Founded in 2007, Roccat is a relative new-comer to the gaming peripherals market. At present their product ranges include keyboards, mice and gaming headsets, of which the last category is represented by the Kulo gaming headset.
Barring this Roccat gaming headset, all other contenders in this shootout come with a circumaural design. The Kulo 7.1 however sports a supra-aural wearing style. The choice of on-ear design means that the Roccat gaming headset is dwarfed in size when compared with the others. That said, the Kulo’s build quality is excellent. The Kulo comes in black, with small blue Roccat signage on the ear-cups and a sliver of silver on the headband.
The supra-aural wearing style and a low contact pressure help the Kulo be very comfortable. Since the ear-pads do not cover the listener’s entire ears, over-heating after prolonged usage really isn’t a problem. The covering for the cushions is synthetic and closely resembles leather. Additionally Roccat also provides cushions with velvet covering which can be swapped in (this option is apparently only available in Europe, mind you). Our main concern with regard to the fit and comfort of the headset was related to the stiff adjustment mechanism that makes it hard to properly set the headset in place.
Like all the other contenders you have the option to plug in the Kulo to your computer via USB or 3.5mm jack. There is an in-line control pod provided for controlling volume, but the stiff slider makes it difficult to make minute changes to decibel levels. There is also a microphone for handling communications while gaming. The Kulo also comes with a companion software platform that can be used to help the headset reach its full potential. It has a number of customization options for 7.1 virtual surround, though the experience is marred by an unintuitive user interface.
“IT HAS A NUMBER OF OPTIONS FOR
7.1VIRTUAL SURROUND, BUT COMESWITH AN UNINTUITIVE USER INTERFACE.” ”
The supra-aural design of the Kulo helps in terms of comfort, though has the unfortunate side effect of being a detriment in 7.1 virtual surround sound for gaming. The audio from the headset comes across as constricted, and with insufficient space to develop. Add to that the lack of assistance from Dolby technologies (or anything of that sort). With the odds stacked against it, the Kulo simply cannot keep up with the pack.