Can Roccat make its mark in the in-ear headset market?

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Roccat is well known for its wide variety of gaming accessories. From keyboards to headsets, Roccat has established itself as a dominant player in the accessory industry with a Roccat-branded device available across a spectrum of device types.

But there’s one device type that Roccat hasn’t made a splash in: the in-ear, also known as “earbud,” headset. Granted, there’s the Roccat Vire, but those are just in-ear earphones. It’s not the gamer-friendly headset with a microphone that Roccat customers need.

So enter the Roccat Syva.

Roccat is marketing the Syva as a gaming headset for gamers on the go. It features a microphone — a critical component — so that gamers can chat during gaming sessions.

The Syva’s color scheme is consistent with Roccat’s other products, and has the usual Roccat blue and black along the cable, and up along the headset’s speakers themselves. The Syva also includes a controller for along the cable’s wire for controlling volume, answering calls and playing or pausing music.

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Comfort and audio quality

The Roccat Syva is not any more or less comfortable than any other in-ear headset. The headset’s cable is thicker than most others, and it seems to get tangled up less than, say, Apple’s Earpod’s.  The headset does come with three interchangeable ear tips to ensure that users get the perfect fit.

As far as audio quality goes, the Syva doesn’t produce anything out of the normal. It sounds like every other mid-range in-ear headset. Music and movies sound acceptable, with the mid to mid-high range of their audio tracks coming in crisply, but the bass being non existant.  This is not unexpected, as the form factor itself has serious limitations when it comes to audio quality. Save for expensive in-ear monitors musicians wear on stage, this style of headset can’t deliver what bigger bulkier headsets can.

The microphone does an excellent job at picking up audio, and the noise cancelling managed to remove most of the background noise from the test environment of a loud cafe during a test audio recording.

Conclusion

Roccat’s Syva headset does what you expect it to do: the audio quality is acceptable, it’s comfortable to wear over long periods and the onboard microphone does a more than adequate job of picking up sound and cancelling out background sound. All-in-all, it’s an excellent mid-range headset built with gamers on the go in mind.

Technical specifications:

Driver Units

  • Frequency response: 20Hz – 20kHz
  • Sensitivity at 1kHz: 96dB/1mW
  • Impedance: 32Ω
  • Maximum input power: 10mW
  • Driver diameter: Ø10mm
  • Cable length: 1.2m

Microphone

  • Sensitivity at 1kHz: -40±3dB
  • Impedance: ≤ 2.2kΩ
  • Directivity: omni-directional

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