CORSAIR Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT Review
After receiving a lot of praise for the Virtuoso SE, CORSAIR has now released an update that now stands as their flagship, and most expensive, gaming headset – the CORSAIR Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT. Coming jam-packed full of features, including high-fidelity playback, CORSAIR Slipstream 2.4GHz wireless, Bluetooth and Dolby Atmos three-dimensional audio.
In short, CORSAIR promises serious sound performance for gamers and music fans alike – but are the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT gaming headsets worth the high price tag?
Let’s find out!
The premium experience of the CORSAIR Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT begins at the unboxing with every component arriving in well-presented packaging.
The headset is made almost entirely of brushed aluminium materials, which give the Virtuoso RGB XT a sturdy feel whilst still being reasonably light for a wireless headset (382g). The ear cups are a large, round shape and feature the CORSAIR RGB logo that glows in an almost 8bit style.
The ear cups contain memory foam that is coated in soft leatherette, which is also used on the headband. The overall effect has been that these are some of the most comfortable headsets I’ve worn right out of the box. The clamping force is minimal, and the headband feels supportive without being hard. The overall weight is perfectly balanced, allowing you to wear the Virtuoso RGB XT comfortably for hours on end.
Everything about the Virtuoso RGB XT feels premium, especially the smaller touches. For example, all of the buttons and volume dial on the right cup are tactile and provide satisfying feedback. The volume dial scrolls with resistance and the second Bluetooth volume control button features a multi-function button (play, pause, skip) with a LED to indicate its status. Furthermore, the detachable mic features similarly polished aluminium and an LED ring light to indicate whether it’s muted or not.
In short, the design is one that implies you’re a gamer, rather than screaming it at any onlookers.
This is where the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT comes into its element. The sound profile out of the box is neutral but detailed, and suited for users not looking for overly highlighted bass or treble. This sound signature reproduces detail in-game superbly, without leaving directional cues left in the shadow of overpowered bass or bright highs.
However, this might not be for everyone. This is where I suggest you load up CORSAIR iCUE and adjust the EQ bands and profiles, once dialled in I found I could keep a lot of the detail while producing more focus on sound across the lows and highs that suits my taste. iCUE can also be used to adjust RBG lighting effects, wireless pairing and a host of other features. One new addition, CORSAIR has also teamed up with Voicemod.
Corsair will directly integrate Voicemod audio technology into core iCUE software, supplying easy voice augmentation for gamers and content creators forging the metaverse.– voicemod.net
Performance is delivered through 50mm high-density neodymium drivers, and there is no change in the quality of sound whether you’re connected via Bluetooth or the wireless mode. This sound can be enhanced even further through the use of Dolby Atmos. This feature delivers impressive in-game immersion with even better directional detail. Setting up this feature is easy. Once the Dolby Access app is installed from the Windows Store a license is automatically applied from CORSAIR just by having the XT plugged in. It’s worth noting this will disable the EQ functions of iCUE as they will be handled by the Dolby Access app once set up.
Dolby Access will allow you to access even more customisable settings and presets, all aimed at providing you with as much immersion as possible – whether you’re gaming or watching a film. Safe to say, this is a seriously impressive addition.
If this wasn’t enough, you can also utilise Qualcomm aptX HD audio via Bluetooth, which is a welcome addition to a gaming headset.
The first feature you’ll notice is a soft, cross-stitched storage pouch that features the CORSAIR logo. The box also contains a braided USB-USBC cable that provides high fidelity 24bit playback and a wireless receiver. This leads nicely to one of my favourite features – dual connectivity. The Bluetooth and the wireless connections can be used simultaneously on two different devices. So you could be connected to your PC whilst also listening to your favourite playlist on your phone. This is why there are two separate volume controls on the headset – one for Bluetooth and one for wireless.
For those wanting to use the Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT with a cord, there is a 3.5mm cable that has an inline controller with volume dials and a mute button. These multiple connectivity options mean the headset is compatible with any device. However audio quality does take a bit of a hit when using this option.
The 9.5mm omni-directional microphone is detachable, flexible, and delivers clear crisp vocals, adding to the versatility of the headset. The headband runners contain numbered measurements so you can find your perfect fit with ease and the headset also offers 15 hours of battery life. While not the longest battery life on the market, LED status provides a quick indication of battery level.
One detail I particularly enjoyed was the voice announcement. It’s clear and will let you know the connection status of your devices and charging status. While this may seem small it highlights the level of detail and thought CORSAIR has been put into this headset.
CORSAIR Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT Review
- DESIGN - 99%99%
- AUDIO - 96%96%
- FEATURES - 98%98%
- VALUE - 88%88%
Simply put, there is a lot to love about the CORSAIR Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT headset. The sound offerings alone are enough to satisfy both gamers and music lovers alike but when you factor in the luxurious design and high-quality microphone, this headset will suit almost anyone.
It’s safe to say that the CORSAIR Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT has set a new benchmark on quality construction – every movement is met satisfying resistance. While this level of craftsmanship and audio detail has attracted a lofty price tag ($449 AUD), those who shell out for it won’t be disappointed. You simply need to decide if you have room for it in your budget.
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