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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset Review

By Greg Schepers

Manufacturer: ROCCAT GmbH
Product Name: ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset
Model Number: ROC-14-610
UPC: 4250288117167
Price As Tested: $79.99 (Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by ROCCAT.

Regular visitors to Benchmark Reviews have likely noticed that, collectively, we have been churning out a number of ROCCAT gaming peripheral and gaming audio reviews in recent months, and it is unlikely that this trend will decline. The result of this ROCCAT “full-court press” is a number of quality, feature-packed devices; many of which have the versatility and customization options to suit just about anyone’s needs. We will see if today’s featured item, the ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset, is consistent with the previous statement.

ROCCAT is not a newcomer in terms of producing quality gaming headsets. A variety of ROCCAT gaming headset models, which includes the in-ear variety, are currently available. The current addition to the stable, the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset, is regarded by ROCCAT as possessing the, “highest quality sound experience gamers can engage in.” Considering that these Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headsets are equipped with 50mm neodymium speaker units in each ear cup, that statement is within the realm of possibility.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

Headset Features

  • RICH STEREO SOUND
    with 2x50mm ultra-clear speakers
  • ROBUST ENGINEERING
    ultra-durable for hardcore play-ability
  • STREAMLINED IN-CABLE REMOTE
    for total audio control at your fingertips
  • NOISE-CANCELING MIC
    rotatable and detachable
  • SUPREME COMFORT
    high-comfort, low-weight design
  • KILLER DESIGN
    ROCCAT™ blue motif and cable

Technical Specifications

DRIVER UNITS

Frequency response: 20~20.000Hz
Max. SPL at 1kHz: 115±2dB
Max. input power: 400mW
Drive diameter front: 50mm
Driver unit material:  Neodymium magnet
Impedance:  32O

GENERAL

Weight (headset only): 305gr
Cable length: 2.5m

MICROPHONE

Frequency response: 10~10.000Hz
Driver diameter: 4×1.5mm
Sensitivity at 1kHz: -32±2dB
Signal-to-noise ratio: @1kHz: 50dB
Impedance: 2.2 k?
Directivity: omni-directional

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

Sound: 1 x 3.5mm jack
Microphone: 1 x 3.5mm jack

* Stereo sound card for playback


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  1. Alessandro

    I bought these headphones being a happy owner of the older Roccat Kave Solid 5.1
    Of the older, I can only say that they are a bit too heavy and that the padding for headphones and for the upper deck, made of a faux leather material and, after some time, it degrades and crumbles, leaving small pieces everywhere on ears.
    Beyond this, the Solid 5.1 sound really good and have a microphone that plays the voice perfectly.
    This premise in order to make a comparison with these Kave XTD Stereo.
    The headphones occur very comfortable and lightweight with a design similar to the Solid except for the shape of the microphone.
    The material used for the padding of headphones and upper deck, are in cloth and this lets hope for better than the previous model.
    They sound good, but…not like the solid that after three years of work, still do their job perfectly.
    The noise-canceling microphone, makes the voice without high frequencies.
    Then, as the review says, the headphones do not isolate outside noise at all, and to cover them, you need to turn up the volume really much.
    In the end, they are good headphones, but not great.
    Being equal to the price of the Solid 5.1 and after having tried them, if I were to recommend a purchase, I would recommend the Solid.

    1. Olin Coles

      ^ Excellent comment. Thank you for your feedback on these two products.

  2. adam

    Does this headset work with the PS4?

    1. Greg Schepers

      Hi Adam! Let me preface this response with the following; I do not own a PS4, but I did some research for you. The Kave XTD Stereo has 3.5mm jacks for sound and microphone. PS4 controllers have a single 3.5mm port. So, if you wanted to make the audio work, just plug in the sound jack into the PS4 controller. If you want to utilize in-game communication in addition to the audio, you will need to procure a 3.5mm splitter. Again, I have not personally verified that this works, but I found plenty of articles online that have found this to be a working solution.

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