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Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Headset Packs 5.1 Soundcard Inside

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 4 comments

Here's a new gaming headset.

Looking for a new set of headphones? Roccat may have what you're looking for in the Kave XTD 5.1 Digital gaming headset. This new model builds upon the original Kave, bringing improved features and adding even more "impressive innovations."

This new headset ships with its own desktop remote packing a premium 5.1 sound card inside. The remote also includes the company's Smart Link patented technology that lets users pair their smartphone via Bluetooth so that they don't miss a call while gaming.

"Roccat Smart Link technology eradicates the problem of overlapping conversations during gaming sessions caused by talking on the phone with the headset still on," explains the company's announcement. "The patented technology automatically mutes the chat software when a call is picked up, giving you complete privacy and preventing you from disturbing your teammates."

The desktop remote includes headset and system audio controls, and 5.1 speaker ports. Thus users can connect the device to their existing speaker system and easily toggle between the system and headset. That definitely saves time and a lot of rewiring aggravation.

According to the company, the new headset packs three individual drivers per ear cup, aligned at a 12-degree angle. The headset also weighs 25 percent less than the original modes thanks to a completely redesigned head band. The microphone is redesigned to be detachable, and features improved sound quality and reliability.

The new Kave XTD 5.1 promises to be suitable for extended hours of gaming thanks to new materials that enhance the comfort and durability. Customers can purchase the new headset now for $169.99.

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    Morbus , February 3, 2014 1:58 PM
    For those interested, they provide an analog version that connects directly to your 5.1+ soundcard. I own the old analog version of this headset (which is pretty much the same thing as the new one) and I could not be happier. Sound positioning is fantastic, the sound quality in games is awesome and very helpful (they do some tricking things with the fine details, I don't know, but I can hear everything that matters VERY clearly), but it's not so good for music and movies. It's passable. It's not so bad that it spoils the headset, but it's not so good to make it worthwhile for people who don't game. But then again, I don't think any 5.1/7.1 headset is.All in all, it was a great buy for me.
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    edogawa , February 3, 2014 3:04 PM
    Sounds like a reasonable product for gamers who want headphones and surround. I would still recommend a proper sound card and good set of cans. I can't imagine the built in sound card is of good quality or headphones themselves, at least not for music and movies which gamers also enjoy.
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    roger smith , February 3, 2014 3:48 PM
    its on amazon uk for £149.99. where can i find it for $170?
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    roger smith , February 3, 2014 3:49 PM
    thats a penny too much. joking