Sunday, August 8, 2010

ROCCAT™ Kave – Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset Review

ROCCAT™ Kave – Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
360° Surround Storm Features

REAL 5.1 SURROUND SOUND
with speakers aligned at a 12° angle

MICROPHONE WITH MUTE LED
fully rotatable and completely removable

TIP’N’CONTROL DESKTOP REMOTE
for central management of all volume functions

DUAL SOUND-PROFILE
-with movie and game settings
SOLID ALUMINIUM HINGES
-enabling heavy duty use
ESPECIALLY COMFORTABLE EARCUPS
-featuring external noise cancelling, hand-sewn
ADJUSTABLE VIBRATION UNIT
-for a realistic gaming experience
HEADBAND WITH THREE PADS
-for equal weight distribution
EASY TO CARRY
-folding and compact design

Technical Specification

CENTER/FRONT/REAR DRIVER UNITS

Frequency response: 20~20,000Hz
Max. SPL at 1KHz: 114±3dB
Max. input power: 100mW (30mW)
Drive diameter front: 40mm
Drive diameter rear:
40mm

VIBRATION DRIVER UNITS

Frequency response: 20~100Hz ()
Max. input power: 1000mW
Drive diameter: 30mm


MICROPHONE

Frequency response: 20~18,000Hz
Sensitivity at 1KHz: -36dB
Impedance:
2.2KOhm +15%

Directivity: omni-directional
Diameter: 4x1.5mm

SYSTEM

5.1 Headset
Connection: 4 X 3.5mm jack plug
Input impedance: 10KOhm
Cable length: 3,4m total (2,0m Remote > PC)
Between ear cups and remote 140cm
Between remote and splitter 180cm
Between splitter and PC 20cm

Review.

Ok the review begin. It always started with the Alienware m11x. The spec says that m11x come with a 5.1 channel output and sound card. That's when i try to get my hand on some serious good 5.1 channel headphone.

There are lots of choice in the market. But i would say majority of them is not a REAL 5.1 channel headphone. Those are actually 2 channel headphone with emulated 5.1 or even 7.1 channel sound via an external usb sound card. I dont need all that...otherwise my klipsch custom-1 would do fairly good too..

I needed a REAL 5.1 channel headphone...which means 3 speaker on each side of the headphone..and that when i discover Roccat Kave...

Comfort. (4/5)
This headphone is heavy. Yes heavy. If you wear it the wrong way then it will put stress on certain part of your head. This will make you uncomfortable..however wearing it correctly will make you comfy...The correct wearing style that works for me is to slightly position the top band towards the front and make sure the 3 pad is touching your top of the head to distribute the weight so that the weight is not center on your side of the ear..

Sound (4.5/5)
The sound is superb with 2 sound profile game and movie but
it is really hard to notice the different so i would just stick with movie mode. The sound is superb when you are playing games taht support 5.1 channel. Watching movie with it is superb however please take note...

1.make sure your player support the 5.1 channel
2. the source is 5.1 channel

And the reason i give it 4.5/5 is because of the vibration and bass..by default you can hear bass and very minor vibration..but then it is not the headphone fault..it is because the crappy on board sound card is not powerful enough...
The fix is simple...get Creative X-FI external 5.1 channel usb sound card. Once your pair Alienware m11x with usb creative x-fi 5.1 channel usb external sound card and roccat kave...It was superb!!!!!

Style (5/5)
This headphone look great..owning..period..

Control (5/5)
There is an external control on the Roccat Kave.You can set Center, Front, Rear and Sub directly fron the control. There is also a mute function for the headphone and microphone..

It is a shame that Starcraft 2 now cannot support microphone function. Hopefully Blizzard gonna fix it..Otherwise it will be fun to chat in Battlenet games...

And as ussual i attached the unboxing pictures..:)

Taken using Olympus E3 SLR












2 comments:

best gaming headset said...

It really is a great gaming headset and it seems to be very good.I´m going to buy it proablably, so thanks!

wireless surround sound system said...

This gaming headset will surely enhanced my gaming experience. Not only gaming but also listening to music and movies as well.