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  • Corsair HS70 review: gaming sound without wires


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    Gaming headset - this is not a joke, especially for a fan of shooters. After all, good headphones do not just protect the ear of the owner, but also give an advantage over online rivals. New Corsair HS70 proves that for high-quality sound such a technique does not have to be wired - connect at least to the PlayStation 4, at least to the PC and enjoy.

    Appearance

    The design of the Corsair HS70 is reminiscent of the classics: large oval speakers with a metal grid and logo, a rhomb-stitched soft handle and a matte metal in the places of its attachment. The approach to the appearance of a strict, one might even say, universal. Although for lovers of a brighter design, there are options: black with gold and a completely white version.

    Corsair HS70

    Playing without wires is convenient and easy - just connect the adapter to a PC or console. There is no risk of catching the cord at the table or hitting it with a chair - any gamer knows that the less external stimuli, the more pleasure. Do not distract from the process and the headphones themselves. Unless from the sharp movements the design can move down - but will not fall.

    Setting planting is organized so that the chance that nothing will move: the mechanism of adjustment of the rim eliminates spontaneous changes in size. Plush ear pads, have a small vertical stroke and adjust to the shape of the head of the owner due to the filling of foam with "memory effect". Ears do not sweat under them — except when it's hot not only in the virtual battle but also in the room. At the same time, passive sound insulation Corsair HS70 is enough for any games.

    Corsair HS70

    If for some reason you don’t like the wireless solution, but as the form factor HS70, look at the HS50 and HS60. However, in both models, there is no built-in sound card (in the HS60 it is external) and there is no support for surround sound.

    Management and ergonomics

    The controls are on the bowls: on the left, there is a volume control wheel, a micro USB connector for charging and a microphone on/off button, and on the right, there is a switch for the headphones themselves. The last two elements are identical in shape and size and therefore separated. Gamers will appreciate the quick volume setting without a keyboard - this will save both concentration and important seconds in a network match.

    The HS70, like other Corsair devices, offers more advanced iCUE (Corsair Utility Engine) software. With it, it is easy to update the firmware, set up profiles for monitoring and logging PC sensors in certain games, set up an equalizer, a microphone and assign auto-shutdown after an idle time. More iCUE offers a curious setting - "sideton", allowing you to hear your own voice in the speakers. This will be primarily appreciated by streamers, but sometimes it is useful when setting up voice chat and microphone position. In the software, you can save up to five profiles for different games. But a bonus for owners of other Corsair devices will be the synchronization of RGB-backlighting between all the gadgets of the company.

    Corsair HS70

    Sound and autonomy

    Headphones tested by connecting to a monoblock ASUS. The headset clearly and without delay conveys the direction and timbre of the sound, and the voices are not lost against the background of explosions and shots - you can hear allies at any moment of the battle. In popular messengers, there are no problems with voice transmission through the microphone. Only in Skype occasionally there is a weak buzzing echo of the spoken phrase. The interlocutors do not complain about the microphone, the sound transmission is clear, the voice is not distorted. The volume did not let down either: its stock is even excessive - in the usual situation it is enough to unscrew it by 50%. But the frequency range could be wider.

    In the cinema and music, the headset also does not fold: there is no characteristic emphasis on bass for such devices, through which other frequencies barely make their way. Of course, the "bottoms" are clearly expressed, but the "middle" is not lost. With high frequencies, the situation is slightly worse: in some places, there is not enough sharpness, and hissing and whistling sounds begin to “sand” slightly. The effect can be muted in the equalizer, but to remove it completely is unlikely to succeed. When connected to a PC, 7.1 surround sound becomes available - with it the gameplay becomes even more realistic.

    Corsair HS70

    As the manufacturer promises, a full charge is enough for 15 hours with a small amount of mixed use (music, film, game). The level of charge can be monitored through the application - it will help you not to remain without sound in the next rink in advance. But you didn’t manage to do it in time - connect the headphones via micro USB and charge them without interrupting the match.

    Specifications

    POSITIONING

    wireless gaming headset

    COMPATIBILITY

    PC, PS4

    CONNECTION

    wireless via USB transmitter

    RANGE

    up to 12 meters

    AUTONOMY

    up to 16 hours, charging by wire (micro-USB)

    HEADPHONE TYPE

    Open

    WEIGHT

    330 + 9g (microphone)

    DYNAMIC SIZE

    50 mm

    RESISTANCE

    32 ohms at 1 kHz

    SENSITIVITY

    11 dB

    FREQUENCY RANGE

    20 - 20 000 Hz

    MICROPHONE

    unidirectional, detachable, with noise cancellation (3.5 mm jack)

    MICROPHONE RESISTANCE

    2200 ohm

    MICROPHONE SENSITIVITY

    -40 dB

    MICROPHONE FREQUENCY RANGE

    100 - 10,000 Hz

    FEATURES

    built-in sound card, dedicated AUDIO CUE software for customization, support virtual surround Sound 7.1 surround sound, voice prompts, performance options: black, white, black with gold

    Corsair HS70

    Results

    Corsair HS70 produces a pleasant sound with a predominance of low and medium frequencies. Headphones have an impressive volume margin, imputed autonomy, and a purely working microphone. They are expectedly good in games and programs for voice communication, but audiophiles will not get what they want. The headset is suitable only for passing music listening: the sound quality cannot be called top-end, and passive noise cancellation still does not create absolute isolation. But HS70 will not hook the wire to any ledge and will not fly because of this from the head.

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