Roccat Syva In-ear Headset Review

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Roccat, the German hardware manufacturer, is well-known for its state-of-the-art gaming peripherals. It’s always exciting to see the different innovations and refinements it brings with its latest devices. Roccat has now come up with a brand new high-performance in-ear headset – the Roccat Syva. Designed to be an ideal companion to portable devices, the Syva looks like it comes with its own distinct benefits and caters to a particular group of users. But does it deliver in the areas where it matters most? Let’s find out.

Tech Specs

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

System requirements: 3.5mm jack socket required

Packaging & Accessories

The Roccat Syva comes packed in a smart looking hard case, with a flap on its right that allows you to open up the box and view the headset without actually interfering with the inner packaging. This ‘look & feel’ element of Roccat’s packaging is something we’ve come to appreciate.

The list of features pertaining to the headset are clearly mentioned at the rear side of the box. At the front is an image of the headset along with some of its prominent features, namely its ultra light weight, its unique looking 3.5mm jack plug, the Call/Play button, and VoIP+MP3 support. Included in the package along with the headset are three pairs of ear tips, each of a different size.

Design & Comfort

Versatile and stylish, the Roccat Syva instantly stands out the moment you lay your eyes on it. Not only is it an extremely light-weight headset, but it also looks great with its rather trendy looking ribbon cable. Unlike the cable on other conventional light-weight headsets, the ribbon cable on the Roccat Syva doesn’t tangle up every now and then, making it a very hassle-free companion to portable devices. On the other hand, while the headset does come with three interchangeable ear tips, getting ones that are a perfect fit for you can be a bit of a mixed bag for some. The three available sizes should cater to a broad range of people, however. Another notable improvement over other headsets is the well-designed 3.5mm plug, which is easy to pull out of its socket thanks to its extended rubberized grip. Conventional 3.5mm plugs on headsets start going through wear and tear after some use. Thankfully, that isn’t the case with the Roccat Syva. The Call/Play button is easy to use and produces a satisfying click sound when you press it.

Audio Quality

The Roccat Syva ended up performing beyond our expectations in terms of audio quality, only falling a little short in terms of bass. The treble is crisp and sharp, but free from the crackling sounds you usually experience with high pitch audio from a headset in the Syva’s price range. The bass, on the other hand, while rich and smooth, didn’t quite deliver the expected power in terms of impact. But perhaps that’s asking too much from a headset that is designed with portability in mind. Ultimately, though, it succeeds in delivering a nicely balanced overall sound. Whether it be an iOS device, a Nintendo 3DS, or a Playstation Vita, the Roccat Syva resolves every bit of the finer audio detail with great clarity. Chat audio is fantastic across the board. The mic successfully cancels out background noise and delivers your chat audio with clarity at the other end. The Call/Play button is used to give voice chat precedence over the background music coming from a movie or a game. It’s an intuitive feature that’s bound to be of great utility for gaming audiences in particular.

Conclusion

All in all, the Roccat Syva is a high quality headset that delivers a great experience, both in terms of functionality and quality. Even though it’s primarily designed for those who are on the move, the headset is versatile enough to fit the bill for people from all walks of life. And given it’s retail price of $30, it becomes even easier for us to overlook its minor flaws and recommend it to anyone looking for a great companion to their portable device as well as to those looking for a general purpose headset that offers great value.

What did you think of the Roccat Syva? Considering a purchase? Let us know in the comments below.

Review Overview
  • Design9
  • Performance8
  • Quality9
  • Value10
Total Score9.0

User Rating: 4 (3 Votes)
Johan Zietsman