75
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75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

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Roccat's Kave XTD headset is available in a few different options, but the one you want to aim for is the 5.1 Analog for its positional sound abilities. But whichever flavor you pick, you'll be treated to the same sturdy plastic build and dubious levels of comfort.

First impression of the XTD is its size, which TrustedReviews describes as "big and chunky" and not subtle at all thanks to "flashes of light blue that make it stand out." Benchmark Reviews also likes the blue, calling the XTD modern and "almost futuristic." It might be plastic, but KitGuru found "it does not creak at all as you bend it around" such that they "would not be worried about them breaking if thrown in a backpack." Unfortunately, chunky and sturdy are not attributes that translate into "comfortable" for the Kave XTD, with TechRadar finding it "a tad stiff" and Tom's Guide saying it weighed "heavy on my head, like King Henry IV's crown." At least the same can't be said of the ear cups, which KitGuru described as "spongy enough to be comfortable over long gaming and listening sessions."

You'll almost certainly be putting in some marathon sessions with the Kave XTD after you give it a listen. Benchmark Reviews says the surround sound on the 5.1 Analog cans is "awesome and didn’t detract from the overall sound quality in anyway." KitGuru likes its ability to handle loud noises, making it perfect for gamers that like to "really crank what they are listening to." The positional abilities are "first class" according to pcGameware, with the headset making it easy to determine which direction sounds are coming from in-game. TrustedReviews admits it's not exactly high-end, but the XTD gives "plenty of oomph" and there's still "enough finesse here to not let you down."

The Kave XTD makes a lot of compromises with its comfort and audio capabilities -- possibly too many given the price of the 5.1 Analog version. TweakTown says it'll be "perfectly adequate for anyone who's looking for a premium-grade headset," but we think there are cheaper options out there worth looking at first.

from $38.99+

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Comfort
7.8
Sound quality
8.8
Durability
8.3
Voice / mic quality
8.3
Design and form factor
8.0
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Kave

Form factor
Over-ear
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