Roccat has released the Khan Aimo, their high-end RGB gaming headset that syncs in with their synchronised lighting system. Combined with a mouse and keyboard you will have a colour coordinated disco of colour at a LAN party, or Esports outing and what a treat it is.
Much like the Roccat Khan Pro, we looked at some weeks ago, these feature Hi-Res music that promises to be much more than typical CD quality music, however, having a 24-bit 96KHz audio source is needed to attain this. To get the most from the Khan Aimo sound system you’ll need to be playing Doom or having a subscription to Tidal as most other sources don’t quite meet the audio specs needed. That’s not to say the headphones sound any less impressive with the lower quality sources, in fact, these headphones are top of the league as a gaming headset.
Looking around the device there, the left ear cup has a mic arm that clicks down into place with a noise-canceling microphone on the end. A decent microphone that won’t have you recording a silky-smooth movie commentary, however, it will have you a cut above the rest when leading the charge in Final Fantasy or Call of Duty with some buddies.
The left ear cup also houses the fixed, braided, hardwearing cable that ends after around 4 meters in a full-sized USB. Some may take issue with the USB connection, however, it is necessary to connect to the Swarm app to keep the Aimo Mouse, keyboard and headphone colours in sync, alongside some software features as shown in the Unboxing video above.
The right earcup has a difficult to find the volume rocker. Frequently, I found it easier to go to my keyboards’ media controller to deal with the volume rather than fumble around looking for it. Also, the volume rocker is placed beside the simulated 7.1 / 2.0 sound switching button. When in a game it was too easy to hit this button by accident when looking to increase the button then you have to work out if you are on 7.1 or 2.0. In some games, this isn’t immediately obvious. It’s great to be able to do however, I would have preferred the switch to be further away or even on the other earcup to avoid any mishaps.
Aside from the volume roller, the only other thing I would complain about is the memory foam ear cups. In heat they become a little too warm around the ear, perhaps it is just my body temperature, however, I noticed them from time to time when playing games and in heavy editing sessions. Whilst they were in no way uncomfortable they became noticeable after a couple of hours.
The headband is nicely padded and combined with the lightweight feel of the headphones allowing game time to last for several hours without feeling the headphones becoming heavier.
The Khan Aimo excelled when listening back to regular music and movie content. Rock music sound full blooded with some impressive highs and lows. With movie contact explosions and gunfire sounded thick and solid.
At this price, you would be paying twice as much for the same level of quality in other brands. The Khan Pro might have pulled me away from my beloved Sennheiser’s, however, Khan Aimo has done it again, I can’t put them down and considering they are £105 / $120 anyone looking a decent, higher-end set of computer headphones for nearly all purposes should really take note of these. You will struggle to find better for anywhere near this price.
The Roccat Khan Aimo are available from Amazon for £106, at the time of this review.