Corsair Virtuoso Review – ALMOST The Best Wireless Gaming Headset!


oh my god imagine if Corsair would
release a golden gaming headset yeah that would never happen
RG Beto am i right yep the microphone is legit
it is so fancy so this is the Corsair virtuoso RGB wireless man virtuoso what
a name so there’s the SE or special edition version with aluminum sides and
then there’s the non SE model and the price Delta between the two is $40 the
three main differences between the two include a bigger microphone aluminum
side plates instead of nasty gloss and a carry pouch is included with the SE RGB
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so I have to give Corsair props for such a well-built headset it’s very simple
with aluminum joints sturdy sais extensions that are numbered and they
don’t even have the Corsair text on the headband like we see from them all the
time the only branded thing is the Corsair logo cut out on the sides on the
SE there using this micro perforation for the RGB that look like pixels very
unique while the non SE has this traditional but much brighter
illumination with your usual full color palette to choose from the problem on
this micro perforation is literally dirt clogged up because the holes are so tiny
and because this whole like aluminum side is circular the dirt ends up
finding its way into the center and clogs up those pixels or micro
perforation and no way to really clean this thing you could turn off the
illumination by lowering brightness to zero in the settings but this is an
example of QC gone wrong during the design process however I do appreciate
their commitment to cohesive design elements across the USB dongle the
type-c cable and the serious microphone with that awesome dotted pattern now
comfort wise the headset is light enough without excessive clamping force so
glasses are not an issue I do like the low profile rotation of the ear cups to
rest on your neck it’s super awesome for a wireless pair the padding is memory
foam like unfortunately the driver wall is completely flat and not angled or
curved in any way to avoid contact with your ears so for me both ears are making
contact with that internal wall making wearing this headset not very
comfortable the good thing is the clamping force is pretty neutral so it’s
not pressing against my ears but I still prefer thicker padding or some sort of
curved or angled or angled or Wow or angular section on that internal wall
now for controls we have a smooth volume wheel with great resistance below that
is the wired or wireless switch that also acts as your power button when in
the latter position on the opposite side is the USB type-c port that is used for
charging or using the headset in Wired mode plus we also have that 3.5
millimeter analog port to use with controllers or smartphones and then
there’s the mini USB port for the removable microphone so on the SE the
omnidirectional microphone is nine point five millimeters pretty massive you can
mute it with a button under the mic that then turns the illumination ring red and
that is always in your peripheral vision so you can see when the mic is muted
when it’s on and we also have voice prompts in case you want to hear when
you do mute the microphone and when the microphone is unmuted we do not have any
noise cancellation options in the software aside from your mic volume and
side tone and unfortunately despite them calling this broadcast quality I feel
like at lacks clarity and it sounds a bit closed off despite having pretty
decent bass it is kind of muddy and the funny thing is what you listen to now is
that recorded by this smaller microphone the non SE version and this one sounds
more natural to me with the extra clarity great vocal pickup it’s not as
muddy or bass heavy as the big one so let me know which one sounds best to you
in the comments and just to establish a quick baseline comparison this is the
GSP 500 from Sennheiser it is a wired headset but I use as the benchmark for
gaming headset microphone audio I think it’s the most natural in terms of vocal
pickup great bass great clarity and the Corsair is not too far off from it with
a small microphone but the se microphone sounds much worse as for my performance
in the USB mode it is cleaner and less compressed versus Wireless and you can
hear that around sharp S’s in particular kind of disappointing as Corsair
slipstream is supposed to provide high bandwidth wireless communication and
really improve the microphone quality on the wireless front but
it does sound better in USB mode and finally let’s talk audio I find it
really strange that you cannot enable surround sound on the headset itself
there’s no like surround sound button you have to do it through the software
only which is super inconvenient for a gaming headset you have to exit the game
unable that in the software why but surround sound performance is
actually not too aggressive with environmental expansion sounded pretty
decent in control but I still would use only stereo mode for games and music and
movies to the volume levels are great they’re equally powerful in both
wireless and wired mode I cannot hear a difference but I have been spoiled by
external amp solutions that are much louder but the hundred percent volume
this thing is satisfactory as for sound performance to my ears they sound pretty
neutral with nice roll-off on the highlights not too harsh it’s not too
mellow the bass is present and control that doesn’t overpower into the
mid-range which is very well detailed this is the best Corsair headset that
I’ve ever heard and this is definitely in my top 5 in the wireless pairs they
actually EQ very well without distortion too so if you prefer a little extra bass
kick or sharp or treble that can be done in a software when you connect this
thing via USB you get 24-bit 96k Hertz fidelity sound so high resolution and
there’s actually a distinguishable quality difference in compression and
the controlled or the detail of the bass in Wired mode which is so much better
versus when it said Wireless but still it’s quite decent in Wireless mode with
their slipstream technology the wireless range is about 7 meters in my apartment
with direct line-of-sight which is about average two other wireless gaming
headsets until I start to hear interruptions and signal processing
errors and the battery life is rated at 20 hours I still don’t get why Corsair
doesn’t just give us a percentage indicator instead we have this battery
status buried in the settings for some reason and personally I like everything
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with this virtuoso RGB wireless and wireless se headsets in terms of build
quality they a fantastic job but I feel like the SE model I mean there’s too
many compromises in terms of having this dirt clogged up and the micro
perforation the microphone for example sounded so much better on the non SE
model I don’t know why and for the $40.00 saved the only disadvantage I
would say would be the glossy side I don’t know why they went with the glossy
size just go with the matte exterior or like choose a different texture you know
be innovative and they sure were but not in the right spaces I guess and for $180
that is the model I would recommend out of the two and I’m guessing it’s kind of
competitor versus like the really high-end stuff in terms of audio quality
like the GSP 670 $350 the artist Pro Wireless is somewhere around there too
so this is basically half the price and it does sound better than whatever you
can get from HyperX in the wireless department but then the main culprit
here would be comfort and that internal lining and how flat it is and how close
it is to the ear but everything else they pretty much nailed it the
microphone quality here is so much better than the SE model the build
quality is awesome the wireless range is good and battery life is what you would
expect from a wireless gaming pair so yeah the non S II is my recommendation
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Danny Hutson

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