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…
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 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.
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.
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.
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.