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Roccat Kave Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
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The difference between a great gamer and the rest is one who can react quicker. Imagine that you are within the heat of battle, you need to hear every movement, every reload your opponent makes, even before you can actually see them. Knowing the position of your enemy is the difference between getting a frag and you getting fragged. True gamers know that realistic 3D surround sound provides you with strategic information generated by your opponent's movements, so you can execute your next move. To truly experience the adrenaline soaked anticipation of gaming, the ROCCAT Kave is the next evolution for gamers, the next piece of their gaming arsenal.
The ROCCAT Kave Gaming Headset features full 5.1 real surround sound so that gamers can experience every footstep or explosion as if they were in the real world. Now imagine a headset, not with simulated, but with very real 40mm speakers plus an additional vibration unit, arranged at a 12° angle, embedded into each ear cup. This high quality technology will provide gamers with a rich, detailed, realistic gaming environment to further bring these digital worlds to life.
Hear your opponents coming, watch them fall
Do you enjoy playing first person shooters with headphones? Well, ROCCAT knows that gamers want to hear every sound that happens in their environment as it can be the difference between winning or losing. So if you have asked yourself the question "Where is he?" before, with the ROCCAT Kave you won't have to ever again. A true gaming advantage, because no matter which game you play, you will hear opponents coming from behind or from the sides. So make your opponent's day a little bit worse and yours a lot better and take the next step to becoming a gaming legend.
Sometimes, working as a team is the only way to accomplish a mission and to do so you need clear communication. Included with the ROCCAT Kave is a fully rotatable and completely removable microphone. For the times that you do not wish to accidently giving away information, you can be absolutely certain that communication lines are closed as the ROCCAT Kave microphone comes with a illumination mute LED. This way you can tell whether the microphone is muted, easily as never before.
Hear the noise, feel the comfort
The ROCCAT Kave has been ergonomically designed to ensure that gamers can play in comfort. The three tier bedded pads, equally distribute weight so that the headset is perfectly positioned to maximise the audio effect. The ROCCAT Kave is a solidly made headset with aluminium hinges, to allow for heavy duty gaming that all gamers demand of their audio hardware. To further enhance the luxuriousness of the headset, each ear cup is hand-sewn with soft material to make the comfortable experience even more amazing. The earphones surround the ear which aids in external noise cancelling, so that gamers hear what is most important to them - their opponents.
The ROCCAT Kave has the added ability to switch sound profiles so that you can choose between game and movie sound. So whether you wish to watch a movie or start an intensive gaming session you can select the optimum profile to maximise the surround sound. This becomes even more important, as due to the portable foldable design of the Kave headset, you can safely and conveniently take your headset with you whether that is to your next gaming LAN or simply on the road.
Control Your Audio Experience With ROCCAT
As with other ROCCAT products the Kave has been designed for maximised comfort and functionality. The Tip'n'Control Desktop Remote can be placed firmly on your desktop to control the extraordinary functions of this stunning headset. You can manage over-all volume, as well as separately control the center, front, rear volume and bass. You can even switch between the sound-profiles or select the mute functionality. The desktop control enables you to adjust and configure the Kave headset to any situation, where and how you need it to.
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I liked the idea of trying real 5.1 sound instead of psychoacoustics (like my X41 have), and the build quality and sound quality (from the reviews) seemed to be ahead of the asking price so I decided to buy them. I read the negative comments with as much attention as I did the positive ones, so I was ready for what to watch out for.
I was impressed with the build quality when I got them out the box. I knew they were going to be heavy, but I was happy to accept that as a caveat to wanting multiple high quality drivers per can. A total of 6 high quality drivers is going to add some heft. All seems to me made to the typical high standard we could expect from a German company. I like that the hinges are made out of aluminium instead of plastic for example. It looks and feels built to last.
As I was using on-board sound, I was ready for some cross talk interference. When I first plugged these in, that is exactly what I got in abundance. It was alarmingly loud. But after a reboot, it all went away so don't judge these until you have plugged these in, let Windows do it's auto driver thing and then a re-start. If with your setup this still leaves you with noise, I recommend a cheap USB 5.1 sound card. A quick search on this web site for just that will quickly find you one. I bought one in haste when I assumed that I was going to need one. The cheap blue one you will find works perfectly well.
The sound is nothing short of astonishing. It took a little while fettling with my output settings to get the balance and levels right, but once achieved I was grinning from ear-to-ear playing Planetside 2. It is now so much easier to locate the direction of approach of an enemy Scythe (dirty Vanu scum *spits*) so I can more quickly get a lock on him, and send his purple hyde into oblivion. Incoming tank rounds fizz past my head, and have on occasion actually made me duck! The directional qualities of the X41s was good, but these are on another level.
Far Cry 3's jungles squawk, growl and buzz with activity I simply didn't know was there before. Even when you first load into your `home' in the game, there is an effect of a fly buzzing around your room. I just stood in the middle of the room and listened to it buzzing about. This actually served as a better 5.1 demo than the heavily over-produced demo you get on the cd with these headphones. Guards positions are now easily determined by their random statements about their urinary infections. While that only serves as a bonus to the absurdly easy `spotting' feature this game has, it is definitely very handy for avoiding a toothy death at the jaws of the local wildlife. This isn't always so easy to spot, so being able to get an early warning of a Tiger or Komodo Dragon closing in has definitely given me an edge.
So I suppose considering the tone of this review so far, the next bit might surprise you: I am considering sending them back. I am willing to accept the odd design flaw here or there, but there is one I simply cannot live with. Discomfort. It is such a silly design flaw too. The top of the headband has only three, rectangular pads to sit on top of your head. Furthermore each "pad" is only padded around the edges! What happens when you apply pressure on a small and narrow edge? How do knives work? Come on Roccat. You can't possibly tell me these are comfy to wear for more than half an hour? All that weight that I mentioned earlier rests on only the top centre pad, right on the top of your head. After about 15 minutes I find myself constantly shifting the headband about to ease the discomfort on the part of my skull they have been pressing on. No amount of headband adjustment relieves it. It was most certainly form over function. Very very un-German.
Add to this the leather ear cups that make my ears sweat like a race horse, and I am missing the comfort of my Turtle Beach headphones now. Their light weight build and foam ear cups made them a joy to wear for hours on end, even if their surround sound wasn't as precise as these.
I am going to persevere with them, as I am looking at improving the padding myself somehow. I don't feel I should have to, but I like the sound so much I'm willing to give it a go. But for that reason two stars have to go from the rating. It was so easily avoided if they had just followed every other manufacturer of headphones for the headband. There is a reason they ALL go for a large continuous padded band across the top; to spread the weight. Maybe if you have a very fluffy hair style to add extra padding you'd be ok.
Edit: Thanks to a very helpful tip from someone commenting on this review, I have since put the discomfort issue to bed. I ordered some Junior Seatbelt covers. They are padded Velcro cushions that just about fit around the headband. Very comfortable to wear now.
So far only had these a week so I can't speak for longevity. I'll give it a few months and if mine also break like the other reviews here I'll report back. If they last I might consider adding a star back, but sorry Roccat, it's 3/5 for now.
Today on the 17th Dec 2013 i have had to have them replaced as the mic has more or less stopped working, disappointed with that, however one phone call to Amazon and new set on the way, also offered be a refund despite the 30 days passing so well done amazoon on the world class customer service
Worth the money but only just
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