Roccat Kave Headset – Review

In the market for a new surround sound gaming headset? There are not a ton of options when it comes to a headset that offers surround sound, but it is still important to research your options in order to make an informed purchase. In this review I’ll talk about the Roccat Kave 5.1 surround sound gaming headset, here it goes.

Features

  • Real 5.1 surround sound with speakers aligned at a 12° angle
  • Microphone with mute LED fully rotatable and completely removable
  • Tip n’ Control desktop remote for central management of all volume functions
  • Dual sound profile with movie and game settings
  • Solid Aluminium hinges enabling heavy duty use
  • Especially comfortable earcups featuring external noise cancellation, hand-sewn
  • Adjustable vibration unit for a realistic gaming experience
  • Headband with three pads for equal weight distribution
  • Easy to carry folding and compact design

Design and build quality

First off, I must say, the Kave (pronounced ‘cave’) is a very sexy headset. It’s beautifully designed with the Roccat name along to top of the headband and the logo on each earpiece. The Kave is very flexible and can be adjusted for any head size for a comfortable yet snug fit. The hand-sewn ear pads are big and soft and couple your ears nicely – as if they are in a little sound room with soft, plush walls. The headband has three pads that can tilt to cushion the top of your head but can sometimes irritate your head because of the smaller pads on them (I sometimes get small imprints on my head when the headset is not properly placed). The overall build feels very solid due in most part to its aluminum hinges. The Kave also folds up in a small package for easy transportation or storage.

Sound and volume

The Kave offers true 5.1 surround sound and not emulated 7.1 (like the Razer Megalodon or Logitech G35). It contains speakers angled at 12 degrees to produce beautiful 3D sound for a full 360 degree awareness. All you need is a 5.1 soundcard and a powered USB port. The desktop remote has sliders for center, front, rear and sub volume controls as well as two built-in sound profiles for games or movies. The remote also has a circular volume dial and at its center is the mute button. There is a small mic mute button to turn off the microphone and this also activates a blue LED light at the tip of the mic so you know if it’s on or off. The mic is also fully removable.

Conclusion

Overall, the Kave is a very comfortable headset that produces great surround sound. After many hours of gaming with Counter-strike: Source, Battlefield: Bad Company 2 and Left 4 Dead 2, I can say this headset provides excellent sound positioning and you can tell from which direction a certain noise is coming from. Its solid build and quality ensures it will endure wear and tear as well as any punishment a headset might be exposed to. The great ear pads offer excellent comfort for hours of gaming, not to mention they look great. If you’re in the $150 market for a surround sound headset, you should definitely give the Roccat Kave a look.

Specifications
Centre/Front/Rear Drive Units

  • Frequency response: 20-20,000Hz
  • Max. SPL at 1KHz: 114±3dB
  • Max. input power: 100mW (30mW)
  • Drive diameter front: 40mm
  • Drive diameter rear: 40mm

Vibration Driver Units

  • Frequency response: 20-100Hz ()
  • Max. input power: 1000mW
  • Drive diameter: 30mm

Microphone

  • Frequency response: 20-18,000Hz
  • Sensitivity at 1KHz: -36dB
  • Impedance:2.2KOhm +15%
  • Directivity: omni-directional
  • Diameter: 4×1.5mm

System

  • Connection: 4 X 3.5mm jack plug
  • Input impedance: 10KOhm
  • Cable length: 3,4m total (2,0m Remote > PC)
  • Between ear cups and remote: 140cm
  • Between remote and splitter: 180cm
  • Between splitter and PC: 20cm