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The Corsair HS1A is the most comfortable and best performing stereo gaming headset we have ever used. We had a great sound stage in music, movies and games. The HS1A simply did a stellar job reproducing the sound signature of whichever sound card we used as well.

The HS1A costs around $10 less than the HS1 USB model so it would seem that it is a no-brainer to spend the extra money and get a built-in sound card too. The USB sound signature would never change and it could be used on laptops or desktop PCs, but that fact is also a caveat. If you like to change sound cards or swap Op-Amps, the HS1A's analog nature would accurately reflect the changes. If you upgrade your system components often this should help you to decide which headset would be right for you as well.

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HardOCP Source: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2011/04/14/corsair_gaming_audio_series_hs1a_headset_review

I would like to put these up against my Sennheiser 595's
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At first glance I thought it said it only costs $10 and I almost spit out my drink.
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I wonder how they stack up against the ATH-M50's.
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At first glance I thought it said it only costs $10 and I almost spit out my drink.
Bahaha. Same here! laugher.gif
    
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At first glance I thought it said it only costs $10 and I almost spit out my drink.

lachen.gif That's what I did. What were you drinking? I was drinking orange juice because orange juice rules! tongue.gif
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For $50 they are not bad. NCIX has them on sale all the time.
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post #7 of 25
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Originally Posted by Hickeydog;13206087 
I wonder how they stack up against the ATH-M50's.

The M50s are known for their bass, which this headset seems to lack gathering from this review and some others.

I would of liked to see them compare this headset to more than just the AD700s. Sound being so subjective you can only get a good idea of how these headphones perform by having several reference points. "They sound similar to AD700s." How much similar? For a person who have never listened to AD700s what does that mean?

With sound preferences being different for people it's hard to say if a headset has a better overall sound signature than another. Sometimes even comfort can't turn people away from the sound out of a particular pair of headphones (Grado).

For people who are just starting to get into a different price point for audio, these comparisons are sometimes meaningless if they don't know what their preferences are. They just know "any headphones that cost more than the ones I got have to be better." That's when they have to jump into the soup and try a couple out.

A lot of people tend to be satisfied with what they end up having and don't try to invest more time and/or money finding their perfect solution. And as long as their satisfied that's how it should be. Of course this is when the enthusiasts jump in, convincing them that "they don't know what they're missing." Same with everything.
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post #8 of 25
I was making a list of headphones awhile ago to compare. Curious if anyone wants to comment on them:

$20 - HD 201
$34 - HARX700
$35 - HD202 > Bose
$35 - RX700 - http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/435809/jvc-ha-rx700-mods (modify to improve)
$50 - Samson SR850
$85 - HD555 - mod to 595 - youtube.com/watch?v=PvQ8PzBrHXE
$93 - ATH-AD700
$100 Alessandro MS-1 (modified Grado80s) good Imaging, fair Soundstage
$185 - Shure 840
$210 - ATH-A900 for isolate gaming


Portable:
$40 - Yuin Pk3

With Mic:
$65 - Razer Carcharias (modified HD555s, good mic cancellation)
$77 - Corsair HS1A
$90 - Roccat Kave (poor mic cancellation)
Edited by PoopaScoopa - 4/20/11 at 11:34pm
post #9 of 25
I am really interested in getting a gaming headset, well a headset in general really for listening to music/playing games and movies. I haven't experienced a quality headset 5.1 surround sound super device.

Any good? what's the best bang for buck gaming/everything headset?
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The HS1A costs around $10 less than the HS1 USB model so it would seem that it is a no-brainer to spend the extra money and get a built-in sound card too.

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