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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset Detailed Features

So far, our discussion has merely covered the superficial qualities of the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset. So, we know that, aesthetically, it will likely pass the test for most consumers. But, is it comfortable? Does it perform like a winner? Let’s find out…

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

We already know that each ear cup is BIG, having a 50mm neodymium speaker unit in it. What about the ear padding? Well, it is comprised of extremely soft, cloth-covered padding. I wish I could find a pillow that felt like these ear pads. And, I appreciate the fact that they allow my ears to breathe. Comfort and breathe-ability… nice! Ambient noise-cancelling… uh, no. Personally, this isn’t a deal-breaker for me, since I don’t plan on setting up a gaming session in the middle of Grand Central Station. However, if ambient noise is an issue for you, fuhgeddaboudit!

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

ROCCAT claims that the detachable microphone on the Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset is of the noise-cancelling variety. I had no complaints from friends while playing with ambient noise in the background. However, it would make more sense to produce a headset with both a noise-cancelling microphone and noise-cancelling ear cups. Fully address ambient noise, or completely gloss over it; just don’t leave the job half done.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

I’ll use one of my least favorite phrases when referring to the in-cable remote; “it is what it is.” It provides the user with the ability to manipulate both the incoming volume and the microphone mute functions. However, the location of it on the cable suits me well; it isn’t too far up the cable to be in the way, nor is it too far down the cable to prompt you to send out a search party. Speaking of the cable, it is not braided, which is just fine by me. Some consider braiding a sign of a higher-tier device, but I have had my share of braided cables fray on me.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

I appreciate the measurements, located on the band, that assist the user in the fitting process. However, the maximum setting on the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset may not accommodate those of us with significantly large domes. I have the band set to the next-to-last setting on each side. Yes, I do have a fairly large head, but there should still be more slack. If you possess a Shrek-sized melon, you will likely experience sizing issues.

ROCCAT Kave XTD Premium Stereo Gaming Headset

The headband consists of the same pillow-like material that I described earlier when addressing the ear cup padding. It might mess up the lettuce a bit if worn for an extended gaming session, but it will provide a high-level of comfort to you while doing so.


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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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