While OCZ is shrinking its product lineup, Corsair is doing the opposite by entering the gaming audio market with the Gaming Audio Series HS1 headset. This new headset has 50mm drivers and uses a circumaural, closed-back design. It has a built-in microphone with noise-cancelling and has a large in-line volume and microphone controller. The Corsair HS1 should be available very soon, but pricing details are still unknown.
Corsair®, a worldwide designer and supplier of high-performance components to the PC gaming hardware market, today announced the launch of their inaugural audio product, the Gaming Audio Series™ HS1 USB gaming headset. This noise-isolating headset offers long-term playing comfort and immersive multi-channel audio, with massive 50mm drivers and a carefully tuned acoustical design optimized not only for gaming, but for movies and music as well.
The HS1 is loaded with features designed to optimize your gaming experience. The 50mm drivers provide more accurate sound reproduction and far lower distortion than is produced by smaller, more typical drivers. The circumaural, closed-back design helps reject ambient noise and keeps you in the game, even in high-distraction environments like LAN parties. Replaceable memory foam ear pads provide a reliable, comfortable fit that conforms to the shape of your head without binding or pinching. The uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone on an adjustable boom enables clear, low-noise voice chat. The end result is a headset that simply provides a superior gaming experience.
“We set out to develop a headset with the performance that gamers demand, while also providing the pristine audio reproduction required for multi-channel movies and high bit rate music,” stated Jim Carlton, Vice President of Marketing at Corsair. “The Audio HS1 easily meets both these challenges.”
Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 Key Features:
Acoustically-tuned enclosures with oversized 50mm drivers
Circumaural, closed-back design
Replaceable memory foam ear pads with soft fabric covers
Dolby® Headphone technology provides multi-channel sound and improves audio quality to reduce listening fatigue
Uni-directional noise-cancelling microphone on adjustable boom
Extra-large inline volume and microphone controller that’s easy to grab during gameplay
Control panel software allows you to customize the listening experience
The Corsair Gaming Audio Series HS1 USB Gaming headset is available immediately from Corsair’s authorized distributors and resellers worldwide. It is supplied with a two year warranty, and is backed up by Corsair's highly regarded customer service and technical support.
The specifications don't look that exciting though:
* Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
* Impedance: 32 Ohms at 1kHz
* Dynamic range: 93dB A-wtd
* USB power consumption: 250mW
* Drivers: 50mm
* Cable: 3 meters
* Connector: USB Type A