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 enchantment of the Chorus, versus utilizing over-ear or in-ear headphones it’s possible you’ll already personal, is that it allows you to stay extra current in actuality with its open-back, off-ear audio system a la Valve Index.
It slides onto either side 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 to 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 possibly can hold your headset charged or join different units to it.
Logitech claims that the audio system function custom-tuned drivers that are supposed to ship each the “greatest moments and the tiniest particulars in the metaverse.” And due to their open-back nature, they received’t stand in the method of letting ambient sound into your ears. There are execs and cons to this method to speaker design. Generally, they supply hotter, extra life-like sound high quality, and the open-back design may very well be a safer option to play VR for you. I already talked about the greatest draw back: there’s usually little or no noise isolation, each for the listener and for individuals who could also be inside earshot. So, these may not be the greatest 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. Although, it’s not the solely improve route out there for Quest 2 house owners. In our YouTube video detailing a few of my favourite Quest 2 options, ideas, and beneficial add-ons, I highlighted that you possibly can, for round the identical value, seize HTC’s Deluxe Audio strap, which options good-sounding headphones plus a set of strap converters to get a considerably related (however much less polished) impact to what the Chorus claims to supply. It’s probably not a lot of a hack, however you possibly can additionally simply plug in any set of wired 3.5mm headphones into the Quest 2.