Coming off the launch of the Virtuoso, Corsair now has a legit "audiophile" quality headset in their portfolio. In our first look I decided to take on the SE model (review) and today we look at the more budget friendly option.
Upon first inspection you won't find much between the standard and SE models that sets them apart and even looking at the specifications you will find the standard model has the same 50mm drivers with 32ohm impedance and 109dB sensitivity as the SE. Frequency Response sits at 20Hz to 40KHz with 20 hour battery life and 60ft wireless range. This is accompanied by the same multiplatform compatibility that allows 3.5mm, USB and Slipstream Wireless on the same headset.
It is only when you look at the microphone that you see a slight difference and that comes with the impedance going from 2.2K Ohms on the SE down to 2K Ohms on the standard. Size also changes, the SE has a 9mm barrel and the standard is 5mm the rest of the microphone specifications stay the same including sensitivity and frequency response.
MSRP of the Virtuoso RGB Wireless comes in at $179.99 with a Two-Year warranty.
The standard Virtuoso RGB Wireless added a second colorway for those wanting something other than the Gunmetal available on the SE. for this review Corsair did send over the white model.
The back goes offers a second look at the headset with features listed below.
Included with the headset, we have the 3.5mm cable, microphone and wireless dongle. At the top we have the USB cable for charging and connectivity if needed.
Unboxed we have all included connectivity options along with reading materials.
First look at the headset, we have a very solid frame with a covered headband at the top. Corsair branding and logo sit on each side with RGB lighting configurable with iCue. The microphone shines red when muted.
The right earcup is setup for volume control and switching between USB and Wireless.
On the left cup you will find the USB-C connection and 3.5mm jack and a little further forward the microphone connection.
iCue controls all of the functionality of the Virtuoso. This includes the ability to make and load profiles, seen above.
Moving through, we have the ability to change the color of the logo on the earcups.
Further down the line, you will find the EQ Presets along with the ability to go custom and tune the headset to your liking.
Last, device settings give a battery life indicator along with options for setting up your headset.
The RGB Wireless is a fantastic headset and really proves further what the SE did a few weeks back. The Virtuoso is Corsairs best headset to date and a true "audiophile" grade option for gamers and enthusiasts.
Just like the SE, the RGB Wireless is a solid pure direct headset and, in my testing, I found myself leaving it there over all other presets. Even when moving to 3.5mm with nothing other than my smartphone powering the drivers, the Virtuoso is clean. Further testing had me connecting the headset to Xbox, where we do get audio but no microphone support and PC where we have both wireless and USB modes tested.
Comparing the microphones on a skype call, I was able to tell in clarity only which headset had the SE 9mm and to that point the microphones are interchangeable so it would be nice for Corsair to offer the 9mm option as an upgrade to the standard model.
In closing, the Virtuoso RGB Wireless is a winner in my book and really the better option if you're not one to care about minute differences in microphone quality.
The Bottom Line
Corsair's Virtuoso RGB is a fantastic headset for those wanting multi-platform capabilities in a sleek high quality design, while being cheaper than the SE model.