Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review

Introduction

It's been a long time since we've seen a new product from Roccat come across the desk here at OC3D. When they first appeared on the market they came out of the blocks with some tremendous products, and the relative lack of updates only emphasises how good they were to begin with. Whilst other companies are chucking out new models that fix the flaws, Roccat sit back knowing that they've already broken barriers. Indeed, the fact they are mentioned in the same breath as some very famous companies, and yet are so new, says all that you need to know.

If new Roccat products are rare, then surround headphones are even rarer. When PCs moved from their placement as a beige box running dBase IV to something designed around gamers, so the 'more is more' mantra took hold and audio quickly went from plastic stereo speakers to 2.1, 5.1 and eventually 7.1 offerings. The recent trend has been away from sheer number of speakers towards 2 excellent ones, witness the Microlab Solo series, and headphones have gone the same way too. We've lost count of the number of stereo headsets we've witnessed, with the large majority of them aimed at the middle ground between smart device suitability and desktop PC designs.

As you can imagine a new Roccat headset, and one that is a genuine surround design too, is akin to finding a pound note in your change (other rarity similes available upon request). Without further ado let's see what is on offer from this updated Kave headset, and if it continues our love of the original.

Technical Specifications

As is so often the case with headsets, the numbers aren't really the meat of the affair. Nearly every headset has 40mm drivers with 20-20 response. However, the Roccat Kave XTD is even further removed from the plain specifications thanks to an inbuilt soundcard, audio pass through and Bluetooth tethering. Picture time..

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


Microphone

Frequency response:10~10.000Hz
Sensitivity at 1kHz:-32±2dB
Directivity:omni-directional
Diameter:4x1.5mm
Impedance:2.2 kOhm + 15%


System

Connection:USB
Impedance:32 Ohm
Cable length:3.6m
Weight (Headset only):335gr
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25-07-2014, 10:21:55

tinytomlogan
http://www.overclock3d.net/gfx/artic...151522783l.JPG

Today we're taking a look at a full 5.1 headset from Roccat, the Kave XTD. With an included soundcard and Bluetooth pairing, is it all things to all men?


See more on the Roccat Kave 5.1 XTD Digital Headset Review here

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.

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?

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
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