Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset Brings Its Own Sound Card to the Party

Paul Lilly

Not your ordinary headset

Roccat , a German manufacturer of gaming peripherals with an increasing presence in the U.S. market, unveiled its Kave XTD 5.1 Digital headset for gamers at Gamescom. It's the successor to the original Kave 5.1 and incorporates new and improved features based on community and customer feedback, the company claims . One of those feature upgrades is the addition of a built-in sound card.

The Kave XTD 5.1 Digital comes with a gnarly looking desktop remote, which is where the "premium" 5.1 sound card resides. Also included in the remote is Roccat's Smart Link technology, which allows users to pair their smartphones to it using Bluetooth so that they can make and receive phone calls while gaming. You know, in case the urge to order a pizza during a frag fest takes hold, as opposed to fielding a phone call from your mother during an intense battle ("You dirty, cheating bitch! What?! No, not YOU mom! I'm playing League of Legends.").

On the rear of the remote are 5.1 speaker ports so that you can hook up your existing speaker system to it and toggle between the headset and speaker output. You'll also find headset and system audio controls on the remote.

As for the headset itself, there are three drivers in each earcup, all aligned at a 12-degree angle for a superior surround sound effect. It sports a completely reworked headband, and as a result, the unit weighs 25 percent less than the original Kave 5.1.

The Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital will be available in November for $170.

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