Summary: Final Thoughts
Looking at the Roccat Kave as an overall package, it’s hard not to recommend it. It delivers great sound quality and performance. The construction of the headset is worth noting again. Even though it’s a bit on the heavy side, it has an amazingly solid feel to it which makes it a great choice for LAN’s or tossing it in a bag for on the go use. I also really liked the options provided in the desktop controller.
Pros: Great audio quality for gaming and just about anything else, Solid construction and design, Desktop controls are quick and convenient, Removable mic and fold up design makes it a great option for LAN use
Cons: The headband causes comfort issues after extended use
Excerpt: Aside from visual graphics, audio feedback is one of the most important ways gamers discern information about their gaming world. Audio cues are incredibly important, in fact, during multiplayer first person shooters when enemies are located behind the player or to the side. A good set of headphones or speakers can allow a gamer to detect an opponent before he even sees them.
Excerpt: ROCCAT is a new player in the US computer peripheral market, but they’ve been around on the European scene for some time. The company is looking to make a big statement with their initial US product lineup, and their first audio offering is the Kave 5.1 analog surround sound headset . The Kave 5.1 headset is a true 5.1 headset in that it doesn’t rely on virtual surround sound voodoo.
Summary: The best features of the Kave are its portability, having a good surround performance while gaming, and its microphone. The use of the illuminated tip to indicate whether the microphone is on mute is great. Because of the small rectangular opening on the ear cups, no sound bleeds to the microphone. On the other hand, that shape is somewhat uncomfortable and can be tiring on the ear. The separate unit allows on-the-fly independent volume control.
Summary: The ROCCAT Kave headset design is good up to a point. The noisy amplifier, general sound quality and the headband construction is a major let down. The mechanical design is ROCCAT at its best, it is durable, light weight and easily adjustable, however, the rest of the design could do with a bit more attention. After a lot of tweaking you can get good surround sound performance, but with it comes a loss of detail that is massive.
Pros: True 5.1 surround sound, External USB powered amplifier, Good directional positioning in games compared to price, Good quality microphone, Very good build quality, Microphone mute LED, Light weight
Cons: Music and movie playback sound quality, Coherency issues, Noisy amplifier section, Slightly annoying headband
Excerpt: Roccat Studios of Germany will be blitzkreig’ing both our desks and our ears soon this February, with the introduction of their new line of gaming peripherals to North America - starting with this Roccat Kave 5.1 Surround Headset. Their US debut at CES 2012 generated quite the buzz, and they offered me to test drive this product, as well as their upcoming keyboard and mouse, which will also soon be reviewed here at BSN*.
Conclusion: It also has a Movie and Game preset switcher, though there is hardly any difference between both. However, I do feel that the Movie preset gives a better surround than the Game preset which appears to ‘normalize’ the sound throughout.
Summary: Overall the ROCCAT Kave is a good gaming headset, providing a few unique features that make it stand out from the competition. But this doesn't mean that the Kave is much more expensive than other headsets; in fact it is priced almost identically to the Logitech G35.
Conclusion: Overall the ROCCAT Kave is a good gaming headset, providing a few unique features that make it stand out from the competition. But this doesn't mean that the Kave is much more expensive than other headsets; in fact it is priced almost identically to the Logitech G35.The sound quality produced is impressive on the whole even if music playback does lack slightly.
Excerpt: The ROCCAT Kave are a AWESOME True 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset. Designed for maximized comfort and functionality The headband contains 3 separately bedded pads which guarantee an equal weight distribution. The ear cups ar...