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.
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.
+ Stereo sound is great regarless of medium
+ 50mm neodymium speakers
+ noise-cancelling microphone
+ extreme comfort
+ breathe-ability of ear cups
+ light despite size
– ear cups do not address ambient noise
– cord is not braided
– may not accommodate larger heads
Final Score: 9.25 out of 10.
Excellence Achievement: Benchmark Reviews Golden Tachometer Award.
COMMENT QUESTION: Do you prefer stereo, 5.1 surround, or 7.1 surround gaming headsets?