My impression of the Vengeance 1500 (V2) has changed considerably over the many weeks I’ve been wearing and listening with it. Had I wrote this review much sooner, I would have hammered on about how uncomfortable this headset was to wear. That was previously my biggest criticism of the Vengeance 1400, but even that headset has now loosened and the clamping force is now very acceptable. The only comfort concern that remains is the bulky weight of both these sister headsets.
Sound quality is good and it’s sure to satisfy a wide variety of listeners. Audio detail is nowhere as good as most competing dedicated music headphones, but the Vengeance 1500 (V2) is more than competent and it packs a rotating microphone that has some of the best recording quality we’ve heard from a gaming headset. Music and movie listeners should have few complaints with most songs. Strong bass and treble give energy to songs and film. However, genres that rely on a more natural sound signature such as orchestra tracks were spoiled by the large bass presence. Most video games sounded fine, but gamers who take the pickiest interest in realistic combat sounds, particularly in the fantasy or historical setting, may want to look for another headset or headphone.
The Corsair Vengeance 1500 (V2) is by and far not our favorite $99 headset, but it’s a very capable headset that passes in every regard. We can’t evaluate the long-term reliability of the Vengeance 1500 (V2) which was a complaint from dissatisfied Vengeance 1500 (V1) owners with broken headsets, but improvements to the mechanical durability are apparent in the new design. Right now the Corsair Vengeance 1500 (V2) is $97.53 shipped, but did see this model selling for $69.99 during holiday sales. If you can grab this headset in the $70 or under price range, it is certainly worth its cost. After a very aggressive break in to loosen the headband clamping force and long burn ins, the Corsair Vengeance 1500 (V2) earns a recommendation for its comfort and good sound.
Legit Bottom Line: The Vengeance 1500 (V2) took a long time to get used to, but the comfort and characteristic sound make this a solid gaming headset.