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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Headset Review

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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset Closer Look

It is likely that many of you have gone back and forth regarding the merits of a 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound gaming headset over a stereo headset and vice versa. Subjectivity is obvious rampant here, as it is when trying to compare any kind of like audio devices. Personally, I prefer headsets that deliver quality sound no matter what medium is playing. I can imagine that this is what ROCCAT had in mind when developing the Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

The contents of the box are pretty simple; the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset and the Quick Installation Guide. In typical ROCCAT style, the Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset comes in a box that covers the features and specifications of the item in detail.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

ROCCAT brands well, in my opinion. The right ear cup is adorned with the ROCCAT logo and maintains a simple yet clean look to it, which seems to be a ROCCAT design trait. Keep in mind that each ear cup has a whopping 50mm neodymium speaker in it.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

The image above is probably the best one available that can somewhat represent how big these cans truly are, which may have something to do with the angle. However, they are much lighter than they appear. I don’t care if a headset is as big as the Great Gazoo’s helmet; as long as it is light, comfortable, and delivers the kind of audio that makes me a proud owner.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

A portion of the organization’s name in it’s unique font can be found on the left ear cup along with the detachable microphone, which has 360° degree-swing capability. Again, clean and simple.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

I would be remiss if I did not mention the top of the headband. ROCCAT takes advantage of this space with more simple, clean branding. Gloss black on matte black is a pretty common trend right now, but I am still not tired of it.


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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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