Corsair HS55 Stereo: two minute review
The Corsair HS55 Stereo Gaming Headset is a good wired gaming headset for the price. It lacks the visual flair of other gaming headsets, but it’s a solid, no-nonsense device that offers clear audio response through its 50mm Neodymium drivers.
The headset microphone has an omnidirectional polar pattern that allows excellent voice recording. The headset’s audio and microphone have been tested very well in various applications, from online games (such as Counter-Strike) to voice chat (such as Zoom), making it highly versatile.
Corsair has put a lot of thought into the construction of the headset. It’s one of the most comfortable wired headsets we’ve tried and it’s made of high-quality material so it’s plenty durable. Combining memory foam with synthetic leather, the ear cushions sit securely over the user’s ears without being noticeably tight.
The HS55 Stereo comes complete with an adapter/headphone splitter that splits a “3 ring” balanced audio/microphone signal (which is the standard on modern gaming headsets) into two separate audio/speaker and microphone 3.5mm input jacks intended for use on older computers , which we certainly appreciate.
Overall, the Corsair HS55 Stereo is one of the best PC gaming headsets in this price range, but the price is still on the high side, so you might find an equally good competitor for a lower price.
Corsair HS55 Stereo: Price and Availability
- How much is it? MSRP is $59 / £49 / AU$89
- When can you get it? The Corsair HS55 Stereo is now available.
- Where can you buy it? You can get it in US, UK and Australia
The Corsair HS55 Stereo Gaming Headset is available now on the Corsair website and other mainstream retailers. It’s a fantastic headset in a very competitive field, and the main problem with the price is that there are other stereo gaming headsets that offer similar performance and features for a lower price tag.
And if you’re willing to spend a little more, you can get a headset that offers haptics or even surround sound, such as the Corsair HS60 Surround gaming headset sold for a little more on the Corsair website.
So it’s not that the Corsair HS55 Stereo is necessarily too expensive, but you really have to want the quality of the headset more than the affordability. If you’re looking for the cheapest gaming headset in its class, it probably isn’t the HS55 Stereo.
Corsair HS55 Stereo: Design
- Excellent comfort
- Adjustable microphone
The Corsair HS55 Stereo Gaming Headset features a redesigned lightweight frame that has been reinforced through the use of durable material in its construction. Memory foam pads and synthetic leather padding adhere to the earcups and provide comfort to the user for many hours of gaming.
The omnidirectional microphone is attached to a flexible arm on the left earcup, and the arm can be raised and lowered for use, also muting and unmuting the microphone. However, the microphone is not detachable.
The cable is about six feet long, which is enough for most people to use comfortably. Anyone who cracks his friends online has enough freedom of movement. There are no wireless options on the headset, so this is strictly a wired affair.
Corsair HS55 Stereo: Features
- The headset volume control is made easy to use
- Headset splitter/adapter allows the HS55 to work easily on older computers
In addition to the flexible microphone boom, the left earcup has a built-in volume wheel on the back that allows users to make quick adjustments without putting down their controller.
The mic has an omnidirectional polar pattern with a solid frequency response, and while the mic is omnidirectional, the placement of the mic capsule on the boom arm facing the mic faces the user so it doesn’t pick up too much extraneous sound (like keystrokes).
Corsair HS55 Stereo Key specs
drivers: Custom 50mm Neodymium
Microphone Polar Patterns: Omni-directional
Compatibility: Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, PS5, PS4, XBox Series X|S, XBox One, Nintendo Switch
Weight: 273 grams
cord length: Approx. 6 feet
Color: Carbon or White/Gray
The headset comes with an adapter/headphone splitter that splits a 3-ring audio microphone signal (which is the standard on modern gaming headsets) into two separate audio/speaker and microphone signals, making it compatible with older machines with separate ports for headphones and microphones .
This adapter gives the Corsair HS55 Stereo the flexibility to use on older machines, which you can’t say about many modern headsets. This isn’t much of an issue, as most gamers won’t be gaming on an old Compaq desktop, but it’s a pleasant surprise to see Corsair put in the extra effort here.
Corsair HS65 Surround: Performance
- Audio drivers deliver great sound quality
- Strong bass response, maybe a little too strong
- Great microphone performance
Featuring 50mm Neodymium audio drivers with a frequency response of 20Hz to 20kHz, the average gamer will seriously appreciate the sound of the Corsair HS55 Stereo Gaming Headset.
Those 50mm Neodymium audio drivers really make games come to life, with every explosion or hit having a really robust sound. If there’s any criticism we have of the performance of the Corsair HS55 Stereo, it’s that the bass response can be a little strong. You may not hear it in your Discord or FaceTime chat, but the problem is most noticeable with casual listening.
Songs and movies that normally sound great may sound out of balance because the audio drivers are pushing the bass harder than usual. This might be great for gaming, but the bass in Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” was more accentuated so that the bass seemed just as striking as the vocals.
Since there’s no way to adjust the EQ settings on the headset itself, you’ll be left with music that sounds slightly off-balance unless you run it through a third-party equalizer. Obviously, this particular criticism is a matter of taste. When you bang Future’s “Puffin on Zootiez” or Kendrick Lamar’s “N95” (where the bass needs to be boosted), the HS55 Stereo sounds absolutely amazing.
Video conferencing and voice chat performance with apps like Discord, Zoom, Teams or FaceTime is excellent, and while Corsair isn’t promoting the HS55 Stereo as a video conferencing solution, colleagues and friends will hear you loud and clear.
So while the Corsair HS55 Stereo is a bit on the pricier side, it delivers excellent performance across the spectrum, so it’s well worth a look if price isn’t your main concern.