Roccat is a company I have never heard of before, as a light gamer, I guess that is okay to admit. I was surprised to see Roccat has over 10 years of gaming experience and looking at their range it would seem they are a pretty heavy player in the industry and should be taken seriously.
The Roccat Khan Pro is a good-looking headset. Combining some modern aesthetics with a quirky art style give the Roccat a flavour familiar to Razer, however, the slivery colouring of the art keep any similarities to a minimum. In fact, I prefer the look of Roccat’s subtle artwork over the exaggerated Razer logo.
In order to keep things, light Roccat has chosen a combination of plastic and faux leather for the Khan Pro’s build materials. Plastic might not be everyone favourite, however, the on closer inspection tall the movable parts are used and the innards of the headband use steel. The headset will survive a beating, not a hard one but enough for the average gamer. The headset weighs in at 230 grams and this is a fair trade-off. A volumw wheel is hidden to the back of the left headphone and features decent travel.
A hard waring and lenghty cable connects you headphones to the computer / gaming console. The cable features a braided design and connects at either end with the strong, reinforced connection. Roccat provided an adapter for the cable to allow users to pick if they connect the headset by both microphone and headphone, or just one 3.5mm heaphone jack.
The lightness of the headset really adds to the overall comfort of the headphones. When in use for an extended period the headset does not become a burden. The headphones cup the ears lightly and do not bend or squish the ears at all unless they are abnormally large. The leather finish might get a little warm after an hour or so of play however not uncomfortably.
Roccat has branded the Khan Pro with “High-Resolution Audio Compatibility” this is a term that is slowly slipping its way into the mass market without much of an obvious explanation. WhatHiFi defines the term, in a nutshell, as “having a higher sampling frequency and/or bit depth than CD – which is specified at 16-bit/44.1kHz. Hi-res audio files usually use a sampling frequency of 96kHz or 192kHz at 24-bit. You can also have 88.2kHz and 176.4kHz files too. ”
This might not seem a particularly relevant to gaming, however, as a cost-cutting method, you can purchase a great pair of headphones for £500 that sound amazing no matter where you plug them in however borrowing one piece of tech from them and popping it into the Khan Pro will give them a little extra audio quality to make gaming sound a little closer to the £500 option.
Listening back to some Flac tracks on the Khan Pro was hardly a jaw-dropping experience, however, Fallout 4’s sound design felt fuller than the headphones I had been using as dedicated gaming headphones for the last year, Sennheiser Urbanites. Certainly, the Urbanites make no claims to be gaming headphones, however, they still outperform many when those Flac tracks at lined up.
The Khan Pro produce an agreeably bassy sound and can handle louder bangs without losing quality. The mids accomplished and pleasing and lead nicely into highs with crisp reproduction. The snug ear cuppage omits worldly noises around you allowing you to focus and immerse. Certainly, louder noses will seep into the ear canal.
For gaming and communicating the Khan Pro’s microphone is perfectly suited. Certainly, you won’t be recording an album using the -40db sensitivity at 1kHz, 60dB s/n, 2% THD at 1lHz. However, there is more than enough quality to keep you clearly audible to friends and the microphone works hard to cut out background noises, buzzing and feedback very well. In the unboxing video, I recorded some test material and the quality does sound less meaty than the condenser microphone used for the build of the unboxing video, however, the Khan Pro is far for disappointing and can be relied upon for a quality gaming experience.
The Khan Pro is a great headset for the money. Certainly is pales in comparison to a professional set up however they cost a fraction of the price. I will continue to use them as my main gaming headset for the foreseeable future. Heartily recommended.