Testing & Results: Corsair Raptor HS30
In the Closer Look, above, I tried to cover the ergonomic aspects of the HS30 Headset. In this section I will describe the more technical evaluation of the headset speakers. I am doing this because, although the headset primarily a gaming device, I tend to spend most of my time listening to music, rather than talking.
Corsair Raptor HS30 Headset Test Results
To provide some objectivity to the assessment process I used audio test tones available for download at: www.audiocheck.net. With this set of test tones I was able to discretely test aspects of the headset that would be hard to quantify otherwise.
Using a frequency test that started at very low frequency I was able to determine that the headphones were able to produce sound from about 10 Hertz and up. That does not necessarily mean that I could hear that frequency, but the headphones were clearly reacting to this harmonically.
The highest frequency I could clearly detect was 11 KHz. That was when the dog and the rest of my family would physically react to the sound although I am in no position to dispute the 20 KHz claimed by the manufacturer
I did also use other audio tests that still were a bit subjective. This included listening to music and a couple of other audio tests from the site listed above. I then was able to evaluate the performance in display the ratings in the above chart.
Distortion. I did my very best to produce distortion in the HS30 Gaming Headset. Granted I only used my computer, and I am sure if I wanted to overdrive the audio inputs I could, but I was able to max out all the volume levels available and I only was able to detect distortion at the edges of the sound. Score: 87.5.
Imaging Detail. Imaging detail is another very subjective test. It is easier to pick up when listening to complex music representing many instruments. Mostly this is clearer in good quality classical music. A truly remarkable sound system will allow you to almost pinpoint where every instrument is placed. In this test the Raptor HS30 also did very well. The sound was reproduced very well and singular instruments could be heard in general locations. For this reason the system scored 85.
LEDRO – Overhead. LEDRO stands for Listening Environment Diagnostic Recording Test. This means that sounds are spatially rotated and you can listen to see how well you track the sound. During the overhead test a sound is produced above your head and to the left. It travels from left to right and back again. You should be able to picture in your mind the sound moving with some precision. With the Corsair Raptor HS30 the sound was clear, and above, although it was hard to differentiate it from front and back side to side, so I rated it at 75.
LEDRO – Left to Right. The Raptor HS30 also performed very well in this test. The sound clearly hovered to the front and translated left to right and back. Score: 90.
Acoustic Space. It is difficult to create a complete acoustic picture in the volume within the headphones. However I found that with the Raptor HS30 you felt like the listening volume was much greater than most headphones. I therefore assigned a score of 85.
Averaging the above factors the Corsair HS30 earned a performance score of 84.5, which translates into a Benchmark review of 8.50.