Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Dec 04, 2020 at 09:44 am
Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset Picture
5.9
Mixed Usage
6.5
Neutral Sound
5.3
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
7.0
Wireless Gaming
5.5
Wired Gaming
7.1
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset are gaming headphones that are fully compatible with the Xbox One via Xbox Wireless. These comfortable, well-built headphones have a bass-heavy sound profile that adds an extra boom and punch to action-packed video games. They're also compatible with the Dolby Atmos app, which lets you access surround sound features and some sound customization options, but we don't currently test for this. They don't isolate against a lot of background noises, however. On the upside, their detachable boom microphone transmits your voice clearly to your teammates.

Our Verdict

5.9 Mixed Usage

The Corsair HS75 XB are middling for mixed usage. These gaming-oriented headphones are designed to be compatible with Xbox One consoles, but they need an adapter to use them with PCs that don't support Xbox Wireless. They don't have Bluetooth or an audio cable, so you can't connect them to your phone. Also, they don't isolate against a lot of background noises, so they may not be suitable for a noisy office or your commute. They also aren't stable enough to wear to the gym. However, their microphone is suitable for taking phone calls and talking with teammates while you game.

Pros
  • Impressive microphone recording quality.
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos app.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
  • Leak some noise.
6.5 Neutral Sound

The Corsair HS75 XB are fair for neutral sound. While their bass-heavy sound profile may be overwhelming for some listeners, they have a balanced mid-range that's suitable for listening to vocal-centric content. However, their treble range is lacking some detail and airiness. You can EQ their sound using the Dolby Atmos app, though we don't test for this.

Pros
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos app.
Cons
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
5.3 Commute/Travel

The Corsair HS75 XB are inadequate for commute and travel. You can wear them comfortably for long listening sessions, and their over 21-hour continuous battery life is suitable for long international flights. However, they need an adapter to use with PCs that don't support Xbox Wireless, which isn't very portable. They don't have Bluetooth or an audio cable, so you can't connect them to your phone. Also, they don't isolate against a lot of background noise, so you may hear plane and bus engines or chatter from other passengers.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Bulky design.
6.0 Sports/Fitness

The Corsair HS75 XB are mediocre for sports and fitness. While they're stable enough for casual listening sessions, they aren't designed for the gym, and they may fall off your head during your workout. They're comfortable and well-built, but they need an adapter to use with PCs that don't support Xbox Wireless, so they aren't very portable. They don't have Bluetooth or an audio cable, so you can't connect them to your phone.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
5.9 Office

The Corsair HS75 XB are middling for office use. They're comfortable, and their over 21-hour continuous battery life should be more than enough to get you through multiple workdays. However, they leak a bit of noise, which can be distracting for coworkers in a quiet office. Also, they don't block out a lot of background noises, so you may hear coworkers chattering nearby. If your PC doesn't support Xbox Wireless, you may need an adapter if you want to listen to audio from it.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Leak some noise.
7.0 Wireless Gaming

The Corsair HS75 XB are decent for wireless gaming. They're comfortable enough for long gaming sessions, and they have low latency over an Xbox Wireless connection. Thanks to their boom microphone's impressive recording quality, you can easily communicate with your teammates, too. Their bass-heavy sound profile can bring out thumps and rumbles in action-packed scenes, but it may be overwhelming for some listeners.

Pros
  • Compatible with Dolby Atmos app.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
  • Not compatible with PS4.
5.5 Wired Gaming

The Corsair HS75 XB are wireless headphones that can't be used with a wired connection.

7.1 Phone Calls

The Corsair HS75 XB are satisfactory for phone calls. Their boom microphone has an impressive recording quality, and it can transmit your voice clearly even if you're calling from a noisy environment. However, they struggle to isolate against background noise, which may be distracting during your call. Also, if your PC doesn't support Xbox Wireless, you may need an adapter to receive audio from it.

Pros
  • Impressive microphone recording quality.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 5.9 Mixed Usage
  • 6.5 Neutral Sound
  • 5.3 Commute/Travel
  • 6.0 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 7.0 Wireless Gaming
  • 5.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Dec 15, 2020: Updated firmware version. Investigated buzzing noise in the left ear cup. Provided additional information regarding the app.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Corsair HS75 XB are wireless gaming headphones. They come with a boom microphone, which you can remove for a more casual look. Unlike the Corsair HS70 Wireless, they have silver metal grilles rather than black, which stands out. Also, their headband doesn't have white quilted stitching. Aside from the metal grilles, they have a satin-black plastic look.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.83 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

The Corsair HS75 are very comfortable. They're lightweight, and they don't clamp very tightly on your head. The headband is padded, which feels plush and comfortable against your head. However, the ear cups don't have a very wide range of motion, which may make them uncomfortable for some listeners.

6.0
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Xbox One
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
Yes
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

These headphones have mediocre controls. On the right ear cup, there's a power button and a Game/Chat control wheel for channel mixing. On the left ear cup, there's a Mute/Unmute button and a volume control wheel. However, the volume wheel doesn't have notches at min or max volume, so it's difficult to know what volume you're listening at. Also, there's no way to know if the microphone is muted or unmuted when wearing the headset.

5.4
Design
Portability
L 8.2 "
W 6.2 "
H 3.9 "
Volume 198.3 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones have inadequate portability. Like most over-ears, they're quite large and bulky. They don't fold into a more compact format, so they may not fit easily into your bag.

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

These headphones don't come with a case or a pouch.

8.0
Design
Build Quality

The Corsair HS75 have an impressive build quality. The body is mostly made of plastic, and the yokes are made of a metal-like material. There's faux leather on the ear cups and a cloth lining inside the cups. Overall, the materials feel quite solid and durable. The boom microphone is detachable, and there's a plastic cap to cover the mic hole when it's not in use. However, the cloth lining in the ear cups seems like it could rip or get dirty easily.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Corsair HS75 XB are decently stable. They should stay on your ears during casual listening sessions. However, they aren't intended to be worn during workouts, and they may fall off your head during higher-intensity workouts.

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In The Box

  • Corsair HS75 XB
  • Detachable boom microphone
  • USB-C charging cable
  • Small cover for the microphone hole
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.62 db
Treble Amount
-5.08 db

Update 12/15/2020: A user has reported a low buzzing noise coming from their unit's left speaker when no audio is playing. We connected our test unit to the computer using the Xbox One dongle and played no audio for one minute. We noticed that there's a low buzzing sound coming from the left driver. Using the game/chat mixer or unplugging the microphone doesn't affect this sound, which can still be heard. However, the buzzing stops when the charging cable is plugged in. We don't currently know what's causing this sound.

The Corsair HS75 XB have a bass-heavy sound profile. The extra boom, thump, and punch in the bass range helps you feel the deep thump and rumble from action-packed scenes in your favorite games, but it may be overwhelming for some listeners. Audio is also lacking some detail and airiness due to the underemphasized treble range. You can access an EQ in the Dolby Atmos app to customize their sound, but since this app isn't operated by Corsair, we don't test for it.

6.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.83 dB

The Corsair HS75 XB have acceptable frequency response consistency. Bass and treble delivery can vary depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. This can be more apparent if you have thick hair or wear glasses, as this can affect their seal.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
5.9
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.79 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
23.78 Hz
Low-Bass
1.2 dB
Mid-Bass
7.56 dB
High-Bass
7.05 dB

The Corsair HS75 have middling bass accuracy. The entire range is overemphasized, adding an extra punch and boom to your audio. You can feel the deep thump and rumble in action-packed video games, but some listeners may find the bass to be a bit overwhelming. However, their bass delivery is inconsistent and somewhat sensitive to their fit and positioning, so your experience may vary.

7.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.05 dB
Low-Mid
3.73 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.01 dB
High-Mid
-2.72 dB

The Corsair HS75 XB have good mid accuracy. The entire range is flat and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments are clear and present in the mix. However, the overemphasis in the low-mids can also make these same instruments a bit muddy or cluttered.

6.5
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.68 dB
Low-Treble
-3.22 dB
Mid-Treble
-2.16 dB
High-Treble
-13.31 dB

The Corsair HS75 XB have okay treble accuracy. The range is underemphasized, which can hurt the comprehensibility of vocals and lead instruments. Sibilants like cymbals may also be dull or lispy. However, their treble delivery is inconsistent and somewhat sensitive to their fit and positioning, so your experience may vary.

7.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.2 db
Dips
1.03 db

The Corsair HS75 XB have satisfactory peaks and dips performance. The peak across the bass range adds an extra boom, punch, and thump to the mix, which can sound boomy to some listeners. The slight dip in the mid-mids pushes vocals and lead instruments towards the back of the mix, while the peak in the low-treble and the mid-treble can make those same instruments a bit piercing.

7.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.63
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.04
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.55
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.22

These headphones have decent imaging. Their weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, resulting in mostly transparent treble, but a loose bass. While the L/R drivers of our unit are well-matched in phase response, there's some mismatch in amplitude and frequency response. As a result, objects in the stereo image like footsteps or voices may not be accurately placed or localized. However, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.19 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.93 dB
PRTF Distance
10.67 dB
Openness
6.8
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.2

The Corsair HS75 XB have a middling passive soundstage performance. The soundstage may be perceived as a bit unnatural, and sounds seem like they're coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed all around you. Also, due to their closed-back design, their soundstage doesn't sound as open or as spacious as open-back headphones.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Dolby Atmos

The Corsair HS75 XB can be paired with the Dolby Atmos app on the Xbox or your PC. However, to use this feature on PCs that don't have Xbox Wireless technology, you need an Xbox Wireless Adapter.

7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.274
WHD @ 100
0.292

These headphones have a satisfactory weighted harmonic distortion performance. Aside from a small peak in the high-treble range, the range mostly falls within good limits, resulting in mostly clean and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
3.0.2
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

Update 12/15/2020: We originally stated that the firmware was unknown. However, when we connected these headphones to iCue software, it shows that its firmware version is '3.0.2' and we've added this to the review.

These are the settings we used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings. Since this wireless headset is designed for Xbox One consoles, it doesn't come with a USB dongle. We used an Xbox Wireless Adapter to pair it with our PC. All of our sound and microphone testing was done with this connection.

Isolation
3.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-10.02 dB
Bass
-0.61 dB
Mid
-1.56 dB
Treble
-27.57 dB

The Corsair HS75 XB have a poor noise isolation performance. They hardly block out any background noise in the bass and mid-ranges, so you can hear the deep rumble of bus and plane engines or chatter from people nearby. However, they're able to block out higher-frequency noises, like the hum from AC units.

6.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
43.16 dB

The Corsair HS75 XB have passable leakage. They leak a bit of sound, and if you're listening to your audio at high volumes, others may hear some of it, even in a somewhat noisy environment like an office.

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

The Corsair HS75 XB have a detachable boom microphone.

8.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
106.79 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.73 dB
HFE
6544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
0.156
Gain
13.88 dB

The microphone has an impressive recording quality. Your voice sounds deep and full-bodied, with little distortion.

8.4
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
33.33 dB

The microphone has a great noise handling performance. It can separate your voice from background noises, even if you're calling from a noisy environment.

Active Features
8.4
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
21.6 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
21.6 hrs
Charge Time
2.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
No
Charging Port USB-C

The Corsair HS75 XB have a great battery performance. They last for over 21 hours off a single charge, which is suitable for many long gaming sessions. They also have an auto-off timer to help you conserve battery when they aren't in use, which is convenient.

Note: The manufacturer advertises that the light on the headphones is amber when charging and turns solid white when fully charged. However, during our tests, the light was amber while charging but turned off after 2.3 hours. We suspect that our test unit's light is defective, and your headphones may perform differently.

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Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No

The Corsair HS75 XB are only compatible with Corsair iCue software when using an Xbox Wireless Adapter, which is sold separately. They're also compatible with the Dolby Atmos app, which offers an EQ so you can customize their sound. However, we don't test for third-party apps.

Note 12/15/2020: To use iCue companion software, you have to purchase the Xbox Wireless Adapter, which is sold separately. This app lets you only update the firmware of the headphones. We don't consider it to be companion software as you need this external device to use it.

Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A

Unlike the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless, the Corsair HS75 aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

7.7
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
139 ft
Non-BT Latency
68 ms

These headphones have good non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity. Using a Microsoft Wireless Adapter to pair them with a PC, they have low latency, so they're suitable for gaming and videos.

Note: These headphones don't come with a USB dongle and use Xbox Wireless technology to connect to Xbox consoles. To test latency, we used a Microsoft Wireless Adapter for Xbox One to connect the headphones to our test PC, which doesn't have Xbox Wireless technology. We can't confirm that these results are similar to their latency on Xbox consoles.

0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length N/A
Connection No Wired Option
Analog/USB Audio Latency
N/A

These headphones are wireless-only. They come with a USB-C cable for charging.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
No
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Corsair HS75 aren't compatible with PS4s. You can pair them with PCs that have Xbox Wireless technology. If your PC doesn't have this technology, you can purchase a Microsoft Wireless Adapter for Xbox One USB receivers to pair them.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
No
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The Corsair HS75 XB offer full audio and microphone compatibility with Xbox One consoles via Xbox Wireless technology. They can be paired to your console using the same process you use to pair an Xbox Remote.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless Built-In
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

The Corsair HS75 XB don't come with a base. However, they're compatible with Xbox Wireless Adapters, which you can purchase separately.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Corsair HS75 XB come in a 'Black/Silver' variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version of these headphones, let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS are gaming-oriented headphones designed for use with Xbox One consoles. You can pair them with your Xbox One console using Xbox Wireless technology for full audio and microphone compatibility. They also can be paired with the Dolby Atmos app, which gives you access to an immersive surround sound experience while you're gaming, but we don't currently test for this. They have a bass-heavy sound profile, and unlike the Corsair HS70 Wireless, they aren't compatible with Corsair iCUE companion software. See also our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best Xbox One gaming headsets, and the best wireless gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 9X Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset. The SteelSeries have a more stable fit and a better-balanced sound profile. They also leak less noise. However, the Corsair's boom microphone is detachable, unlike the SteelSeries. Both headphones use Xbox Wireless technology to connect to your Xbox One.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

The Corsair HS70 Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset. The HS70 have a better-balanced sound profile and a more consistent audio delivery across users. Also, they're compatible with the Corsair iCUE app, unlike the HS75 XB, which are compatible with the Dolby Atmos app. However, the HS75 XB have a better microphone recording quality and a longer battery life.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset. The Turtle Beach have a more stable fit and low latency over a non-Bluetooth wireless connection. However, the Corsair are more comfortable, leak less noise, and their boom microphone is detachable.

Xbox Wireless Headset

The Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset and the Xbox Wireless Headset have different strengths and depending on your needs, you may prefer one over the other. The Corsair are better-built, have more consistent audio delivery, and are slightly better-balanced out-of-the-box. They also have a better overall performing boom mic and a longer-lasting continuous battery life. However, the Xbox have a graphic EQ and presets to help tweak their sound, they support Bluetooth, and have lower non-Bluetooth latency. They can also be used wired on PC and Xbox consoles via their USB-A to USB-C cable.

Razer Kaira Pro Wireless

The Razer Kaira Pro are better than the Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset. The Razer are compatible with Bluetooth connections, block out more ambient noise, have better mic recording quality, and have a feature-rich companion app. They also have lower non-Bluetooth audio latency. Conversely, the Corsair have slightly longer battery life and deliver audio more consistently.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair HS75 XB WIRELESS Gaming Headset. The Astro are more comfortable, and they're compatible with the PS4, unlike the Corsair. Also, the Astro have a better-balanced sound profile and a more consistent audio delivery across users. However, the Corsair leak less sound, and their microphone is wirelessly compatible with the Xbox One, unlike the Astro.

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