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ROCCAT Kave ROC-14-500 / Solid 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Released on 27 July 2009

Manufacturer: ROCCAT

5.0 out of 5 (2 customer reviews) | Write a review

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The ROCCAT Kave true 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset, not with simulated sound, but with four very real 40mm speakers arranged at a 12 degree angle embedded into the earcups, plus 2 additional vibration units. A true advantage, because no matter which game you play, opponents coming from behind and from the side you can hear instantly.

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. 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.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. The Kave is foldable and of compact design, it's safe and easy to carry.

  • ROCCAT Kave ROC-14-500 ROCCAT Kave ROC-14-500

  • Real 5.1 surround sound with speakers specially arranged at a 12 degree angle
  • Microphone features a mute LED, is detachable and fully rotatable
  • Tip'n'Control desktop remote for central management of all volume functions
  • Dual sound profile with Movie and Game settings
  • Robust solid aluminum hinges stand up to the rigors of demanding use
  • Especially comfortable, hand-sewn earcups cancel out background noises and have ventilation gaps
  • On/off switchable vibration function for a realistic gaming experience
  • Headband featuring three pads for equal weight distribution
  • Easy to carry thanks to the folding, compact design
  • Connects directly to the soundcard
  • USB-powered

Centre/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

customer Reviews

 Average rating (2 reviews)

 REAL 5.1 Surround Sound

| | See all GogoPogo's reviews (4)

1. Installation - CD

This bit was easy; Kaspersky Internet Security reported autostart.exe as malware (Trojan.Win32.Pincav.gsr). A false positive I hope!

2. Installation - Headset

This bit was a nightmare; it took me 3 hours to get it right.

Warning: The audio cables may not be the same as your sound card. The colouring and order may be different.

If it sounds hollow or phased (like talking down a tube), or the mic doesn't work then you've probably connected it up wrong. Don't play about with the default Windows or sound card settings unless you are sure the connections are correct and the headset is being detected by Windows as a 5.1 surround sound device.

In my case the connections from Kave (5.1) to Soundblaster (7.1) were:
- black to black
- yellow to orange
- nothing to purple
- green to green
- pink to blue

I had pink connected to purple; Windows thought it was 7.1 instead of 5.1 and did not detect the mic unless it was plugged into the Front Panel.

3. Design - Adjustment/Headband

The headset is high quality but also very heavy; I got used to it after a few weeks. I had the headset too tight to start of with which caused pain to the top of my head; I adjusted the headband scale from 5 to 6 which helped. The Equal Weight Distribution system doesn't work as well as I would have liked; the middle pad makes good contact with my head but the side pads don't; I move the headset around or take a 5-10 minute break every hour or so to avoid the pain. Ouch!

4. Real 5.1 Surround Sound

Yes it is REAL and it does work. Compared with my old stereo headset I can now hear tiny and quiet sounds that I never heard before; and I can tell where sounds are coming from. Watch out for other headsets, like the Logitech G35 and Razer Megalodon, as these use FAKE (emulated) surround sound rather than the REAL thing.

The closed ear cups cancel much background noise out; but that also means that you can't hear yourself talking! Having closed ear cups is new to me; it sounds like I've got seashells pressed against each ear.

5. Microphone

The mic is clear, crisp and loud enough for game playing.

6. Control Desktop Remote

I've set all sliders to 50% (recommended setting); it sounds just right even with flat (default) settings on both headset and sound card. As a bonus music and movies also sound good.

7. Conclusion

Overall the Kave headset is very impressive for the price tag. I no longer feel the need to use my external amplifier and speakers when I'm not playing games. My game playing experience is now much more immersive thanks to the Roccat Kave headset. Highly recommended!

 Fantastic product

| | See all mustanggtx's reviews (1)

I received this headset today after quite a long wait since it was the Easter holidays which is acceptable. They were really easy to set up just 4 jacks and the usb for the power, no drivers needed.

The sound quality form this headset is amazing, I personally bought these as a replacement for my others so i could play promod and I find them great for what I use them for.

The only problem I had when setting up this headset was getting the microphone to work, at first I thought it was broken but my persistence payed off in the end. The problem i had was that my Realtek HD audio manager was picking up a microphone plugged into the front mic jack when nothing was plugged in. however I think people with sound cards wouldn't have this problem.

Overall this product is great for listening for footsteps in games and other sorts of things I would recommend them to anyone looking for a surround sound headset.

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