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ROCCAT Kave 5.1 - Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

  • FRONT/REAR DRIVER UNITS: 20~20,000Hz
  • VIBRATION DRIVER UNITS: 20~100Hz
  • 3.5mm Connector
  • 11.15 ft. Cord Length
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360° Surround Storm for your ears

A Desert Eagle isn't worth its fancy name, if you don't know where to aim. Imagine your advantage within the heat of the battle when you exactly hear where your opponents are before you can actually see them. Knowing the position of your enemy is half the frag. Realistic 3D surround sound makes you locate your opponents easily by the noise they generate. The desktop control enables you to adjust to situations quickly with sound and microphone mute buttons and volume control for different channels.  

  • newegg "WHERE IS HE?" Imagine a headset, not with simulated, but with very real 40mm speakers plus an additional vibration unit, arranged at a 12° angle, embedded into each earcup. This headset delivers real 5.1 surround sound. A true advantage, because no matter which game you play, opponents coming from behind and from the side you can find in almost any game.
  • newegg ALWAYS STAY IN CONTROL That also goes for the ROCCAT Kave. With the Tip'n'Control Desktop Remote, you receive a tool with extraordinary functions. Designed for maximized comfort and functionality, it can be placed firmly on your desktop. Beside the over-all volume, you can separately control the center, front and rear volume as well as the bass. You can even switch between the sound-profiles.
  • newegg Microphone with mute LED Thanks to the microphone with mute LED, the times of accidently giving away information are over. Due to the illumination on the micro itself, you can tell whether the micro is muted. Easy as never before. Furthermore, you can switch between the sound-profiles. You can choose between game and movie sound.
  • newegg Get immersed Great attention has been paid to convenience while wearing the Kave. The headband contains 3 separately bedded pads, which guarantee an equal weight distribution. The generous earcups are hand-sewn and especially comfortable, featuring external noise cancelling. Get precise height adjustment to the form of your head with the adjustment scale. The Kave is foldable and of compact design, it's safe and easy to carry.

Learn more about the ROCCAT ROC-14-500

General

Brand
ROCCAT
Model
ROC-14-500

Headphone

Driver Unit
Drive diameter front: 40mm
Drive diameter rear: 40mm
Drive diameter vibration: 30mm
Headphone Frequency Response
FRONT/REAR DRIVER UNITS: 20~20,000Hz
VIBRATION DRIVER UNITS: 20~100Hz
Headphone Sensitivity
114 +/- 3dB SPL at 1KHz
Connector
3.5mm
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Cord Length
11.15 ft.

Microphone

Microphone Impedance
2.2KOhm +15%
Microphone Frequency Response
20Hz-18KHz
Microphone Sensitivity
-36dB at 1KHz

Feature

Features
REAL 5.1 SURROUND SOUND
with speakers aligned at a 12 degrees 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

Packaging

Package Contents
ROCCAT Kave - Solid 5.1 Gaming Headset
Tip'n'Control Desktop Remote
Inari Case Mission Book with ROCCAT ID Card
Quick Installation Guide / User Manual (PDF)
5.1 Surround Sound Demo CD

System Requirements

System Requirements
5.1 Soundcard for surround sound playback
(or Stereo Soundcard for stereo sound playback)
Free USB Port (500 mA) for power supply

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the ROCCAT ROC-14-500

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  • Charles A.
  • 4/11/2014 6:14:39 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsone of the best

Pros: * high quality
* good 5.1 positional audio (FPS titles)
* adequate bass
* comfortable for long play (once fitted)
* good mic

Cons: * fit - needed to add extra padding to headband
once done headset was very comfortable for extended play.
* after two years leather covering earcups disintegrating .
foam pads still intact. comfort unaffected.

Other Thoughts: have tried MANY 5.1 headsets...
all were garbage audio or very poor quality.
ALL previous 5.1 headsets were broken within a year.
This one outlasted them substantially.... still working well.
looking forward to the "Kave XTD Analog".

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  • Anonymous
  • 4/4/2014 10:43:45 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsWe shall see

Pros: They fit well for my large head. The microphone is clear. That's about it for now.

Cons: RMA for defective speakers in right ear cup. There is a loose one in there and it moves all over the place, causes distortion, general unsatisfying behavior. The sound quality is trash because of this.

Other Thoughts: Post a follow up after the RMA.

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  • Christopher B.
  • 3/24/2014 3:24:08 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsAvoid buy something

Pros: Good sound

Cons: cables are poorly maid , and speakers don't last very long

Other Thoughts: I bought this and less then 6 months the front right speaker stopped working plus the mic cable failed after the first 2 weeks of owning it very weak cables and the mic its self is detachable and does not stay where u want it will just swing around all over the place .i do not recommend this item to anyone its cheep and poorly designed

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  • Patricio R.
  • 2/19/2014 1:27:03 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsReally good headset for the price

Pros: Packaging, good sound, 5.1 feels real, the remote control is a nice, long wires, easy to connect, comfortable, good quality.
The sound is good for this price.
Works out of the box on linux

Cons: none.

Other Thoughts: is a bit heavy but still comfortable :)
it comes with some sound demos, that does not work on linux but they are just videos

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  • William F.
  • 2/10/2014 10:51:37 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsToo heavy

Pros: Ear cups are amazingly comfortable, padded generously, and my ears fit inside like a glove. The microphone has a great goose neck, and voice quality (from peers) is very good when working. Control unit is a very nice feature as well. Sound quality overall is very good and surround made a big positive difference.

Cons: TOO HEAVY! I really truly wanted to like this headset. But the honest truth is after about 20 minutes of game play the middle square pad is creating a lot of pressure on my head from the sheer weight. The microphone becomes loose after rotation and must always be checked before putting on. I've had some sound issues with heavy static/poor sound quality.

Other Thoughts: Returning these and getting something much lighter and with a more comfortable headband.

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  • Christopher N.
  • 1/29/2014 8:19:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery Disappointed

Pros: They sounded great for about 4 months.

Cons: Control box volume wheel quit working after 6 months, Rattling in the right earcup with any kind of bass. I have taken them apart, nothing is loose so i can't figure out whats causing this. Heavy, had to take the top head pad off and add some foam because the square piece in the middle gouges my head. Very hard to get rid of the treble. They sound good for awhile but they are not made well. Went back to my ancient Razer Carcharias & recently bought a pair of Sony Pulse elites that I like much better than the Kaves.

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  • Derek J.
  • 1/26/2014 12:53:07 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsAcceptable

Pros: The build quality is excellent, metal hinges and sturdy plastic body. The ear cups are deep and the cushioning on them is comfortable even after long periods of use. If you configure your sound card right they sound better than a standard headset even for listening to music, of course these are not going to sound as good as a high end headset as they are best suited for gaming. Speaking of gaming or movie watching they offer a great surround experience that is almost on par with an actual surround system. The microphone is detachable and sounds good for in game chat.

Cons: The biggest problem with these is the headband, it is probably the worst design ever. The cushion is divided into 3 pieces that have just a little padding around the edges. This wouldn't be a problem but the band has a odd angle that makes the plastic edge of the cushion dig into your head. In order to wear this headset for a while you will need to set something under the headband. The other complaint I have is as others may have said there is a slight hiss from the amp in the controller. The hiss isn't bad enough to notice unless it is dead quiet but it shouldn't be there at all.

Other Thoughts: I am using the integrated sound from my motherboard (it has a 108db signal to noise ratio) using the EQ and some of the other option I was able to get music to sound just fine. Also I wish the cord was about 2 feet longer on the headphone side of the controller.

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  • Jake S.
  • 1/19/2014 10:11:29 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood, but...

Pros: Good sound*, responsive surround sound, physical EQ, plugs (not usb) for true 5.1, powered by USB and not batteries, price

Cons: Noticeable white noise, does not pick up full sound range, a bit uncomfortable on the top of the head, minor quality issues

Other Thoughts: Let's talk good, first. The headset has good clarity of sound and, depending on your sound card, can pick up shallow sounds (footsteps) in FPS games easily when the EQ is set to "game." The EQ itself is pretty neat, being able to switch between a low- and mid-range response setting (game and movie, respectively.) The surround sound is great and responsive, making movies and games stand out. Always take jacks over USB.

Now the bad. The volume dial on the EQ has loosened after about a month of wear. Some sounds that are clear on monster in-ear speakers are difficult to pick up here, which is hard to believe. There is white noise that seems to be a product of the speakers and not the system fans, as the noise is still present with the computer turned off.

Verdict: Good for gaming and film, but not for audiophiles who want to get closer to the music. Even with film it is better to be watching action, comedy, or any genre that keeps quiet moments to a minimum.

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  • Michael W.
  • 1/1/2014 1:29:39 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

4 out of 5 eggsFollow up: REAL Surround Sound is REAL

Pros: After more time to configure the audio output, I've determined that the highest quality audio attainable is achieved by making sure Windows sees all the speakers as full-range speakers. This will drastically reduce the responsiveness of the Bass-Reflex vibration drivers, however they will still respond to dedicated bass signals. You can play around with which speakers are set to full-range and which are set to small in order to get more reactive vibration instead, and as a suggestion, I would only disable full-range on Center for this. However, audio quality will noticeably diminish in favor of the vibration effect. Not my cup of tea, but to each their own.

Cons: As a counter-point to the change in audio quality, the discomfort factor has finally taken it's toll. I've used a flat-head screw driver to pop off the three headband pads, and inspite of the screw stumps that stick out about 2mm from the band I have glued a 1/2" thick strip of standard grey insulation foam left over from my window AC unit. So much better than what was used, and likely cheaper to implement than that ridiculous concept of a headband. Please ROCCAT, if you actually read these; get rid of those three pad rings with no cushioning, and use a nice 1/2" thick piece of soft foam. You can even wrap it in pleather if you like, but it's just fine exposed so it can breathe.

Other Thoughts: Tips and tricks for optimizing your audio 101:
First; Go into your Control Panel and then Sound. Right-click on the audio device the headset is connected to and run the basic configuration wizard. Full-range everything, and 5.1 (or 7.1 as virtualization works better on 5.1 than 2.0), and then right-click and select properties. Tune to the highest sample rates it'll allow, and apply/okay.
Second; Go to your custom sound software for your audio device. This is where you get to augment the settings you just configured with whatever effects you want. I would recommend increasing the gain on the subwoofer by +6dB here instead of disabling full-range on Center, but this will only make the vibration stronger, not more reactive. Also enable FlexBass, and set to 80Hz as the vibration drivers peak at that frequency. I would also recommend EQ balancing with heavy favoring of the bass, and a touch stronger on the treble. Listen to some music with a broad frequency range while tuning to really get this where you like.

I'm not kidding when I said I'll only recommend this for true surround sound and as a gaming-experience audio device. All the high-end games that have true surround sound output really shine on this compared to Stereo. Not for audio quality mind you, there are $50 headphones that will sound better if you only care about quality. No, I'm talking about sacrificing some of that quality for positional detection of audio. The problem we have some reviewers and their fandumb bantering that "Two ears = two speakers" haven't taken time to really listen to the difference. Untrained ears likely wouldn't be able to notice the subtle difference between true positional sound and the audio warping of Dolby Virtual Surround Sound as the DVSS is really good at emulating the effect of hearing behind/ahead, but is still being fed a stereo signal to work with. How exactly is DVSS supposed to know if a sound is forward or backward if there is only left and right? It can't, no automated system can guess that. It needs to know where the sound is coming from spatially to emulate that in VSS. So if you do go stereo for the quality, tune the system sample to 8 channel (7.1) and then apply DVSS 7.1 for that effect. You will then be sacrificing quality for an emulated audio warp to emulate surround sound. Hmm... Just can't win can we? Looking forward to seeing what AMD TrueAudio can do to save us from this.

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  • Martin P.
  • 12/6/2013 4:44:40 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDO NOT BUY

Pros: Good sound
comfortable

Cons: I bought these here at the Egg, a year and a half ago. Ten minutes after the 1 year warranty expired, so did the left channel on the headphones. They are NOT made in Germany, only engineered there. They are made in China. And the lack of quality shows. Unless you have $120.00 to spend on headphones every year, stay away from these. I feel robbed and cheated. But for the lack of quality control, these could have be great gaming headphones, and while they worked, they were. But as it stands now, I will never buy another Roccat product.

Other Thoughts: I really liked these headphones. It is a real shame they are so poorly made.

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