ROCCAT being the amazing sponsor to our society, Sydney Collegiate StarCraft has sent over many sick peripherals such as the Kone Pure which I’ve reviewed and am still using today as my primary gaming mouse, and this year they sent Sense mouse-pads, Kone XTD mice, Kave headsets and finally the product I’m reviewing here, the ROCCAT Syva. I won these in a raffle for those who helped out at O-week this year, Infurneaux handed them over to me and I was curious to see what these headphones would sound like.
The box is made of thick solid card and inside there’s the headset itself with 3 extra sets of ear pieces each set has a different size. Given the contents, ROCCAT could’ve elected to make the package smaller as the box is mostly just thin-air and the thin plastic frame to house the goodies. At the price point of around $39 (price taken from PC Case Gear) it wouldn’t be too much to ask for to include a small carrying pouch as well, and something which puzzled me was the decision to not include an adapter to split the connections to the PC since this product is marketed to gamers who often require separate connectors for headphones and microphones.
The headset looks decent with an angular design, the cables are very lightweight and feel somewhat rubbery to touch and the plastic casing on the monitors are soft-touch coated for a smooth feel to it. I scrunched these up in my hand and they seem to not tangle, however as I was doing this I noticed a clicking sound from the button next to the microphone. Upon closer inspection I could see the seem lines on the plastic from the manufacturing process and there is no volume control.
There’s no sliding cable tie for the headphones themselves which means the two cables leading to the monitors themselves will be prone to twisting and tangles. You will notice the microphone is located on the left cable leading to the left monitor which makes it easy to remember which side is which however I personally would like to see some dimples to be molded on the left monitor so I can easily tell just by touching it.
When I listened to a few tracks to these the first thing I noticed was the very narrow sound-stage which is to be expected from In-ear monitors. The bass was boomy, the trebles were crisp which is good for gamers as it makes it easier to hear the voice-chat while playing games however the mids seem to be somewhat recessed. For gaming these headphones would do the job however for music I’d recommend proper full-sized headphones instead.
While the flat ribbon cable and the aesthetics are definitely a plus however here isn’t much to speak of in terms of features. There’s a lack of volume control which isn’t exactly a negative however comparatively speaking, many lower priced headphones include this feature regardless. There isn’t an audio splitter cable which was somewhat of a deal-breaker for me as a gamer as you should be able to use the microphone on the PC with split audio connections given that this product is advertised for gaming on the go.
The V-shaped frequency response is good for Gaming, Voice chat, Hip-Hop, Rock and Electronic music. Personally I found the mids to be recessed a bit too much for my liking and this should be remedied with an Equalizer when listening to music by boosting the mid to mid-highs just a touch.
The price-point for the ROCCAT Syva is around $39, however if it was lower priced at around $20, it would’ve been a decent low-cost option. It’s definitely a shame that this product isn’t exactly good value for money because of the lack of small additions that could have given it that extra edge over the competition. All-in-all my message to ROCCAT is, for the next In-ear mobile headset, please take more time to improve the design, and include an audio-splitter adapter.
Thank you to ROCCAT and Infurneaux for this headset, despite all the negatives I’ll definitely be able to find a use for these in tournaments. All-in-all I am looking forward to see how ROCCAT will improve their next mobile headset as the Syva is a nice headset that will get the job done however I think it’s a false start because there’s definitely a lot of room for improvement.
Until next time, my dear readers.
Good Luck, Have Fun!
– Haiji Onii-san