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Linux on the desktop RGB lights in peripherals. In keeping with that trend, Corsair is showing off some funky-looking new headsets, some of which have RGB LEDs inside. That's supposed to make for "sound that you can see."
At the top of the lineup sits the $149 Void Wireless Dolby 7.1 headset, depicted above in a special-edition yellow. As the name implies, the headset can produce virtual 7.1 surround sound using Dolby technology. Corsair decorates the exterior with RGB LEDs that can reproduce 16.8 million colors, with a variety of brightness and animation options to boot. It uses 50mm drivers to fill your head with voices, and it also includes a unidirectional noise-canceling microphone so you can talk back to them.
The adjustable mic boom has some status LEDs at the end, a feature Corsair calls InfoMic, to show useful information like battery life and whether the mic is currently muted. The wireless version has an integrated battery that's good for 16 hours of use. The Void's wireless receiver is claimed ot have a range of 40 feet. Along with the special-edition yellow color scheme, the wireless model is available in black or titanium gray.
If you don't mind wires, you can save $50 and go with the Void USB Dolby 7.1 headset. This one uses the same 50mm drivers, unidirectional microphone, and RGB LEDs in a wired package with a USB connector. This headset's microphone has the InfoMic LEDs built-in, as well. The wired verison is available in black or white.
The last entrant doesn't seem to have RGB LEDs, if you're into that sort of thing. The Void Stereo headset uses a 3.5mm combination microphone/headphone plug suitable for game console controllers, smartphones, tablets, and some PCs that include the single jack. An included Y-splitter lets you plug in to devices with more typical split microphone and headphone jacks. The entry-level Void headset still has 50mm drivers and a unidirectional noise-canceling microphone, and it's built with the same angular design of its more expensive siblings. The Void Stereo rings in at $69, and it's only available in black.