«

»

Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Headset Review

PAGE INDEX

<< PREVIOUS            NEXT >>

Testing and Results

Testing Methodology

Testing a Gaming Headset like the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog is always difficult because the results are extremely subjective. Just because the headset is comfortable and sounds good to me, doesn’t mean the same is true of everyone else. With that in mind, I assembled a group of friends and a group of headsets. We used a scale of 1 to 5 and rated the headsets in the categories of comfort, noise isolation, overall sound quality, and surround sound quality.

Test Devices

  • CM Storm Pulse-R Aluminum Gaming Headset – $89.99
  • ASTRO Gaming A40 Audio System – $199.99
  • Logitech G930 Wireless Gaming Headset with 7.1 Surround – $99.99
  • OZONE Gaming Rage ST Advanced On-Line Gaming Headset – $39.99
  • JVC Black Series HA-S650 On-Ear Headphones – $69.99

Results

Comfort

The first area we rated the headsets in was comfort. This is a much more critical area than you might think at first. The comfort of a gaming headset is critical, and not just the immediate comfort level. I put on a lot of headsets that seem comfortable at first. After an hour or so of constant wear, however, heavier headsets, or ones that don’t fit perfectly, start to hurt.

Roccat_Kave_5.1_Analog_comfort

Noise Isolation

When I’m focused on a game, or even a movie or music, that’s what I want to hear. If I put on a headset, it’s because I don’t want to listen to everything that’s going on around me. Some gaming headsets come with active noise cancellation. That’s great, but they also tend to be a little more pricey. A lot of gaming headsets are relying now on materials and other technology to create noise isolation. That helps keep the game in and the room out. Check out the chart to see how the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog held up in the noise isolation category.

Roccat_Kave_5.1_Analog_Noise_Isolation

Surround Sound Quality

In the games we play, stuff is happening all around us. This is especially true in first person shooter games, but certainly present in many genres. The problem is, a lot of headsets rely on only two speakers to give us that surround sound experience. With simulated surround technology, many two-driver headsets do a great job providing an immersive experience. I, however, definitely prefer headsets with multiple drivers in each earcup. The Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog gaming headset, for example, angles the drivers to provide a more intense surround experience. The chart shows how the Kave 5.1 Analog stacks up in surround sound quality.

Roccat_Kave_5.1_Analog_Surround

Sound Quality

Finally, a good gaming headset has to be versatile. Believe it or not, there are some occasions when I am not gaming. While I am writing this review, for example. At such times, I am often listening to music or other audio. I’m not going to change out my headset for that, so my gaming headset needs to have a good overall sound quality in addition to its surround quality. Some single-driver headsets might fare better in this category because the emphasis is on producing high quality sound. The chart shows how we rated the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Analog Gaming Headset in overall sound quality.

Roccat_Kave_5.1_Analog_Sound

That does it for the tests. While most of us generally agreed on which headsets were better in each category, the numbers were anything but identical. What you see in the charts is an average of our ratings, which occasionally varied widely. That just goes to show you how subjective rating a headset can be. Your best bet is to find someplace that will let you try on the headset and listen to it so you can decide for yourself.


SKIP TO PAGE:

<< PREVIOUS            NEXT >>

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>

*