Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB
For the gamer, the headset is one of the most important tools to decide on victory or defeat in a tournament. For this reason, the Roccat company has set itself the goal of producing high-quality gamer equipment. Compared to conventional manufacturers, Roccat, just like any other manufacturer of gaming hardware, cultivates a close partnership with gamers, which means that the products are optimally optimised for the needs of gamers. In addition to the popular mice and keyboards, the company also produces high-quality headsets for particularly demanding gamers. The Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB is one of these products.
Equipment & scope of delivery
Roccat definitely did not skimp on the packaging, which makes the rather clear contents of the package all the more surprising. Apart from the headset and a USB sound card, only a quick start guide is included in the package. Roccat unfortunately does without a transport bag, which is included by many manufacturers, in the Kulo 7.1 USB gaming headset. Instead there are two sets of ear cups, each with a different sound configuration. Since gaming headsets are often taken to LAN parties, the missing transport bag is definitely a negative point. With a weight of around 180 grams, the headset is definitely a lightweight compared to its competitors. It can be connected either via two jack connectors, one for the sound and one for the microphone, or via the included USB adapter. The 7.1 sound is only generated via the USB connection. With a length of about 2.5 meters, the connection cable is sufficiently long.
Design & Comfort
Visually, the Kulo is designed in black, typical of Roccat. The company’s logo was applied to the left earpiece in a light blue font while the “Kulo” lettering with its grey colour is almost unnoticeable. The workmanship is quite solid and makes a high-quality impression. The material used for the ear cups is very good. Roccat has chosen a mixture of fabric-like and smooth plastic, which makes the ear cups more resistant to dirt. The height of the Kulo 7.1 USB headset can be adjusted. Depending on the head size, it can be a bit tight here, Roccat could have been a bit more generous here. In addition, the headset sits quite tightly on the head at maximum width. This can be quite annoying during long gaming sessions. At least the headband offers a fairly generous padding, so that the headband rests well on the head.
The microphone of the headset is located on the right side and can only be folded upwards, which also automatically switches it to “mute”. The two 40 mm diaphragms provide the right sound, the competition often offers 50 mm. However, Roccat does not use oversized auricles in the Kulo, but the sound quality, which is in the frequency range between 20 Hz and 20 kHz, is still good. The slider for volume control is impractical. It simply lacks the necessary precision of a normal turning wheel. All in all, the Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB is quite convincing in the area of sound. Despite the 40 mm drivers, it delivers a pretty good bass, which will please gamers especially when explosions occur in shooters. The included sound card is a bit disappointing in a surround simulation. If you own a Soundblaster X-Fi, for example, you’ll get much better results with it in combination with the normal stereo operation of the headset.
The Roccat Kulo 7.1 USB is a decent gaming headset that is very light and comfortable to wear. Unfortunately, it can't convince in terms of sound without a high-quality sound card.