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Corsair Void Surround

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Pros: Comfortable / Great software

Cons: No separate mic jack / cord gets tangled

Gaming headsets today have become notability important for PC gaming. USB headsets offer benefits like Dolby Surround, easy setup, and portability. The VOID offers complete device compatibility by giving you more control over how you use the headset. Lets see what makes this headset unique.




The Corsair VOID special features:
  • Memory foam earpads / headband
  • PC/Mac & Console support
  • Noise-cancelling mic
  • Headset controls

The device specifications are as follows:
  • Connector: 4-pole 3.5mm
  • Headphones
  • Frequency Response: 20 Hz – 20 kHz
  • Impedance: 32 Ohms @ 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity 107dB (+/-3dB)
  • Drivers: 50mm
  • Microphone
  • Type: Unidirectional noise-canceling with adjustable, rotatable boom
  • Impedance: 2.2k Ohms
  • Frequency Response: 100Hz – 10KHz
  • Sensitivity: -38 dB (±3 dB)

Packaging



Corsair shipped the box in a standard postage box. The VOID box itself is made of yellow cardboard and well designed to attract its features.



The headset was well packaged inside the box. Opening reveals the headset well secured to the elaborate folds inside. The mic is bent, and I believe this is to show how well it can be adjusted.



The contents provided inside are as follows:
  • VOID headset
  • USB surround dongle
  • Quick start guide
  • Warranty information

Design



The VOID uses a very interesting color scheme here that most will find pleasing. I really enjoy the black/red color scheme personally, as it can match to alot of high-end components. It uses a matte red,black, and glossy black design.



The headband is made of aluminum and feels reasonable flexible. I also like having the corsair logo proudly displayed here. Also note the measurements on the band. This can be a great indicator of showing where the headband best works for you.Knowing the measurement will help you in the future if the headband ever slides or gets adjusted.



The shape of the ear cups are designed to allow more inner space. This provides a more optimized listening experience.



The left ear cup has a volume control wheels and a switch for muting the microphone. This is a decent design that I have not seen on many headsets before. It allows a quick adjust if you get distracted from your gaming session.



The VOID is very comfortable and offers a large amount of padding where its important.



The device uses 50mm drivers to reach its optimal listening experience. If you slide away the ear cup, you will be able to see the 50mm driver on each side.



The wire on the VOID is made of thick rubber. It seems well coated, but does get tangled very easily. The 3.5mm jack is gold-plated, and feels very strong and not flimsy.



The USB dongle is small and offers a 3.5mm connector. This functions as a soundcard for device and produces the Dolby Surround you will experience. Corsair offers CUE software that can be used to control the features for the VOID. Whats important about having this as a separate dongle is compatibility. Some high-end users use sound cards that offer 7.1 surround. By having the 3.5 mm jack separate, you can use the VOID either over USB or plug directly into your sound card if desired. Having a separate microphone jack would be nice for this feature, but does provide less cords to be tangled.

Corsair utility Engine Software

To control the VOID headset you will want to download the CUE software which stands for Corsair utility engine. It must be downloaded from corsairs support website. The software automatically checks for the firmware of the headset and prompt the user if a download is needed.

CUE has settings for:
  • Profiles
  • Actions
  • Lighting ( Does not do anything for VOID SURROUND)
  • Settings



CUE does allow for managing separate Corsair devices if connected. I am not going to cover the lighting tab as this does nothing for this VOID headset.



The Program tab focuses on:
  • Language
  • Start-up options
  • On-screen-display
  • Macro
  • Player settings

The Profiles tab focuses on:
  • Create names
  • Link games
  • Volume controls
  • Microphone controls
  • Dolby Surround



This menu offers control over the profiles you create. You are able to link separate games and programs when launched. You get volume sliders for adjusted all your audio options. You can also toggle Dolby Surround. The equalizer plays an important part in tuning your profile. CUE offers different modes and profiles for each EQ settings.

Some EQ settings provided are:
  • Pure direct
  • Bass boost
  • FPS competition
  • Clear chat
  • Movie theater



Switching EQ to advanced mode offer more control over each equalizer. This will allow you to create your own new EQ profiles over the standard ones.

Gaming



I wanted a chance to test the new DOOM yet again. This game is just fantastic. Most games provide sound options for setting speakers, surround, or even headphones. I was disappointed that most games including this one did not take advantage of the stereo surround. DOOM did sound good for the record, but it was hard to test positional audio, and where the demons were coming from. I also tested within windows using the built-in surround tests. Dolby Surround did nothing to help produce positional audio. One thing to note is that you can adjust the VOID and equalize it to your liking. This will help produce better tones and positional audio. By adjusting your settings, you can get the headset to sound great and produce decent bass. When dealing with virtual surround its hard to get it perfect due to all the different combinations of games and each persons tastes.

I tested the microphone using standard tests like Skype, and Ventrilo. As stated earlier in the review there is only one 3.5mm jack. This limits the mics ability without the adapter. However using the mic did provided clean and crisp voice and speech.

Conclusion

Some negative things about this headset are:
  • No detachable mic
  • No separate mic jack
  • Dolby Surround requires tweaking
  • Cord gets tangled easily

I do feel the VOID has alot to offer but some of these problems stem from producing a great gaming headset on a budget.

The VOID headset does offer great performance when tweaked. This headset offers a ton of features. The color scheme looks classy, and modern. It is really flexible and comfortable to use. I also really love the design feature of the volume slider on the headset, and quick mute button.The included Dolby Surround USB dongle does work well, and provides the headset with complete compatibility. Also having a separate 3.5mm jack gives the VOID more choices for using the headset with consoles, and sound cards. The CUE software really makes this headset shine allowing lots of customization for profiles, and sound options. Once you get the VOID tweaked using the right amount of bass and equalized sound, this headset sounds fantastic. I mostly talked about games above as this is what the headset was intended for. Watching movies, and listening to music does work pretty well out of the box. I would highly recommend this headset. The VOID provides great features for the price. You can buy this headset for $79.99 on Amazon right now.
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