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Roccat KAVE XTD Analog Premium 5.1 Surround Sound Analog Gaming Headset
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5 out of 5 eggs update to original review 05/07/2015

This review is from: Roccat KAVE XTD Analog Premium 5.1 Surround Sound Analog Gaming Headset

Pros: * see previous review

Cons: * see previous review
* no true sub speakers or true LFE channel.

Other Thoughts: other reviewer got me thinking...
this is IMPORTANT and a bit odd...
unlike the previous Kave,
the new XTD Analog does NOT include Sub speakers.

Sub/LFE is shared amongst the 4 left/right speakers.
similar to the 'center' being shared by front left/right.
(LFE this is somewhat normal... LFE is usually shared
LFE does not use the 5.1 sub channel.)

in games this affects nothing. sound is still great.
positional audio and immersion is still superb.
truthfully, does not affect me as a gamer.

HOWEVER... due to lack of dedicated sub speakers,
and lack of true Sub/LFE support...
cannot recommend these for audiophiles.

Dear Roccat: what happened to our Sub speakers?

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Roccat KAVE XTD Analog Premium 5.1 Surround Sound Analog Gaming Headset
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5 out of 5 eggs best of the best 05/07/2015

This review is from: Roccat KAVE XTD Analog Premium 5.1 Surround Sound Analog Gaming Headset

Pros: * high quality construction (a Roccat trademark)
* best 5.1 analog sound on market
* well placed inline controller w/stand (rubber nonskid feet)
* cable management tie and clip (also tie for mic)
* removable mic
* mic is flexible, good sound, mute indicator
* frame is comfortable with a wide adjustment range
* long cable to fit about any installation
* ear cups fit snug and reduce external noise
* cheaper than expected!

Cons: * perhaps price... but it's worth every cent!
* requires a 5.1 sound card w/analog ports

Other Thoughts: *** IMPORTANT: highly advise X-Fi sound card ***

This set is a true successor!
exceeds the original in ever way...
fit, audio, layout, design, quality, function!
Roccat has again raised the bar on 5.1 analog...
there is NOTHING on the market to compare!
Roccat has here an exceptional product!

i am a BIG promoter of 5.1 audio for games.
the quality of sound and positional detail is immersive.
in FPS positional is EVERYTHING!
in RPG the quality and positional add great immersion!
can't count how many time i watched my friends get
killed in-game and said 'you didn't hear them?!?!?'
i heard the enemy approach them... from a distance.

have tried ALL the 5.1 analog sets on market...
regardless of price: Titan, TurtleBeach, Logitech, Sirius, Razer, etc etc etc... sooo many wannabe's!
few had good audio, even fewer had good 5.1,
and most lacked quality.
Roccat exceeds in all areas!
My original KAVE headset lasted over 3 years... still works!
that was with 20-30hrs of gaming per week.
(note: most those 'other' headsets are still here...
either dead, broken, or collecting dust.)

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ROCCAT KAVE 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
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4 out of 5 eggs one of the best 04/11/2014

This review is from: ROCCAT KAVE 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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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Charles A.'s Profile

Display Name: Charles A.

Date Joined: 06/05/04

  • Reviews: 11
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  • First Review: 11/12/05
  • Last Review: 05/07/15
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