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Finally, 5.1 without the speakers or cable clutter!,
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This review is from: Roccat Kave Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset (Personal Computers)This was my first gaming headset and my first venture into home surround sound. The cheapest "gaming" headset I was willing to consider was £40 (Plantronics 777), and then I saw these. At £64, it was 'only' an extra £24 which would give me the pleasure of stunning microphone quality, fantastic build quality and immerse me within games and movies - seemed like a no brainer. The main use of these headphones is within my bedroom and mostly for movies (but with the intent to get into PC gaming more), which is too small to get the benefit from a decent set of 5.1 speakers. I have recently heard the sound quality from a £150 set of 5.1 speakers and being brutally honest I prefer the surround sound from these headphones. The sound is more natural, crisper, and makes me feel more in the centre of the action. With movies, I really get that cinema experience. Big 46" TV, heated and massage chair, couple of cold brewskies... topped off with the bliss of hearing every single bullet fly past me, criminals breathing down my neck, helicopters flying overhead. My first 'test' of these headphones was to watch the Iron Man 2 scene where they are practising in the ring (where we are first introduced to Scarlet Johansen)... You can hear every swish of the fluid in his bottle, every gulp, the stretching of the ropes when 'Stark' exits the ring, the cracking of leather when he sits on the chair... It's such a joy to be able to hear the smallest noises you never knew even existed in your favourite movies.
And then we get onto gaming... Wow! Make no mistake, these are hardcore gaming headphones. In games like Modern Warfare 2 it almost sounds like cheating when you can hear the enemies footsteps so clearly, and it's easy to tell where they are coming from. It definitely gives you an edge and a seriously big advantage over your enemies - I'm consistently finishing rounds higher than I did before. It's not all down to hearing footsteps though - you have so much more fun with these than listening via speakers. You are immersed right into the battlefield and really feel like you are there. It makes you consider your 'health' (game character) a bit more since it sounds so real and I've found my strategies have changed from "all guns blazing" to being much more technical. In teamspeak I've also had multiple comments made about how crisp and clear the microphone is, and that alone has tempted a few of my friends to upgrade from their Creative's and Plantronics.
If for some reason you are still reading this review and not decided to purchase, the build quality on these are fantastic. The hinges are metal so you get a real sense of them being solid and lasting through years of abuse. The microphone itself is detachable which helps for easy portability, disconnect when not in use if you are paranoid, but most importantly if the mic ever develops a fault you can just replace it rather than buy a whole new headset again - mics are usually the first thing to go, so this feature could help extend the lifetime of these headphones. They have a great fit for me and my ears fit inside the 'cups' absolutely fine... my longest session so far has been 2.5hrs and my ears didn't hurt at all. The only downside about the build quality is that the headphones are a little on the heavy side, but you get used to it after a week or two and automatically adjust to the extra weight.
The few bad points:
- I was experiencing an extremely annoying hissing sound on these headphones. As it turns out, my motherboards on-board sound is pretty lousy (as is most). I purchased the Xonar DG 5.1 sound card (£23) and that eradicated the issue, proving the headphones were fine... But this further improved the audio from these headphones so for me it was an extra £23 well spent... but it still meant a higher initial outlay...
- The controller while extremely useful and having several functions, is heavy and quite large. While I have found a spot on my desk where it sits happily and out of the way, some people have bigger issues with it.
- The controller has a switch to change between a 'movie' and 'game' mode. While watching movies, the switch doesn't appear to make much difference at all - to me the sound is exactly the same. Within games the difference is negligible. If there is indeed a difference, it's either from a placebo effect or it's so small it may as well not be there.
- Similar to above, adjusting the center and rear slider doesn't seem to make much of a difference for me... even from low to high, it doesn't change much and seems quite subtle
All-in-all this is a fantastic bit of kit for the PC gamer. The sound quality is fantastic across the board - movies, games, music. It all sounds so much better than it did before and I'm discovering sounds I had not heard before, adding to a lot of excitement in movies and games especially. The microphone quality is truly superb and it will get some positive comments from your team mates and in some cases even your enemy! At £60-odd, yes, it's expensive for a headphone if you are new to the market... but you are getting more than a headset here - you are getting proven build quality and support, real 5.1 surround sound (none of the virtual/emulated rubbish from ALL other headphones in this price range) and a fantastic experience with gaming.
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Initial post: 1 Jan 2011 13:27:25 GMT
Mr. D. Collins says:
Game mode appears to increase the high range frequencies whereas Movie mode appears to increase the mid range frequencies. From the manual: "The `Game' setting is equivalent to the original 5.1 sound setting and is best suited to games, particularly first-person shooters. If you intend to watch films on the computer, `Movie' is the best setting as it ensures that the voices sound clearer and more defined."
Posted on 13 Mar 2011 12:18:00 GMT
Mrs. S. H. Wilks says:
hi, will this headset work for the xbox 360..? thanks !
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2011 12:51:36 GMT
Mr. C. Kay says:
No, i'm afraid this is designed for computers and sound systems - it won't work on laptops (unless it has surround sound output) or consoles.
In reply to an earlier post on 13 Mar 2011 13:05:19 GMT
Mrs. S. H. Wilks says:
oh, ok i think ill have to look around a bit more then, thank you for your help anyway.
Posted on 25 Jan 2013 14:53:57 GMT
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Posted on 25 Jan 2013 15:01:15 GMT
Last edited by the author on 25 Jan 2013 15:01:56 GMT
I have just bought these and a Asus Xonar DGX. 5.1 sound card and I'm having some problems. firstly no matter what setting I play around with I just can't get them to sound any good (yes I have every thing plugged into the correct sockets) and secondly. The volume ring and mute button work fine in the desktop but don't work at all in-game.
In reply to an earlier post on 25 Jan 2013 22:57:32 GMT
Mr. C. Kay says:
Sounds strange Butch, it may be something you'll need to check with Roccat's support.
What version of Windows are you running?
Do you have the latest Xonar DGX drivers installed?
Definitely got all cables connected correctly?
If you have 5.1 sound on your motherboard, do you still have the same issue with the headset connected to it?
I have none of these issues so I'm not too sure how much I can help but it may be best to start with the above
In reply to an earlier post on 27 Jan 2013 13:27:54 GMT
Last edited by the author on 27 Jan 2013 13:48:10 GMT
Mr. D. Collins says:
Try to keep the total configuration as simple as possible as this will make it easier to find out what the problem is and how to resolve it. The Asus Xonar DGX sound card has a lot of fancy stuff (an audio engine, sound effects and an on-board headphone amplifier) so turn off all the clever stuff in the sound card settings so that the sound is completely flat and neutral. Also do the same in Windows sound card settings as there may be conflicts. Find some other Asus Xonar DGX sound card reviews for tips on how best to install the card.
For example, with my X-Fi card I turned off CMSS-3D, Crystalizer, EQ, SVM, EAX. Ensure speakers are set to auto-detect and check it has detected 5.1 correctly by testing each speaker one at a time. Turn off Bass Boost - at least to start off with. Set card to game mode but try other modes for comparison.
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