Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless: Full Test – Audio Headphones

Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless

                    

The Corsair Void Pro RGB Wireless stands out from the start for its very unusual design. Apart from the purely aesthetic consideration, it can be said that the helmet benefits from a rather neat and solid design. The hoop and ear cups are largely protected by plastic, but we can still see a metal base at the large hinges. The plastic used, especially at the central part of the arch, offers good flexibility. It is therefore far from having a very rigid helmet in the hands. Finishes are not a model of discretion (some screws and assembly marks are clearly visible), but they do not compromise the robustness of the whole.

There is a glossy finish on some of the headsets, to better enjoy the RGB backlight of the logo. This model is available in three colors: white (our test copy), black, and yellow (a "special edition" sold a bit more expensive).

The very peculiar shape of the atria, at the trapezoidal limit, can be particularly confusing when handling the helmet for the first time. According to the manufacturer, it has been studied to provide better comfort. In practice, this choice does not really affect the feeling of comfort: it slightly changes the location of the pressure points we are used to (especially in the jaw). Its very limited impact is mainly due to the very light rest around the ears: the helmet does not tighten much, or almost not enough. In addition, the material chosen (microfiber fabric) grips very little, which contributes to this general impression. In the end, the helmet is still relatively comfortable, even over long sessions, and offers a good compromise between insulation and ventilation.

Markers are placed on the hoop to find more easily its favorite setting.

Unfortunately, this good feeling of comfort is only valid for certain morphologies, especially big heads. Indeed, on the small and medium heads, the auricles do not support homogeneously around the pavilion. In other words, the smaller the head size, the more atria tend to yawn at the jaw. A more ovoid profile and a larger pivot of the atria vertically would certainly solve this problem. To a lesser extent, we also note that the weight is a little more focused on the ear cups, which tends to "drag" the helmet down. Combined with a very sparse foam on the hoop, it is sometimes possible that an annoyance is felt at the top of the flag. If this headset tempts you, a trial is more than recommended.

The Void Pro RGB Wireless does not offer 50,000 connection possibilities: it can only communicate wirelessly via the supplied dongle. The connection is completely transparent on PC. During our testing period, we did not notice any problems with unintentional stalls or wireless interruptions. The connection is stable if you stay less than 10 m in free field. Contrary to what might suggest the record, the Void Pro RGB Wireless is not usable wired via USB, and it is a shame. However, it is possible to charge the headset and use it wirelessly simultaneously. As for the consoles, this model is only compatible with the PS4. However, all voice prompts, volume control, and 7.1 virtual surround will need to be dropped on this platform.

Numerous sound indications (native) and voice (thanks to the communication with the PC application) are there to guide the user. We appreciate their excellent quality and intelligibility. A small led integrated under the left atrium also gives some clues about the status of the headset (connection and battery level). Some information circulating on the commercial sites indicate the presence of infoMic, a system of additional LEDs at the tip of the microphone. This is actually an error: this feature is no longer available on this version (it was on the previous version) .The possibilities of control are varied: there is a button of ignition and a button of cut of the microphone / microphone feedback management on the plate of the left atrium, and a multifunction button under the same headset. The latter allows you to manage the listening volume (direct control of the PC volume), choose on the fly between different equalization profiles (a support) or enable / disable the 7.1 virtual surround. We do not miss anything to play in good conditions.

The RGB Wireless Void Pro promises 16 hours of wireless time. In practice, this threshold, though quite low compared to some competitors, can only be achieved if the RGB lighting is off. If this is not the case, it falls quickly to 12 hours of use, at best. This allows you to chain a few game sessions before reloading the helmet, but this can be a little limited for the marathoners of the game, which will certainly have to recharge every two days.

The software Corsair Utility Engine (CUE), only available on PC, is essential to unlock all the possibilities offered by the helmet. Its installation allows first to activate voice alerts, access to EQ and 7.1 surround only with the headphone controls. It also gives access to other features: you can adjust and organize its EQ profiles (10-band graphic EQ), adjust the RGB lighting, set the microphone level and microphone return in the headset, whether or not to switch off the headset automatically or to know the battery level.

The possibilities are not lacking, but it is a pity that we must absolutely activate the application to access some basic features. We will go back for the clarity of the interface, far from being particularly intuitive and well organized. We would have greatly appreciated that all the useful information and the basic parameters are gathered in one and the same page, rather than having to look everywhere in the menus.

Without any correction, the Void Pro RGB Wireless has a soft and warm sound, which nevertheless lacks a little precision, clarity and air.

Frequency response measurement: no correction (black), with custom correction EQ (green).

This model draws a small curve in W, with a small preference for the bass, between 85 and 250 Hz approximately. This gives this round and warm aspect while boosting the base of many sources, and for good reason: the fundamental frequencies of many instruments are located in this zone (this is the case for example of the guitar, the piano, the body clear, saxophone or male voices). This aspect is reinforced by the pronounced retreat of the high mediums (and the feeling of clarity that goes with it), as well as by the lack of reactivity of the membranes just after the attack. So in the end we have loose bass, but a little too cottony. Fortunately, masking effects are fairly contained. The intelligibility of the voice is not too tainted by the small boost located between 1 and 1.8 kHz. This allows you to detach a minimum of the rest and give it a hair of presence. The headphones have a fairly soft treble approach, but we really regret the too sharp shyness of the treble extremes. This has a strong impact on the feeling of air, very withdrawn, as well as on the appreciation of the space and depth of the scene.

Measurement of membrane reactivity: square waves at 50 Hz.

Fortunately, the EQ compensates for some defects mentioned above. First, we can reduce the roundness of bass and give a little edge to the sound restitution by slightly lowering the area between 125 and 250 Hz and up a little more frankly the area around 4 kHz. Even if it is not enough to drastically change the deal, it is also possible to restore a chouïa air by boosting the band of 16 kHz. Unfortunately, there is nothing that can be done to improve the responsiveness of membranes. Regarding the 7.1 surround, it is a Dolby Headphones treatment (not to be confused with Dolby Atmos for Headphones) that virtualization load. Unsurprisingly, the result is disappointing. One can clearly perceive a reverberation / delay effect which spoils all the appreciation of the distance and alters the timbre of certain elements according to their distance. We prefer to stay in stereo to play.

The RGB Wireless Void Pro has a long gooseneck microphone that can be folded up when not in use, but is not removable. The microphone switches off automatically when it is raised, but it is also possible to do it at any time thanks to the dedicated button. A small led at the end allows to know its status at a glance. To limit plosives and breathing noises, a windshield is provided with the helmet. We advise you to use it to enjoy the best quality of capture.

The embedded microphone on this model does a good job. The signal is relatively clean and the surrounding noises are well detached from the voice. It is true that the frequency band is particularly tight on mediums and that the voice lacks body, but at least it is perfectly intelligible.
                

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