Testing & Results
Everyone has different tastes when it comes to audio output, so I ask you to keep that in mind while reading the next couple of pages of this Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset review, which is now going to cover the testing phase of the review process. During the course of the testing phase, the headset was thoroughly tested by utilizing it for primarily gaming purposes. Other forms of audio were introduced to the testing phase as well, which included .mp3 files, streaming audio, .mp4 files, and streaming video.
The game used primarily to test the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset was Battlefield 4, yet other games were played as well in order to determine whether or not the headset performed consistently regardless of the game. The other games employed for this purpose included Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Blacklist, Company of Heroes, and Sleeping Dogs. In terms of other audio, numerous genres of music and movies/TV were part of the testing process.
- Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
- System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
- Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
- Audio: ASUS XONAR DG PCI 5.1 Audio Card
- Video: HIS Radeon HD 7950 IceQ Boost Clock 3GB GDDR5 PCI-E Graphics Card
- PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
- Monitor: AOC e2752Vh (27?) & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24?)
- Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
What I would consider to be the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset’s strongest asset in terms of audio output is what Corsair describes as “lethally accurate positional audio.” I was extremely impressed with the ability this headset provided to me on the battlefield when it came to pinpointing the source of an audible event. In some games, this may not be vitally important. In FPS games, such as Battlefield 4, it is essential. I really, really dislike being stabbed and having my dog tags removed. The H1500 helped me to avoid being sliced and diced on multiple occasions.
The quality of the sound rendered is generally something of a concern, don’t you think? Corsair states that the H1500 delivers, “immersive, cinematic sound.” The short answer to the question of whether or not this headset comes through here is, yes, it does. The long answer is that it may take some tweaking to get there. Out of the box, I was not blown away by the audio quality. However, once the GUI was downloaded and I had the ability to customize the audio to levels acceptable to my ear, then all was well. In the end, the games tested sounded fantastic and the music/video did as well. Bass thumps without distortion, highs and mids are perfect… again, the GUI is essential to the audio performance of this device.
Clear and concise communication is obviously an important in-game asset. The Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset is equipped with a noise-cancelling microphone to ensure that you come in loud and clear on the other end. I can confirm that this microphone performs as advertised. Utilizing TeamSpeak, in-game VoIP, and Skype, I introduced ambient noise to the background and my partners in those conversations returned very positive feedback regarding the lack of disruptive background noise. The ear cups do an adequate job helping to eliminate ambient noise; much better than anticipated, considering the microfiber-wrapped padding tasked to do the job.
In order to stay in the fight for an extended amount of time, the headset you select needs deliver in the comfort category. The ear padding is comprised of memory foam wrapped with microfiber cloth. The microfiber cloth is pretty soft. The padding, on the other hand, is a little stiffer than anticipated. It is still comfortable, but my expectations regarding padding cut from memory foam were different. The headband is soft padding wrapped in faux leather. To the touch, the headband feels as if it is going to be extremely comfortable. For whatever reason, the headband did not totally agree with me and left my head a little tender after lengthy sessions. On the head, it feels harder than it should. It is a bit rounded on the business end. If it was flatter and maybe had a bit more width, it would disperse the weight of the headset better.