Roccat Khan Aimo review: Hi-Res Audio and 7.1 sound in an affordable headset

There always needs to be a new gimmick. It’s the most fascinating aspect of reviewing peripherals, and particularly gaming headsets. Every year or two, they need to one-up themselves. Maybe it’s a symptom of their proximity to PCs and PC gaming hardware, but regardless of the underlying reason, the point is there’s always some new headset arms race underway.

The latest battlefield? Hi-Res Audio—and it’s the Roccat Khan Aimo that’s leading the charge.

This review is part of our roundup of best gaming headsets. Go there for details on competing products and how we tested them.

Cheap finish

It’s not the most inspiring headset, admittedly. The Roccat Khan Aimo looks pretty bland, with a boxy design shrouded in carbon-colored plastic. Lots of plastic. I imagine Roccat made that call to keep the weight down, but the Khan Aimo feels chintzy next to its peers, most of which opt for metal accents at the very least. It’s especially egregious given the Khan Aimo’s $120 price tag. I’ve reviewed headsets half the price that looked twice as impressive.

Roccat Khan AimoIDG / Hayden Dingman

Roccat’s branding is also a point of contention with me. Companies are trending away from the “gamer” look that has dominated peripherals for years, and we’ve had some gorgeous minimalist headset designs in the past two or three years: Logitech’s G533, Razer’s Man O’ War, SteelSeries’s Arctis 7, and so on. The Khan Aimo, by contrast, is emblazoned with a massive lion (or the titular roc-cat) logo on the right earcup. It’s garish, even in black-on-black, and looks at least five years behind the times.

Lit up, the Khan Aimo looks slightly better though. Roccat’s RGB lighting is at least on-point, with two short channels on each ear. RGB lighting continues to be a baffling feature on headsets, but I appreciate the Khan Aimo’s restraint.

On-ear controls exist, albeit barely. There’s a volume wheel on the right earcup, but I found it hard to find in a panic. It’s very small, and recedes into the earcup to the point you can barely feel it under your thumb. It’s got a satisfying click though, so once you’ve found it you have decent control over volume. There’s also a small button next to the volume wheel, which toggles 7.1 on and off.

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Roccat Khan AimoIDG / Hayden Dingman

Rather than a dedicated mute button, the Khan Aimo’s microphone is instead flip-to-mute—my preferred method. There’s a loud click when the microphone folds up or down though, which I found slightly distracting. It’s supposed to signal the mic is on or off, but in reality it’s a redundant annoyance. I already know the microphone is on or off because I moved it to the corresponding position!

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