Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The Roccat Kave XTD Stereo, with its matte finish and sculptured cosmetics looks impressive. The headset is lightweight and very solid. The around ear closed soft cup design offer little in the way of isolation from ambient room noise. The volume control and microphone mute button is located on the cord, which is not my preferred mounting position. The flip up microphone worked well and was never in the way when not in use.
The headset’s drivers are of average efficiency. Roccat rates the maximum output at 115dB. I think this specification might be a little optimistic. The drivers do have a decent amount of headroom, making the Kave XTD is capable of volume levels that will satisfy all but the most demanding user. Once bass boost is added, the Kave XTD is capable of a volume level that can be felt, as well as heard.
With the exception of needing a bit of equalization, the sound quality was spot on for a headset in this price range. Male vocals and acoustical instruments sounded very natural. Bass drums sounded like bass drums and cymbals had a nice crisp quality to them. Heavy weapons fire was intense. I even found myself blinking during explosion or two. I never found the sound to be fatiguing in any way. They performed admirably, no matter what I threw at them.
The headband offers a wide range of adjustment and should fit just about any head. I found that the headset required a shorter than expected break-in time. The earcups are pivoting and there was more than enough travel for them to adjust to my head. The soft earcups are also easy in the sides of your head. Those with larger heads will more than likely find them comfortable as well. You can find the Roccat Kave XTD Stereo at Amazon for $59.99.
- Excellent Build Quality
- Great Sound Overall Reproduction
- Flip Up Microphone
- Very Comfortable
- Low End Reproduction Could Be Better
- Little Ambient Noise Isolation