32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
on March 1, 2012
Let's settle this now: This is NOT a pair of audiophile headphones, it is a GAMING headset.
That said, lets get into the nitty-gritty.
I am upgrading from a Razer Megalodon 7.1 digital headset. Not a bad headset at all, but it was starting to die out on me and i needed something new.
This headset is a TRUE 5.1 audio system, and you can tell. the positional audio is amazing. I have never heard positional audio this good from a headset.
The ear-cups are over-ear and closed back, meaning no audio will spill over to the mic, and you wont have to worry about listening to anything in the real world. The apocalypse could be happening right now and I wouldn't hear a thing.
The microphone is as crystal clear as the Fortress of Solitude, and it's loud enough to be heard. Also, it features Noise Cancelling like the headset, so don't worry about your wife/girlfriend calling you to take out the trash or do the dishes in the middle of a BF3 match and being made fun of by your buddies.
The ear cups are rather large and heavy for a headset, but this is countered by a soft leatherette ear cushioning and a padded headband. I won't lie, the headband could be better, but it's not uncomfortable by any stretch.
The audio quality is astonishingly good. You have to tinker with your sound card to get it to work perfectly, but even out of the box it works very well.
The in line controls are GREAT, allowing you to control front, mids, rears, and the subs.
This is a LOUD headset. My old Megalodon couldn't put out near as much volume and retain the same quality of audio.
The bass could be louder out of the box, but after tinkering I got it to where I wanted it for explosions, gunfire, etc.
make sure you have a soundcard or a motherboard with 5.1/7.1 to use this to its full potential.
This headset is the BEST headset I have owned in quite a long while.
23 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on July 12, 2012
Let me start of this review by saying that I am an audio engineer and an audiophile. I have a wide array of gear for creating and listening to music, but I was looking for something to use with my gaming rig so I can enjoy spending time gaming and chatting with my friends over ventrilo. Thus, the verdict is based solely for the purpose I bought these for.
After my Razer Carcharias died out on me (left driver just stopped working on it's own - Razer was nice enough to give me a full refund - great customer service!), I have decided to get a new headset, and while Razer is great when it comes to keyboards and mice (Deathadder still the best mouse I ever had), Razer headphones just did not leave a great impression on me.
I googled a bit, and found this headset, watched the reviews and decided to go for it.
I am not going to go into specs and features as you can find those on the internet, and I'm just going to focus on my experience. And here we go:
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.
MUSIC: 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.
VERDICT: Should 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 you.
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.
As you can see, I'm not a native English speaker, so I hope this review is written well enough to give you an impression on what these can offer.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I love these headphones. Coming after me for a stealth kill with a knife (in game)? I can hear your footsteps behind me. Huge explosion nearby? Bass blows your ears out! The microphone quality seems good as attested to by my gaming friends. I love that you can bend the mic to any position and flip it up out of the way when not needed (even unplug it if you want). The only gripes I have are that since it takes up all your sound card "out" jacks, you need a splitter or something if you want external sound without having to unplug all the headphone jacks. Also, my set seems to have developed a 'short' or something in the line which causes static when I move the cord. No, it's not a loose connection, it's something in the line between the 'phones and the (cool) volume/directional volume gizmo. Hey this thing is neat, you can adjust volume for rear/left/right/bass and overall volume, inline. Recommend.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on April 6, 2012
I Have used several 5.1 headsets over the years, they have been built to break, either wire shorts or cracking at the neck, at or near, the cup hinges. My previous favorites were the Medusa 5.1 headphones, similar price point+, and they would crack near the plastic hinge within 18 months. The duct-tape look gets old. The Roccat Kave are excellent, heavy, well built headphones. I get great 5.1 sound and the pivot above the cup is metal! No cracking. Wires have held up and are medium thickness (similar to usb cable in diameter but more flexible).
I give a 4.5 stars. Downsides: Comfort of the padding on the headband is poor, have to move it around during extended usage. The cans block surrounding noise very well and are heavy, so you know what you are getting into. I was not able to use the mic with speech recognition software, too much static over the mic. Not yet sure if it is the Kave mic or Creative Flexijack, i suspect the latter. I will update review if i figure it out.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
I really loved my Turtle Beach Z6a's, but when the mic stopped working after a few months and the model was discontinued, I had to find something else. (Turtle Beach did RMA them for a different model, just didn't like them nearly as much.)
I'll start with the bad first, because there is very little bad about them.
-They're heavy. REALLY heavy. Probably the heaviest set of earphones I've worn since my dad's 1970's stainless steel set. That said, they are somehow still very comfortable. I game for about 6 hours at a time, and they only barely start to hurt around the headband at that point. Normally I can reposition them and they're fine.
-They're bright and they don't turn off the lights when the computer shuts down, so I have to cover them with a blanket to get any sleep!
Hopefully those two things don't discourage you too much, because these really are a great headset. Onto the pro's:
-Sound quality is superb. If you like bass, these put out enough to vibrate AND they don't rattle or pop while doing so. The surround sound effect also works very well, though I haven't put this to the test in as many games as I'd like to. So far they seem about equal to the Z6a's as far as the surround sound distribution.
-Removable mic is REALLY great. I like that I can get it out of the way completely and reduce wear on it by taking it out when not in use. The mic quality is also perfect. No background noise or static (so I've been told by my friends on the other end).
-Construction is the best I've seen in a LONG time. This is a big one for me, as all my previous headsets generally fail in a physical aspect, not a sound quality aspect. The Turtle Beach Z6a's are notorious for that fact. The ROCCAT's however feel like they're carved from a solid block of granite. The wires are extremely thick and well insulated, the connections are reinforced, the audio control module looks like something off a professional sound board. The construction quality just really is terrific.
-Noise canceling is the best I've experienced, even better than electronic "active" noise canceling systems. These block out noise so well, I don't even hear my wife yelling at me from the same room; the people in my call have to pass the message along! They work great the other direction too, my wife never hears my music or games even when I've got it blasting.
In conclusion, if you don't mind a heavier headset that can be bright at night, I've found no equal to these. If you happened to use the TB Z6a's and are looking for something similar as an upgrade or replacement, these are it!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 31, 2013
I really liked these headphones at first. Real 5.1, nice inline controls, and after a while decent comfort. Things went south very fast though when taking the headphones off the left arm broke right where everything comes together. It really seems like there is a lot of unecessary plastic on this headset and I can't say I would buy another set. For me I'm going back to the Medusa 5.1. Much more comfortable and a lot less plastic.
on September 29, 2014
First the bad, as there are very few things about this headset I do not like.
1. And the biggest complaint I have with these, is that the arch seems to be backwards, which causes it to sit on your head at an odd angle, so it gets very uncomfortable after about 30 minutes. You can simply shift them to the back of your head and they feel great, but then they dont feel as "in place" and sturdy on your head. They feel like they may fall off. If you put them on backwards (right side on left ear, left side on right ear) They feel amazing. Pretty sad that they didnt manufacture them that way. I may try to see if I can swap the earbuds in the future, but I will probably wait until the warranty expires.
2. The mic switch seems to be poorly placed. To me it should have been the button in the middle of the volume, instead of on the side.
3. Mic quality is good, but not great..
I don't really have any other bad things to say about it.
Now, on to the good.
1. Analog inputs! I can not tell you how much I hate usb 5.1 or any usb headphones in general. Why? Feedback. If there is any "noise" in your system from the power supply, you hear it in the headphones when plugged into usb. Also, with analog, you can use a really good sound card, like a soundblaster, and get really great sound. Not simulated garbage from a usb. Some motherboards have pretty good ones built in as well, so why not take advantage of it. It does come with a usb to supply power, but thankfully that does not provide any feedback through the headphones. However, if it did, then I would just use a cell phone wall charger to power the set (This is what I did with my old Turtle beach ones to eleminate the hiss and pops from the usb).
2. True 5.1. Meaning there are speakers for each channel in each earbud, not just one speaker simulating.
3. Great sound quality in games and movies. Are these studio quality, no, they aren't. But for $75ish they are really really good. Music is ok, but honestly, why would you buy a 5.1 headset to listen to music?
4. They cover your entire ear. I have massive melon head, and large ears, and they fit over them with no problem. If they fit my head, they should fit yours, unless you are Andre the Giant. They are extremely comfortable over the ears as well. I foget they are even there. This is also great for noise cancelation. With these on my wife can be yelling at me and I can't hear any of it. (Warning, you might get a pillow thrown at you to get your attention :))
Overall, I am very happy with this purchase. I considered the much more expenvise Razer Tiamats, but honestly I think it would be silly to pay twice as much as I did for these and get the same thing. My friend has the Tiamats and to be frank, I can't tell any difference in sound quality or 5.1 delivery. The Tiamats are more comortable, however.
I would recommend these to anyone who was interested in true analog 5.1. If it weren't for the bad head rest, these would get 5 stars. But, as is, 4 very solid stars.
EDIT: I have had these cans for over 6 months now and put a few hundred hours on them. They are still in perfect condition. This edit is just to say that so far the build quality seems to be pretty solid.
on May 17, 2013
Let me start by saing, don't let anyone tell you that true 5.1 surround headphones do not work because they are too close together at your ear, and distance from your ear is too small, blah blah blah. It works, period. I was amazed at how well it works, its just as good as my 5.1 home theater in my living room.
I first tried the Plantronics Gamecom 7.1 virtual surround sound headset, my first time every trying any type of surround headphones. I was severely disappointed, it sounded like i was in an echo-y room listening to speakers. After some reasearch, I learned that all virtual surround with Dolby Headphone has that affect. It drove me crazy and was too distracting for gaming (Battlefield 3). The 7.1 Gamecom cans were very shallow so they pressed against my ears caused a lot of discomfort. I decided to give true 5.1 surround a shot, and I was torn between the Roccat Kave and the CM Storm Sirus. Both were the same price, and I decided to go with the Kaves because the Sirus didn't connect the same if you didn't want to use the dial thing.
I am 100% satisfied with the Roccat Kaves. The soundstage is amazing, there are so many times when I hear soldiers footsteps running up behind me, I can tell the distance and the direction...and then I get knifed...because I didn't have the skill to look at my minimap and realize that those footsteps were not friendly! I won't say that they have made me a better player, but they certainly increase the maximum skill potential! Battlefield 3 is the best sounding shooter game, and these headphones really bring out the best. Rifle shots have piercing highs and mids, but also have the body thumping bass. Tanks rumble the ground, but you can hear all of the directions of gunfire and people yelling and feet passing by, till a grenade goes off nearby and all you hear is the deafening ringing. I feel totally immersed in the game with the Roccat Kaves. They are very comfortable around my ears, and they are very deep cans so my ears don't touch any surfaces.
My only complaint is the same as what others say, the padded rings at the top don't have a large enough surface area. After an hour and a half of usage, i can feel dents in my scalp where the headset pads were resting. This isn't as big of a con for me because I don't mind tinkering/modding to make them more comfortable. It can be as easy as zip tying some more soft foam around the top.
In all, the Roccat Kave True 5.1 Surround sound gaming headset is fantastic. I paired it with the new Soundblaster Z sound card, and left the equalizers just about flat. Also, make sure that Windows is set to 5.1 surround and not 7.1. Otherwise it will make the rear channels very muddy sounding.
on November 24, 2012
If you listen to just music these are a waste of your money, go get the Audio‑Technica ATH AD700 if you intend on listening to just music and light game play.
But if you want them for the same reason I did and you like to hear a sniper off in the far right corner of a map, or you want to feel where that last grenade went off these are for you.
I've now played all different genres of PC games with these, from Shift 2 to Black Ops 2, from The Witcher to Deus Ex Human Revolution and even MMO's (MechWarrior Online beta, World of Warcraft, ToR) and I must say these give you all the advantage in combat you would want and the escape you go to video games for.
These were the best buy I have ever spent on a gaming headset, and I have no regrets about my purchase.
They have good highs and decent mids but not much bass, but in MechWarrior Online and Black Ops 2 when an explosion goes off the vibration units do in fact kick in with no need for bass redirection to be enabled on your sound cards control panel.
When I play world of warcraft I am constantly in vent or teamspeak and from what my friends have told me the audio from the microphone is of high quality and they sound as clear as day even threw DBM noises on a HoF run.
In science fiction games such as Deus Ex: Human Revolution and Mass Effect 3 you really can hear the bullets fly by your head threw the surround sound speakers as well as hear that bullet shell hit the ground on a reload in the front right making the experience truly awesome.
So all and all I could go on about small game details that one normally would miss but instead I will say if you want to top off your PC gaming experience these will make any game all it really can be.
If you are a hardcore gamer such as I stop wasting your time and upgrade to this headset, you will not regret it.
Buy German made, where the build quality always seems to be the best!
on November 1, 2012
This headset is the best one I have owned. I have the Soundblaster Tactic Wrath USB, the Turtle Beach PX5 and a set of turtle beach that are Xbox 360 only but I can not recall the model, and this headset hands down has much better sound and positional audio cues for games,and is awesome for music, movies, tv, basically if it has sound it needs to be coming from this headset or you are missing some aspect of it. I was wandering around in Borderlands 2 listening to Claptrap Yap about something and stoped to check a text message and heard him fade into the ditance in a area of growth where he was hard to see. I just followed his voice as if I was playing Marcko Polo in real life and, voila, there he was...I obviously could have used visual aids but I had just gotten my headset so why not test it out a bit. The set is comfortable durabl and awesome looking...none even come close in those departments (except when I play 3d then it is a little uncomfortable, but it is not as bad as some other headsets by them self) and for sound it is really easy to adjust what you hear with the perfectly placed volume/front/center/rearsliders. the mic is outstanding and better to my skype friends than even my px5 or wrath sets. I know sometimes reviewers are partial but I am one who is never satisfied with a product and always think things are overpriced and at $110 delivered I would have paid more if I had known how outstandingly these were built and perform. Customer service is also awesome as Roccat replied quickly (6 or so hours) to my email as I did have a damaged set and informed me they will replace it since the subwoofer on the right is shorted...they require no original packaging from me and all I have to do is mail it to them after they generate a return number for me to include on the shipping parcel and once it arrives to them they will "RUSH" me a new one to my APO address. Great company, great service, great product I don't know if anyone will top this in the next 3-5 years as far as sound goes, let alone sound vs cost.