of my apartment to the other. Controls are handily placed at the rear of each cup, with a useful volume wheel on the left, as well a mute button for when the mic is attached, while on the right is a power button.
The onboard battery is rated for around 16 hours, though heavy use will effect that number somewhat. Your best bet for extended listening is to make sure you turn the HS70 off before putting it aside, but even if the battery
... the virtual 7.1 actually does its job very well, delivering clear positional audio at all virtual distances.
does run down – and the headphones beep to let you know that’s happening, you can still listen to them while they’re plugged in to charge.
Given the HS70s come in cheaper than some wired choices in this issue, we are very impressed. Right now, these are probably right in the sweet spot for price and performance, and if you’re in the market for a new set of gaming ‘phones (that also work with a PS4), you can’t go wrong with these. DAVID HOLLINGWORTH