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Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset Review

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset Review admin
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Summary: The Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset has all the features needed to immerse yourself into a true audio experience for all your gaming needs

4.7

Audio magic!


Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset
Company: Roccat
Product: Gaming Headset
Reviewer: Peter Bourke

Ever since I’ve become an Apple aficionado, I’ve really moved away from traditional speakers because headphones or headsets really gives you a very immersive audio experience. Sure I love my Sony 5.1 Surround Sound speaker system for my PC but sometimes you just want to go another level and this level is achieved via gaming headsets.

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This is where the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset comes into play which gives the gamer real 5.1 surround sound thanks to its 40mm driver units and 30mm vibration unit that gives you a very clear audio experience. Each earcup also has three driver units. Another thing I liked about this headset was not just the audio quality but how comfortable and relatively light this gaming headset is. This allows you to become truly immersed in whatever virtual world you are experiencing and with that said, the headset produces excellent audio levels for both music and movies.

Another interesting feature of this gaming headset is that it supports its own sound card which basically allows it to channel its 5.1 surround sound capabilities and like all good products for gamers, it even supports a noise-cancelling microphone. When it comes to design, the Kave is quite a comfortable headset thanks to its faux leather cushions and the band is also padded. Adjusting the headset is firm without it being overtly stiff which definitely makes for easy access.

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It should be noted that the adjustable head band has numbers on it which is great for knowing what “numbers” your head size is. I also like the jet black colouring of the headset with its stylised earcups plus the Rocatt logo on the top of the headset. Overall, it’s a great design although perhaps a little too Spartan for some but nonetheless a great design.

Features

  • REAL 5.1 SURROUND SOUND
    with three driver units per earcup
  • PREMIUM INBUILT MULTI-CHANNEL SOUND CARD
    for rich, interference-free audio
  • SMARTPHONE TO HEADSET BLUETOOTH PAIRING
    let’s you handle calls on the fly
  • FULLY-EQUIPPED DESKTOP REMOTE
    total audio control at your fingertips
  • SUPREME COMFORT: ULTRA-LIGHT DESIGN
    suitable for lengthy gaming sessions
  • NOISE-CANCELING MIC WITH MUTE LED
    fully rotatable and completely removable
  • ROBUST AND DURABLE ENGINEERING
    built to last for long-term use
  • 5.1 SPEAKER PORTS FEATURE IN REMOTE
    for a seamless hook-up to your existing sound system
  • TANGLE-PROOF 3.6M CABLE
    for distraction-free gameplay

As mentioned, the microphone supports noise-cancelling which can be removed plus when muted, the microphone glows blue which is a great prompt for the user. The USB remote which connects to your PC allows the user to connect external speakers to the device and depending on movies or games, there are two buttons to swap between “Movie” and “Speakers”. There is also a large volume button with corresponding LED’s and four words that include Front, Center, Woofer and Rear which can be tweaked. Just below this on the “legs” are two buttons to take incoming calls and to mute the microphone.

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Technical Specification

CENTER/FRONT/REAR DRIVER UNITS

Frequency response: 20~20.000Hz
Max. SPL at 1kHz: 115±3dB
Max. input power: 50mW
Drive diameter front: 40mm
Drive diameter rear:
40mm

VIBRATION DRIVER UNITS

Frequency response: 20~100Hz
Max. input power: 300mW
Drive diameter: 30mm

MICROPHONE

Frequency response: 10~10.000Hz
Sensitivity at 1kHz: -32±2dB
Directivity: omni-directional
Diameter: 4×1.5mm
Impedance: 2.2 kΩ + 15%

SYSTEM

Connection: USB
Impedance: 32 Ω
Cable length: 3.6m
Weight (Headset only): 335gr

The sound quality of Kave XTD produces some great distortion free sounds with perfect levels. I tested a variety of games on the headset and I must admit that the 5.1 surround sound works extremely well and there were quite a few sounds and noises that I’ve never heard before. Another highlight were movies such as LEGO The Movie and Need for Speed really made use of the system well. Music was equally as good and all in all, I really cannot fault the audio quality of this product.

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The Kave XTD comes with some software to maximise the headset even more and I must admit that I had a blast playing with the Xear Magic Voice feature. With the microphone, this feature allowed you to change your voice into a variety of creatures, including a menacing monster. The software even has some great equalizer presets such as metal or movie or it can be manually tweaked. You can even save your own sound profiles and all in all, this is where the brain centre is for the Kave XTD.

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Lastly another useful feature is the incorporation of Bluetooth into the headset which allows you to sync your smartphone to answer calls while you are using the headset. This is achieved by pressing the button on the USB remote which reduces the sound from the PC in order for you to take your call. What can I say but awesome?

Final Thoughts?

If you’re a hardcore PC gamer, then the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset has all the features needed to immerse yourself into a true audio experience for all your gaming, movies and musical needs. The only thing I would suggest to Roccat is a wireless edition but apart from that, I’m in audio heaven!

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