With games coming out with better and better sound engineering, with a good surround sound headset it would make a big difference if you can hear where the enemy is coming from. Especially in games like the Battlefield and Call of Duty series. Though, the problems with most headsets are the wires. Corsair hopes to address that, by giving you quality wireless gaming experience in the form of the Vengeance 2100.
1) Display and design Now Corsair’s legendary Vengeance series has been around and is one of the best headsets out there. The H2100 is an update on the 2000, so if you loved the original, Corsair has just made everything better by adopting a firm, “if it ain’t broke” stance. Though, gone is the superb brushed metal highlights. Adopting a black, with coloured highlights.
The Vengeance H2100 is extremely sturdy, with a metal spine underneath the headset holding the earcups together. Around the headband is plush cushioning, with the headband ending in rotatable hinges along with a slight pivot. So the earcup easily fits and conforms to your ear. The left earcup has a pull down microphone that can be easily tucked out of the way, also there is a large on and off button and below that is a volume control roller. The entire unit is made of tough materials, able to withstand a lot of punishment through rough use, this comes with a price though, the headset is not light. The unit has a rechargeable battery in built and can be recharged through a micro USB port, the same type of charger wire that comes with your phone. The on charge light is pretty cool, as it illuminates around the charger port.
The Vengeance H2100 is big and quite heavy. A lot heavier than the Vengeance 1500, which is understandable, as the housing does hold a lot more components. Including the heft of the battery. That said the weight does not cause any fatigue over long gaming or movie watching marathons. There is a slight amount of clamp, but that will go over a bit of time, as the metal headband conforms to your head.
In terms of comfort, the HyperX Cloud II has spoilt us and nothing comes close to their plush leatherette. It’s great that Corsair went with microfibre cloth earmuffs and the cushioning is quite soft, however, it’s nowhere near that of the Cloud’s memory foam. Nonetheless, the headphone is quite comfortable.
2) Performance The sound signature of H2100 is a bit different from most headphones. Corsair has focused on the soundstage more than anything. As a result the sound may come off as a bit hollow at first, but when in the game, the soundstage just magnifies. Giving you the feel of actual space. The sound is V shaped, with a nice warm bass signature and superb treble. You can control the sound through the EQ in the Corsair panel.
Gaming, the sound was absolutely perfect, the sound staging helped, and the 7.1 helped pinpoint enemies in close to medium quarters. While as explosions in the distance one can clearly judge roughly how far and in what direction.
Movies too were amazing. We watched a few trailers encoded with Dolby, and the effect was great. The H2100 has a superb Summer Hollywood Blockbuster feel to the sound. With cinematic explosions coming alive and the vocals too were clear.
Music was a mixed bag. Songs like Lean on from Major Lazer were crisp and clear, with defined mids. However, several bass heavy songs, saw the bass eat into the mids, and there were times the treble got slightly sharp. The soundstaging worked well when it came to progressive rock like Pink Floyd, giving their music breadth. While the headset can perform for music, it’s on the Movies and Gaming where it shines.
The mic was clear and the person on the other end could hear us clearly. The wireless quality was fantastic, and sitting back comfortably on the couch and playing games on the big screen HDTV was an experience of freedom, from annoying wires. Sadly it would have been a nice cherry on the H2100 cake if this headset would work on consoles such as the Playstation 4. Even an AUX option would have been great. That said, if you do hook your PC up to your HDTV, or are planning on building a HTPC gaming PC, this is the perfect choice.
3) Our Verdict The Corsair Vengeance H2100 is a superb headphone that brings surround sound wireless gaming audio to your living room. The unit is set to retail for less than $150, at approx. With the various online discounts it is a great price for a wireless headphone with 7.1 Dolby.