Corsair blew us away with their new Void gaming headsets, offering exceptional performance, comfort, style and very competitive prices that have made them an instant success with gamers around the world. Now Corsair is back again with their latest model, the Corsair Void Surround Hybrid Gaming Headset and if it’s anything like their Void USB Dolby 7.1 RGB, Void RGB Wireless 7.1 or their Void 3.5mm Stereo , we’re going to be in for a real treat with their latest.
“Enter the VOID—the innovative and exciting new family of advanced gaming headsets from Corsair. Whether you choose wireless, USB, or stereo powered audio gear, you will always be one step ahead of your enemies with fast forward design, spectacular fidelity, universal compatibility, and innovative on-headset controls – enabling you to command your gaming soundscape without hitting pause.” – Corsair
The Void Hybrid comes very well equipped, with a unique USB adapter system that allows it to work effortlessly on PC, Mobile, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, meaning it’s going to be a one-stop shop for all your gaming needs, at home, or on the go. Of course, you’ll also find the usual thrills from the Void headset, such as that comfortable microfiber padding, a noise-cancelling microphone, on-headset controls and more!
- Genuine Dolby 7.1: Treat yourself to 7.1 channels of accurate and immersive surround
- Universal Compatibility: The mobile-compatible connector works with PlayStation 4, Xbox One and mobile devices. The included USB Dolby 7.1 sound card unlocks genuine Dolby surround for PC
- Embark on Marathon Gaming Sessions: Microfiber-wrapped memory foam ear pads enable extended play
- Unlock legendary audio: Oversized 50mm neodymium drivers bring the action to life with brilliant range and precision
- Crystal Clear Voice Communication: The noise-canceling microphone on the VOID headset puts your voice in the spotlight—and nothing else
The packaging is nicely designed, keeping in theme with other Corsair Gaming hardware and the previous Void series headsets. On the front, we can see that it supports Dolby, Corsair Utility Engine, multiple devices and features 50mm drivers.
Around the back, a more detailed run down on how the headset can connect to multiple devices, as well as some information on the noise-cancelling microphone, format support, and on-headset controls.
In the box, you’ll find all the usual documentation as well as a simple quick start guide.
There’s a small USB dongle soundcard included, this isn’t needed for connecting to all devices, but as you can see, it takes a USB port and outputs it to a 3.5mm jack for the headset, and there’s a small LED indicator on there for the Dolby feature.
A Closer Look
The headset comes hard-wired with a good length and rubber coated 3.5mm cable. This means it can be directly connected to a PlayStation 4 controller, mobile device and well, anything that has a 3.5mm headphone jack. There’s a 4-pole connector too, so devices supporting a combination jack will also benefit from use of the microphone, such as consoles, mobiles, etc.
The black and red theme certainly stands out, and goes a little against the grain for Corsairs current crop of black and yellow, but I must admit that I do like this colour, although I have a black and red keyboard, mouse and mouse mat, so it looks good with my other hardware, your results will obviously vary.
The left ear cup has a hard-wired microphone, but don’t worry, if you don’t want to use it, it can be easily folded up out-of-the-way so it doesn’t bother you.
Pulling the microphone down to use it and adjusting it for the optimal speaking height is easily done, but one major difference here is that bend in the boom, that’s a permanent feature and allows the microphone to be in a more optimal speaking position; it looks a little odd, but if it improves performance, I’m all for it.
Down the side of the ear cup, you’ll find a master volume control wheel, as well as a microphone mute switch on the back of the ear cup. They’re pretty simple in terms of controls, but it’s everything you’ll need at your fingertips while gaming and they’re easy to locate without having to remove the headset and look for them.
The headband is nice and durable and features a large Corsair logo on the top, not that you can miss this addition of course.
The lining on the headband is nice and soft, featuring thick memory foam and a soft microfiber coating that’s going to prove very comfortable during those late into the night gaming sessions.
The fitting between the drivers and the headband is a cast metal bar which allows some pivot and rotation to allow for a comfortable fit.
It then joins to an extender that allows you to easily adjust the size of the headset, making it suitable for a wide range of users.
Both ear cups can be folded in 90-degree, allowing you to easily rest the headset around your neck between games.
And again, we’ve got even more of that premium grade padding on the ear cups, and it’s easily some of the most comfortable we’ve ever tested!
Settings up and configuring this headset couldn’t be easier, and the software is simple and intuitive. No matter what device you’re using, it’s easy enough to work out what you need to do, just plug in the dongle or the 3.5mm cable and you’re good to go.
Performance on this headset is quite simply amazing. That’s pretty much what I expected, given that the USB versions of the Void absolutely blew me away with their clarity and bass response, but the new model is just that little bit better in every single way. The low-end bass really booms through but manages to do so without making the headset sound unbalanced. There’s a really low-end here that brings out some fantastic detail in heavy music, action movies and, of course, gaming. The biggest impact here is the maximum volume, the new Void can really rock hard when pushed and it does so with zero distortion. Of course, we don’t advise you listen at max volume for long, as you’ll likely hurt your ears, but for those times when the source audio is quiet, you’ll be grateful for the extra boost it can provide.
The real star of the show here, however, is the Dolby and EQ features. They are without a doubt the best examples of surround sound processing I’ve heard on any headset, with no exceptions. Often you here a sort of audio artifacting or slightly off tones to the Dolby modes that just don’t sound quite right, but there’s none of that here. The effect gives you a huge soundscape and it seemingly doesn’t come at a cost of any of the audio range, bass or performance full stop.
The range of the EQ is impressive too, allowing full customisation of the settings, multiple profiles and even when pushed, the headset still doesn’t distort the audio. The FPS Competition and Movie Theater settings are certainly notable, bringing out the important details while playing Battlefield 4, or in the case of the movie one, making a ten-minute test on movies turn into me watching the whole of Interstellar again, it just sounds fantastic. Dialogue and musical scores are powerful and clear throughout, with plenty of “wow” factor to the more dramatic sound effects.
The microphone isn’t without its merits too, bright and clear audio, without picking up a lot of ambient noise or breathing, making it great for gaming and Skype. It works rather well through a mobile phone too, although it’s obviously a bit bigger than most mobile headsets, it’s still handy for answering a call if you’re listening to music on your phone. The same goes for the PlayStation and Xbox One features, just plug it in and you’re good to go, the only thing you don’t get is the full EQ control, but the performance is that well-rounded, it doesn’t really matter, you’ll be very happy with what you hear.
From taking it out of the box and testing it, we already knew that Corsair is onto a winning product here, but now is time for them to play their final card, the price. The Corsair Void Hybrid Surround is going to be priced at just £69.99, which makes a mockery in terms of performance of virtually everything else in this price range! To put the heat on the competition, Corsair is also launching with an introductory price of just £59.99 for the first two weeks. Put simply, at this price, if you buy any other headset for the same money, you must be crazy.
I think it’s safe to say that I’m a little bit in love with this headset. I knew if it was at least as good as the previous Void headsets, it would be walking away with my praise, but the fact that it beat my expectations just puts it on another level. To get this level of acoustic performance on a sub-£100 headset is just unreal and for Dolby processing that genuinely sounds great is a rare thing in this price category, so I’m more than a little puzzled as to how Corsair managed to achieve it.
When looking for a new headset, there are a lot of things on your checklist that you would no doubt like to see featured. Obviously, great acoustic performance should be the absolute number one. Heavy low-end bass capabilities, detailed mids and crystal-clear treble, all present and accounted for. The powerful maximum volume is certainly impressive, giving you as much thump as you want for all your movie, music and gaming needs.
While this is a “gaming” headset, it’s no better or worse at any one thing or the other. The powerful 50mm drivers, the easy to use EQ, the excellent Dolby processing and the clear microphone are all just as useful for a days work in the office, a night’s worth of gaming at home or an eSports tournament; it’s a solid all round performer at any task you need. Let’s not forget that it comes with the value for money bonus of being able to use it on multiple gaming devices and more, meaning you’ll only need a single headset for all your entertainment needs.
The build quality and design are superb, with incredibly comfortable padding on the headband and the ear cups. If I have one criticism it’s that I don’t see the red detailing being to everyone’s liking, but style is always a subjective thing and even if it was a different colour, that would still be true. Perhaps Corsair will launch other colours or an RGB equipped version in the future, anything is possible.
- Class-leading sound quality
- Dolby processing that actually works
- Fully customisable EQ
- Multi-format support
- Very competitive price
- Great quality microphone
- Comfortable fit
- Durable build quality
- Powerful maximum volume
- Black and red theme might not be idea for everyone
“Corsair is dominating the gaming headset market with their Void series. If there’s a better headset on the market right now for the same money or less, we haven’t heard it. Great build quality, audio performance and value for money are just some of the reasons you’ll want the Void Surround at the top of your shopping list.”
Thank you Corsair for providing us with this sample.