The Kave is advertised as having true 5.1 surround sound, but in reality it is more like a 6.2 setup, with four drivers in each ear cup. The individual drivers are angled at a 12 degree angle to direct the sound into the ears to give a sense of direction. The headset also features a microphone for voice-enabled games or chat applications.
DESIGN: The Roccat Kave is sturdy and well built. They are a bit heavy,
but I personally do not mind it. The ear-cups are surprisingly
comfortable. Same can't be said for the padding on the top, as it can
cause a bit of a discomfort, but I managed to find a setting that works
for me and after a few days
of getting used to, I feel no discomfort. I
think it could have been done better, and it feels weird that they went
for three separate padding's instead of a one, continual padding that
would have fit on a head of any size and shape. The ear-cups are really
deep, and they will seperate your ear fro the drivers a bit, which will
enable you to hit the volume up with a bit less stress to your ears.
MICROPHONE: Good quality. Sounds crisp and clear on the other side and you will have no issues with VOIP communication.
This headset is just not designed for listening to music. It's not bad,
and if you are not an audiophile you will probably not hear a big
difference from other gaming headsets. The sound was a bit strange at
first, but after a few hours it did sink in. The lack of heavy bass for
all you electronic music fans is being mended by the vibration unit that
will shake your head a bit when frequencies up to 100hz hit in, giving
you an impression of a bigger bass sound. Depending on the genre of
music you will find switching of the presets on your controller useful
sometimes. If you are looking for a headset to listen to music and game -
think you can find better options with some stereo set (Sennheiser
comes to mind).
MOVIES: Not bad, but not too great as well. I
can't complain really about the sound - it's solid, and I did enjoy
watching movies with this, but would always get back to my hi-fi speaker
system to watch movies if I had to choose.
GAMES: This is where
the Roccat Kave shines! Playing games with this headset is a great and
immersive experience. They can be overwhelming sometimes if you push up
the volume (these can be really really loud) but tweaking with the
parameters will help you achieve better results. The 5.1 sound system
works well on these while playing games. They are not really 100%
correct when it comes to positioning - the front is going to sound like
it's more in the center, and the back will sound more like a back-left
or back-right depending on the situation. These are not big flaws, and
you will still be able to pinpoint your enemies when you are playing
first person shooters.
THE PRICE: You will not be able to get a
better headset with 5.1 in this price range!!! They are really cheap for
the quality they offer, so this is a no-brainer.
you get these? Yes! They have their flaws, of course, but if you are
looking for a headset with 5.1 for gaming - look no further. I think
These will keep me satisfied for at least 2-3 years for this purpose.
Remember, 5.1 and 7.1 headsets are gimmicks, but this one is a well
built gimmick that does not use software to give you a virtual surround
sound and they use 3 drivers on each side to create a soundscape for
In the end - if you just need a good stereo pair - get some
great audiophile headphones and buy a attachable mike. If you wanna have
a bit of fun and don't care that much as long as it sounds decent, and
you really want some 5.1 sounds - get these.