Comfort and sound quality are the two biggest components of any new gaming headset on the market, and Corsair has made sure to scrape them off the list with the new Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT Gaming Headset.
Retailing for $ 269.99 – I know, just breathe – the Virtuoso XT is the Corsair New flagship device. It is a headphone that pretty much every feature that a high-end PC gaming headset can offer. But is it really a guarantee of such a high cost, or are there better options available for your money?
High quality at a higher price?
As for the price you have to pay for this headphone, one has to expect the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT’s build quality to be above the line. Thankfully, that’s exactly what you get here from a pirate. Everything about this headset feels special. Whether you hold it in your hands or wear it on your head, you know this is supposed to be a top-tier gaming rig.
In terms of comfort, the Virtuoso XT feels lighter than it actually is. At 382 grams (84 pounds), he looks almost half that size. I don’t know if it was the lightweight aluminum used in the design or how to place it on the head, but there are times when you might forget you are wearing it. Even if the person has slightly larger ears, thicker and larger ear pads with less pressure on the head make wearing it more enjoyable, especially during long sessions.
It’s not just the headphones themselves that showcase the high quality that Corsair has to offer. The Virtuoso XT comes with a braided USB-C cable that acts as a charging and connecting cable, and a 3.5mm braided audio cable with in-line control to allow you to connect to Xbox or PlayStation consoles and a 2.4GHz adapter. For wireless connection to a computer.
Finally, as with the previous Virtuoso SE, Corsair gives you a stitched canvas tote bag with a magnetic clip for safe storage and travel. Seriously, I don’t even have my laptop in as nice condition as the one you get from a pirate.
Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT specification
|Audio driver||50mm custom neodymium|
|Impedance||32 ohms @ 2.5 kHz|
|Frequency response||20,000 – 40,000 Hz|
|Links||3.5mm, USB Type-C to Type-A cable, USB Type-A dongle, Bluetooth|
|Dimensions||170mm (length) x 100mm (width) x 195mm (height)|
|Weight||0.8 lb (382g)|
|light||1x RGB (earphone)|
|Domain||Up to 60 feet|
|Battery life||Up to 15 hours|
It is heavy with an adequate sound
Corsair’s battery claim states that you can use the Virtuoso XT non-stop for up to 15 hours at a time. Although I didn’t get a live 15-hour gaming session with it – having two toddlers would limit that – the battery life claims were legitimate. At least, if you only connect to one device. If you decide to have Bluetooth and 2.4GHz connectivity, the battery life will be shorter. Trying it out, I was getting 11 hours max before I needed to let it charge. It is not the best, which means you may need to charge it every day or night when you are not using it.
The best part about dual calling is that each connection has its own volume control. You can set the Bluetooth connection to a specific volume level while your computer or other device is tuned to something completely different. It is great for those who want to use it as a headphone for their phone and computer at the same time.
The omnidirectional microphone connects to the headphone via Mini-USB, which might come as a surprise to some users. However, it does not alter any of the sound quality and is a more stable option for removable accessories like this one.
Out of the box, the microphone quality is pretty straightforward. In fact, you’ll be able to avoid messing with any audio settings before using it as a microphone for content creation. I just don’t recommend trying to use it for singing … it won’t end well.
Sound settings are, by default, set by Corsair’s iCUE software. After making sure that you are using version 4.0 – without it the headset will not be detected – you can manage all the settings offered by the device. From the equalizer to the time the headset goes to sleep, iCUE will be your best friend. But this does not mean that it is the only option for sound.
For a more realistic sound, Corsair has implemented Dolby Atmos spatial audio. Available only for Windows 10 users, this feature brings audio to life in a way that is difficult to achieve. The program detects the headset instantly and has quick and simple presets to improve the in-ear sound. If you don’t like any of the presets, you can quickly adjust the equalizer to whatever you like.
Personally, I find myself using Dolby Atmos more than iCUE to handle my audio when I’m playing games or watching movies. It’s just a nicer overall sound. Obviously, this is completely personal and everyone will have their own preferences.
RGB is also managed via iCUE, and it works exactly as you’d expect. You can adjust the color of the subtle logos on the headphones to match your setup. There is also an LED indicator on the end of the microphone to let you know if you are on mute. If you find the white or green light and the end of the microphone annoying, iCUE allows you to turn it off when it’s active.
The Virtuoso XT range can be a little disappointing for some. I am a fast paced person when I am in meetings and other calls. I usually end up in my driveway, in my backyard, or elsewhere in my home, which means I need a quality range. For the most part, Corsair’s Slipstream Wireless technology works and keeps my headphone connected, but it juts and cuts a lot when I’m on different floors of my home. This, unfortunately, is a stark contrast to the Logitech Pro X wireless headphone that allows me to switch laundry in my basement while on a call on my second floor computer without hiccups.
However, most people are not as weird as I am and they walk endlessly. If you want to be able to get into another room now and then but just keep listening, you should be fine.
From a more difficult point of view, I would like to be able to have a microphone attached to either side of the headphone. But due to the various controls and ports on the earbuds, it is understandable why they are not available.
The Virtuoso (XT) true watch of the gaming headset market
Whether it’s the quality or the price, the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT headphone isn’t cheap. The headset feels durable, it holds the grip (or lack thereof) of a three-year-old, and has sound quality that matches only the premium acoustic headphones.
The ability to connect to two devices simultaneously with separate volume controls for each is a major selling point, and the included Dolby Atmos license is a good incentive. At the end of the day, the Virtuoso XT is the best headphone I have ever used. Whether you are watching or diving into a movie Escape from Tarkov Blitz, there is nothing on the market that can beat its sound.
The price may scare a lot of people, but those who decide to spend $ 269.99 won’t regret it.