Logitech Chorus brings near off-ear speakers to Quest 2 for $100.
Quest 2’s built in strap-pipe audio keeps the headset portable and relatively affordable, but the audio quality and loudness leaves a lot to be desired. Logitech has offered earphones and headphones for Quest 2 since the headset’s launch almost two years ago, each having a short cable for practicality. But the G333 earphones have to be awkwardly wired from the audio port to the left ear with the cords getting in the way, and the G Pro headphones are a hassle to pull over your head on top of the Quest. Both completely cut you off from the real world.
Chorus is instead near off-ear speakers, a concept first brought to VR by Valve’s Index. It attaches directly to the Quest 2’s strap arms, with each side connected by a cable that threads through the headset’s top strap to become almost invisible. It connects via USB-C, but has its own USB-C port so you can still charge the headset – but this doesn’t support Link.
Rotating the speakers back 90 degrees automatically mutes them, letting you quickly talk to other people in the room without changing the volume or taking the headset off.
Chorus uses “custom tuned” 47.4mm x 20.3mm balanced mode radiators (BMRs) which Logitech claims provide “a huge sound stage” of “clear, natural sound”. The company is sending us a unit which we plan to review to test this claim.