ROCCAT Kave | Solid 5.1 Gaming Headset
It should be noted at this point to mention the sound card for the sake of the headphones. Running any standard sound card that might lack the capability of adjusting the base control can lessen the effect of the vibration. In our case we’re running the Creative Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium Fatal1ty Pro Series PCI Express Sound Card with the Creative Console Launcher installed on the OS. This control panel allows us to adjust the bass control for games as well as music and videos.
In the above image we set the bass crossover to 60Hz which worked out perfect for our scenario and provided a massive amount of vibration when cranking the volume quite high. In fact the headset vibration was so immense that it felt as if they were going to slide off–this is of course cranking the volume to 100%. It is certainly something that takes a little getting used to as we’re not used to sitting in a chair and feeling our games (movies and videos) thump on our heads.
I have always said that if you can’t feel the sound, it’s not loud enough. That seems to be the case with ROCCAT Kave 5.1, and that is putting it lightly.
The construction of the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 are quite impressive with its Solid Aluminum Hinges. I have been using these headphones now for about 4 months and I have lost track as to how many times they have hit the hardwood floor–all accidental of course–and keep working like a Timex watch. Some of the past headphones I have used never stood up to such simple abuse. That leads us to the next most annoying feature about all-in-one headphones: the mic.
One of the most annoying features on headphones these days is the microphone life expectancy. Time and time again they don’t stand up the abuse gamers put on them. When first using the headphones it was hard to be careful and not damage or strain the microphone to the best of my abilities. But as time went on it was very hard to treat the microphone delicately–face it, accidents happen. To this day it works perfectly fine with all of its abuse and strain put on them.
The ROCCAT Kave 5.1 microphone, thankfully, can be detached from the headphones and allows for 360° rotation. Its construction is, like the rest of the headset, extremely durable and very flexible for perfect positioning. Adding to this the microphone has a built in LED for displaying when the microphone has been placed on Mute status. Muting the microphone can be done through Windows or from the Tip-n-Control Desktop Remote box. No more “God, this raid leader sucks!” …. “What did you just say?!” /Kick!
The Tip-N-Control Desktop Remote unit allows the user to easily adjust the center, front, rear and sub volumes. Found within the flip top users can also switch back and forth between Gaming and Movie profiles. These features alone set the ROCCAT Kave 5.1 headset aside from its competitors giving the gamers and movie watchers ease-of-use at their fingers tips. When closed the volume and volume mute and mic mute are readily available for quick access. Roccat designers have thought of everything and even tossed in the kitchen sink with the desktop remote.
It should be noted that the “sub” slider within the desktop remote controls the headset vibration more than adjusting the sub levels. In testing we found little changes to bass–the sound card drivers will have a more dominate effect than the controller.