ROCCAT Khan AIMO is a gaming headset with built-in HiFi sound card and 7.1 surround. We've had the headset for testing, and here's our verdict.
ROCCAT, which is owned by California Turtle Beach, makes a wide range of accessories that are primarily aimed at the gaming segment. ROCCAT Khan AIMO is no exception with its RGB light, fixed microphone and USB connection.
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At a cost of around £ 900, 7.1 surround and HiFi sound cards sound like a bargain. The question is just whether it really comes to the fore. If Khan AIMO keeps what they promise, then the headset may be hoping for a top mark.
- Personalized EQ with ROCCAT Swarm
- Sublime call quality
- A couple of fun features – again with the ROCCAT Swarm
- Good stereo sound
- Built-in HiFi sound card
- Difficult to find and operate volume wheel and mute button
- Non-removable microphone
- Non-removable cord
- Poor surround sound
Design and comfort
ROCCAT Khan AIMO is relatively dimmed in its expression. At least when you look at the many other gaming headsets on the market. Most of the design is black – or very dark gray – and embellished with ROCCAT's logo and name, again in black. Where the dark colors are broken is only at the metal hoop and the four dimmed RGB lights.
I personally like when the design is kept as discreet as is the case with ROCCAT Khan AIMO. In addition, I don't think that a finish in plastic necessarily means that the headset seems fragile or cheap – in fact, Khan AIMO seems completely in line with other headsets in the class, despite its performance in plastic.
In terms of comfort, I can easily sit for hours with the headset, without it becoming annoying. Personally, I prefer that over-ear headsets fit well – they may close very close. It is usually something that divides the waters, and if you are used to more loose-fitting headsets, then you should probably try ROCCAT Khan AIMO before any purchase. The headset sits very close, and despite the soft and comfortable pillows, it can be bothersome to some people.
The buttons on the headset are distributed so that a button that turns off the microphone and a volume wheel are located on the right cup. However, they are relatively small and difficult to operate. At least it's not natural to me, which has resulted in me controlling the functions from my keyboard.
The two buttons on the headset are slightly misplaced.
RGB lights, ROCCAT Swarm and ease of use
As mentioned, the much-debated RGB light required in all gaming equipment is dimmed in Khan AIMO. You can think of what you want. The tendency is probably that the older you are, the less you like the bright lights. At home I use a full setup from ROCCAT, where the keyboard, mouse and headset follow the same pattern. The keyboard, on the other hand, is incredibly colorful, so it's nice with a more subtle headset.
Of course, all light can be configured at will, and ultimately completely switched off if one is preferred.
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This is done via ROCCAT Swarm, which is the common software for ROCCAT's keyboard, mice and headsets. In here you can set up your light as you wish, but the software is also used for a number of other things.
First of all, there are the occasional updates of the firmware. Of course, they are essential to the overall experience, but come at times a little too often – which I also complained a bit in my review of the keyboard. If you ignore updates, you quickly learn to love Swarm.
The software allows you to customize the sound in your headset as you wish. Although I am happy with a fairly standard set-up, there are definitely those who really go in depth with, for example, their equalizer. There is also the option to adjust degrees of noise reduction, however, sometimes reducing the call quality slightly. In those cases, I found that it was best to turn off the noise reduction on the microphone.
Swarm is user-friendly and I think most people will find the customization options quite simple.
One thing I haven't figured out, though, is the so-called 7.1 surround. I once praised the whirring sound in a headset, to which I was reminded that it never really gets surround when there are only two drivers. Nevertheless, an emulated surround sound can provide a nice sound image. At ROCCAT Khan AIMO, however, it is non-existent – at least almost. You really need to tip your ears if you want to hear the difference between 2.0 stereo and 7.1 surround. It's a bit unfortunate when it's one of the features ROCCAT highlights.
ROCCAT Khan AIMO is more or less black with black on.
Sound and conversation quality
Let's start with the sound of games, movies and music. In general, I have had positive experiences here, with good, clear and lifelike sound. Of course there are exceptions, and here we have to look again at 7.1 surround. When surround mode is turned on, I often find that shooting games, such as Ghost Recon Breakpoint and Apex Legends, become more difficult to orient in. It often happens that the soundscape becomes blurry with 7.1 so you can't hear exactly where your opponents are.
It is a basic problem with the surround function that it destroys a bit of the sound. Most noticeably, as I said, when to orient yourself.
However, if you stick to stereo, the headset works quite well. Here I can easily hear where my opponents are and the sound is reproduced as intended. They can be a bit bastardy, which is super cool in firefight with grenades and explosions around the ears – maybe it's actually in stereo mode that surround works best.
Now I don't watch so much movie in front of my PC, but the bit I've seen with Khan Aimo was fine. Again, the sound was clear and beautiful, but it's not that I would call it suitable for long movie nights as the sound can still be a bit too bassy. The same picture is drawn by the music where ROCCAT Khan AIMO does the work satisfactorily, and I can easily enjoy an entire album with the headset. Again, however, I would not call it suitable for long listening sessions.
What ROCCAT Khan AIMO really shines through is the quality of the conversation. It's important to most PC players, and ROCCAT understands that. Khan AIMO has not been guilty of falling out or distorted sound. Both my own voice and those I have now spoken to have gone through clearly. At the same time, it has been easy to create a setup where sound from games is nicely balanced with sound from conversations. In this way, fellow players are not distracting, but are also hidden behind the noise and noise of games.
At the same time, Swarm has a feature called "Magic Voice" where you can change your voice to woman, man, monster or cartoon. It has made my reptile brain go crazy when I called a friend and suddenly sounds like Laila from the local bodega.
Overall, the sound is good, the call quality is good and the extras are fun – how much more do you really need in a headset?
This is what the adaptation of ROCCAT Khan AIMO looks like in Swarm.
ROCCAT Khan AIMO is a great headset that is clearly produced by people who know their segment. With good stereo sound, brilliant conversation quality, user-friendly software and entertaining features, you are more or less in goal.
However, it gives scratches in the varnish when using surround sound in its fielding and it turns out to be so poorly executed. The little annoying buttons on the headset aren't exactly a plus either.
Despite this, the built-in Hi-Fi sound card (24-bit, 96 KHz, DAC) to hear, and Khan Aimo is definitely in the better class of headphones for PC. If you use ROCCAT's keyboards and mice at the same time, you can easily add Khan AIMO to its setup. That's why we land a total of 4½ stars.