Testing Gaming Headphones

Well. As you can see, I’m using this microphone. And, basically, that’s because… Not only did I break my lavalier microphone, the one I usually wear here, on my shirt. But I also managed to wreck the Yeti. Well, “wreck”, I don’t really know what happened. Ok?

I woke up one day and they weren’t working anymore. I suspect… that it could’ve been the cat, but, I’m not gonna blame her. Poor little thing, maybe she isn’t guilty at all. Anyway, let’s get started. First of all, we’ll talk about the Corsair Void Pro headphones, the ones on screen. I have the yellow special edition, which is wireless, and well, these are the new Corsair headphones.

They came out recently. Corsair actually sent them to me a bit before their release date, if I remember correctly. And, I’ve taken all this time to test them and such, I mean… I could have made a review… In fact, I should’ve made it long ago.

But this time has been good for further testing so I can give you my best opinion on them. So, when Corsair asked me to review some RGB wireless headphones that use 7.1… As you can imagine, my first reaction was telling them that I didn’t want to review them. I think it’s pretty clear why one of my channel’s most viewed videos is Gaming headphones: the great lie. Or something on those lines, I don’t remember the title right now. However, Corsair persevered.

They insisted that… I’d really like them, because they’re a very good product, that they were going all in with them, and so I told them to send me the headphones, and see how it goes. So here’s a list of things I like, things I don’t like about them, etc. These headphones don’t use Bluetooth, but a proprietary protocol. They have their own earwig.

This one right here. Which has both advantages and disadvantages. Something I really really like about these headphones, is that they use “Plug&Play” technology. Which means you just gotta connect the earwig to the computer, turn them on, and you’re already listening to music. The boot time of the headphones, from turning them on until they connect, is very fast. They’re one of the fastest headphones I’ve seen.

And so they’re one of the easiest to connect to the computer. Because… You don’t have to do anything. I give the pairing a 10.

On a side note, this proprietary protocol results in very low latency. When playing games, watching films, etc, the latency isn’t notable. I must say it really isn’t. If we get picky and compare them with traditional headphones, then yes, there’s a little latency, but normally… It isn’t high enough to cause problems. The fact that they’re wireless also allows you to stand up and move from the desk.

Basically what I told you in the video about the Avantree Audition Pro, you have a lot of movement freedom when using a wireless headset. It’s not about having a wire on the desk. Which, well… When arranged, it doesn’t disturb or annoy. It’s that now you can stand up and do more stuff. While you keep talking with your friends, you keep listening to music, whatever you were doing.

Another thing that’s great about them, is that while other wireless headphones can’t be used while charging, these can. Some have a wire, a minijack, that you plug into the headphones and then to the computer. And well, you can keep listening. Meanwhile, the headphones charge.

The Corsair Void Pro do something different, just take them, plug them via micro-USB, and they’ll charge while working, you won’t even notice. They make a sound indicating they’re charging, but that’s about it. If in any moment they run out of enery, you can just connect them, plug them in on the USB, and they’ll start charging, you can keep using them, and they won’t bother you at all.

Only, you gotta use a wire. But hey, gotta stand up for a second? Unplug it, go, come back and plug it back in. However, this isn’t usually needed, since the battery lasts up to 9 hours. And I’ve been using them all day recently.

All I’ve told you up to this point, the ease of connection, the fact that they’re wireless yet keep latency at a low rate, being able to use them while they’re charging, also has some disadvantages. First of all, they’re wireless, which means they use a battery, which also means that over time, the battery, after a year or two… Most probably after 2-3 years. The battery will start losing capacity. Over time, batteries degrade, the more we charge it, the more it degrades. And at some point, the lifespan of the battery is severely reduced.

If now it lasts 9 hours, maybe after 3 years of daily use, it can come down to 2 hours. however, there’s a workaround. We can just use the wire and keep using them.

This is an issue we’ll always have in wireless headphones. Batteries are like that. They have a lifespan. When they die, they die. That’s how it is. It’s something we can’t avoid.

The earwig, as I said earlier, uses a proprietary protocol. I haven’t managed to gather much information about what protocol they use. The point is that it isn’t interchangeable.

So, if you lose or break this USB, you’ll need to get another one, buy another headset or something. Honestly, I don’t think it’d be possible to get another one from Corsair. If it stops working, it isn’t easy to replace, keep that in mind.

Besides, the low latency they provide. In all wireless headphones, we’ll always get a certain sound quality loss. But overall when we try to lower the latency, this quality loss increases.

This latency is cause because the device, which transmits throught the air, okay? This USB, in our case. Has to: -Take the sound signal, transform it into waves. -Transmit them to the headphones. And the headphones have to receive them, decipher them and transform them into sound once more. This process requires some effort.

And the more information we want to send, the more information we send, the longer it takes for the headphones’ processor to turn it back into sound. For this reason, low latency headphones normally produce lower quality sound, with a lower bitrate. However, this is the case for every wireless headset, we always will have a quality loss.

Let’s get to the main theme. How’s the sound? The first time I tried these headphones out, I wasn’t really convinced. My headphones have a pretty brillian sound firm. The sound firm makes reference to the headphones base sound equalization.

Some headphones have a lot of bass. But the higher pitches are faded, however, other headphones, have a pretty flat equalization. For example, the headphones I use, the ATH-M50, like the BeyerDynamic, are pretty brilliant headphones.

For that reason, these headphones, which are more opaque, they don’t have a lot of bass, but they’re pretty flat, they don’t have those high pitches I’m used to. and that’s why I kinda neglected them at the beginning. However, as time passed and I got used to their sound firm, I must say the quality is pretty good. They’re aren’t bad headphones, really, when it comes to sound. Overall for their price, and all the characteristics they have.

I don’t use them for editing nor listening to music, since I have studio headphones, High-Fidelity headphones, which allow me to enjoy music a lot more, in my opinion. But that’s a matter of personal preference. I mean, most people don’t even care about all these kind of details about their audio devices. Thus, I think most consumers will be content, with the sound definition that these headphones provide. Their design is… Well, classic Void Pro.

They’re strange. Pretty strange. Some people like their design and others do not. I personally do. Before, not as much, but now that I have them and I’ve tried them out for a while, I’ve gotten used to their appearance. Honestly, I like them quite a bit.

I’m very content with them, and I use them all the time. One flaw I’ve noticed is that, they don’t adapt perfectly to the head, their grip is pretty weak, look. They’re loose, they’re always loose, okay? They don’t apply any presure on the head, they just lay on top of it. Part of the weight is supported on the top, while the rest is supported on the ears. But like I said, they don’t apply pressure, which makes them pretty loose.

If we move the head, they’ll fall, okay? I showed you that in a stream. Compared with others, they’re pretty loose. In the beginning, that worried me, I thought of it as a production flaw, but over time I’ve seen that… Well, it’s there for the sake of comfort.

When using them over long periods of time. If we use them to play for 9 hours, thanks to this design… While losing some grip, they’re very comfortable. Almost unnoticeable. The cushions also have microfiber.

Both on the upper part and the ear muffs. Which makes them very comfortable and breathable. For that reason, even if you wear them for 9 hours straight on a daily basis, which is what I’ve been doing recently, well… They are not uncomfortable or bothering at all. They don’t mess with your hair much either… Very good in that regard.

Another matter people usually worry about, when it comes to wireless headsets, is the microphone. But in my opinion it isn’t that important. The one these have is alright. “Hi, this is a sound test of the microphone of my new Corsair Void Pro.”

“See this?” “This microphone can be bent so it’s further, closer, or on the side.” “Can also be lifted.” “They also have some interesting features, such as” “this MUTE button right here.”

“MUTE ON” “Now it’s not muted.” “And when it-” “MUTE ON” “When it’s muted this LED turns on, which is neat.” “That way you know if you’re muted or not.” “MUTE ON” “When lifted, it’s muted automatically,” “so if you just want to watch a movie, listen to music, or whatever, just-” “MUTE ON” “And if someone calls you on Discord or whatever, you just gotta take it down.” It’s not a microphone I’d use while making a video for YT, it’s not a microphone I’d use to record a podcast, but it’s a microphone I actually use to speak in reunions, I make a lot of reunions via videoconference, I make several every day, and that’s why these headphones come in handy for me, just taking the microphone down activates it.

See? The microphone’s now active, if I lift it, then it gets muted, okay? This is very practical, in case I’m working, eating, or whatever, and if in any moment I need to enter a video call, or a Skype call, I can start speaking with a single move. That’s one of my favorite features. The posibility of turning them into headset, or just headphones by making this move. Other headphones opt by removing the microphone itself, and plugging it back whenever we need it.

But personally, this system is better, in my opinion. Then, we have the RGB. I think the RGB is unnecessary and absurd. The Corsair logos light up.

And it doesn’t add anything, really. The only practical use it has is to know if they’re on or not. You wouldn’t know if they’re on or off otherwise…

The microphone also has a little LED, thanks to which we know if it’s muted or not. In that regard, it has it’s uses, but nothing more than that. I guess… Everything nowadays is RGB by default. When it comes to materials used, they’re pretty good. The plastic has a very steady and nice finish. An aluminium part, with a lacquer finish.

And some parts are made of rubber. The quality is pretty high. For editing and other subjects, I’d rather use some specialized headphones. Because these really are good for gaming. And they have a lot of extra features, such as: the microphone, wireless connection, low latency, high battery duration, but all of that is, obviously, in exchange for other things, like I said earlier.

Do they use 7.1? They use 7.1. Have I tried it?

Yes, I have. Do I think it’s lame? Yes, I do. Perhaps you’ve watched my video about 7.1, where I explain, at a technical level, how virtual 7.1 technology actually works. And then, it’s up to you to decide if it’s worth it or not.

But for me, what this headphones have that’s really good, is that they aren’t really expensive. I’ve tried a lot of wireless headsets, and heasets with such features: low latency, high battery duration, and overall, the fast connectivity. Right? Just turn them on and you’re already listening to music.

To be honest, I’ve never seen that in any other headset of this kind, nor the feature of being able to use them while they charge. For their price, I think they’re some of the finest in the market, when it comes to wireless. The only flaw, for me, is that those features affect the sound quality. Tell me what you think about them, there are links in the description, in case you want to check them out on Amazon or PcComponentes. If you’ve enjoyed this video, feel free to leave a like, if you haven’t, feel free to leave a dislike, subscribe to my channel.

And see you in the next video.

Marvin Andrews