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Corsair CA-HS1NA Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming Headset by Review Summary ,  Nov 2, 2015

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Corsair CA-HS1NA Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming Headset
Report Date: 11/02/2015
Based on 151 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.5
Returned or considering to return: 9.3%

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Individual Feature Rating
Gaming4.4   average
Price4.2   average
Surround4.2   average
Control4.1   average
Quality4.1   average
Sound4.1   below average
Corsair4.0   above average
Music3.9   below average
Audio3.8   below average
Comfortable3.8   below average
Fit3.7   below average
Noise3.7   below average
Cable3.6   average
Listening3.3   below average
Microphone3.3   below average
Volume3.3   below average
USB3.2   average


Quotes from the Reviews - What People Say about:

Audio

Audio:
"Eventually i realized that the problem was the audio control that it has about 3 ft down."
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"It's also worth noting that since these are USB, they have a software device driver which means they don't take advantage of any existing audio hardware (equals more stress on CPU - which is unlikely to be desirable for a serious gaming rig)."
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"This is the SIXTH headset that has broken, I must have tried every major audio company, and they ALL have their problems."
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"I got the analog version because I have friends who have used usb headsets (Corsair and others)that have had problems in game with their audio."
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"I hope Corsair will stay in the audio market though, as this is their first attempt and practice makes perfect."
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"It's comfy, but audio quality is not great and compatibility is strange."
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"Pros:-Pretty good audio quality, it meets my needs in gaming for now."
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"I had some mic and audio issues but it turns out it was my front audio panel and when I switched it to my back HD audio jacks and they worked perfectly."
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"This'll be a fairly short review but all in all I'm quite pleased with the headphones, they're analog meaning that they have audio jacks instead of the usb which was a surprise bonus, I checked the reviews and expected the bass issue and luckily my new computer has a RealTek HD audio manager and after some fiddling I was quite pleased with the sound and I've burned through some Fatal1ty Mk 1's, Plantronic's, Logitech G35's (I was happy with these but mistakenly blamed them for a sound problem that was actually caused by my brother's mic, so I was hearing a ton of crackling with laughter or exclamations) and these are by far the most comfortable and just all in all work."
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"The Corsair HS1NA delivers on those accounts, I have no complaints with the fit or audio performance."
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Cable

Cable:
"There is virtually no bass delivered at all on these 50mm drivers which I just assumed would have a much greater range than the 40mm drivers that I had in my old creative labs arena headsetup but there isn't, it disappointed me from day one and didn't stop disappointing me up until this very moment when the god damn cord just snapped for no good reason."
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"For whatever reason neither most of the manufacturers, nor most of the reviewers consumers discuss this issue, instead focusing more on the sound quality, which is fine, except that people as myself often find their headphones' earcups broken off completely within the first half-year of use (regardless of the price).Of course, this happened long time ago, but the reason I decided to write the update is the issue with the cable that had gone flimsy at the base of the earcup (and or inside of it), such that there is no sound in one of the earcups, and the remaining one is deprived of all bass."
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"if they would just make the cord rubber instead of this crappy braid it would be fine."
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"My third and final complaint is that the cord plugs into the left headphone and not the right."
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"While I would have preferred a detachable and replaceable cable (as the cord is biggest point of failure in a headset), the braided cable is a great touch."
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"-The cable is wrapped in durable fabric and will last a very long time."
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"There is virtually no bass delivered at all on these 50mm drivers which I just assumed would have a much greater range than the 40mm drivers that I had in my old creative labs arena headsetup but there isn't, it disappointed me from day one and didn't stop disappointing me up until this very moment when the god damn cord just snapped for no good reason."
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"Corsair CA-HS1NA Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming HeadsetIt is a very good headset, but the cord is really bad."
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"I believe this is caused by the fabric they wrapped the cord in which is nice, just not when it's constantly tangling the moment it has any slack."
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"I really like the cord length and cord type, nylon seems like, as it is easy to bundle."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"I picked up this headset for gaming and unfortunately had to return this set to Amazon because of the comfort and mic issues."
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"Unfortunately I cannot recommend this headset because of the comfort and mic issues that I mentioned above."
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"I was disappointed with the comfort and sound quality of these, so I sent them back."
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"A little disappointed about the sound quality and lack of bass, but this is the most comfortable headset I've ever worn for 40 bucks."
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"Unfortunately, these just don't fit the bill for comfort."
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"after adding more padding I'm disappointed at the terrible comfort not for big ears hurts my ears I hate it, but...... the sound is great but I hate the comfort factor will not be using these much longer my ears burn and my head hurts what a waste good sound bad design for the product."
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"They were so comfortable, you could use them for hours and have no complaints."
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"Comfort: The comfort of this headset is really lacking, I felt that the my head was being squished by these."
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"Along with good looks they are by far the most comfortable I have ever had."
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"This headset it comfortable, and they sound good."
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"These are extremely comfortable, very well-made and sturdy."
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Control

Control:
"But, the plastic piece-of-crap in-line volume control has already started to malfunction."
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"Eventually i realized that the problem was the audio control that it has about 3 ft down."
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"The in-line controls are adequate, though my experience has been that this tends to be the weak link in any headset design that puts volume mic controls in the line itself."
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"-In line control is huge-Wire is realllly longAll in all, I love this headset and it has made me use a headset way more often than I normally would."
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"The one thing don't like is that the volume control is like a good yard away from the headset itself, so if I need to adjust anything I need to look and reach for it."
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"Super comfy and a decent amount of audio control with the updated corsair install."
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"The in-line controls are adequate, though my experience has been that this tends to be the weak link in any headset design that puts volume mic controls in the line itself."
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"The inline volume and mute control is well designed too."
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Corsair

Corsair:
"Truly disappointing Corsair."
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"I figured they would just break again so, in garbage, I cant say that those at Corsair are not customer friendly, they tried, I just did not take the offer."
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"I cannot recommend any Corsair headsets that use the same rotating mic construction."
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"Corsair I hope you learn from this mistake of product."
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"I got the analog version because I have friends who have used usb headsets (Corsair and others)that have had problems in game with their audio."
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"I could understand how the headphone neophyte might believe the turtle beaches to sound good, there is no doubt with the corsair, these just dont sound good."
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"I love the customer support from Corsair as I've never had any problems with them."
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"So, good hardware, but due to Corsair's lack of support, it sucks that this is now an unusable accessory in Windows 8."
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"This is not the hardware's fault, it's Corsair's fault: this is a SOFTWARE problem that can be easily fixed if they update their drivers."
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"To be fair, my brother owns the HS1 and had an issue with the speaker cup, but Corsair was excellent about replacing it."
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"Good job Corsair! "
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Design

Design:
"I do not think they have the best design for longevity but the price usually will tell you what you are getting."
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"The in-line controls are adequate, though my experience has been that this tends to be the weak link in any headset design that puts volume mic controls in the line itself."
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"I am worried about the swivel design the ear cups use, as i have had headphones that have used this design before and they did break after about a year of regular use."
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"In my experience, most headsets with decent audio playback quality seem to have a poor quality microphone and or an uncomfortable design."
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"Aesthetically these are not the most beautiful headphones... but I always prefer design and function over looks."
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"The audio quality is designed for gaming, and games sounds great through the 50mm drivers."
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"after adding more padding I'm disappointed at the terrible comfort not for big ears hurts my ears I hate it, but...... the sound is great but I hate the comfort factor will not be using these much longer my ears burn and my head hurts what a waste good sound bad design for the product."
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"I also appreciate the design of the mic."
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"The inline volume and mute control is well designed too."
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"Design & Build Quality -Corsair obviously designed this headset with great passion and attention to detail, making sure they got everything right."
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Fit

Fit:
"It is some kind of ratcheted or friction fit that is totally ineffective and weak."
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"That said, the weight is really my only complaint about the overall fit."
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"Unfortunately, these just don't fit the bill for comfort."
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"I have tried to adjust the fit in every way possible, but the problem always returns."
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"These sound good, fit well, and are well worth the money."
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"Great sound quality, comfortable fit and quality construction."
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"Did I mention they're pretty heavy and tight fitting and not at all wimpy sitting on your head? "
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"I'm pretty sure my head is about a normal size (I'm 5'8 and 140lbs) and I find these to be pretty tight fitting."
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"I bought this headset primarily for gaming, so I'm looking for good sound isolation, comfortable fit for those hours of games."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"I picked up this headset for gaming and unfortunately had to return this set to Amazon because of the comfort and mic issues."
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"This flaw is what claims most gaming headsets, but never have I experienced one fail so quickly."
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"All in all this seems so far at first apperances to be a great product and i would not hesistate to recommend these to anyone for gaming."
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"For people who are buying these for music, i would not recommend it, its not that they do not have good quality but it is clear these were made for gaming not music, as everything is typically flat in its response, id rate them for music like an old over the ear headphone you would get with a sony walkman."
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"I picked up this headset for gaming and unfortunately had to return this set to Amazon because of the comfort and mic issues."
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"One of the main reasons I purchased this headset was to be comfortable during long gaming sessions."
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"The sound is great, making it the best sounding gaming headset I've ever used."
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"Pros:-Pretty good audio quality, it meets my needs in gaming for now."
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"Also, as a gaming headset, I would have expected at least a decent carrying case or bag to help carry the headphone in case of travel given the growth in the amount of people switching to laptops for gaming relaxation."
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Listening

Listening:
"Again, due to the lack of bass, some of the more bassy explosion-type effects didn't come through as well, but I only noticed because I was listening for them critically."
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"I spent hours listening to them with very little discomfort."
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"I don't do much music listening on my PC so I don't have a good base reference."
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"** For Music **When first installing them and listening I was quite disappointed..."
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"People complain about harsh highs listening to music with this headset...THEIR SOURCE MATERIAL IS LOW QUALITY!"
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"The bass was also really good when listening to music."
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"I tweaked the bass levels via windows 7 to compensate, and customized it to sound excellent whether listening to music or spending hours gaming."
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"I don't know why anybody would say these have little to no bass, because these sound amazing even when listening to music."
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"Comfort: I am listening to music as i type this with them and my ears hurt because they touch the inside of the speakers."
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"PROS:- Super comfortable- Great sound quality- User-replaceable ear pads- Long, tangle-proof cable- Great value- Good mic- 2 year warrantyCONS:- Lacks some bass- A bit heavyCOMFORTI spend a great deal of time with headphones on, whether I'm listening to music while writing reviews, watching movies on Netflix, or playing games."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"I picked up this headset for gaming and unfortunately had to return this set to Amazon because of the comfort and mic issues."
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"Unfortunately I cannot recommend this headset because of the comfort and mic issues that I mentioned above."
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"I cannot recommend any Corsair headsets that use the same rotating mic construction."
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"The mic is the SAME as on their newer Vengeance models, so buyer beware."
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"This'll be a fairly short review but all in all I'm quite pleased with the headphones, they're analog meaning that they have audio jacks instead of the usb which was a surprise bonus, I checked the reviews and expected the bass issue and luckily my new computer has a RealTek HD audio manager and after some fiddling I was quite pleased with the sound and I've burned through some Fatal1ty Mk 1's, Plantronic's, Logitech G35's (I was happy with these but mistakenly blamed them for a sound problem that was actually caused by my brother's mic, so I was hearing a ton of crackling with laughter or exclamations) and these are by far the most comfortable and just all in all work."
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"My headset mic had a hardware failure 6 months in."
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"The mic also works well."
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"Crystal clear perfect sound coming in and an excellent mic ... dont want other players to miss a thing when I taunt them and talk about their mothers !"
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"I picked up this headset for gaming and unfortunately had to return this set to Amazon because of the comfort and mic issues."
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"The microphone is very clear but it does pick up more ambient noise than I would expect for a stereo mic."
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"Microphone is excellent, speaker quality is great, with a frequency response that emphasizes midrange tones such as footsteps (note that if you want tons of bass, this isn't for you :( )."
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Music

Music:
"Music on the other-hand isn't as great, mostly due to somewhat lacking bass levels."
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"For people who are buying these for music, i would not recommend it, its not that they do not have good quality but it is clear these were made for gaming not music, as everything is typically flat in its response, id rate them for music like an old over the ear headphone you would get with a sony walkman."
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"I don't do much music listening on my PC so I don't have a good base reference."
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"these are bad when brand new too tight after some use they are great, the quality on music and materials on this headset is amazing i dint like the size of it and it feels heavy even when is designed with not heavy materials and the mic is not so good is compared to those of 30$ and it died after 2 weeks so i only can listen to music.+ product build+ sound- mic- size heavy and too tigh."
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"** For Music **When first installing them and listening I was quite disappointed..."
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"People complain about harsh highs listening to music with this headset...THEIR SOURCE MATERIAL IS LOW QUALITY!"
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"The bass was also really good when listening to music."
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"I tweaked the bass levels via windows 7 to compensate, and customized it to sound excellent whether listening to music or spending hours gaming."
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"It's more than good enough for games but music sounds a bit lacking in the bass area."
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"Music and sound was great, but since I broadcast online the noise from the mic was unacceptable."
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"Using the 'Bass' setting they sound great in games and in music."
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Noise

Noise:
"Music and sound was great, but since I broadcast online the noise from the mic was unacceptable."
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"All I get now is either silence or a loud, horrible crackling popping noise."
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"Even though my voice is crystal clear and audible, it's still disappointing that for a noise canceling headset, it still picks up, or produces this light static."
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"It seemed like all of the complaints (mainly white noise on the microphone) were caused by the fact that it was a USB headset, so I purchased the analog version."
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"The microphone is very clear but it does pick up more ambient noise than I would expect for a stereo mic."
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"Ear pads are comfortable for long Skype calls the the noise cancellation works as desired."
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"Mic for game works great and the headsets noise reduction qualities are a plus."
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"The noise cancelling is outstanding, to the point that I'm always being told to be quiet by my wife when I'm talking on the mic because I can barely hear myself."
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"They got returned for a second set that picked up my voice great, but at the cost of tremendous amounts of white noise."
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Performance

Performance:
"I do not have a sound card, which would definitely improve the performance, but found the sound to be clear and enjoyable."
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"The product was a good buy and had expected performance."
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"The Corsair HS1NA delivers on those accounts, I have no complaints with the fit or audio performance."
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"I hear excellent comments from friends and family about the quality and performance of this headset."
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"This headset is quite comfortable and delivers an excellent performance without sounding tinny or being obnoxiously loud."
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Price

Price:
"I do not think they have the best design for longevity but the price usually will tell you what you are getting."
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"I got these for over 50% off and even then it was the single biggest waste of money I have ever spent in my entire life and the worst part is that I knew this the moment I put these pieces of garbage on my head."
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"The POTENTIAL for a great headset is there, and this one isn't too bad for their first attempt at making headsets,But I suggest just saving your money and going with a much higher quality headset if you are into gaming and will wear it for hours on end or expect to last a long time."
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"audio and mic quality is 8-9 10 - could be improved but for the price i have zero complaints."
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"These sound good, fit well, and are well worth the money."
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"Despit its cheap (or clean) looking, it really was able to put all the sound together and bring out every single detail in a classical music concert!"
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"I spend my money of 3 month of a good headset, just not worth it at all!"
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"Great price too."
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"This headset is great for the price."
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Quality

Quality:
"The sound quality on these is easily the worst I have heard in my life on a USB headset and some of the worst on anything short of an airplane headset.."
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"I was disappointed with the comfort and sound quality of these, so I sent them back."
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"A little disappointed about the sound quality and lack of bass, but this is the most comfortable headset I've ever worn for 40 bucks."
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"-Along the same lines, the top band has a nice cushion on the top-No complaints about the mic from other people I speak to in vent-Build quality is stellar."
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"I couldn't believe the quality of surround sound I was missing in game, and for 60$ are you kidding me these are worth twice as much."
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"The sound quality is terrible with almost no bass and no way to adjust it without making it sound terrible."
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"Great sound quality..."
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"As far as the sound quality, seems good to me, although I am not picky when it comes to that."
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"Build Quality: The build quality of this headset was really good the ear cups were very soft and well made."
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"Sound Quality: The sound of this headset was simply amazing!"
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Sound

Sound:
"After 2 years started getting sound problems and blips, unless I'd wiggle the wire."
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"Good sound in games, maybe not the best, but decent bang for your buck."
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"It almost felt like I was listening to a pair of computer speaker that's worth a 300$ price tag instead of a 40$ headphone (Even my musician friend was confused at the begining, he thought the sound came from the computer speaker)."
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"After 3 month using this headset, now i can say they are dead, I take much care of my stuff and as I live alone no one damage it or did something wrong, but after a while only one ear can hears the sounds and if you go and move the cable on the botton of the left side sound comes and go acording as you move it and 3 days later it just stopped playing any sound, I was going to get the 5.1 corsair headset, but is the same cable support and IT IS BAD!"
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"Surround Sound virtualization does not work on a few games (Dead Island comes to mind but I've seen people have problems with a few others); It will just make a terrible cracking sound."
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"These sound good, fit well, and are well worth the money."
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"Have had these for a few years and they still work and sound great! "
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"Crystal clear perfect sound coming in and an excellent mic ... dont want other players to miss a thing when I taunt them and talk about their mothers !"
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"Great sound quality..."
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"I do not have a sound card, which would definitely improve the performance, but found the sound to be clear and enjoyable."
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Surround

Surround:
"I couldn't believe the quality of surround sound I was missing in game, and for 60$ are you kidding me these are worth twice as much."
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"-The whole over all customization of surround sound, the EQ, etc, seemed like a hassle."
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"The surround sound can't match a good set of 7.1 speakers, but it is a heck of a lot better than the 10 year old Altec Lansing ADA-305 2.1 speakers I've been using for gaming."
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"I will say that the newer model, the Vengeance 1500, has exceptional 7.1 surround sound."
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"Pros:The surround feature was nice."
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"The headset have clear sound, realistic surround, and nice volume, a bit lack of bass when playing some music (such as Dubstep and rap)."
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"I guess its supposed to resemble more of a real surround sound experience, but at the same time, I love hearing bullets whiz from one side to the other clearly."
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"Well, it's actually a lot more subtle, as when you don't have DH on, Surround Sound is much more defined."
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USB

USB:
"It makes it impossible to usemost of the time and causing shorts to the motherboard which in turn, turns off the USB ports to prevent damage to my computer system."
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"The sound quality on these is easily the worst I have heard in my life on a USB headset and some of the worst on anything short of an airplane headset.."
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"I got the analog version because I have friends who have used usb headsets (Corsair and others)that have had problems in game with their audio."
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"Well, the sound is good really, but lacks the life of a HS1, since Corsair does not have control over the full process even with a decent sound card, If is not a Xonar Xense, you wont get the sound quality of the USB version, I really regret not getting the whole 3D experience with this one..."
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"My biggest problem with the headphone is the lag between plug-in the USB and or pulling it out."
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"The sound quality on these is easily the worst I have heard in my life on a USB headset and some of the worst on anything short of an airplane headset.."
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"Corsair CA-HS1NA Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming HeadsetIt is a very good headset, but the cord is really bad."
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"The USB version of these are great."
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"If you simply must have virtual 5.1, go with the USB model, but if you have a dedicated sound card, I would recommend these over just about anything else out there."
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"I decided to try out the headset with a Turtle Beach Audio Advantage Amigo II USB Sound Card & Headset Adapter that I had laying around to see if things would sound different through that."
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Voice

Voice:
"Cons:-Getting the mic levels to make the voice not sound robotic was a problem for a while, sometimes I still have to go in and manually adjust and test different settings to make the mic sound good."
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"Even though my voice is crystal clear and audible, it's still disappointing that for a noise canceling headset, it still picks up, or produces this light static."
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"Great drivers, great features, amazing sound voice quality."
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"For WOW these have been excellent, mic quality is excellent while in Vent and voices come in clean."
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"They got returned for a second set that picked up my voice great, but at the cost of tremendous amounts of white noise."
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"As for my voice, everyone said it was loud and clear, so no big deal."
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"Even though my voice is crystal clear and audible, it's still disappointing that for a noise canceling headset, it still picks up, or produces this light static."
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Volume

Volume:
"But, the plastic piece-of-crap in-line volume control has already started to malfunction."
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"Too be honest I was quite disappointed at the begining: the volume output was too low, and no bass at all, and the sound was a disaster, etc."
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"No static at all and good volume adjustment on everything."
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"The in-line controls are adequate, though my experience has been that this tends to be the weak link in any headset design that puts volume mic controls in the line itself."
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"The problem is volume."
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"Only problem is my volume button no longer works."
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"I adjust my volumes using other methods.5 stars for an excellent product and support."
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"-Single wire with easy to use in line volume control-Cord is covered in a nice cloth fabric sleeving instead of rubber."
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"The headset have clear sound, realistic surround, and nice volume, a bit lack of bass when playing some music (such as Dubstep and rap)."
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"The one thing don't like is that the volume control is like a good yard away from the headset itself, so if I need to adjust anything I need to look and reach for it."
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"The oversized earcups block out ambient sound pretty well, and the 100+ dB volume level at anything above minimum settings guarantees that whatever is coming through the headphones will be heard."
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