Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40 Gaming Headsets Reviewed

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Corsair Raptor HS40 Exclusive Features and Software

Unlike the analog HS30, the Raptor HS40 requires an internet connection to download its driver software as the package does not include a driver CD. The HS40 Headset Control can be downloaded from the Raptor HS40 product page on Corsair’s website. The USB interface powers and directs data to an audio processor built into the headset inline controller. This potentially grants access to advanced audio codecs normally not found in integrated audio. Emulated 7.1 surround sound in particular is one of the HS40’s signature features, though unlike the USB connected Vengeance headsets, the HS40 is not serviced by Dolby Headphone, but instead by C-Media Xear.

The HS40 Headset Control Panel has the same three functions as the Vengeance headset driver software: volume control for system volume and microphone, graphic equalizer, and virtual surround sound settings. The HS40 preset equalizer settings are tuned specifically for the HS40 and are not the same as the preset settings in the Vengeance software.Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40

Clicking the blue Bypass button on the top left triggers virtual 7.1 surround sound. Additionally, the Xear Surround Headphone logo on the bottom right lights up.Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40

The surround setting changes the emulated distance of the point sources with Studio being the closest and Hall being the farthest.Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40 Corsair Raptor HS30 and HS40

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  • Wolf

    Have you tried testing the playback quality without Xear activated? bypassing Xear for me brightened up music or any audio. With Xear on i found them extreamly muddy and bland.

    • David Yee

      Yes. Sound quality is lost when processing virtual surround through Xear and Dolby Headphone (latter is used with the Vengeance headsets.) I prefer to let the game engine handle the positional audio.

  • Not Pound Land Manager

    ~Dear Not Happy mr Nappy.

    Pound Land Doesnt Make Headsets. They Buy Generic Headsets From Other Companies And Sell It.

    Regards
    Not Pound land Manager

  • Not happy

    PoundLand makes better headset than this.. Mic only kinda works if you gaffa tape it to your face