Tagged as a “high-fidelity” gaming headset by CORSAIR, the VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE offers a new look at a product sector that is full of obnoxious looking, poor sounding products. The elegant design of the VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE steers away from the gamer look of their popular VOID line, and adds a few upgrades not found in the HS series. With a pair of 50mm neodymium drivers, aluminum construction, memory foam earpads, and multiple connectivity options, the VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE is geared to impress.
Special thanks to CORSAIR for providing the VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE review sample!
Frequency Response – 20Hz – 40kHz
Sensitivity – 109dB (+/-3dB)
Impedance – 32 Ohms @ 2.5kHz
Drivers – 50mm Neodymium, matched pair
Audio – 7.1 Surround
Type – Omnidirectional
Frequency Response – 100Hz – 10kHz
Sensitivity – -42dB (+/-2dB)
Impedance – 2.2k Ohms
Connection – Detachable, Mini USB
Options – USB Type-C to Type-A, 3.5mm, USB Wireless (SLIPSTREAM 2.4Ghz)
Wireless Range – Up to 60ft
Dongle – SLIPSTREAM, USB Type-A
USB Cable – 1.5M, Type-A to Type-C
3.5mm Cable – 1.5M
Rechargeable Battery – Yes
Battery Life – Up to 20 hours
iCUE Support – Yes
Lighting – RGB
Surround Sound – Yes
Color – Gunmetal
Materials – Plastic, Aluminum
Platforms – PC, PS4
As we would expect from CORSAIR, the VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE arrived in a great looking retail package, with a side shot of the headset on the front of the box.
The backside of the retail packaging shows another image of the headset, and lists a few highlights like iCUE compatibility, SLIPSTREAM technology, and Discord certification. There is also a short feature list in four different languages, highlighting some of the more impressive offerings of this headset.
With the inner box removed from the retail marketing sleeve, we see a large CORSAIR ship logo on the front portion of the box.
This top lid slides off to reveal the headset laid out nicely on a soft cloth case that we will cover shortly. Not only was this a cool packaging design, but it hinted at what was to come with regards to the experience of unboxing and using this product. Removing the headset and case reveals an inner box with all of the necessary accessories to utilize the headset.
Included in this box is a 1.5M Type-C to Type-A USB cable, the SLIPSTREAM USB Type-A wireless dongle, detachable boom microphone, and 1.5M 3.5mm audio cable. There is also a packet containing the user guide, warranty, and regulatory information.
The included accessories are worth covering on their own, as their quality is at the level we would expect from CORSAIR’s premium headset, and not your average, generic components. First up is the 1.5M USB cable, which is fully braided and has CORSAIR’s updated USB ends. The mostly black end also sports a nicely textured portion towards the end, which really adds a high-end look and feel to the cable.
Next up is the SLIPSTREAM wireless dongle. This dongle provides 2.4Ghz wireless connectivity between the headset itself and you PC or PS4. The same black and aluminum aesthetic is applied to this component, and an illuminated CORSAIR logo acts as a status indicator.
The detachable boom microphone is a great feature of the VIRTUOSO SE, as it gives you a few more options when it comes to using the headset. You can leave the microphone attached and utilize it for your audio recording needs, or remove it if you don’t need to record anything or if you prefer a dedicated microphone.
The microphone attaches to the left side of the headset via Mini USB plug and port, and features a dedicated mute button near where it connects.
The boom of the microphone is flexible in order to get the right placement for your head shape, and the robust aluminum microphone body features a small opening in the side to pickup audio. While there is a very fine screen material inside the opening, no foam windscreen was included, though we would have liked to have seen one. A thin illuminated ring surrounds the microphone body near the tip, and is used to indicate the microphone’s mute status via a green or red glow.
Next up is the 1.5M stereo audio cable. This cable, like the USB cable, is of the braided variety, and also sports the same high-end black and silver look.
Last, but certainly not least, is the aforementioned cloth headset pouch. This cloth pouch is used to store the headset and any needed accessories when traveling or even when just when not in use. The quilted pattern exterior has the look of a high-end purse or bag, and the polished CORSAIR name badge further emphasizes the quality of this headset. A simple flap folds over from the rear of the pouch, and is kept in place with a few hidden magnets. Inside there is a soft cloth lining, and a small pocket will help keep your cables or wireless dongle organized. Our only complaint with the pouch is that the exterior material is a lint and fuzz magnet, and just sitting on our desk for a few days really proved that.