Having evaluated the headphones in detail, we can proceed towards awarding an overall audio performance score for the Corsair Vengeance 1500. The tests detailed on the previous page forms the basis of our merit and comparison system. Each category has equal weightage towards determining the final performance score.
|Music MP3 Testing||6.5|
|Video Game Testing||7.0|
|Overall Audio Performance||6.5|
The bottom line is that as a gaming headset, the Corsair Vengeance 1500 does not meet our expectations. Though it advertises 7.1-channel surround sound, we were not impressed in the least by its soundstage. Those who frequently play FPS titles in the vein of Battlefield 3 or Call of Duty will find that the headphones does not increase their ability to pinpoint the direction of relevant sounds. That being said, the headphones are not completely out of the running for gaming sessions. We would classify the comfort levels provided as the best aspect of the product, which makes them suited for prolonged gaming sessions. In fact, its strong central channel makes the headphones a bit more suited for RTS titles.
The same characteristic, namely a strong central channel, was a boon when watching movies and listening to dialogue. But the lack of a wide soundstage meant the action sequences of certain titles failed to impress. We would advise those who love thrillers and art films to try out the headphones while those who prefer explosion laden, action packed flicks should veer clear of the Vengeance 1500.
When it came to music, middle tones are the forte of the headphones and help ensure that the sound is not completely unpalatable. Decent lower frequencies with impact makes the Corsair Vengeance 1500 suited for bass heavy music tracks. As detailed during our performance evaluation trance, hip-hop, house and other similar genres were pleasantly reproduced. However it is important to note that while the bass delivered on oomph, it lacked definition. This lets the headphones down on rock and pop songs. Treble performance was the lowest point during our testing as they lacked definition and sparkle, coming across as muted and lifeless.
On the whole, we would say that the Corsair Vengeance 1500 falls short on most counts. Besides comfort and a decent central channel, most of the other audio properties of the device are below par. The only thing really going for it is its price tag which is just S$139. Other headphone competitors from Creative, Razer and Steelseries are comparatively priced much higher. However the old adage, "you get what you pay for", rings true. The Corsair Vengeance 1500 might appeal to a small niche of thriller movie seekers, trance lovers and RTS game loving folks on a budget. But the general user might not be impressed with it - especially if you expect immersive surround audio as its naming scheme suggests with the "7.1" descriptor. One more point to note that is that it works on USB connectivity only, thus limiting its use to desktop and notebook computers only.