Reviewed on Nov 20, 2019

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.3.1
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.1
Neutral Sound
6.2
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.7
Office
7.5
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.4
Phone Call
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Corsair Virtuoso are decent wireless gaming headphones. They have an understated and premium design that's a lot less flashy than many other gaming headsets, with subtle RGB Corsair logos on each ear cup. They feel quite well-built, but unfortunately aren't the most comfortable, and likely will cause some fatigue after long gaming marathons. On the upside, their wireless latency is great with their included USB dongle, and they can even be used wired by plugging them into the controller of either a PS4 or Xbox One. Their microphone performance is very good, though transmitted speech may lack some detail.

Note: We reviewed the SE variant, though we expect the performance to be very similar. The Corsair Virtuoso SE has more customization options for their RGB side-lighting, brushed metal aluminum on their ear cups, and a slightly larger microphone.

Test Results
Design 6.9
Isolation 6.1
Microphone 8.1
Active Features 7.8
Connectivity 5.3
Pros
  • Premium, durable look and feel.
  • Very good microphone performance.
  • Versatile wired/wireless options.
Cons
  • Tight fit may not be the most comfortable for everyone.
  • Poor isolation performance.
  1. Update 11/21/2019: Converted to Test Bench 1.3.1.

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6.9

Design

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB are decently designed gaming headphones made of dense plastic, metal, and faux-leather which gives them a premium and straight-forward look. They feature a fully-customizable RGB Corsair logo on the ear cups which are decently comfortable thanks to their cushy padding, though the headphones may feel a bit tight for people with larger heads. They also aren't the most portable, but their ear cups swivel 180 degrees and they have a detachable mic, which means you should be able to fit them in a larger bag.

Style

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB have a straightforward but premium look. They're less flashy than other gamer-centric headsets, with a black and silver color scheme. While they're quite large, they aren't as bulky as many other gaming headsets. They feature a customizable RGB Corsair logo on each ear cup.

7.0 Comfort
Weight : 0.86 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.3 lbs

The Virtuoso RGB Wireless are decently comfortable. While they have good padding, they're a bit heavy and may fit a bit tight on some people's heads. The cups are swappable but unfortunately don't come with other options included; luckily, their normal depth should be comfortable enough for most people. Overall, they should be comfortable enough for shorter gaming sessions, but may cause fatigue during longer marathons.

6.1 Controls
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
No
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The control scheme is medicore and better-suited for gaming, as there is no music control from the headphones themselves. While the controls are easy to use, they lack many options and only give you volume and microphone control. The microphone wheel is a bit stiff and has an infinite scroll with audio cues indicating min/max volume.

6.3 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.1 C

The Corsair Virtuoso have decently breathable pads but will still make your ears fairly warm and sweat more than usual, meaning they may not be ideal for sports or working out. They should be fine in more casual conditions, however, and should be suitable for gaming and listening to music if you take breaks from time to time.

5.5 Portability
L : 8.0 "
W : 6.4 "
H : 3.6 "
Volume : 184 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

Like most gaming headphones, the Virtuoso aren't very portable. The ear cups swivel a full 180 degrees which allows them to lay flat, and the microphone is detachable, but they don't fold into a more compact format. These gaming headphones will be good for keeping at home or sliding into a larger bag, but aren't ideal for travel or taking with you everywhere.

5.5 Case
Type : Pouch
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

A soft pouch is included. This may protect the headphones from some small splashes of water, but likely won't protect much from being dropped.

8.0 Build Quality

The Corsair Virtuoso has great build quality. They're made from good quality dense plastic, and the headband has a mix of metal as well. The SE model also have a brushed aluminum finish on the ear cups. Both the headband and ear cups are padded with a nice feeling faux-leather that gives them an all-around premium look and feel. These should be able to withstand a few accidental drops or bumps without sustaining too much damage.

6.5 Stability

The Virtuoso RGB Wireless are a bit tight on the head, though they still will likely fall off from bigger head movements. During gaming sessions they likely should stay quite stable, but they won't be ideal for sports. On the upside, they are wireless, meaning you don’t have to worry about a cable getting hooked on something, which could yank the headphones off your head.

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Sound

The Virtuoso RGB Wireless have a fairly warm sound profile, with a slight recess in the mid-range that will push lead instruments and some vocals to the back of the mix and may sound quite dark. They have a fairly disappointing soundstage for over-ears which won't sound very open. Objects (like footsteps) should be located accurately in the stereo image of these headphones.

Sound Profile
Bass Amount
:
-0.07 db
Treble Amount
:
-2.81 db

The Corsair Virtuoso have a fairly warm sound profile. They have a dip in low-mid which will push back lead instruments and some vocals, meaning they will sound quite dark and likely won't be the greatest choice for more vocal-centric music. It's worth noting that due to their middling frequency response consistency, you may experience differences in their sound profile depending on their fit.

6.1 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
0.9 dB

The Virtuoso have mediocre frequency response consistency. Due to their fit, different people will likely hear slightly different sound profiles from these headphones, especially in the bass and treble regions. You may need to adjust their position on your head every time you put them on to ensure the best sound reproduction.

7.6 Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
3.34 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
15.65 Hz
Low-Bass
:
-0.57 dB
Mid-Bass
:
2.44 dB
High-Bass
:
5.6 dB

The Corsair Virtuoso have good bass accuracy. They follow our curve almost flawlessly along the low-bass, with a slight overemphasis in the high-bass range which may make them sound a bit boomy.

7.9 Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.78 dB
Low-Mid
:
-0.74 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-0.21 dB
High-Mid
:
1.82 dB

The mid-range accuracy of these headphones is good. They stay fairly close to the neutral target curve along the entire range, though the slight under-emphasis in low-mid may result in leads and vocals sounding a bit thin.

8.4 Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
:
2.98 dB
Low-Treble
:
0.03 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-2.56 dB
High-Treble
:
-5.71 dB

The treble accuracy of the Corsair Virtuoso is very good. They stay on or below the neutral target curve for the majority of this range, meaning cymbal and sibilants (S and T sounds) shouldn't sound too sharp or piercing. Some may also find that they lack a bit of detail.

7.0 Peaks/Dips
Peaks
:
1.85 db
Dips
:
1.77 db

The Virtuoso have decent peaks/dips performance. They aren't the most balanced, with an over-emphasis in the high-bass range, an under-emphasis in low-mid, and another peak in high-mid to low-treble. This will push lead instruments and some vocals back in the mix, meaning they will sound quite dark. We also recorded quite a bit of mismatch in frequency response between the left and right channels in the mid-range, though this is only valid for our pair and will vary from unit to unit.

8.0 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.34
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.09
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.84
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.97

The imaging performance of the Virtuoso is very good. The group delay graph shows it's just under the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and treble reproduction. Our pair did have a fair bit of frequency mismatch between the L/R drivers. While this test is only valid for our unit, others may experience similar results. Phase mismatch was good and objects (like footsteps) should be located accurately in the stereo image of these headphones.

4.9 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
5.59 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
2.66 dB
PRTF Distance
:
10.69 dB
Openness
:
4.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.3

The Virtuoso's soundstage is sub-par. Due to their closed-back design, the soundstage of these headphones will be perceived as small and located inside the listener's head. The PRTF graph also shows that the pinna interaction/activation is not very accurate.

7.3 Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
:
0.459
WHD @ 100
:
0.166

The weighted harmonic distortion of the Virtuoso is decent. It's within good limits in the bass range, but rises in higher frequencies, which may make them sound a bit impure and harsh, although this likely won't be audible to most. On the upside, there isn't a big jump under heavier loads, which is good.

6.1

Isolation

The Virtuoso have mediocre noise isolation. While they don't block out almost any ambient noise in the bass range, where the low rumble of engines sit, they do an adequate job at blocking out background chatter. This means that these may be a decent option for playing with others as you should be able to focus on your own game. They also don't leak very much, so you're unlikely to bother those around you with your audio unless you crank up your volume in a very quiet environment.

5.5 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-14.67 dB
Bass
:
1.06 dB
Mid
:
-10.69 dB
Treble
:
-35.32 dB

The noise isolation of the Virtuoso is sub-par. Due to their lack of active noise cancelling, they do a poor job at blocking out the low rumbles of bus or plane engines. However, they do an adequate job at isolating speech, and may help block out some background chatter if you game with other people in the room. Their treble range isolation, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, is very good, though this isn't generally as important.

7.1 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
38.78 dB

These headphones have decent leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage sits in the mid-range, which means that their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as loud and full as open-back headphones. Also, since the overall level of the leakage is not very loud, it shouldn't be a concern unless you play loud music in a very quiet environment.

8.1

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
Yes

The microphone performance of the Corsair Virtuoso is great. Speech recorded or transmitted from the microphone will sound full-bodied and clear, though it may lack a bit of detail. It should perform very well in most noisy environments as well. Though it should have no problem separating your voice from background noise in most loud environments.

It's worth noting that we reviewed the SE variant, which have a slightly larger microphone than the regular version, and may not offer the same performance.

8.2 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.21 dB
HFE
:
3568.48 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.23
Gain
:
24.35 dB

The recording quality of the microphone is quite impressive. The LFE is excellent and will result in speech sounding full-bodied, though the bump in low-bass may make it prone to pops and rumbling noises. The HFE is sub-par and while speech will still be intelligible, it'll likely lack detail.

7.9 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
27.06 dB

The noise handling of the Corsair Virtuoso's microphone is very good. It can easily separate speech from ambient noise in most loud environments, and should even be able to handle extremely loud situations like subway stations and gaming competitions.

7.8

Active Features

The Corsair Virtuoso have a good 13-hour battery life, and while this isn't as long as some other gaming headsets, it should be more than enough for most gaming sessions. Unfortunately, they take almost 4 hours to charge, though they can be used while they're charging through USB-C. The iCUE software gives you access to a graphic EQ, presets, mic control, and basic surround sound options. While these headphones support 7.1 surround sound, this isn't something we currently test, and it's not stated whether this is Dolby or DTS. The RGB lighting on each ear cup can be customized through the software to display red when your battery percentage falls below a set level.

7.9 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
:
13.3 hrs
Additional Charges
:
0
Total Battery Life
:
13.3 hrs
Charge Time
:
3.8 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
Standby mode
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
Yes
Charging Port : USB-C

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB have very good 13-hour battery life, and even feature a customizable standby timer which will put your headphones into sleep mode after a specified amount of inactivity. They support passive playback through an included 1/8" audio cable, and can also be used while charging via their USB-C port, which is good as their charge time is very long at almost 4 hours.

7.0 App Support
App Name : Corsair iCUE
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
macOS : No
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
Graphic + Presets
ANC control
:
No
Mic Control : Level
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
No
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : Yes

The Corsair Utility Engine (now iCUE) offers different options depending on the headphones. With the Virtuoso, you get a good graphic equalizer, presets, as well as mic control and a simple surround sound option. They support 7.1 surround sound, though it doesn't specify whether this is Dolby or DTS. The app also allows you to set the sleep mode timer of the headphones. The settings are saved onto the wireless dongle meaning they will carry over if you plug it into different PCs or into your PS4. The RGB lighting has many customization options that can be set via the software, including displaying red when your battery percentage falls below a set level.

5.3

Connectivity

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB use a USB dongle for their wireless connection, and don't feature Bluetooth connectivity. This provides incredibly low latency and a decent range which should be fine for most gaming setups. They can also be used wired via the included 1/8" TRRS cable by plugging them into the controller of your PS4 or Xbox One, making them very versatile.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
Default Latency
:
N/A
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The Virtuoso is a wireless headset but isn’t Bluetooth compatible. You must use it with its dongle, or wired via USB.

They have very low latency with their USB dongle and you shouldn’t notice any delay while playing games or watching video content.

9.1 Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line of Sight Range
:
124 ft
Non-BT Latency
:
10 ms

These headphones use a USB dongle to connect to your PS4 or PC. They have extremely low latency which shouldn't be noticeable, and offer decent range, which should have no problem reaching your couch or chair.

9.9 Wired
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
Yes
Detachable : Yes
Length : 5.1 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS
Wired Latency
:
5 ms

The Corsair Virtuoso can be used wired via USB-C or 1/8" TRRS cable. The included USB-C cable is 6.3 feet long, and the included TRRS cable is 5.1 feet long.

PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC / PS4 Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Wired USB
:
Audio + Microphone
PC / PS4 Non-BT Wireless
:
Audio + Microphone

This headset will work with PC or PS4 both wireless with its dongle, or wired with any USB-C cable or 1/8" analog TRRS cable.

Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox Analog
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Wired USB
:
No
Xbox Wireless
:
No

This headset will not work wirelessly with Xbox One. However, it can be used wired with the included 1/8" TRRS cable by plugging it into your Xbox's controller.

0 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
Optical Input
:
No
RCA Input
:
No
Dock Charging
:
No
Power Supply
:
N/A

These headphones come with a USB dongle that's compatible with PC and PS4. Unfortunately, they don't work wirelessly with the Xbox One.

In the box

  • Corsair Virtuoso headphones
  • Detachable boom microphone
  • USB dongle
  • USB-C charging cable
  • 1/8" TRRS cable
  • Carrying pouch
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Corsair Virtuoso RGB is a satisfactory gaming headset that has a premium look and feel, and has an impressive microphone. Unfortunately, their sound reproduction isn't very well-balanced, and they may be uncomfortable for longer gaming sessions. See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best PC gaming headsets.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless
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The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. They are more comfortable, have better controls, feel more stable on the head, and have a more balanced and neutral sound profile. They aren't as consistent among users, however, and some people may get inconsistent bass or treble response. Their microphone's recording quality isn't quite as good as the Corsair's, but it handles noisy environments much better and they have a much longer 24-hour battery life.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019
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The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are much better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. They are much more comfortable, and have a significantly more balanced and neutral sound profile. Their microphone records and transmits higher quality sound and handles background noises much better. Unfortunately, they can't be used wired like the Corsair, meaning they won't work with Xbox One and can't be used during their 4.4-hour charge time. Also, unlike the Corsair, they block out almost no background chatter, and leak much more audio, meaning they aren't as well-suited for gaming with others in the room.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
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The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better wireless gaming headphones than the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. They are more comfortable and have much better controls on the headphones. Their sound reproduction is much more balanced and neutral with less peaks and dips which should improve the overall audio quality. Their microphone also performs better overall and handles background noise much better. However, they leak more sound and isolate background noise worse than the Virtuoso. The Arctis Pro also support Bluetooth, which is rare for gaming headsets.

Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Corsair Void PRO RGB Wireless are similar-performing wireless gaming headphones as the Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless. The Void are a bit more comfortable due to being less tight on the head. However, they are quite a bit bulkier, they also don't feel as well-built and don't isolate sound as well. The microphone on the Virtuoso has significantly better recording quality, though it doesn't handle very loud environments quite as well. Unlike the Virtuoso, the void can only be used wireless, meaning they don't work with the Xbox One.

6.6 Mixed Usage

These headphones are okay for mixed usage. Their slightly bulky and only decently comfortable design means they likely won't be great to use for commuting or travelling, despite having a detachable microphone. They also don't isolate much background noise due to their lack of ANC. Overall, these are best suited for gaming purposes.

7.1 Neutral Sound

The Corsair Virtuoso are alright for neutral listening. While their sound reproduction is fairly neutral, they have many peaks and dips and produce a somewhat muddy sound, with leads and vocals pushed to the back of the mix.

6.2 Commute/Travel

The headphones are mediocre for commuting or traveling. They don't isolate background noise well, especially the low rumbles of engines, and may not be the most comfortable for people with moderately large heads. Like all gaming headphones, they are also quite large, though they do feature a removable microphone and have swivel ear cups, allowing them to fold flat.

5.9 Sports/Fitness

These headphones likely won't be suitable for sports. They aren't very portable due to their large design, and despite being fairly tight, they don't stay on the head too well. Their over-ear design means they also aren't the most breathable and will trap heat in the ear cups, causing you to sweat.

6.7 Office

Decent for office use. While they don't leak much audio, meaning you can crank up your music without bothering your co-workers, they aren't the most comfortable and may cause fatigue after a full work day. On the upside, despite not having ANC, they should likely do a decent job at blocking out background chatter.

7.5 Wireless Gaming

These headphones are satisfactory for wireless gaming. Their latency with the included USB dongle is great, and you shouldn't notice any delay issues whatsoever. Their microphone is also very good and your teammates should have no problem hearing and understanding you. Unfortunately, they aren't the most comfortable and likely will cause you discomfort during longer gaming marathons.

7.5 Wired Gaming

These headphones are satisfactory for wired gaming. Their wired latency is almost identical to wireless, meaning these will work well for either use. They can be plugged into an Xbox One controller via the 1/8" TRRS cable, which makes them more versatile than previous Corsair gaming headsets. They can also be used wired while charging, which is good as they take four hours to charge.

7.4 Phone Call

Like most gaming headphones, these are decent for phone calls. Their boom microphone records and transmits speech very well, and does a very good job at separating your speech from background noise, such as subway trains. Unfortunately, they aren't the most portable, so they may not be great for taking phone calls on-the-go.

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