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ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Headset Review

By: Chris Smith | Headsets in Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: May 13, 2015 2:12 am
TweakTown Rating: 88%Manufacturer: ROCCAT

A Dota 2 analysis

 

Booting up my game of choice, I have been testing all headsets recently with Dota2 including the Cloud I and II, the Astro A40, both of Sentey's offerings, the Plantronics GameCom 788 and more.

 

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There's once again no discomfort or major sweating provided by this high-quality headset, but there was a little discomfort once the headset was removed around the underside of my ears. The headset and ear cups are quite large meaning they cover a large portion of your head and will likely cause either more discomfort or cause more pleasure in your experience depending on your head shape. Smaller-headed human beings can jump with joy at this feature - larger ones (like myself) will weep with sadness - but two weeks of use should break it in just fine!

 

This issue is something commonly seen in mid-range headsets and especially those from Tt eSPORTS. From personal experience (and working for the company for four years), a lot of their headsets may feel like they have too much squeeze at first, but two weeks of use will break them in and you'll forget there were any issues in the first place.

 

 

Let's keep gaming

 

Moving along to the cool old school tunes of Hotline Miami, this game helps show the headset provides a well-rounded experience and the analog feature also comes a little into play here. I'm not going to test this headset extensively with competitive FPS' including Counter Strike or Quake as that's what everyone seems to do and not everyone plays these types of games. What I'm going to do is pick something cool that's easily accessible 'to the masses' and let you know how it gets on. After all, what's the point in spending over $150 for a non-audiophile headset if it doesn't cover everything you want to play?

 

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To summarize the sound experience (as you may have noticed, this review is not so much focusing directly on the sound as others do), it's going to be perfectly adequate for anyone who's looking for a premium grade headset. It's up there with the HyperX Cloud II and ASTRO A40 experience, but nothing that will blow you out of the water, really.

 

The 5.1 setup does help a little here, but it's nothing massive when compared to something like the HyperX Cloud II. I was skeptical at first at the abundance of features, but the little stand for the in-line control unit is amazingly useful and it's certainly proven me wrong in that aspect.

 

The microphone being detachable is a great inclusion and it seems that after testing it with games, music and movies you're going to gather a solid all-round experience with this device as long as you're able to set it up properly. The vibration isn't something that I'm personally into (as outlined in a Sentey review before), but it's not something that will always suit everyone, personal discretion comes into play here.

 

In the end, I'm still not totally sold on the 5.1 experience - if professional Counter Strike players can win $100,000 tournaments using a $90 pair of 2.0 headphones, why can't you? 5.1 is great for enthusiasts and those looking for features and something different, however. It's also coupled with the fact the headset looks seriously cool.

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