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Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT Review

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is a 2021-model mid-range gaming headset with large earcups and a heavily cushioned headband. This device is made with decent materials, featuring faux leather cushions. Offering both Bluetooth and USB RF wireless connectivity options, it’s quite versatile. Check out our highest-rated gaming headset to explore similar devices.

It’s equipped with customizable RGB lights and ships with a detachable boom mic with excellent recording abilities. In addition to the wireless connectivity methods, it has a detachable 3.5mm cable to provide wired connectivity. On-ear controls handle the volume, calls, and music playback for intuitive operation. Although it has a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets, it lacks noise cancellation and channel-mixing controls. See details about VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT below, and opt for the EasySMX Cool 2000 if you require a more affordable option.

Consensus

our Verdict

The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is a powerful wireless gaming headset that can connect to your PC, Xbox, or PS5 using various options, including Bluetooth, a USB wireless receiver, and a 3.5mm audio cable. The headphones sound good but struggle to deliver consistent quality, especially in the bass and treble ranges. You may find yourself constantly adjusting the fit to get more consistency. Fortunately, the Corsair headphones are compatible with iCUE software, which includes a graphic EQ feature to customize the sound profile. The detachable boom mic also offers clear audio quality.

These wireless headphones boast RGB lighting and a comfortable design. The ear cups and headband both feature thick padding, which is good for extended gaming sessions. You can even swap the ear cups, but your purchase doesn’t include any from the get-go.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Includes Customizable Graphic EQ
    • This Corsair headset offers a warm overall sound profile out of the box, which you can customize to your liking, which is great for gamers of all kinds. These headphones are compatible with Corsair’s iCUE software, which includes an easy-to-use graphic EQ.

    • You can also use this software to customize the headset’s RGB lighting, which is a nice touch.

  • Comfortable, Swappable Padding
    • If you like to play games for extended periods, then you’ll like the Corsair’s thick padding on the ear cups and headband.

    • You can also swap out the ear cup padding for different options. This gives you an even greater level of control over how your headphones fit.

  • Clear Microphone Audio
    • The included detachable boom microphone offers clear sound quality, even in moderately loud environments. This allows you to take phone calls and chat with your team members in-game without a problem.

Reason to Avoid

  • Inconsistent Sound Delivery
    • The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT headset struggles to deliver consistent audio quality, especially based on your specific fit. They struggle most with treble and low bass frequencies, so your game audio may lack the thump you expect.

  • Bulky, Unstable Fit
    • While comfortable, these headphones are bulkier than other kinds of gaming headsets, mostly due to their thicker padding. This can make them more difficult to store and carry. They’re also heavier than other options, weighing in at 0.9 pounds.

  • Poor Noise Isolation
    • This Corsair gaming headset doesn’t offer any kind of active noise cancelation functionality, and its passive noise cancelation is disappointing. Poor noise isolation makes you likely to hear ambient noise from the environment around you during intense gaming sessions.

Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT Specs

Adjustable HeadbandAdjustable HeadbandYes
Auto-Adjusting HeadbandAuto-Adjusting HeadbandNo
Battery LifeBattery Life15 hrs
Compatible PlatformsCompatible PlatformsAndroid, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X
Connector SizeConnector Size3.5mm, USB
Detachable MicDetachable MicYes
Driver SizeDriver Size50mm
Earcup Foam MaterialEarcup Foam MaterialMemory Foam
Headphone FitHeadphone FitOver-ear
Max Frequency ResponseMax Frequency Response40,000Hz
Min Frequency ResponseMin Frequency Response20Hz
Noise CancelingNoise CancelingNo
Product WeightProduct Weight0.84 lbs
Programmable ButtonsProgrammable ButtonsNo
WirelessWirelessYes
Wireless ConnectivityWireless ConnectivityBluetooth, Slipstream Wireless Technology

All Specs

Test Results

Max Volume (dB)75
Microphone Sound Quality Rating (out of 10.0)8.15
Speech To Noise Ratio (dB)26.39
BT Latency (ms)228
Non-BT Latency (ms)0
Low End Roll Off (Hz)130.713
High End Roll Off (Hz)2,313.874

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Market Context

The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is a 2021-model mid-range gaming headset with large earcups and a heavily cushioned headband. This device is made with…

The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is a 2021-model mid-range gaming headset with large earcups and a heavily cushioned headband. This device is made with decent materials, featuring faux leather cushions. Offering both Bluetooth and USB RF wireless connectivity options, it’s quite versatile. Check out our highest-rated gaming headset to explore similar devices.

It’s equipped with customizable RGB lights and ships with a detachable boom mic with excellent recording abilities. In addition to the wireless connectivity methods, it has a detachable 3.5mm cable to provide wired connectivity. On-ear controls handle the volume, calls, and music playback for intuitive operation. Although it has a companion app with a graphic EQ and presets, it lacks noise cancellation and channel-mixing controls. See details about VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT below, and opt for the EasySMX Cool 2000 if you require a more affordable option.

The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is nearly identical to the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE, featuring a similar warm sound profile. The difference is…

The Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is nearly identical to the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE, featuring a similar warm sound profile. The difference is that the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT supports Bluetooth, allowing users to stream audio while gaming, unlike the SE, which only connects via a USB dongle. See our Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless SE review for a deep analysis of the SE.

Equipped with Bluetooth tech and a USB wireless dongle, the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is more suited to mobile devices and consoles than the…

Equipped with Bluetooth tech and a USB wireless dongle, the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT is more suited to mobile devices and consoles than the Corsair VOID RGB ELITE Wireless, which relies exclusively on a USB cable. However, the VOID offers a more neutral sound profile, which is more pleasant than the warmer soundscape of the VIRTUOSO. See our Corsair VOID RGB ELITE Wireless review to learn more.

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless has a more neutral sound profile, so it sounds better than the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT, which produces rather…

The HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless has a more neutral sound profile, so it sounds better than the Corsair VIRTUOSO RGB Wireless XT, which produces rather warm sounds. It also has a 30.7-hour battery life, running much longer than the Corsair device, which only manages 18.3 hours on a single charge. That said, the VIRTUOSO supports Bluetooth, making it more versatile. Check out our HyperX Cloud 2 Wireless review to learn more.

Adjustable Headband

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Auto-Adjusting Headband

No

No

No

No

Battery Life

15 hrs

20 hrs

16 hrs

30 hrs

Compatible Platforms

Android, iOS, Mac, Nintendo Switch, Nintendo Switch – OLED Model, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

Android, Mac, Nintendo Switch, PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Xbox One, Xbox Series S, Xbox Series X

PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5, Windows

PC, PlayStation 4, PlayStation 5

Connector Size

3.5mm, USB

3.5mm, USB Type-C

Console Cable

USB Type-C

Detachable Mic

Yes

Yes

No

Yes

Driver Size

50mm

50mm

50mm

53mm

Earcup Foam Material

Memory Foam

Memory Foam

Memory Foam

Memory Foam

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Score Card

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Expert Score

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True Score

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  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    68
    The Corsair VIRTUOSO are okay for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a… Read More

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  • Rtings
    101.8

    Category Trust Rating

    68
    The Corsair VIRTUOSO are okay for neutral sound. Out of the box, they have a… Read More

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  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    In spite of its high price, limited battery life and imperfect compatibility, the Corsair Virtuoso… Read More

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  • Tom’s Guide
    62.71

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT marries excellent sound quality with a stylish design and… Read More

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    Jake Thauvette, Vanessa Mccuaig, And Yannick Khong
  • Sound Guys
    67.47

    Category Trust Rating

    78
    The Corsair Virtuoso RGB Wireless XT brings Bluetooth support to the Virtuoso line, but that’s… Read More

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  • Sound Guys
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    78
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