Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review

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Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review

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With brand identity and first impressions counting for so much in the fast moving world of technology, it's good to see that Roccat have continued with their ice-blue packaging and a really nice futuristic font. Everything is clearly laid out and with the blue/white lettering on the black background it is both eye-catching and readily identifiable as a Roccat product. Although nearly everyone pops along to the website for the latest drivers these days, it's still good to see an included CD. Something many manufacturers would do well to learn from, although naturally there is an environmental cost. 

Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review     Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review  

The Kave XTD is both familiar and new. Whereas the original Kave used three movable pads on the headband, with the XTD they have been consolidated into a single padded arrangement. The ear pieces are a combination of the soft-touch matte black that we're used to from Roccat, alongside piano black for some added glitz and glamour. The microphone is removable should you so desire, but otherwise inflexible.  

Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review     Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review  

One of the big surprises, especially given the price tag, is the all plastic construction of the headband. At the very least we'd expect metal hinges. Perhaps beneath this swathe of plastic there is a metal heart. However, there are 15 different height positions so you're guaranteed to find one that suits you. 

Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review     Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review  

The ear cups house the multiple speakers that show this off as a genuine surround headset rather than one that makes do with interpolation. The foam surrounds are surprisingly rigid and there is no foam option. 

Speaking of surprises there is a hell of a lot of cable here, but it's not braided. Surely times aren't that tough at Roccat? The velcro cable ties are of the very highest quality, so clearly it's a design decision. We quite like a bit of braid though, especially for this price.

Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review     Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review  

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Most Recent Comments

25-07-2014, 11:07:50

SuB
tut tut, forum link on the article isn't up to new standards.

Also any '5.1 7.1' multi-driver headset is a no for me I'm afraid, I've tried plenty in my gaming days and I'm now back to stereo with simulated surround, and none of these types of headsets can touch it for accuracy i'm afraid.

So as a gamer. My point scoring would be rather different :P

Still, nice to see the review good job as always.Quote

25-07-2014, 11:09:53

tinytomlogan
Quote:
Originally Posted by SuB View Post
tut tut, forum link on the article isn't up to new standards.

Also any '5.1 7.1' multi-driver headset is a no for me I'm afraid, I've tried plenty in my gaming days and I'm now back to stereo with simulated surround, and none of these types of headsets can touch it for accuracy i'm afraid.

So as a gamer. My point scoring would be rather different :P

Still, nice to see the review good job as always.
You want the wording like the forum side even though the link is different then?Quote

25-07-2014, 12:04:26

Dicehunter
Good review, I actually have the Kave 5.1's you can use with a soundcard i.e non XTD, They are good but nothing to write home about after trying Sennheisers, They are now in my backup box Quote
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