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Corsair HS65 SURROUND Gaming Headset (Leatherette Memory Foam Ear Pads, Dolby Audio 7.1 Surround Sound on PC and Mac, SonarWorks SoundID Technology, Multi-Platform Compatibility) Carbon

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It’s not a new one and something I’ve tested before, but it is one of the HS65 Wireless’ marquee features so I gave it another try. At this moment it gives me a slightly claustrophobic and disoriented feeling that I have to take it off when to many things ingame are happening, because I don't even know where all the sounds are coming from and the sounds don't sound to crisp. A couple of years back, they added more padding to the HS50 series and slapped a pro on the name… and almost ruined them. For me, it created an extremely bass-lean, high frequency sound profile, and although I am not sure why exactly it chose that for me, I should say that I do prefer quite a bit of (controlled and well-mannered) bass in my sound, so the SoundID did not really work for me as it was not accurate. When I was jumping around as Reinhardt and heard the heavy footfalls of another Reinhardt just behind me, I thought I’d been flanked.

An omni-directional microphone picks up your voice loud and clear, and custom-tuned 50mm neodymium audio drivers offer great sound quality and range.The CORSAIR HS65 SURROUND Gaming Headset delivers all-day comfort and sound with memory foam leatherette ear pads, lightweight aluminum-reinforced construction, and Dolby® Audio 7.

Jeffrey (he/him/his) is an Audio Visual professional who has spent years working in the Corporate Audio Visual Industry.The Corsair HS65 Wireless features a Discord-certified microphone geared toward delivering clear chat audio when you’re gaming with friends. The safest bet is to just choose “Pure Direct” under the Equalizer function in the iCue software and jump right into the action, which otherwise sounds amazing. The headset features a plastic headband that clamps down a little tightly for my taste, but that also means it fits very securely. This was to be expected as wireless has less bandwidth to send audio signals back and forth, and as a result, it degrades the audio quality as well as introduces some compression issues. The CORSAIR HS65 SURROUND Gaming Headset delivers all-day comfort and sound with memory foam leatherette ear pads and Dolby® Audio 7.

Thankfully, the headband adjustment sliders seem to be made of aluminum so there is some structural integrity if you were worried about that. Presets such as “FPS Competition” will sound great for your competitive shooters like Counter Strike: Global Offensive or Valorant, while “Clear Chat” sounds exceptional during Zoom or Teams meetings. Unless you know what you’re looking for, set the EQ to “Pure Direct”, as this preset suits everything well. In our testing, we found that the Corsair HS65 SURROUND isolates sound above 2kHz pretty well, but lower-pitched noises aren’t blocked out well. When I listen to Vroom Vroom by Charli XCX, the high-pitched percussion is definitely emphasized throughout the song, but the bass boost isn’t too noticeable because the song puts more emphasis on sub-bass, which isn’t overrepresented in this headset.

There is a lot of compression in the audio capture, and I suspect there is also a bit of noise suppression filter applied (which cannot be turned off) which further degrades the audio and muffles your voice.

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