CORSAIR HS80 RGB WIRELESS Gaming Headset Review

👤by Tim Harmer Comments 📅19-08-21
Technical Specifications

Audio Driver: Custom 50mm Neodymium
Frequency Response: 10Hz - 40kHz
Impedance: 32 Ohms @ 2.5kHz
Sensitivity: 109 dB (+- 3dB)

Wireless Frequency: 2.4GHz
Wireless Range: up to 60 feet (20 metres)
Battery Life: up to 20 hrs

Mic Type: Omni-directional broadcast-grade (integrated)
Mic Impedance: 2.2k Ohms
Mic Freq. Response: 100Hz - 10kHz
Mic Sensitivity: -40dB (+- 3dB)

Dimensions: 205mm x 97mm x 183mm
Weight: 367g
Warranty: 2 years

Cable: 2m USB Type-A to Type-C

The HS80 RGB WIRELESS leverages CORSAIRs Slipstream wireless technology, allowing communication between PC and headset to intelligently jump between 2.4GHz wireless channels and find the optimum available. Slipstream is a low-latency protocol which, when measured with compatible CORSAIR mice, averaged just 867 microseconds.

The supplied HS80 wireless receiver can also operate in Multipoint mode, connecting to other compatible Slipstream peripherals to minimise the number of occupied USB ports.

Dual Mode

The HS80 can operate in wired mode when connected to the supplied USB cable. Ostensibly used for charging, the cable will also carry signalling and fully unlock support for High-Fidelity 24bit/96kHz Sound. In wireless mode the HS80 is limited to 24-bit 48kHz audio (defined as 'Studio Quality' by the Windows OS).

Integrated Microphone

In a departure from previous high-end HS-series headsets Corsair have opted to integrate the microphone into the headset rather than engineer it to be detachable. The microphone is automatically muted when the pivoting arm is in an upright position, and its status is indicated by a red LED ring on its tip.

The microphone is omnidirectional and so will pick out sound from around your workspace including keystrokes and mouse clicks.

Dolby Atmos

Dolby Atmos is Dolby's newest spacial audio virtualisation technology. Its chief innovation is in adding height channels that allows greater vertical separation between sounds and defining individual sounds as 3D objects. Initially developed for commercial cinemas, its adoption for the consumer market has driven the sale of up-firing speakers and other tools that give vertical audio channels.

Authoring tools created for the protocol provide content creators with the tools to define a sound landscape in a more precise manner, while a series of algorithmic processes create more accurate sound-stages for the humble stereo headset or more high-end home surround system. The technology is licenced to speaker, cinema receiver and preamp manufacturers, and multiple home set-top boxes such as the AppleTV also support the tech; this hardware then mixes the audio stream into a form suitable for the speaker configuration being used.

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