Roccat Kave 5.1 Headset Review

Roccat Kave Features

Roccat Kave 5.1   Headset Review

Roccat Kave Features

Firstly Roccat have taken into account the fact that not everyone wants to compromise their sound quality when taking their headsets to LAN parties or similar. Without needing to remove anything or flip any switched the earpieces fold inwards to compress the size of the headset to transportable dimensions.

The cans themselves are exceptionally well padded and covered in high grade leather. A mark of the quality that pervades throughout them is the high-class stitching. Effort put into these little details is very reassuring.

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The headband is also very thick with a quality Roccat logo embossed into it. You can also see one of the three 40mm speakers that produce the surround.

No plastic here. The sizing band is made of very sturdy metal and has a very smooth action allowing for precise size control that wont slip at all once in place.

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The microphone is both very flexible and also nice and thin. We've seen a lot of microphones that were so large they were almost distracting. However it still provides excellent quality both across Skype and other VOIP applications, as well as in game communications.

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As you can see, even vertically it holds its shape without issue. For when you need to transport them, or should you just wish to separate the microphone for some reason, it comes off easily thanks to it's RF style jack.

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Attention to detail extends even to the jack plugs. Have you seen such well looked-after jack plugs before? The sleeving is, although plastic, also very high quality and the plug covering is as good as we've come across.

Roccat call this a "Tip N Control", whereas it's a volume control and so much more. The Ring controls the volume of the entire headset, similar to any other volume you've come across. The centre of the ring is a large mute button. Very handy indeed as anyone who's struggled to quickly hit a tiny mute switch will attest.

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If you want to make sure your discussion about what's for dinner isn't broadcast to the world then there is also a nice large Mic Mute button that, well, mutes your microphone. This is also easy to hit in a hurry, or in the dark. Kudos needs to go to Roccat for covering every little thing so well. When the microphone is muted the little clear ring near the end you can see above glows blue so you can tell at a glance why your team-mates aren't following your orders.

Finally if you lift the flap, the Tip part one assumes, you uncover a multitude of sliders that allow you to adjust the volumes of the Centre, Front, Rear and Sub channels respectively. This is an absolute boon and makes fast changes to the sound quality a cinch. Below that is the toggle that swaps between the game and movie modes respectively.

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In design terms it's as solid and user-friendly as almost anything we've seen. Let's find out if the sound matches up.

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Most Recent Comments

25-05-2010, 07:11:36

nive review,they seem niceQuote

25-05-2010, 07:42:58

Just went to order one but my bank card has expired!!! noooooooooo oh well have to wait a few daysQuote

25-05-2010, 17:32:39

Excellent review there.

Had my pair for about two months now and can't say I've ever been so happy with a headset. These things are much higher quality than my Sennheiser PC-350 headset. The sound quality is miles apart, even more amazing considering they costed about 70% of the PC-350 cost at the time.

The only draw back for me is that I find the ear cups to feel a little warm on the ear on extended use (7+ hour sessions)... but those sessions aren't a frequent thing for me.Quote

26-05-2010, 12:01:11

are these the same? these say Kave Solid?

26-05-2010, 14:14:26

Originally Posted by name='AMDFTW'
are these the same? these say Kave Solid?
Headband is solid fella. Cans are the same, band isnt. look rank if you ask me.Quote

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