Roc­cat Khan Pro

The world’s first hi-res au­dio gam­ing head­set.

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Roc­cat’s Khan Pro head­set is the first ever gam­ing head­set to come with cer­ti­fied hi-res au­dio sta­tus, bring­ing that req­ui­site 20Hz–40KHz re­sponse range in tow. But what does hi-res au­dio do for a gam­ing head­set?

A great deal. Like other Roc­cat head­sets we’ve tested, the con­struc­tion ma­te­ri­als and vis­ual de­sign here don’t scream ‘pre­mium’. A largely plas­tic body and creaky earcups prove to be only mi­nor marks, though — else­where, it’s de­cep­tively bril­liant. Con­trols are kept to a min­i­mum, with a sim­ple vol­ume scroll wheel at the back of the left earcup, and a mic mute func­tion tied to the swingarm. We would have liked a chat/game mix scroll, too, at this price point (they should cost un­der $200), we can let that one go. The braided ca­ble con­nects via two 3.5mm au­dio jacks for mic and au­dio, rather than USB, and there’s a sin­gle-in­put adapter for mo­bile de­vices in­cluded in the box.

When you start push­ing sounds through the head­set, it’s dif­fi­cult not to be im­pressed. It man­aged to find more clar­ity, bass re­sponse and ar­tic­u­late mids than most other sets we’ve tested. Its re­sponse sounds sim­i­lar to our ears to the ven­er­a­ble HyperX Cloud and Cloud II from Kingston. They sound dreamy when lis­ten­ing to loss­less au­dio.

The real ques­tion is... How of­ten do you lis­ten to hi-res au­dio? While it’s grow­ing in pop­u­lar­ity in PC games, it’s by no means the stan­dard.

If that ex­em­plary sound qual­ity came in a more lux­u­ri­ous over­all pack­age, this would be a gen­uine best-in-class con­tender.

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