CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Stereo Headset

Posted by on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 - 6:35am

Coolermaster SirusCM Storm showed off to a select few at CES in Las Vegas this past year, the Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound headset. CM is not only targeting the gaming enthusiast but the true audiophile. Consisting of front, rear, center and a sub the Sirus promises to make a splash in the audio category. But what makes the Sirus stand out besides its clear and precise sound but the Tactical Mixing Console. The Console allows the user the ability adjust the speakers and the sub individually.



Introduction to the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Stereo Headset

If you look back over the past year or so, you will arguably have to agree that headsets are the largest growing trend in computers. We are seeing a host of companies develop eSport alter egos as a way to push out these gaming headsets that everyone is buying up like crazy. A couple of my partners have reviewed models from Arctic Sound and we have others that are in route for our reviewing pleasure.

But when we heard that Cooler Master was bring to market their own gaming head phones we had to fight around the lab to see who would get to review them. Well, the boss won.

CM Storm showed off to a select few at CES in Las Vegas this past year, the Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound headset. CM is not only targeting the gaming enthusiast but the true audiophile. Consisting of front, rear, center and a sub the Sirus promises to make a splash in the audio category. But what makes the Sirus stand out besides its clear and precise sound but the Tactical Mixing Console. The Console allows the user the ability adjust the speakers and the sub individually.

Cooler Master CM Storm take on the Sirus

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 sounds through its 8 discrete speaker channel pairs. These consist 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. This is a premium headset focused on high-end gaming purposes.


Specifications

  Channel: True 5.1
  Driver: F/R/C: 30mm Sub: 40mm
  Impedance: F/R/C: 32 Ohms Sub: 16 Ohms
  Transducer principle: Dynamic closed
  Ear coupling: Circumaural
  Ear cushions: Detachable micro fiber
  Sensitivity: >105dB
  Frequency Response: 10Hz – 20,000Hz
  Distortion: Less than 1% Microphone
  Pick-up pattern: uni-directional
  Frequency Response: 100Hz – 10,000 Hz
  Impedance: 2.2k Ohms
  Sensitivity: -46 dB ±3dB

Features

 True 5.1 Surround Sound
  On-The-Fly Rear, Center, & Front speaker control for maximum sound customization
  Interchangeable ear-cups for breathable audio and noise cancelation
  Microphone with LED mute indicator


Closer look

We received the Sirus way before the packaging was approved so the unit was received in a decent sized white box. The thing we noticed first when we removed it from the box was its quite large size. The first thing we thought was a gamers’ head set. The Sirus comes in one color which is black and made mostly of plastic. Even with its large size the heat set is not incredibly heavy making for a more comfortable head set.

Cooler Master did a great job making the Sirus as comfortable as possible even for the individual with large heads. It begins at the top of the head rest where a large cushion is used and ends just above each ear pad as each side rail can be adjusted in length to accommodate those with long heads.

Cooler Master wanted to offer the end user with all the possible comforts as they shipped the Sirus with two sets of ear muffs. The ones that comes attached to the unit are micro-tweed and there are a second set of leatherette ones. And just to put it out there we did prefer the tweeds ones to the leather ones as it is hot as all hot in San Diego right now. The ear muffs are fairly large and keep the ears from rubbing up against anything plastic.

Removing the ear muffs you get a partial view of the drivers that make up the Sirus. The center, front and rear measure 30mm in diameter while the woofer is a massive 40mm. The Sirus is definitely a true 5.1 head set and does not use software to produce it.

You can’t have a gamer head set without a boom MIC. This one is about 7’ long and is bendable at the end to get placed close to the mouth. There is a small LED placed at the end of the MIC that will let the user knows if the MIC is muted or not.

Another major piece of the Sirus is the Tactical Mixing Console. There is no reason to launch a software application to adjust all the stereo setting for a good listening session. You can do it straight from the TMC. The TMC consist of a circular dial and mutes to cancel sound to the MIC and the head set. The dial allows the user to adjust audio to each of the drivers individually. Gaming, listening to your favorite CD or watching all require different settings and likings so the Sirus allows you to adjust on the fly.

The Sirus comes with two routes to connect to the PC. The first would be to connect the Sirus to the PC using two USB connections. And the second would be straight to the sound card and one USB port. Either way we experienced great sound reproduction. All connections are gold plated for better conductivity.


Software

The Sirus does come with a software application that is not required but it seems to enhance the sound quality a little after installation. Above we stated that the Sirus could be connected to the PC via two different routes, while this is true connecting to the sound card rendered the software useless. But no issues when it came to using the USB ports solely.

The software is pretty straightforward and takes no time to work out. Basically, it is a small app that will allow you to adjust the drivers and master volume without having to rely on the TMC.


Testing

Reviewing headsets was one of the best items to review as it requires you to perform fun things like listening to music and playing video games. And that is just what I did for hours and hours like I didn’t have a care in the world

Music

I personally only have a few genres of music that I have on my PC which would consist of hip-hop, RnB, blues, and old school soul music. If you are a lover of these types of music you know they produce some pretty range of sounds between the mid and low spectrum. Each of these genres sounded great except for the hip-hop. Listening to hip-hop was kind of lacking due to such a small woofer driver. Do get me wrong it was not horrible actually quite pleasant but some of the lows were lacking. I took a two person approach while testing for music reproduction and ask my wife to listen to some her own music which I would not be able to name as it was all in French and I barely have English down. After forcing the head set from her and listening to a song or two, the Sirus handle lows and highs extremely well.

Gaming

The Sirus did awesome while playing some of today’s front person shooters. One game we had loaded on the machine was Call of Duty: Black Ops. Everything from gun fire to helicopters flying over head was very precise as if you knew exactly where they were coming from. Another game that I love to play and is a little outdated would be Torchlight. Not really a screamer when it comes to PC gaming but sounds was incredible clear.


Conclusion

   

Cooler Master did very well in their first attempt at any thing having to do with audio reproduction. The Sirus produced outstanding sound quality when it came to gaming and listening to our favorite tunes. A lot of this is from the fact the Sirus are a true 5.1 head set and not one that is 'stereo' and requires heavy usage of a software application to get it right. The comform level is another area where the Sirus excels. I for one did not feel the unit were heavy nor did I feel they were a burden. I have used head sets that were far heavier than the Sirus. The choices of providing two sets of ear muff was a great plus as the consumer can decide what feels better to them. But another good reason is because over a period of time they do get destroyed and it is good to have a backup pair.

The Sirus are very sturdy and should provide the user with years of great audio. If you are looking at purchasing a set of Sirus be prepared to shell out about $130. Are they worth it. Yes, we do think so. Remember you have control of the listening experience at the palmof your hand with the Tactical Mixing Console. It is nice to be able to change all your audio setting without having to entering the audio section of the application or gaming you are playing.

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