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An honest 1 Yer review
Reviewed in the United States 🇺🇸 on June 29, 2022
This is a 1 year review of using this headset as my daily driver. Initially, I was very excited about this headset because of a few features, namely the removable mic, volume control wheel on the headset, and wireless connectivity; however, after 1 year of almost daily use, there’s a few things to note about the Virtuoso.
For starters, most of the headset is very well constructed. The headrest is soft but firm and has retained its comfort consistently over the last year. The metal construction for that and the joints attached to the earmuff housing are also metal construction and very sturdy and smooth. The earmuff housings though are simply made out of plastic and have not withstood the test of time. The plastic housing around the earmuffs near the metal joint has cracked on both sides of the left cup as well as around the entire outer housing of the headset on the right and left earmuffs (see images). All in all the housing gets a 7/10 for the solid construction of the metal framing and the poor quality of the plastic housings. Swap out the plastics for metal and I think it’d be a solid 9-10.
Next we have the ear padding. It’s definitely held up throughout this year but fall short in a few areas. The padding itself I find is too shallow for my ears which aren’t too large but slightly above average for sure. I found my ears getting fatigued after a while due to rubbing against the inner mesh of the earmuff (see images). Thankfully, the padding is able to be removed from the earmuffs but not without sacrifice. There are 3 tabs on the padding that slot into grooves on the headset and twist to lock in place, by simply removing the padding without using any excessive force, I managed to break 1 of the tabs on both sides of the padding (see images). Lastly the earmuffs tend to insulate heat very well which in some cases would be good, but in the summer it’s not the ideal choice. All in all the earmuffs get a 6/10 as well. While better than a lot of other headsets, the poor construction and lack of depth make this fall short of getting a better score.
Next up we had the controls on the headset. This is one of this headsets weakest points in my opinion. While the volumes wheel and power switch still feel great after a year, their functionality falls horribly short. The power switch has 2 main functions: to power on the headset when you want to use it wirelessly or to force the headset to rely on the wired power connection. Functionally, this means if your headset is plugged in to charge, there is no way to shut it off to save battery life. This switch also has a tendency to not respond. There are times where I will want to switch it from the powered connection to the wireless connection but the switch does not respond and I’ll have to flick it off and on again a few times before it responds. the volume slider also faces a worse level of inaccuracy than the power switch. I’ve attempted to use it on multiple occasions but using the wheel on the headset causes the volume to jump up and down rather than a consistent up OR down making the volume wheel virtually unusable. To that end I cannot attest how it’s stood up to consistent use wear and tear cause I was never able to rely on it consistently. The mic is the golden redeeming factor to this part of the review. Very clear quality, mute button has never failed me, the mic is removable if you use an external mic, and the active feedback I find very useful. Only downsides I’ve come across are the headsets audio feedback for when you mute or I mute will sometimes not play (which I mostly blame on the iCue software for the headset) and the mic pickup is VERY good. In some cases this is great but for some people not. In my case my chat rooms could hear myself AND my wife from across the house. The controls and adds get a 4/10 and only because the mic is great.
Finally we have one of the most important parts of a headset: the audio quality. This headset has some of the best audio quality of any headset I’ve owned. Clean mids, crisp highs and rich lows. I’ve never had an issue with the quality of the audio from this headset which is why I’ve stuck with it for so long despite its other fallbacks. I give the audio on this a 9/10 only because I’ve had better audio in another headset that has since been discontinued by its manufacturer.
Overall, the Corsair Virtuoso headset gets a 7/10 from me because there is a lot of room for improvement but is still an extremely solid headset.