Reviews by Topic

Our analysis shows how reviewers feel about different topics. Please note these are not full reviews.

Comfort

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

I think the earpads are a downgrade from the wired version, but aside from that it's been like my ideal headset. It's still comfy, but not as comfy as the wired Alphas. Replaceable earpads like Wicked cushions worked and fit for me and are a big improvement over the default. The headband extension is about the same as the wired Alphas

Negative
Razgriz1223
3 months ago

Power Acoustik HP-902RFT

(1/3)

.+ pair I have are the best sound, med range and not as comfortable for all day wear as these are. Hope this helps.

Positive
Stephen C. Zoeller
4 years ago

Battery Life

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

The battery icon changes based on integer percentages (90%, but no 90.1%). The 300 hour battery claim seems to be accurate so far. Also the power button on the headset that tells the battery only updates every 10%, so it'll only tell 100%, 90%, 80%, and so on

Positive
Razgriz1223
3 months ago

Power Acoustik HP-902RFT

(1/2)

You might consider purchasing a rechargeable battery system. She tells me that she watches about 3 hours a day of TV with the headphones, and has to swap batteries (4-AAA's) about every 10-to-14 days. Besides the high power drain—and that happens even if you turn off the headphones after using them—she is really pleased with the sound quality, and can adjust the volume as she watches the TV. She's had this for a year, and is pleased

Positive
MikeK***m
4 years ago

Fit

Corsair HS80

(1/4)

Replaceable earpads like Wicked cushions worked and fit for me and are a big improvement over the default. The headband extension is about the same as the wired Alphas.

Positive
Razgriz1223
3 months ago

Power Acoustik HP-902RFT

(1/4)

The plastic build feels cheaper, the headphones are less comfortable to wear, and the boosted upper mids and jagged highs caused hissing in some dialogue.Sony WH-L600: The WH-L600 is expensive, retailing at around $300 as of May 2021, but it was the only system we tested that has an HDMI input and supports surround sound. However, it has a creaky chassis and subpar controls. The volume buttons on the headphones themselves are difficult to feel, and it’s hard to tell what mode you have the headphones in

Negative
4 months ago

Sound Quality

Corsair HS80

(1/3)

Corsair impressed me last year with its $150 HS75 XB Wireless, an Xbox-exclusive wireless headset that looked and felt more like a high-end set of headphones than a gaming accessory. They also had great sound quality and an easy-to-learn button layout with the right amount of features. It wasn’t necessarily a flaw that they only worked with Xbox consoles, but no one likes to be excluded. The company has now released the HS80 RGB Wireless for the same $150 price with PlayStation compatibility, but these aren’t quite the successor that I was expecting or hoping for

Positive
Cameron Faulkner
4 months ago

Power Acoustik HP-902RFT

(1/5)

Here are some recently tested models that may still be available.Avantree HT41899: This is a solid system, and it comes with two pairs of comfortable headphones and a small transmitter that is easy to set up. But it’s not cheap, retailing at around $170 at the time of our testing. While the HT41899 sounds pretty good for a Bluetooth system, we measured greater latency (35 ms), and our tests did show a big frequency drop in the upper lows

Positive
4 months ago

Durability

Corsair HS80

(1/2)

I love my Razer Nari for it and I detest Razer devices (especially mice) and software. Honestly I'm bouncing between a few old ones seeing which feels the best. As for which: Astro A40TR (as I recently found my old pair and they still work 5 years later), Razer Nari (for the flex band and earcups), and the Virtuoso for it's connectivity to my RGB setup. Two of those are wireless because I prefer that, however I like the mixamp from Astro enough to forego that

Positive
Mike S.
10 months ago

Power Acoustik HP-902RFT

(1/2)

I purchased these for my elderly parents and the side panels popped off after less than 5 months of use. I contacted Power Acoustik for help/repair and they told me that anything purchased through Amazon is not under warranty (which is stated on their website, but non-obvious when you're buying it on Amazon). Amazon was nice enough to help me with a return after a bit of run around, but buyer beware - questionable quality and no help if it breaks. Aside from that, the sound is reasonably good and it eats through batteries very quickly

Negative
Amazon Customer
6 years ago

Noise Cancellation

Power Acoustik HP-902RFT

(1/2)

And even better---Good Sound, plus you can't bother the kids or your wife and heaven knows, you can't hear them!

Positive
mparsont
6 years ago

Price Point

Corsair HS80

(1/1)

I really wanted to like them, but for $150, I personally don’t think it’s worth it with all the downsides. If it was priced around $100, I might have kept them.

Negative
Rob
10 months ago

Power Acoustik HP-902RFT

(1/2)

It just isn’t worth the price tag.Nena FarrellUpdates WriterNena Farrell is an updates writer at Wirecutter covering audio/visual and smart-home gear. She previously wrote about technology and home design for Sunset. Her smart light bulbs used to make her apartment look like a disco club, but she’s probably classier than that now

Negative
4 months ago