Corsair Virtuoso Wireless RGB Gaming Headset Review: The Cheapest Flagship

Did Corsair deliver top-tier performance for a lower price?

Photo taken by Alex Rowe.
Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

OVERVIEW

The Corsair Virtuoso comes in two models. The standard version is $180, and you can get it in Carbon(Black) or Best-Buy-Exclusive White. The ear cup sides are plastic, and the microphone capsule uses a 4mm diaphragm.

The SE version includes this nice soft pouch. Its magnetic closure system reminds me of the bag from the old Blue Mo-Fi. Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

SOUND QUALITY

Unfortunately, the sound quality is the worst thing about the Corsair Virtuoso. It’s not bad. But it has a different signature than I was expecting, and it took me a few days of adjusting to it before I could hear some of its charms.

The visual design of the Virtuoso can stand proudly next to both studio and style headphones. No typical headset garishness present here! Photo taken by Alex Rowe.
There’s not a ton of room inside this amply-padded cup. Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

COMFORT

Unlike the HS60 Pro, the Virtuoso uses ample amounts of memory foam padding on both its headband and its ear pads. It has a decently slow rebound and is thick enough to seal around my glasses.

Corsair went all-in on materials for the Virtuoso, and it’s wonderful. Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

BUILD/DESIGN

This is the category where the Virtuoso largely triumphs. It’s one of the best-built headsets on the market, at any price. In a week and a half of use, the all-metal frame and hinges haven’t uttered a single creak or squeak. There’s sometimes a bit of frame noise as parts brush past each other, particularly on the right ear cup’s vertical swivel, but that’s nothing a future revision couldn’t fix with some additional rubber damping material or lubrication.

This USB port location is fine…as long as you don’t want to listen to the headphones in USB mode. Photo taken by Alex Rowe.
The volume wheel is smooth and the headphones can really put out volume. Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

MICROPHONE

The microphone here is fantastic. Corsair claims it’s “broadcast quality,” and while that has no actual specific meaning, I’ll allow it. It’s deep, resonant, and accurate even in the bass regions. Positioning is easy thanks to the included sidetone feature, and background noise isolation is good. The sensitivity is also high enough that you shouldn’t have trouble being heard.

The mic has an LED to show you if it’s muted or live. Photo taken by Alex Rowe.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The Corsair Virtuoso SE is a solid attempt at a flagship-level headset for less money. The sound signature isn’t my first choice. The comfort takes a little getting used to. And the USB-C port is in a weird spot.

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