Corsair HS60 Headphones Review

Updated Sep 28, 2018 at 10:31 am
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Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.3
Mixed Usage
7.6
Neutral Sound
5.6
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.2
Office
6.0
Wireless Gaming
7.8
Wired Gaming
6.8
Phone Call
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Corsair HS60 are above-average gaming headphones, with a good sound for critical listening. They also have a simple yet sturdy and premium-looking design that will work for most. They're also comfortable, well-built and have a good detachable boom mic. They're a wired headset, which means they have console support when plugged into the PS4 or Xbox One controllers and no latency when gaming. Unfortunately, they do not have a detachable cable, and they're not as suitable for outdoor use as some of the other gaming headphones we've tested.

Our Verdict

6.3 Mixed Usage

Average for mixed usage. The Corsair HS60 are gaming headphones with a simple and well-built design that's suitable for outdoor use. They won't be the ideal option for more noisy environments like when commuting, but they have an above average sound, a good build quality, and a comfortable over-ear fit. Also, they have a good microphone and since they're wired, they have very negligible latency which makes them suitable for gaming and watching videos.

7.6 Neutral Sound

Good for neutral listening. The Corsair HS60 have a well-balanced sound that delivers a good bass, a great mid-range and satisfying treble reproduction. The bass tends to be a bit boomy overall, the mid-range is slightly recessed which may push some instrument and vocals to the back of the mix, and treble can sound slightly sharp on some tracks. However, they sound good enough for most listeners and even have a decent soundstage for a closed back headphone. They won't be the perfect option for neutral listeners but they deliver a good sound that should please most.

See our Neutral Sound recommendations
5.6 Commute/Travel

Below average for commuting. They have an outdoor-friendly design with a detachable mic, a good build quality, and a comfortable design. However, they do not block enough noise to be ideal to use on public transit.

See our Commute/Travel recommendations
6.0 Sports/Fitness

Mediocre for sports. Although the HS60 are a bit more stable than typical gaming headsets, they do not have a detachable cable, they're still a bit too bulky and unstable for high-intensity sports and they do not have a control scheme for mobile devices.

See our Sports/Fitness recommendations
6.2 Office

Average-at-best for office use. They do not block a lot of noise so you will still be able to hear the ambient chatter if you're not playing any music. They also leak a bit at high volumes which may be distracting to the people around you.

See our Office recommendations
6.0 Wireless Gaming

Above-average for gaming. The Corsair HS60 have a low latency, wired, USB connection, a decently well-balanced audio reproduction, and a good noise filtering mic. They're comfortable enough to wear for a long gaming session and have decent app support on PC. Unfortunately, they do not have the most breathable design, their USB adapter will not work for Xbox and their app is passive so you can't save any presets to the headphone.

See our Wireless Gaming recommendations
7.8 Wired Gaming
6.8 Phone Call
  • 6.3 Mixed Usage
  • 7.6 Neutral Sound
  • 5.6 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.2 Office
  • 6.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.8 Wired Gaming
  • 6.8 Phone Call
Pros
  • Good sound.
  • Great build quality and cool design.
Cons
  • Slightly bulky and cumbersome.
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bass delivery varies noticeably across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.
  2. Update 11/6/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.

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Test Results

Design
Design
Style

The Corsair HS60 have a straightforward, over-ear gaming headset design, that looks great and feels decently premium, especially for their price. They do not come in flashy color schemes like most gaming headphones, they also do not have any RGB, LED lighting since they are completely passive. On the upside, they have a classy look and feel with a heavily padded headband, that has a stitch-like pattern on the padding that looks great. The headband has a metal frame, and yokes are also metal and somewhat reminiscent of the HyperX Cloud II's design. The ear cups are relatively flat and low profile, and they have metal grills that make the cups look somewhat like an open-back design, but they are still closed-back headphones. The HS60, like most gaming headsets, are a little too bulky for outdoor use, but the understated and high-end look and feel of these headphones will work for most.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The Corsair HS 60 are comfortable gaming headphones. They have a well-padded headband that doesn't feel too tight on the head, and the ear cups are large and will easily fit around most ears. The cups are also well padded although not as much as the headband. Unfortunately, the swiveling joints/hinges do not have a wide angle of motion much so these headphones will still give you a slight clamping sensation over time. On the upside, they are still comfortable enough to wear for long gaming marathons without much pain, soreness, or fatigue.

6.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Yes
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control N/A
Talk-Through
N/A
Additional Buttons No

The Corsair HS60 have a simple gaming control scheme. They have a volume dial on the left ear cup, and a mute button to enable and disable the boom mic. Unfortunately, they do not have a channel mixing dial or a cable with an in-line remote for use with your phone which is a little disappointing. On the upside, the controls are all very easy to use and deliver good tactile feedback.

6.5
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 5.6 C

These headphones will make your ears fairly warm during long listening sessions and would not be suitable for more intense workouts. They have a closed back over-ear design that fully encapsulates the ears and obstructs airflow. Unfortunately, they do not come with more breathable pads like the Logitech G433 or the Astro A50. They won't be ideal if you often have long uninterrupted gaming sessions, but they should be okay if you take a couple of breaks from time to time.

5.7
Design
Portability
L 7 "
W 5.8 "
H 3.6 "
Volume 146 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required N/A

The Corsair HS60, like most gaming headphones, are not very portable headphones. They have fairly large ear cups and do not fold which makes them less portable than some of the other over-ears we've tested. They will be a hassle to carry around on your person without a bag.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones do not come with a case or pouch.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Corsair HS60 are well-built gaming headphones with a simple and efficient design. They have a thick and well-padded headband and metal frame for the hinges and yokes that feels very durable. The ear cups are dense and have metal grills that make them look somewhat like open headphones but it's more for aesthetic purpose. On the upside, the grills are well-built and feel sturdy enough that they won't break from a couple of accidental drops. However, the swiveling hinges, where the ear cups meet the metal frame of the headband, is somewhat thin and does not have a wide range of motion, which would be the most susceptible part of the HS60's design. Overall, these headphones are easily as well designed as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested, like the HyperX Cloud Alpha.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are surprisingly stable but unfortunately, do not have a detachable cable. This means that if the cable gets hooked to your desk chair while you're gaming, it may yank the headphones off your ears, which is not ideal and might damage the headphones in the long run. On the upside, they're stable enough for most casual activities, despite their bulky design. The ear cups do not protrude much, their fit is just tight enough to stay on your head, and the swiveling hinges do not have the widest range of motion so the headphones will stay in place even when jogging. However, since they are not sports-oriented headphones, they will still occasionally slip off if you tilt your head too far back, but it's not a big deal for especially for the gaming use case.

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In The Box

  • Corsair HS60 Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.54 db
Treble Amount
-0.41 db
6.5
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.74 dB

The frequency response consistency is about average. Depending on the shape and size of your head, and whether you wear glasses, their bass delivery varies noticeably across different users by as much as 5dB at 100Hz, which is noticeable. Their treble delivery, however, is pretty consistent across multiple re-seats, which is good.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.65 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10 Hz
Low-Bass
1.44 dB
Mid-Bass
3.36 dB
High-Bass
3.02 dB

The Corsair HS60 have a very good bass. LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music and sound effects is within 1dB of our neutral target. Mid-bass, responsible for the body of bass guitars and the punch of kick drums in hyped by more than 3dB. High-bass, responsible for warmth, is overemphasized by 3dB. Overall, the bass of the Corsair is deep and punchy, but a little hyped.

Also, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.07 dB
Low-Mid
-1.87 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.59 dB
High-Mid
-2.34 dB

The mid-range is great. The response throughout the range is flat and even, but slightly underemphasized. This results in a clear and well-balanced reproduction of vocals and lead instruments.

7.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.59 dB
Low-Treble
-1.92 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.33 dB
High-Treble
-1.13 dB

The Corsair HS60 have a good treble range performance. Low-treble is well-balanced and even with a dip around 4KHz, but it won't be very noticeable due to the narrow and shallow range of it. Mid-treble, which is mostly responsible for sharp sounds like S and Ts (sibilances) is rather uneven but decently balanced. This means that depending on their frequency, some of the sibilances will be underemphasized and some other will be overemphasized.

7.1
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.93 db
Dips
1.31 db
8.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.28
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.72
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.58
Weighted Phase Mismatch
3.69

The imaging is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.28, which is within very good limits. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensure a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were very well-matched. This is important for the accurate localization and placement of objects (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo image.

6.4
Sound
Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.21 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
6.12 dB
PRTF Distance
9.5 dB
Openness
6.3
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.9

The Corsair HS60 have a mediocre soundstage. The PRTF graph shows a decent amount of pinna interaction and activation, however, the accuracy of the activation is low. Also, there is not a notch present at the 10KHz region either. This, and the closed-back design of these headphones, results in a soundstage that may be perceived as small and located inside the listener's head.

8.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.181
WHD @ 100
0.069
Isolation
3.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-10.54 dB
Bass
-0.57 dB
Mid
-2.32 dB
Treble
-28.5 dB

The Corsair HS60 have a sub-par isolation performance. These over-ear headphones don't have active noise cancellation (ANC), and therefore don't provide any isolation in the bass range. This means they will let in all the low rumbling noises of airplane and bus engines. Also, in the mid-range, important for blocking out speech they achieve less than 3dB of isolation, which is inadequate. In the treble range, occupied by air conditioning noise and sharp sounds like S and Ts, they provide 29dB of isolation, which is above-average.

6.1
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
44.74 dB

The leakage performance of the HS60 is mediocre. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 400Hz and 5KHz, which is a relatively broad range. This results in a leakage that is fuller sounding than that of in-ears and earbuds. The overall level of the leakage is not very loud though. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 45dB SPL and peaks at 55dB SPL, which is just above the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes

The boom mic of the Corsair HS60 has an above-average quality. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic sounds noticeably thin and bright, but quite clear and easily intelligible. In noisy situations, this microphone is able to fully separate speech from background noise in very loud environments like a game competition, but may struggle a bit in extreme situations.

7.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
522.85 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
3.11 dB
HFE
10693.36 Hz
Weighted THD
0.217
Gain
31.03 dB

The recording quality of HS60's microphone is decent. The LFE of 523Hz results in a recorded/transmitted speech that sounds noticeably thin. The HFE of 10KHz is quite good and means speech will be intelligible and detailed. The response between the LFE and HFE points is decent, but it'll sound a bit too bright because of the overemphasis in the treble range.

8.0
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
28.64 dB

The boom microphone of the HS60 is great at noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 29dB in our SpNR test. This means it is able to fully separate speech from ambient noise in most environments. However, they may struggle a little bit is extremely loud places like a loud subway station.

Active Features
N/A
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
N/A
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power Saving Feature
N/A
Audio While Charging
N/A
Passive Playback
N/A
Charging Port N/A

These headphones are passive and have no battery life.

7.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Corsair Utility Engine
iOS N/A
Android N/A
macOS No
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
N/A
Mic Control Yes
Room effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Sound Yes

The Corsair Utility Engine (now iCUE) offers different options depending on the headphone. With the HS60, you get a good graphic equalizer as well as mic control and a simple surround sound option. You can choose between preset EQ or make your own, however, since the headphones are passive they will not keep your settings if you connect them to a different device except your PC. Also, you have to plug them into your PC with the USB adapter to use the software. If you don't mind much for customization and the EQ, you can look at the Corsair HS50, which is the non-USB, cheaper variant of the HS60.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
N/A
NFC Pairing
N/A
Line of Sight Range
N/A
Default Latency
N/A
aptX Latency
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

The wired analog and USB connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.4
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
Yes
Detachable No
Length 5.9 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
3 ms

The Corsair HS60 have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox One or PS4 controllers. They also come with a USB adapter for PCs that gives them access to a better surround sound and also works with the PS4 but not the Xbox One (see our recommendations for the best Xbox One headsets). However, the default 1/8" TRRS cable will work with both consoles.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No
Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Wireless
No
0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wired USB Dongle
USB Input
N/A
Line In
Line Out
N/A
Optical Input
N/A
RCA Input
N/A
Dock Charging
N/A
Power Supply
N/A

This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.

Compared to other headphones

Comparison picture

The Corsair HS60 are above average gaming headphones with a good build quality and a simple classy looking design. They also have a well-balanced sound and a comfortable over-ear fit that make them a good option for critical listening. They have a casual design you can use outdoors however compared to some of the gaming headphones below, they're a bit more cumbersome and the lack of a detachable cable make them less stable overall. On the upside, their understated look and sturdy build quality make them stand out especially considering their price. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets for PC, the best gaming headsets under $50 and the best over-ear headphones under $50.

Corsair HS50
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The Corsair HS50 and Corsair HS60 are basically the same headset, but the HS60 come with a USB adapter for you to use the Corsair iCUE software on PC. If you are a console gamer, save a few bucks and grab the HS50, but if you are playing on PC, the customization available on the app might be worth the extra few dollars.

HyperX Cloud Stinger
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The Corsair HS60 are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They are noticeably better-built with high-end materials that don’t feel as plasticky as the Stinger. They also have a companion app that allows a bit of customization thanks to an EQ. On the other hand, the Cloud Stinger has a better-performing microphone than that of the HS60.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
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The HyperX Cloud II are better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS60. The HyperX are more comfortable and slightly better-built. They also have a much better microphone, a better control scheme, and come with more accessories than the HS60 like a carrying pouch, an airline adapter, and extra pads. On the other hand, the HS60 sounds a lot better balanced than the HyperX. The Corsairs also benefit from the iCUE software supports which gives them a bit more customization options than the HyperX.

Corsair HS70 Wireless
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The Corsair HS70 Wireless is the wireless variant of the Corsair HS60, so these two headsets are very similar. Both have the same durable design, but the HS70 seems to have slightly better audio reproduction. However, the HS60 is more versatile, since they can be used wired with any device, while you’ll need the USB dongle to make the HS70 work, which means you can’t use it with your phone and it doesn’t work with Xbox.

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset
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The Logitech G433 are overall better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS60. The Logitech have more connection options than the Corsair and come with a mobile-friendly cable that will work with your phone. They also come with more accessories than the HS60, like extra ear cup pads and detachable cables. They have a slightly better sound than the Corsair but are also a bit less consistent, so they won't sound the same on all users. On the other hand, the Corsair HS60 have much better build quality than the G433. They also have a more consistent sound, which means they will sound a lot better overall for most.

Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless
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The Corsair HS60 are slightly better gaming headphones than the Corsair Void RGB since they have a wired connection that will work with your consoles and PC. However, if you prefer the convenient range of a wireless headset, then the Corsair Void are a good choice. The HS60 have a better build quality than the Void. They also have a wired and causal design that you can use outdoors, unlike the Void which do not come with a cable or have a detachable boom mic. The HS60 also have a better default sound. On the other hand, the Void have a much better range than the HS60, so you can game from your couch with the PS4 but unfortunately not with the Xbox One. They also have a better mic for voice chat and a slightly better control scheme overall.

Turtle Beach Recon 200
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The Corsair HS60 is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. The Corsair is surprisingly well-built and feels durable for its affordable price. The materials feel premium, and the headset is more comfortable than the Recon 200. The audio reproduction is also more accurate, and it has a better microphone as well. You can also use the Corsair Utility Engine to EQ the headset and enable surround sound.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are much better gaming headphones than the Corsair HS60. The Corsair HS60 are wired with good sound, but the Arctis Pro Wireless sound much better and can be used wirelessly or wired. The Arctis Pro Wireless are much more expensive but are also more versatile since they can also be used with Bluetooth. That said, the price difference is massive, and if you prefer a wired connection, the Corsair HS60 are very well-built and comfortable gaming headphones at a lower price.

Creative Sound BlasterX H5
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The Creative Sound BlasterX H5 are slightly better headphones overall when compare to the Corsair HS60. The H5 are more comfortable than the Corsair. They also have a detachable cable and a more outdoor-friendly design. They are slightly better built, although not by much, but have a much better microphone for voice chat in-game. On the other hand, the HS60 have better balance sound quality overall. They also come with a more customizable app and a USB that allows for surround sound when connected to a PC.

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