|Corsair CA-HS1NA USB Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Joey Peng|
|Wednesday, 09 February 2011|
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Corsair HS1NA Headset Software
Like the headset, the HS1NA software focuses mostly on functionality over design. The interface for the Corsair HS1NA software is very bland and a bit too involved. That's not too say the functionality that came with the software is overly complex, it's just that after a while you realize as you switch from music to movies to games to voice chat, you're constantly adjusting the software settings to get optimal results.
For example the main page of the HS1NA software allows users to adjust between different input channels (2.1, 4.0, 5.1, and 7.1), and listening modes (Dolby Logic IIz, 7.1 virtual surround sound). They give a list of suggestions and expect the users to choose the system input correctly. Much of that should instead be automated. Since music is mostly stereo and many games implement 7.1 surround sound, it makes sense to automatically adjust input channels when certain media is being played.
Of course purely in terms of functionality everything is there. Individual sound channels can be repositioned and volumes changed thanks to Corsair's 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter. Dolby Headphone technology can also be turned off completely if you want a normal stereo headset experience.
The software also includes basic headset mic volume settings. Here users can adjust mic volume relative to speaker volume, and change voice playback options.
Corsair's goal is to have users be able to listen to sound the way it was meant to be heard. Having said that, by default the HS1NA comes with no extra bass, surprising because a solid bass sounds great on the 50mm drivers. Luckily the built-in equalizer can be used to adjust the sound to your liking. Corsair also included some basic environment sound effects, which I don't find particularly useful but can be fun to play with.
Corsair also included some cool extras in the software. On the voice effects page there's some interesting features, including voice morphing (monster, cartoon, male, and female voices). Key shifting is also present for Karaoke lovers. My favorite however is the voice cancellation option, which works extremely well. Essentially you can play any song, turn on voice cancellation and (at the sacrifice of some music quality of course) the software will strip out all vocals from the audio track. This even works for movies.
The Corsair HS1NA USB Headset comes with functionally abundant software. They even include some interesting features unseen in other headsets. However the lack of automatically switching audio modes makes it difficult to maintain optimal settings.