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

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Neo_Bahamut_19

I'm sorry, but I'm not sold.

1: Plastic bridges have a bad habit of breaking. The ear pieces tend to be "ok" most of the time, but all those broken bridges man...

2: Blue LED's are bright and annoying, and the last thing I want to do with my dimly lit red/green LED machine is place something with blindingly blue LED's near it... Let alone have to stare at one on the mic. The only way they could fix this is if every single one of them was able to be customized to another color or turned off completely.

I've been waiting forever for a good, true 5.1 headset that doesn't have plastic as it's core support system and doesn't have gaudy, blue LED's... Sadly, nothing has emerged yet to replace my Turtle Beach HPA2s that have lasted me since the early days of Bad Company 2...

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HouseFoxx

Sorry about your inconclusive search, but I think that a "true 5.1 headset" probably can't exist due to the odd number of speakers in that configuration and the even number of ears you likely have. Speaking from a seasoned audiophile's point of view, the best headphone surround sound experience you can possibly get at the time of me writing this is to buy a pair of 2-driver headphones with high quality drivers with great enclosures- they can deliver the best soundstage. (AKG Q701's are a bit pricey, but no headphone or headset under $1000 even touches it in this category for gaming, and for a more affordable solution, I recommend the Sennheiser HD 5xx line, as they have angled, lightweight drivers - a feature found in the $2000+ Audeze line - and a good enclosure that delivers incredible imaging). For the best results, you can even pair it with a mix-amp for a very convincing 7.1-like experience.

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Neo_Bahamut_19

When you do a multi-speaker setup that is supposed to work like a 5.1, you have to do things differently. You will have a right and left front speaker, a right and left center speaker, and a right and left back speaker. Additionally, you'll have a right and left subwoofer. The HPA2s that I have function this way. It's extremely easy for me to pinpoint audio directions. Also, anyone who says that you can't get proper surround sound in a headset this way is obviously thinking illogically. If the speakers are far enough back, they will simulate sound coming from behind far better than virtual channels will. It's not about how many ears you have, it's about which direction the sound is coming from. Maybe do some research on how human hearing functions and how we can judge sound direction.

I've tried multitudes of virtualized 5.1 and 7.1 headsets and headphones using mixamps, and I still prefer the multiple driver approach. There is a distinct difference in sound location.

Lastly, not everyone can or will spend several hundred, if not several thousand, for a gaming audio setup. For the $60 I spent, the 3+ years these have served me, and the accuracy of sound placement, they couldn't be beat for the price. If I could buy another pair I gladly would, but Turtle Beach discontinued them in favor of focusing on cheap, plastic junk for the console market.

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Carlidan

The senheniser 558 are not that much expenisve than turtle beaches. Mines cost below 200 dollars and thet are not just for gaming either. Sound production on these works on watching movies and music too.

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Carlidan

I have the sennisher 5850 for gaming and they are awesome!!!!

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borkbork

The announcer's voice in that video was pretty obnoxious, but the bluetooth-phone actually sounded like it actually had the potential to be interesting.

It can be annoying unintentionally missing calls while wearing earphones..

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Neo_Bahamut_19

Funnily enough, I don't have any issues... Because my phone causes interference with my headset and I start to hear a buzzing sound about a second or two before a call or text message even comes in. LOL Unintentional functionality at its best.