Headset Testing & Results
There’s a little more involved when testing a wireless gaming headset. Not only is the sound quality and comfort being judged, but also qualities such as range and battery life must be tested. All of the findings that you read below regarding the Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset are based on my unbiased opinion of it over the course of approximately 20 hours of use. Plenty of different activities were part of the testing phase. These activities included watching movies, listening to music, playing games, and communicated via Skype.
- 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
To date, the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset provided the best in-game audio that I have personally experienced. Much of this opinion is based on Battlefield 4 sessions. The detail was truly stunning; there’s nothing on the Battlefield that, from an audio standpoint, I missed. I was able to easily identify the origin of gunshots, the location of footsteps, and the genesis of other ambient noises. As was the claim with the H2100, Corsair states that the VOID also, “delivers lethally accurate positional audio.” Believe it.
Corsair boasts that the 50mm neodymium drivers “create staggering bass, scintillating highs, and towering dynamic range.” If you read the paragraph above, there’s no reason why you’d believe that I would refute that claim. Considering the hardware this headset is packing and with the assistance of the CUE, the VOID gaming headset can be adjusted to suit anyone’s ear. This is obviously beneficial when employing the VOID for other purposes, such as listening to music or watching movies. Plus, the CUE helps you to build profiles, so your preferred settings can be saved for each medium.
The bottom line in terms of audio quality for the Corsair VOID, it doesn’t have a weakness. The H2100, while sounding great in-game, had a “flat” sounding quality when listening to other medium. Obviously, Corsair took an already impressive design, which is the H2100, and made improvements. The result is the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset.
The visual element, in terms of lighting, is something that was a major focus of this organization when developing the Corsair VOID. Even I, as someone who prefers more of a clean and simple look, was impressed by the lighting options and the output of said lighting. I can only imagine how cool all three RGB peripherals must look when working in concert. The ripple and wave effects look impressive when applied to the VOID; it must be a sight when running across three devices.
The improvements over the H2100 continue… The comfort level provided by the VOID is far superior. The ear padding is much softer and the shape of the ear cups is more accommodating to the ear. Also, the headband, while thinner, has softer padding and more of it to ensure that the top of the head won’t end up being tender after long gaming sessions. The VOID just might be the most comfortable headset I’ve had on.
The noise-cancelling microphone does what it is advertised to do, which is to “put your voice in the spotlight.” However, it does not provide “crystal clear voice communication.” I was informed that, even though the folks on the other end could hear me, I sounded a bit muffled. One bit of advice; make sure that you heed the suggestion in the Quick Start Guide and adjust the microphone so that it sits between an inch and two inches from your mouth.
Corsair claims that the wireless range of the VOID is about 40 feet. I could only test line-of-sight to about 25 feet, and the connection held true. When the line-of-sight element was removed from the equation, the connection was interrupted. In other words, try to use them without introducing a wall or some other type of barrier between the headset and the wireless adapter.
So, does the battery life compliment the great sound and comfort that the Corsair VOID Wireless gaming headset delivers? It certainly seems as if it did. Not a definitive statement, I know, but who is really going to use it for 16 hours straight? Okay, well, maybe some of you will, but not me. I used it for several different sessions that added up to 16 hours, and it finally fizzled out around the time I expected it to drop. Bottom line, the battery life is as advertised.