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PC Hardware Reviews: Audio & Sound

Corsair HS70 Wireless Gaming Headset Review

Corsair’s HS series headsets are a combination of outstanding comfort, audio, and durability. As previously seen on the HS50 we reviewed in 2017, the Corsair HS70 Wireless Gaming Headset includes all of the essential features from the HS50 with the addition of wireless freedom and virtual 7.1 surround sound. The HS70 is also supported by the Corsair Utility Engine software where the user can adjust different settings to get the most out of this product. This headset comes in two colors: carbon (black), and white. Benchmark Reviews will be taking a look at the HS70 in white to see how it compares to the competition.

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HyperX Cloud Alpha Gold Gaming Headset Review

In this review for Benchmark Reviews, we test the Gold Limited Edition 3.5mm analog multi-platform HyperX Cloud Alpha pro gaming headset by Kingston Technology for PC, PS4, Xbox One. Featuring a dual chamber design that separates bass tones from mid level and highs, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Gold headset promises more distinction and less distortion from gaming sounds. A detachable noise-cancelling microphone designed for Discord and TeamSpeak ensure easy integration without compatibility issues suffered from some headsets.

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Roccat Khan AIMO 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

Roccat has added a splash of intelligent RGB lighting to their new HiRes audio headset and given it a new name: the Khan Aimo. More than just a name change and some lighting, this update of the Khan Pro keeps the HiRes designation but swaps the 3.5mm cable for USB to add some new capabilities. This allows for a new 7.1 Surround Sound feature, powered by the built-in 24-bit @ 96 kHz DAC sound card – a first for HiRes audio headsets. Will enhanced surround sound in high resolution change your game? Benchmark Reviews has a chance to take a closer look at Roccat’s Khan Aimo headset, so listen in and let’s find out!

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HyperX Cloud Revolver Gunmetal Review

Kingston has released another studio-grade HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset, the Cloud Revolver Gunmetal. On the surface, one would think the only difference is the color. However, during the review I’ve discovered some other slight differences that change the dynamics of this headset. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’m going to be putting the Cloud Revolver Gunmetal Headset through it’s paces, and compare it directly to it’s predecessor, the original HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset.

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Gamdias HEPHAESTUS P1 Gaming Headset Review

The Gamdias HEPHAESTUS P1 RGB surround sound gaming headset is a new addition to the brand’s line up. It features RGB illumination with virtual 7.1 surround sound and real vibration from bass impact. The HEPHAESTUS P1 also has cooling ventilation on both drivers to keep the drivers cool during long gaming sessions. Because it does not utilize a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, the headset communicates through a USB 2.0 cable. This allows for software support with Gamdias HERA to fine tune RGB lighting and audio settings. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we take a look at the HEPHAESTUS P1 and test its various features.

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Corsair HS50 Stereo Gaming Headset Review

Over the years, Corsair has been providing high quality computer peripherals to the consumer market. With the HS50 Stereo gaming headset, it focuses on bringing outstanding comfort, audio performance, and durability without sacrificing performance and quality. It also has an internal metal headband with metal yokes, and memory foam on the two 50 mm drivers and the top headband cushion for added comfort. Not only is it compatible on the PC, it is compatible with modern gaming consoles and mobile gaming devices. The HS50 comes in three different colors, green, blue, and black (carbon). Corsair was kind enough to send Benchmark Reviews their HS50 in green, so let’s take a look at what it has to offer.

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Corsair Void Pro RGB Gaming Headset Review

Corsair has updated it’s Gaming line of headsets with the Void Pro RGB. Featuring Dolby 7.1 surround with the use of Corsair’s CUE software. The Void Pro RGB has a host of improvements, from the 50mm driver, mesh/memory foam earpads, improved microphone, but is only compatible with the PC. The Corsair Void Pro RGB is a wired version of the new Void Pro RGB Wireless and Wireless SE. The Void Pro RGB ditches the wireless aspect, but maintains all of the features, except for the flip-up muting, which is a feature of the wireless models only. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’ll be putting the Corsair Void Pro RGB to the test. Will Corsair deliver the goods and improve on last years Void Surround?

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Bloody M660P Gaming Headset Review

Bloody gaming has released a new addition to their M660 series headsets, the M660P. The M660P has the same 40mm drivers and the same MO-CI (Mycelium of Carbon IT) dual diaphragm as it’s older brother, the M660 Chronometer. What the M660P brings to the table is an in-line microphone instead of a boom mic. Is this a good thing or a bad thing? That’s one of the things we’ll be testing in this article for Benchmark Reviews.

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Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro Headset Review

In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’ll be putting the Cooler Master MasterPulse Pro corded USB gaming headset head-to-head with the Corsair Void Surround headset. Both headsets feature 7.1 virtual surround sound. How will the MasterPulse Pro stack up? Let’s find out.

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GAMDIAS Hephaestus v2 Gaming Headset Review

The GAMDIAS Hephaestus v2 Surround Sound Gaming headset features a 50mm USB connection, built-in smart controller, large ear cups, decorative LEDs, omnidirectional mike, and finally “bass impact.’ This takes low frequency bass tones and applies a slight vibration effect to let wearers “feel” the sound. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we’ll look at the design of the Hephaestus v2 before diving into some basic performance tests.

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SteelSeries Siberia 350 Headset Review

SteelSeries, a company known for their support of eSports and wide range of gaming peripherals, have just about finished refreshing their gaming headset series better known as “Siberia.” The Siberia 350 which Benchmark Reviews will be looking at today is a refresh of the previous SteelSeries Siberia v3 Prism headset. Utilizing 50mm drivers, DTS Headphone X technology and a classic SteelSeries fit and finish, the 350 adds 6.5 million colors through LEDs in the earcups and features SteelSeries technologies like GameSense through SteelSeries’ settings software, SteelSeries Engine 3. Will the 350 be a worthy addition to the Siberia lineup, or will these Siberias leave us out in the cold? Follow along and read about our experiences with SteelSeries’ newest headset.

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HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset Review

Kingston is attempting to defy the odds and beat their very own HyperX Cloud II Headset with their new studio-grade HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset. Boasting advanced directional 50mm drivers, a low impedance, circumaural closed back design, and a steel frame, the Cloud Revolver Headset does appear to be a contender. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’m going to be putting the Cloud Revolver Headset through it’s paces, especially it’s claims for directional sound during gameplay.

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Corsair Void Surround Gaming Headset Review

Corsair has updated it’s Gaming line of headsets with the VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming Headset. Featuring Dolby 7.1 Surround certification with the use of Corsair’s CUE (Corsair Utility Engine) Software, micro-fiber covered ear cups, noise canceling mic, and frequency response from 20Hz to 20KHz. The Void Surround is compatible with the Xbox One, PS4, PC (with USB adapter), and mobile phones, making the Void Surround a versatile headset for all your gaming needs. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, I’ll be putting the Corsair Gaming Void Surround to the test.

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GAMDIAS EROS ELITE EQ Headset Review

The GAMDIAS EROS ELITE EQ gaming headset features a lightweight design with an innovative cooling design, 7.1 surround sound, and an attractive $79.99 price tag. In this article for Benchmark Reviews, we’ll take a look at just how comfortable this USB headset is, and whether or not it should be your next choice for gaming.

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Corsair VOID Wireless Gaming Headset Review

In the world of computer peripherals and hardware, most of us are well aware of Corsair’s existence. This is an organization that has well-earned reputation for producing quality components; components that are going to be high-performing, intelligently designed, and very likely to provide its owners with years of service. Therefore, it is no surprise that when Corsair develops a new product, such as the Corsair VOID Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset, it doesn’t take long before it is in high demand.

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Ozone Rage ST Gaming Headset Review

One of the most critical weapons in any gamer’s arsenal is a good gaming headset. A good headset gives you the ability to isolate outside noise while providing detailed, sharp, and clear sound from all sides. A gaming headset also lets you easily and understandably communicate with the other members of your team. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is looking at the Ozone Rage ST Gaming Headset and compares it directly with other Gaming Headsets to see what sets it apart and how well it performs.

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Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Headset Review

One of the most critical weapons in any gamer’s arsenal is a good gaming headset. A good headset gives you the ability to isolate outside noise while providing detailed, sharp, and clear sound from all sides. A gaming headset also lets you easily and understandably communicate with the other members of your team. In this article, Benchmark Reviews is looking at the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Headset and compares it directly with other top Gaming Headsets to see what sets it apart and how well it performs.

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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review

The Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset is much like it’s predecessor in both features and aesthetics. The HyperX Cloud II features 7.1 channel virtual surround, which is accomplished with an advanced USB audio control box with built-in DSP sound card. The Cloud II still retains the ability to function with other devices that utilize a 3.5mm plug, including cell phones, tablets, and gaming console controllers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will investigate how well Kingston delivers this revamp to it’s acclaimed HyperX Cloud headset.

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Corsair H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

Longevity is very important in any industry. It is extremely likely that, when the longevity moniker is affixed to an organization’s label, consumers can buy with confidence. Corsair is one of those labels that can has been doing it well since 1994 and in this industry, 20 years is a VERY long time. Whether you are buying a power supply or a gaming mouse, you know that if it wears the Corsair logo, it is a quality device that will withstand the test of time and perform brilliantly. Performance is one of the qualities we will test on the Corsair Gaming H1500 Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset today at Benchmark Reviews. I encourage you to read on in order to find out if this device is worthy to carry the Corsair logo.

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Corsair H2100 Wireless 7.1 Gaming Headset Review

If you’ve owned any Corsair Gaming mouse, keyboard, or headset, it is likely you have been more than satisfied with it. One of the latest devices added to its stable, the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset, boasts the features that, on paper, make it stand out as one that should be on your short list if you are in the market for a wireless gaming headset. Today at Benchmark Reviews, we will take a closer look at the Corsair H2100 Wireless Dolby 7.1 Gaming Headset and share with you our thoughts.

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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Headset Review

ROCCAT is not a newcomer in terms of producing quality gaming headsets. A variety of ROCCAT gaming headset models, which includes the in-ear variety, are currently available. The current addition to the stable, the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset, is regarded by ROCCAT as possessing the, “highest quality sound experience gamers can engage in.” Considering that these Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headsets are equipped with 50mm neodymium speaker units in each ear cup, that statement is within the realm of possibility.

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ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Headset Review

The Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Surround Sound gaming headset is the latest headset offering from the innovative people at Roccat. The Kave XTD 5.1 promises to make huge advancements over its predecessor, the Roccat Kave 5.1 analog. The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital brings a USB interface, a speaker pass-through function, cellular Bluetooth connectivity, and a revamped in-line remote. In this article, Benchmark Reviews investigates.

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GAMDIAS Hephaestus GHS2000 Headset Review

The GAMDIAS Hephaestus Multi-Sensorial Gaming Headset (GHS2000) is a feature packed headset promising big sound in a big package. The Hephaestus sports virtual 7.1 surround, built-in cooling, and a unique feature called the blast source identifier. The headset also sports leather ear pads and headband, allowing for a very comfortable gaming experience during long sessions.

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Superlux HD668B Headphones Review

Superlux is a Taiwanese manufacturer of audio components that targets the “affordable market”. Their headphones have slowly entered the market during the past years and they have made quiet a hype in various enthusiast forums and gaming communities. At first, we were quite skeptical about the relatively unknown company as it is the first time we ever heard from them, and at such a low price, the Superlux HD 668B Headphones are the most affordable set of headphones that Benchmark Reviews has ever taken a close look at.

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Blue Microphones Spark Digital Lightning Review

If you want to give your podcasts a professional appearance, you need a good quality microphone. Forget about the tiny hole on your portable smart-whatever device, there’s a world of difference between consumer and professional-grade microphones, and the signal processing circuits that go along with them. Once you have a good microphone and preamp, you then need to digitize the signal using an Analog-to-Digital (A/D) convertor, and get that digital signal into your PC. The Spark Digital from Blue Microphones is an all-in-one solution for high quality digital audio production. All the signal processing is done inside the body of the microphone, and the interface to your computer is through one of several available serial connections. The Spark Digital supports USB 1.1/2.0, the relatively new Lightning connection, or the older Apple 30-pin interface, through the use of separate cables for each connection type. Benchmark Reviews has an audio side to it, but we’ve mostly concentrated on the output side of the equation – headphones and speakers. Some of our readers are content creators though, so it’s high time we paid some attention to the beginning of the signal chain.

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