Tesoro Kuven.pro True 5.1 - 'The Helm of Hades'
Today we’re looking at a true 5.1 gaming headset from the likes of Tesoro Technology
, an up and coming gaming peripheral company based in Northern California that’s been around since 2011 and not to be confused with the petroleum refining company Tesoro Corporation. The headset is officially called the Kυνέη.pro, in the Greek spelling of the mythological Helm of Darkness
owned by Hades, the Greek god of the underworld. However, Tesoro also spells the product name as Kuven.pro.
Tesoro specializes entirely in gaming peripherals and was the first to bring a multicolor backlit mechanical keyboard to the market with the Lobera Supreme back in 2013. However, unlike the Corsair Gaming K70 RGB, the Lobera Supreme is not able to customize the light color of individual keys. Tesoro has grown its presence in Asia and Europe, and is a sponsor for Virtus.pro, a Russian professional gaming organization.
The Tesoro Kuven.pro is a true 5.1 surround sound headset – each earcup has multiple drivers that output one of the surround sound channels. A desktop controller acts as an external sound card and allows the volume of each channel speakers to be adjusted. The Kuven.pro comes with a 1-year warranty and can purchased either at Newegg
or at the Tesoro web store
for $109.99 with free shipping.
Tesoro Kuven.pro Gaming Headset Features:
Tesoro Kuven.pro Gaming Specifications:
- True 5.1 / Virtual 7.1 with surround sound
- Full channel speakers customization control (Voice/Front/Rear/Cen/Sub)
- Adjustable head band with TESORO embroidery logo
- Real protein ear cup cushion with memory sponge
- Unidirectional Microphone
- TESORO eyes purple LED illumination and microphone on/off indicator
- TESORO stylish aluminum metal plate
- Control Station functions:
- Full channel switch button
- Instant microphone on/off
- Instant speaker on/off
- Control wheel for channel volume customization
- 1.35m+2m braided cable with golden-plated USB connector
- Amplifier Specifications
- [Front/Rear/Center] Frequency Response
- Subwoofer: 20Hz-400Hz
- Front/Rear: 50Hz-20KHz
- Center: 50Hz-20KHz
- Max output power
- Subwoofer: 100mW
- Front/Rear: 30mW
- Center: 30mW
- Microphone Specification
- Directivity: unidirectional
- Impedance: 2.2 K ohm
- Dimension: 6x2.7mm
- Sensitivity:-44dB +/- 3dB (at 1KHz)
- Frequency: 100Hz-10K Hz
- Speaker Specification
- Driver unit
- Subwoofer: 40mm 32 ohm 100mW x 2 pcs
- Center: 30mm 64 ohm 50mW x 2 pcs
- Front/Rear: 30mm 32 hom 50 mW x 4 pcs
- Frequency Response
- Subwoofer: 20Hz-20Hz
- Front/Rear: 20Hz-20Hz
- Center: 20Hz-20Hz
The Tesoro Kuven.pro consists of a headset, external controller and sound card, and USB-to-miniUSB cable. A quick start guide and Tesoro product catalog is included.
Looking around the Tesoro Kuven.pro
The Tesoro Kuven.pro consists of a headset and controller that doubles as an external sound card. Let’s break it down.
The headset component has full-sized over-ear circumaural earcups. Tesoro logo plates are bolted on the sides and purple LEDs illuminate the eyes when the headset is powered on.
The inner side of the headband and the earcups are plastic leather wrapped memory foam cushions. Weight is very well distributed and the Kuven.pro is one the most comfortable headsets we’ve ever reviewed.
The headband length is fully adjustable. Each earcup fits on the head by the action of two joints.
Looking behind the earpad, the Kuven.pro is a true 5.1 surround sound headset as multiple drivers deliver several surround sound channels to each ear.
The flexible microphone folds up along the headset. Muting the microphone from the controller turns off the purple LED at the top.
The Control Station adjusts the volume of each channel without the need for specialized control software.
The headset plugs into the side of the controller using an HDMI jack at the end of a braided 4.4 ft cord. The controller connects to the computer with a 7 ft braided USB-to-miniUSB cable.
The controller can mute the microphone and headset at the press of the center and right buttons. To change what the volume wheel is controlling, pressing the Tesoro logo button cycles between the channels which are indicated by which LED indicator on the bottom is illuminated. That channel’s volume is then displayed on the arc of the lights above the wheel. Voice
oddly enough controls the headphone master volume.
Subjective Listening: Music, Movies, and Games
Not everyone hears the same as each other. People’s ears are different and preferences dictate our style. The subjective listening tests in our reviews not only compare the product with other gaming headsets, but also audiophile-grade headphones. Those who don’t regularly listen with higher-end equipment may not notice the sound quality deficiencies we are able to notice.
The Kuven.pro is able recreate a good amount of musical detail, but its flat sound signature makes for a boring listening experience. The headphones were responsive to correction from an equalizer. By lowering midtones to boost the relative volume of bass and treble frequencies, the Kuven.pro demonstrated an ability to produce an aggressively bright and lively audio character. Such a modification puts the headset nearly on the level of comparable budget audiophile headphones.
The Kuven.pro can still use equalization to improve the flat sound signature. Even with the subwoofer channel at max volume, bass frequencies still won’t give that punchy impact. Despite the Kuven.pro being a true surround sound headphone, audible front and rear channel separation isn’t all that noticeable because the drivers are so close together.
Despite the flat signature of the Kuven.pro lending poorly to music, it is the preferred tuning for gaming. The tame bass and treble won’t give entertaining immersion, but emphasized mid frequencies are more useful for hearing natural sound cues especially bodily movement. The multi-channel drivers are too close together in the earcups to make true 5.1 surround sound noticeable, but forcing the audio to stereo and allowing the game to handle virtual audio positioning if possible does give appreciable results.
The Kuven.pro’s microphone meets our expectations from a high-end headset. Recorded voice audio sounded clear and human with little distortion.
Final Thoughts and Conclusion
The hallmark of our experience with the Tesoro Kuven.pro was how comfortable it was to wear. For us, the surround sound wasn’t all too special. Instead it was being able to game for hours with this bulky and moderate heavy headset. The clamping pressure is well distributed as a result of articulate joints and memory foam padding on the earcups and headband.
The reason why the surround sound capabilities of the Kuven.pro weren’t close to spectacular is because the speakers are too close to each other. The idea of scaling down an entire home surround sound theater into a headphone and controller/sound cardlooks good on paper, but it’s ineffective in practice. The sound of different channels coming from the different speakers is barely noticeable and it’s hard to determine the simulated audio positioning with so much sound flooding such a small earspace.
The Kuven.pro’s sound quality is actually quite good and is on the level offered by other high end gaming headsets. The flat audio character is tuned for competitive gaming and the listener can focus on sounds produced naturally such as human movement without being inundated with bass treble. Unfortunately, that music can be quite boring to listen to without equalization. It would be beneficial if Tesoro added equalizer presets to the controller so that music, movies, and even story driven games can benefit from livelier audio on the press of a button. The headset responded very readily to our equalization settings through media players and the audio character can be easily shaped to enhance music and movies.
Tesoro gave this headset an identity that’s easy to understand. Reasonable tradeoffs to the audio tuning that focus on a more competitive audio experience and the comfortable headset design earn the Kuven.pro readily receives a recommendation from us. We can’t comment on the durability of the headset since we haven’t used it long enough, but it should be expected that the points of weakest structural integrity are at the joints. The high-end performance and design of the Kuven.pro expectedly commands a high-end pricing. This headset currently can be purchased from either Newegg
or the Tesoro Gaming web store
for $109.99 with free shipping, a price where the Kuven.pro is quite competitive.
Legit Bottom Line:
The Tesoro Kuven.pro is ridiculously comfortable and its sound quality holds lots of potential.