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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  • Armando Cerón

    Bought 5, sound quality and noice cancelling is good, but 4 of them just broke or got welding problems after 3 months of constant use. I would not recommend to buy this unless you are super carefull and have some electronics knowledge to repair them.

  • ReasonableConsumer

    Don’t listen to these chimps they know nothing about headsets and surround quality, the HS40 have real 7.1 wich for its price its surprising the sound quality its literally the best you can find for that price, some ignorants like Kiba Gonzalez that say ”it doesn’t work!” don’t know that you must first install the drivers first, it also would be a good ideia to configure it to your preferred settings before you start using them, IF it happens that your hs40 really doesn’t work just after buying them you should not worry because they have 1 year warranty and you can get a new one.

  • Kiba Gonzalez

    just bought them, plugged them in, they didnt work. dont buy this.

  • Helen

    There is a back ground noise that shouldn’t be there can I fix it

  • Cukumbermouth

    I have this headset and i have no regrets, i like it. Dont like sound quality? fix it up with the eq. the virtual surround is good for gaming i use it for bf 4 and it makes the game more immersive

    • Christopher George

      does it require the corsair software to work or will it work right out of the box?

      • David Yee

        The HS30 is analog and will work right out of the box.

        The HS40 is USB and technically works right of out of the box after the plug-and-play driver is loaded.

        • Christopher George

          That’s what I figured just wanted to make sure.

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  • madlamb

    Does it works for ps3?

  • 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.

    Not Pound land Manager

  • Not happy

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