In order to really convince a headset doesn’t just have to be comfortable, what’s most important is how it sounds. To test the VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming we’ve been listening to music, playing games and watching movies. Since Corsair equipped this headset with big, enclosing and cloth padded ear cups there is some passive noise cancelling but you can still hear ambient noise or other people talking next to you pretty well. If you’re looking for a headset with more effective passive noise cancelling, we’d recommend ones, which ship with leatherette ear pads.
If you take the Corsair VOID Surround Hybrid Stereo Gaming headset out of the box and connect it to your PC without optimizing the sound at all then the soundscape is surprisingly flat. Neither the heights, the mids nor the depths show a convincing presence which is rather disillusioning. Since Corsair is using 50mm drivers on this headset we’re assuming that a software equalizer should greatly help improving sound characteristics. In order to really help this headset perform better we’ve used a software equalizer called “Hear”. This equalizer allows very fine adjustments and allows to drastically improve sound quality. We were quite surprised to see that we had to boost the frequency range from 8KHz upwards by no less than 8dB in order to realize heights which sound clear and almost crisp. In order to realize decent bass, that packs a little punch we had to boost the frequencies between 20Hz and 200Hz between +1 and +6dB. But even after all these optimizations the sound stage wasn’t as colorful as we expected it to be.
The microphone on this headset is average and the design is good. As you can see from the pictures there is a small button on the left ear cup, which is easily accessible and allows you to mute the microphone. The VOID is capable of making your voice sound clear and well understandable talking over TeamSpeak or Skype. We also like the fact that the microphone arm is bendable.