We made it through another year, and another review. Thanks for reading! Corsair have been very consistent in the design, features, and quality of their products, and it shows again in their Vengeance headsets. Being Corsair's second refresh of their headsets, the Vengeance 1500 had the big shoes of the HS1 to fill. The HS1 was (and still is) a great pair of headphones. The Vengeance 1500 lives up to the HS1, there was never any doubt, and still offers a great experience for gamer and music lover alike. It is safe to say that the Vengeance 1500 is a modest improvement over the HS1.
The Vengeance 1100 could not be more different in both sound and style. This headset is aimed at a different price point and style, so it is understandable and expected. The Vengeance 1100 have the behind-the-ear style that will appeal to those who don't want to wear a regular pair of headphones. There is a little tradeoff with lower sound quality, the Vengeance 1100 have strong bass, stronger than the Vengeance 1500 at default, but the treble is not as clear and smooth.
For straight up gaming, the Vengeance 1500 were tough to beat, and I reached for them more than any other headset. The the comfort was great, the microphone was great, and with a little EQ tweakage, the sound rocked. The inevitable comparison of the sound of the Vengeance 1500 to the HS1 reveals a Corsair family trait of sorts.
They both have similar style, comfort, features, and a bright and clear sound. Despite the same USB interface, the Vengeance 1500 is a new design. I didn't use the Dolby modes very much, preferring to stick with 'bypass' in the driver. The Dolby modes worked fine, I just didn't use them for music or gaming. For videos, the surround mode worked very well, with a very slight change in sound quality. Overall, the Vengeance 1500 are great headphones.
The Vengeance 1100 are interesting because they can either work with either an analog sound card, or use the USB dongle. We found the sound of the V1100 worked fine for games and music for the most part, but compared to other headphones the results were mixed.
The bass pumped and thumped, but the treble range was missing a lot of detail. The Vengeance 1100 are spared any direct comparison simply because we don't have any other headphones on had in the lab that are similar. We can say that the Vengeance 1100 are decent, but for the price I think you can get better.
Verdict: Vengeance is yours with the Vengeance 1500, we can recommend that set very much.
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Special thanks to Corsair for the review units and making me spell vengeance a lot. Extra Special thanks to Hilbert, for, you know, just being awesome.
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