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Roccat Kulo review

A gaming headset with surprinsing sound quality, but comfort leaves a lot to be desired

Our Verdict

For

  • Great sound quality

Against

  • Build quality
  • Comfort

We're paying too much for gaming headsets. Anything over £50 in the studio headphone market gets you industry standard sound quality and comfort. Anything over £100 in the audio enthusiast market (think umlaut-heavy German manufacturers) buys you crystalline sound and luxurious comfort.

Anywhere between these two price points usually affords a set of acceptable cans offering decent sound quality and a functional mic.

Roccat's Kulo headset looks and feels cheap and flimsy. Worse, it's another graduate of the 'crown of thorns' school of headset comfort, cutting into your cranium and making your ears sweat against each speaker's faux leather exterior.

The volume control is a clumsy plastic lump. Oh, and the sound quality is great.

Hold on, what? It just doesn't fit with the package: excellent bass response, surprising clarity, from soft jazz and empty shells dropping to the floor to death metal and RPG fire, the Kulo has nuances beyond its sad, feeble physical form.

They seem derivative of Boses' QuietComfort noise cancelling cans, and while their much cheaper build produces a slight seashell effect, it does filter out a good deal of ambient noise.

It's a strange compromise of sound quality over comfort and gaming application. Given the length of time gamers wear their cans per session, comfort has to be a design priority. We'd expect more for £50.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadset
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size40 mm
Minimum Frequency Response20 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Product FamilyKulo
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameRoccat
Form FactorSemi-open
Sound ModeStereo
Host InterfaceMini-phone
Cable Length2.50 m
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Microphone DesignBoom
Driver TypeNeodymium
FeaturesNoise Cancelling, In-line Remote
ManufacturerRoccat Studios
Product ModelROC-14-600
Product NameKulo Headset
Product LineKulo
Impedance50 Ohm
Manufacturer Part NumberROC-14-600
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.roccat.org
Marketing Information

The headset is designed to maintain a snug fit for the duration of your gaming session. The breathable on-ear padding is comfortable and soft, plus offers effective noise cancellation. As it's ultra lightweight, this headset will keep on providing outstanding comfort even after hours of gaming. It delivers stunning sound just the way you like, with gutsy bass and crystal-clear trebles - with no details spared. Using the microphone, your commands will be transmitted totally noise-free to team mates - and as soon as you fold the microphone arm up, you mute the mic, that's how easy it is to use the ROCCAT Kulo Stereo Gaming Headset.

Microphone Sensitivity-47 dB
Package Contents
  • Kulo Headset
  • Classic & Memory+ Earpads
  • ROCCAT ID Card
  • Quick Installation Guide
Weight (Approximate)178 g