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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Headset Review

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Stereo Gaming Headset Final Thoughts

Not only does the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset sound phenomenal regardless of the medium, it is extremely comfortable and it has the clean and attractive styling that we have come to expect from ROCCAT. That was the primary goal for ROCCAT when designing this headset, and it is obvious to this reviewer that the mission has been accomplished. The audio quality that the  ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset delivers provides an advantage to gamers by ensuring that no sound will go unheard. And, it performs brilliantly if the focus shifts to listening to music or watching movies.

Would a braided cord make the difference in terms of elevating its overall appeal? Possibly. However, I do not think that the attributes of this headset can be overlooked simply by the lack of a braided cord. It is a high-performer regardless. The one feature that I believe is a bit of a head-scratcher is that the  ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset was outfitted with a noise-cancelling microphone, yet the ear cups do nothing to isolate ambient noise. As I said earlier in the review, it would be logical to fully address the noise-cancelling issue or not at all.

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ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset Conclusion

The following paragraphs will provide detailed accounts of the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset’s qualities over a number of different categories. These categories include appearance, performance, construction, functionality, and value. Keep in mind that, even though the goal is to provide an unbiased review, the below results are subjective due to the fact that this is an audio device, and tastes will vary from person to person.

I have come to really appreciate what ROCCAT does in terms of styling and branding. It is relatively apparent that they have a preference; a black matte finish with black gloss trim and overtones. You will find these qualities have been applied to the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset as well. The branding on the ear cups and the headband looks great, and even the color choice on the cord, which matches the color of the branding, is appealing.

The performance of the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset is consistent with the stated goal of this headset, which is to provide gamers with the “highest quality sound experience gamers can engage in.” It certainly does that. You hear everything that is present while playing your game of choice, and it sounds outstanding. Not only will the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset enhance your gaming experience, but it has the potential to improve your performance. It also sounds fantastic while listening to music or watching movies. The ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset is an audio jack of all trades.

The ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset is build to withstand the test of time. Speaking of time, you will be delighted with the level of comfort that it provides while employing it during long gaming sessions. The padding on the ear cups and the headband is extremely soft and cloth covered, which results in extreme comfort while providing breathe-ability.

The detachable microphone is a nice feature. In addition, it has a 360 degree swivel radius. And, even though the microphone is noise-cancelling, the ear cups are not. As I stated earlier, I wish that ROCCAT had fully addressed noise-cancelling.

As of October 2014, the ROCCAT Kave XTD Stereo Gaming Headset was available online for $79.99 (Amazon). Considering its audio performance, the comfort level that it provides, especially during long gaming session, and the quality of its construction, this headset is priced to sell.

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+ Stereo sound is great regarless of medium
+ 50mm neodymium speakers
+ noise-cancelling microphone
+ extreme comfort
+ breathe-ability of ear cups
+ light despite size
+ styling

Cons:

– ear cups do not address ambient noise
– cord is not braided
– may not accommodate larger heads

Ratings:

  • Performance: 9.75
  • Appearance: 9.25
  • Construction: 9.50
  • Functionality: 8.00
  • Value: 9.75

Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.

Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.

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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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