CM Storm Sirus - Gaming Headset with True 5.1 Surround Sound and Control Module
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- True 5.1 Surround Sound
- On-The-Fly Rear, Center and Front speaker control for maximum soundcustomization
- Interchangeable ear-cups for breathable audio and noise cancelation
- Microphone with LED mute indicator
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Built for gaming enthusiasts and audiophiles alike, the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Headset creates an immersive experience with hi-fidelity soundscapes and intense bass. Sirus produces precise and crisp sound through its 8 discrete speaker channel pairs; consisting of front, rear, center, and sub. These deliver accurate and fully adjustable real-time 360 degree audio - made possible by its Tactical Mixing Console. In addition, Sirus is coupled with a Uni-directional microphone with background noise cancellation that enables crystal clear conversations with teammates and enemy combatants.
CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Built for gaming enthusiasts and audiophiles alike, the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Headset creates an immersive experience with hi-fidelity soundscapes and deep bass. Sirus provides precise and crisp sound through its 8 discrete speaker channel pairs; consisting of dual fronts, dual rear, center, and subwoofer. This 5.1 setup delivers accurate and fully adjustable real-time 360 degree audio − full controllably by the included Tactical Mixing Console. In addition, Sirus is coupled with a uni-directional microphone with noise cancellation that ensures you are always crystal clear to your teammates in the heat of battle.
|5.1 CHANNEL SURROUND SOUND |
Hear your enemies before they strike! Eight embedded speakers (4 on each side) create powerful and immersive 5.1 surround sound.
|TACTICAL MIXING CONSOLE |
The Tactical Mixing Console ensures you get the best audio experience available. In conjunction with the Sirus software, you can control each independent channel and create profiles to immerse yourself when watching a movie or playing the latest games.
|UNI-DIRECTIONAL MICROPHONE |
The high quality microphone eliminates useless background noise and ensures that you stay crystal clear to your teammates in the heat of battle. The LED mute indicator at the tip lets you know when you're ready to command with clarity.
|CUSTOMIZABLE EAR CUPS FOR YOUR COMFORT |
The interchangeable ear cups are lined with breathable micro-weave to eliminate fatigue during long use or leatherette for improved noise insulation. Whatever you need, the Sirus has got you covered.
|Driver Diameter||F/R/C: 30mm - Sub: 40mm|
|Impedance||F/R/C: 32 Ohms - Sub: 16 Ohms|
|Distortion||Less than 1%|
|Transducer Principle||Dynamic closed|
|Frequency Range||10 - 20,000 Hz|
|Connector||Dual USB 2.0 / 3.5mm Adapter|
|Frequency Range||100-10,000 Hz|
|Sensitivities (@1kHz)||-46dB +- 3dB|
|Pick Up Pattern||Omni-Directional|
Top customer reviews
I'm quite the headphone enthusiast ... mostly audiophile/critical listening oriented, but also, over the past 20 years ... gaming.
I've owned some of the most high end critical listening headphones one can find (both dynamic and electrostatic) ... from Grado RS1's to Grado GS1000's to Beyerdynamic T1's to Sennheiser HD650's to Sennheiser HD800's to Shure SE535's and up to my current audiophile listening setup: a MHDT Stockholm valve buffered DAC feeding a Stax SRM-323S which in turn drives a pair of Stax SR-404LE's and also, just as much loved, a set of Koss ESP-950 electrostatic headphones. I'm real serious about headphones ...
But the above mentioned cans are just regarding music listening ... I'm also serious about sound in gaming.
Following is some history … (bear with me) …
My audiophile cans work okay for gaming (especially the Stax stuff) ... but even when using all sorts of emulated surround options, I still really only hear 2.1 sound (no matter the hype); sure, the sound is obviously "affected" in some way, but with any sort of emulated surround solutions, I never get real and definite positional sound.
And so, a few years or so back, I started researching "true" 5.1 surround headphone kits.
First I tried some of the Turtle Beach stuff ... I found it thin and tinny and lacking body and realism; further, I could really not get a lock on any real positional performance; I took it back to the store the same day I bought it; my emulated 5.1 was much better.
Then I tried some of the Tritton stuff; again, though better than the Turtle Beach trash, I still found it lacking body and realism (though positioning was getting a bit better); but, I still thought the emulated 5.1 was better.
Then, Cooler Master released their Storm Sirus, true 5.1 headset and I just had to try it.
It looked kind of neat, though a bit too much plastic to my eye and it required two USB ports and had a cool controller machined out of a solid block of aluminum ... so what's not to try? ;-) Long story short? Once I got the software down? Once I got the tweaking under control (namely using the EQ and the "Flexbass" option to fine tune the sound? Be sure and see below for pics showing my settings!!) ... I immediately realized I'd found the holy grail of positional, headphone gaming audio.
Nothing I'd heard to that day matched the accuracy of sounds I was hearing through the Sirus headset.
Really, regarding gaming sound with headphones? It was a game changer. You name the emulated 5.1 head set, even the supposed Professional ones? Nothing touched this. The bass was solid and never muddy, even when tweaking the "FlexBass" option to the max ... the mids and highs were right where they should be and were clean and well rendered and the sound, overall was thick and detailed and had lots of "body" or "heft" to it ... not a bit "thin" like all the other true 5.1 headsets I'd tried (I lean towards the classic "V" EQ profile for gaming) ... and most importantly ... when gaming, the positional audio was just freakish. I mean, *freakish*. Granted, one has to go in to a game and find some sound source upon which to acclimate one's self too ... turning around and listening, to get the pretty nuanced difference between center, front, and rear drivers ... I mean, the speakers in the cups are super close together, but once acclimated, the Sirus 5.1 headset really resulted in a stellar, true 5.1 surround gaming experience (and movies were off the chart, too).
So yeah, I was sold ... and I've been using the Storm Sirius kit ever since (for about five years now as of the time of this writing).
I've tried all the recent “true” 5.1 gaming headsets … including the Roccatt Kave XTD 5.1 and also the Asus Strix 5.1 kit and the much earlier released Storm Sirus kit from Cooler Master just consistently stomps them.
All of these “true” 5.1 gaming headsets (including the Sirus) use multiple drivers in the ear cups which works for the “discreet positional sound” side of things … but towards the same end, they also all size each driver and chose each driver for a certain tonal quality to help one's brain, over time, differentiate between front left, right left , center, and rear channels. And among all the top end “true” 5.1 headphones, the Sirus are way more effective in this tonal treatment... they are more natural, more seamless sounding in the transition between drivers and are just a more coherent blend of surround sound emanations than are either the Roccatt 5.1 kit or the Asus Strix 5.1 kit …
It's not that these other kits, namely the two just mentioned, are really that bad because they aren't; they are actually really decent. But the Cooler Master Sirus kit (the one with the nice aluminum control “puck” and not the cheaper one with the little inline volume control) is just far more configurable (or at least more effective in it's configuration options) and once configured … just destroy anything I've ever used in gaming for positional audio via headphones.
(As an honest aside, though? They do feel clunky and look childish... which I find ironic and at the same time endearing; but it does mean you need to carefully store and care for your Sirus headphones when not in use; my first air fell off my desk and the plastic on the headband cracked very easily. I've anxiously waited for Cooler Master to release a more refined, more well constructed pair over the past few years but I've seen no information regarding such; in fact, fearing a liquidation of the remaining, original CS Sirus kits? I went on an Ebay binge and bought two back up pair to keep on my shelf)
But as said … I've been gaming for a long damn time and have also been in to high end and not so high end headphones for equally as long … and nothing has equaled the performance of the Cooler Master Sirus.
And they are just as good (phenomenally so) when watching movies with 5.1 sound; in fact, I don't even slightly get bugged when having to switch to them for the fact that a house mate came home, etc. … and even look forward to it because they are just as immersive and fun as my very decent, receiver/speaker based system. Everything has space around it, the sounds from all of the channels are discreet and believable and the bass (once set up correctly) is deep and lovely with astonishing “sub bass” tones.
I'll stop writing now … except for saying the following:
All of that gushing I did above absolutely depends on properly configuring the Sirus headphones; out of the box they sound okay but to my ear are sort of flat and dry and unexciting (think games and movies).
I spent a considerable amount of time adjusting the various settings of the Sirus headphones via the rather extensive software options. And to make matters more difficult, the software, though very capable is not so intuitive …
So be sure and check out all of the images attached to this review as this is the precise configuration I've used with my Sirus kit for going on six years now and it never lets me down.
(re: the pics? I've heard from several other Sirus users that they only get discreet 5.1 surround sound when the "Surround Max" setting is selected on the "Speaker Settings" page; also, otherwise replicate every setting you see in my images and then start up your favorite game or movie; I can't see how you could be disappointed).
Otherwise … hope the review helps …
I would not recommend them very highly for music, as the bass is not especially loud; Plenty loud for explosions & gunfire, they also work great for dialog when I want to watch TV or movies quietly. I notice that I can hear what people are saying in the headphones when someone near me is wearing them, so beware they are not super for privacy!
The mic actually works great & people comment that my voice sounds very good, which is usually an issue for me since I have a low voice that does not capture well on cheap mics.
If you want to pay more for wireless, obviously look elsewhere. If you need thumping loud bass, these are not for you.
If you want clear audio with REALLY good channel separation for 3D gaming, these headphones work very well & are a great deal!
- Incredibly comfortable fit with a wide head pad.
- Comes with both the leather ear pads and the mesh pads.
- Heat from the ears are not an issue while using the mesh pads.
- Mesh pads use a memory foam material that makes them a pleasure to wear.
- This thing can get loud! If you are looking for a headset that can double as speakers, these will do it.
- Software gives you a LOT of control. Tweak any little thing, and save profiles for easy swapping.
- The USB module allows you to change channel volumes and bass without worrying about making adjustments to your system. It also has sound and mic mute buttons, which are much better (imo) than your typical inline controls.
- When the mic is turned up, it auto mutes. You aren't using it, why should it be picking up sound, amirite?
- Allows for USB 5.1 or virtual 7.1 or Analog 5.1. These have been a great surround experience, though the Plantronics 780 might be a tad better.
- Looks great! The Storm emblem on the sides light up, and both the headset and the USB module look great.
- Cord length. If you are using the USB module, it gives you slightly less length than a typical headset. With the headset plugged into it, you have more than enough for about any position configuration. Going analog gives you less to work with, but you don't have to worry about assigning desk real-estate to a module.
- Should the ear pads wear out on you, Cooler Master sells them cheap without having to jump through hoops! This was a big selling point for me.
- The module is constructed very well. It is weighed down nicely to reduce movement.
- The leather pads feel cheap. They don't use the same memory foam that the mesh pads have, and the leather doesn't feel of particularly high quality. Their sound isolation capabilities leave much to be desired, and really aren't better than the mesh.
- I wish the headset clamped in just a tad more. The fit is very comfortable, but restricts me from looking up (at the wife standing over me wanting me to get off my game) or down (at the needy cat that can't live on without my attention).
- The software left me confused for a while. The options for a lot of the changes don't directly show. A BIG HINT: Right click on everything.
- Electronic, distant voices. With adjustments to the software, this is remedied, but it took quite a bit of adjusting to get everything to sound excellent.
- Ear cups don't turn in/out. When around the neck, this would have been a nice feature. Though due to the design of the headset, it can be argued that having the cups turn just wasn't a necessary feature. This might be due to the lack of clamping that the headset has.
- Takes up at least one USB port, even with the analog connection. I figure this has something to do with power to the headset, but I haven't actively tested it. With the USB module, reserve 2 USB slots to this headset.
This is the best headset I've owned thus far. The overall comfort and quality easily beat out anything sub $100 and can compete with anything in the $100-$200 range.