Logitech has introduced the Chorus, a $99 audio accent that goals to bolster sound high quality popping out of the Meta Quest 2 VR headset. The attraction of the Chorus, versus utilizing over-ear or in-ear headphones it’s possible you’ll already personal, is that it helps you to stay extra current in actuality with its open-back, off-ear audio system a la Valve Index.
It slides onto both sides of the VR headset (appropriate with the inventory strap or Meta’s Elite straps), and the audio system can swivel to search out the proper positioning on your ears. Their quantity is managed by the Quest 2’s quantity rocker. It’s powered through the Quest 2’s USB-C port, although it helps USB-C passthrough, so you’ll be able to maintain your headset charged or join different gadgets to it.
Logitech claims that the audio system characteristic custom-tuned drivers that should ship each the “biggest moments and the tiniest details in the metaverse.” And due to their open-back nature, they gained’t stand in the method of letting ambient sound into your ears. There are execs and cons to this strategy to speaker design. Sometimes, they supply hotter, extra life-like sound high quality, and the open-back design may very well be a safer approach to play VR for you. I already talked about the largest draw back: there’s sometimes little or no noise isolation, each for the listener and for individuals who could also be inside earshot. So, these won’t be the finest answer for individuals who need privateness whereas in VR.
Logitech isn’t precisely up towards a lot competitors right here. At $99, this may very well be a worthwhile improve for individuals who need extra immersion than what the Quest 2’s piddly (but surprisingly succesful) strap-integrated audio system can provide. Though, it’s not the solely improve route accessible for Quest 2 house owners. In our YouTube video detailing a few of my favorite Quest 2 features, tips, and recommended add-ons, I highlighted that you would, for round the identical worth, seize HTC’s Deluxe Audio strap, which options good-sounding headphones plus a set of strap converters to get a considerably comparable (however much less polished) impact to what the Chorus claims to supply. It’s probably not a lot of a hack, however you would additionally simply plug in any set of wired 3.5mm headphones into the Quest 2.