A headset with its own soundcard
We first learned about Roccat's Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset back in August of last year. At the time, Roccat said it hoped to ship the peripheral in November for $170 MSRP. Roccat got the price right, but not the release date, as November came and went without any sign of the Kave XTD 5.1 Digital. Now a month into the new year, Roccat today says its flagship headset is available to purchase .
The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital is somewhat unique in that it comes with a fully-equipped desktop remote with a built-in premium 5.1 sound card. It's the not the only headset to bring its own 5.1 soundcard to the party, but it is one of just a handful of options.
Roccat's Smart Link technology is also included in the remote. This lets users pair their smartphone to the remote using Bluetooth, which then allows them to make and receive phone calls through the headset while gaming. When making a phone call, the headset automatically mutes the chat software so your gaming buddies don't have to listen to you whisper sweet nothings to your significant other.
The headset is a bit hard to track down at the moment, though we did find it listed on Amazon .