Corsair became known as a memory manufacturer, but while they still make lots of all kinds of memory products, over the last years they've also entered other markets. The first products were power supplies, then cases, and now they're also pushing to the audio markets with two speaker sets and a headset. So far their entries to new markets have been very successful, both their PSUs and cases are regarded as high quality products, so the expectations are high for the new range of audio gear. We'll now have a closer look at the HS1A headset.
Package & Specs
- 20Hz to 20kHz frequency response
- 32 Ohms impedance at 1kHz
- Custom-engineered 50 mm drivers with 24 mm copper-wound voice coils
- Extra-large circumaural earcups with a closed-back, noise-isolating design
- Two sets of replaceable memory foam earpads: one covered in microfiber, one in synthetic leather
- Attached 3 meter cable with inline volume/microphone controller and dual 3.5 mm (1/8”) connectors
- Unidirectional, noise-cancelling condenser with adjustable, rotating boom
- 2.2k Ohms impedance
- 200Hz to 10kHz (+/- 3dB) frequency response
- -45dB (+4/-2dB) sensitivity
The HS1A arrived to our test packed in a black and blue, stylish box typical to Corsair. Around the right front corner there's a window that shows the left ear cup as well as the microphone boom, and around the back there are the technical specifications and features.
Looking back to our previous headset reviews, the HS1A is a direct competitor with the Razer Banshees. Also the specifications support this, as the Corsair use 50 mm drivers, have nominal impedance of 32 ohms and boast a 20 - 20 000 Hz frequency response. The microphone has a frequency response of 200 - 10 000 Hz and sensitivity of -45 dB. Really the main difference to the earlier headsets is that the HS1A use the analog headphone- and microphone connections rather than a single USB. That said, there's also an USB-version for those who prefer it over using the analog outputs.
Inside the box there's a quick installation guide, some warranty information and interchangeable ear pads. As a nice little touch, mid-way through the braided 3 m cable there's also a velcro cable tie for bundling the excess cable. By default the headphones come with soft fabric ear pads and the extra ones are similar memory foam filled ear pads, but covered in synthetic leather. Corsair says the fabric ones may be a bit more comfortable and the leather ones offer better noise isolation and a bit more accentuate bass response. More than anything else it's a personal favor which to wear.
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