Corsair Vengeance 1300 & 1500 Gaming Headsets Review

Author: AkG
Date: December 2, 2011
Product Name: Vengeance 1300 & Vengeance 1500
Part Number: CA-9011111-WW / CA-9011112-WW
Warranty: 2 Years
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Initial Impressions

(Note: All images have the 1300 on left & 1500 on right)

While the colors may have changed since the Corsair HS1, both the Vengeance 1500 and 1300 boxes are very similar in appearance, details and features to the previous generation. While the front has a small plastic film window to allow you to glimpse the headset housed within, the back of each box is dedicated to ensuring anyone will know exactly what they're will be getting.

Much like the boxes they come in both, the Vengeance 1300 and Vengeance 1500 look great and while the black with blue pin striping is not as eye catching as some, the more elegant and sophisticated look of the Vengeance series will draw stares from those around you at the next LAN gaming event. Compared to the previous HS1 series these headsets may only be slightly improved in the looks department but they still boast some much needed improvements.

One of the largest differences between these two headsets is the 1500ís cloth ear coverings Dolby Headphone certification which means it supports fully directional audio over a virtual 7.1 channel setup. The 1300 meanwhile uses leather ear pieces and also allows for positional audio but instead of being Dolby Headphone compatible, youíll need a CMSS (or equivalent) supporting sound card for subtle 3D sound support.

While the Vengeance 1500 does have a more aggressive look with brushed aluminum covered sides, the finish is rather thin and doesnít really provide all that much additional structural rigidity. Underneath this thin metal veneer lies the exact same plastic chassis as found on the Vengeance 1300. To perfectly candid, we preferred the more subdued looks of the 1300 to the aggressively styled 1500, but this is personal preference only and neither has a distinct aesthetical advantage over the other.

Both feature a nearly identical unidirectional noise cancelling condenser boom mic which can be rotated and adjusted to your heartís content. The only difference between the two is a small strip of brushed aluminum on the 1500 which mirrors the finish alongside the ear cups.

Speaking of the ear cups, the ones used on both Vengeance headsets are large and should fully encompass your ear. We prefer this circumaural style as it is much more comfortable for long term gaming sessions when compared to smaller ear cup designs which lay flat on top of your ears.

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