A Closer Look Continued
The item that makes the Roccat unique from most other headsets is the remote that is hardwired in. Not only does the remote control the overall volume of the headset but the individual channels can be adjusted. Full mute can be activated by pressing down on the volume knob. There is also a mic mute button on the bottom right as well as as a movie mode button and a speaker button up at top.
One of the other unique features of the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital is the phone button on the lower left of the remote. This headset can connect via bluetooth to your cell phone. This allows you to take calls while in game, watching a movie, or listening to music without ever having to take the headset off. When you are in a call and you are gaming, the ingame microphone is muted therefor keeping your phone conversation private. Once the call is done activities can resume.
The other aspect of the Kave XTD 5.1 Digital that is interesting is the full 5.1 surround sound card that is built in. The very top side of the remote features 4 inputs for your 5.1 surround sound speakers. Simply plug each of the inputs in and press the speaker button. The Kave XTD’s remote will then move the output from the headset to the speakers.
Most of the time when we review a headset there isn’t a way to get empirical data. Since the Roccat Kave XTD 5.1 Digital does in fact have outputs to speakers we can test and show results. Using the same methodology as our motherboard reviews I used RightMark Audio Analyzer to test the speaker output. I used the stereo configuration rather than the surround sound.