Cooler Master Storm Sonuz

Posted by on Tuesday, July 3, 2012 - 8:00am

Cooler Master SonuzAre you the causal gamer? You know the one that may get online once in a while to frag and blow up the enemy. Because of your gaming status you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a gaming headset. But you don’t want junk. You feel that you really don’t need all the fancy features that come with the more expensive ones? Well, Cooler Master has an answer you and it comes in the form of the Sonuz. They are only $69.99. But what do you get for such a low price? Let us find out.

Introduction to the Cooler Master Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset

Are you the causal gamer? You know the one that may get online once in a while to frag and blow up the enemy. Because of your gaming status you don’t want to pay an arm and a leg for a gaming headset. But you don’t want junk. You feel that you really don’t need all the fancy features that come with the more expensive ones? Well, Cooler Master has an answer you and it comes in the form of the Sonuz. They are only $69.99. But what do you get for such a low price? Let us find out.

Cooler Master’s take on the Sonuz

A lightweight and multi-purpose gaming headset, CM Storm Sonuz is designed to be your single powerful solution for crisp and clear sound for any use. At home or on-the-go, the large high quality drivers in Sonuz will blow you away. It includes huge breathable on-ear padding that is both soft and comfortable while facilitating the delivery of deep full sounds far beyond your expectations. With its precise reproduction of audio, Sonuz is your gateway to hearing sounds as they are meant to be heard in your favorite games, movies, and music.


Specifications

Model Number
  • SGH-4010-KGTA1

Headphone

  • Driver diameter: φ53mm
  • Frequency range: 10 – 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 45 Ω
  • Sensitivities(@1kHz): 98 dB ± 3 dB
  • Connector: 3.5 mm gold-plated headphone jack
  • Inner Ear Cup Diameter: 97.0 mm
  • Cable Length: 2.0m
  • Max Output: 200mW

Microphone

  • Frequency range: 100–10,000 Hz
  • Sensitivities(@1kHz): -47 dB ± 3 dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 58dB
  • Pick Up pattern: Omni-Directional
  • Diameter: 4x1.5mm

Hardware Requirements

  • Audio Usage: Devices with 3.5mm audio jack
  • Audio + Microphone Usage: Devices with 3.5mm audio + microphone combined jack(Compatible with Apple iPhone®, HTC®, BlackBerry®)

Features

  • Massive high quality 53mm drivers deliver amazing sound quality
  • Innovative detachable 3.5mm microphone for use on either side of the headset
  • Huge 97mm earpads provide great comfort
  • Flexible headband for a perfect fit
  • In-line remote with Volume control and microphone on/off button

Closer look

When it comes to online in-game chatting everybody have a different level of comfort and need, so Cooler Master has expanded its line of gaming headsets to include the new Sonuz. The only other headset currently produced is the Sirus which is one of few multi-channel stereo headsets on the market. The new Sonuz gives us just a single driver to reproduce its 10-10k frequency range.

The Sonuz has a single 53mm driver whilst the Sirus has a only a 40mm sub and 30mm front, rear and center drivers. The headset has an impedance flow of 45 ohms. The sensitivities at 1 kHz is 98 dB when the Sirus has a max of 105. The numbers sound decently impressive but we know it is about they sound when you in the middle of an intense battle.

The size of the Sonuz is typical of a gaming headset which is big. The somewhat over use of plastic and the large ear muffs is what gives the headset that impression. But they are not as heavy as one would think. And CM made every effort to make them comfort to the user.

For comfort the set has cushioned pads in each of the ear muff which as designed to cover the entire ear. And in the long run helps to filter out outside sounds and keeping the flow of noise in line with the user’s ears. The padding can easily be removed to expose the drivers and put back on again.

There is no cushion pad located in the top of the head set where they meet the top of the wearer’s head. This may cause a little discomfort to some.

Note: We have come to find out this is a pre-production model if the Sonuz and it does in fact comes with a cushion in the headset for added comfort.

The pair of ear muffs can be adjusted via the head band for those with bigger heads.

The MIC portion of the Sonuz can be removed when not needed. This was not possible on the Sirus. I personally like this feature as it doesn’t make you look funny using the set with a media player and having a MIC on it. The MIC can be placed on either side of the headset.

A 2m cable with 3.5mm jacks is what connects the Sonuz to the PC or any other device with the proper plug-ins. Along the cabling is a small remote that allows the user to control the volume of the headset and turn on/off the MIC.


Conclusion

I like what CM Storm did with the Sonuz functionally. The plan was to offer the consumer a ‘basic’ gaming headset at a good price. They did that and did it well.

The music as well as gaming playback was way in the range of what I would call excellent. When it came to music I was really pleased as I am big fan of various forms of music but my real passion is old school hip-hop which a lot of the time produces a lot of bass. The Sonuz was able to reproduce the higher range of the low notes better than that of the Sirus. This pretty much has to do with the larger driver.

Gaming with the Sonuz was not bad at all, exactly quite good. My only knock here was during some moments of the games where you would hear things like footsteps it was hard to tell just where they were coming from. Besides that we like every other aspect of gaming especially when it came to explosions and gun fire. They were pretty powerful.

The comfort level of the Sonuz is not too bad as they are not as heavy as I thought they would be. This impression came from how big the headset is. It is lighter than one would think but not light enough to the point you would remotely concerned them cheap. They are very sturdy. The comfort came from the large size ear pads and the adjustable frame. More comfort could have been added to them if there was a pad or cushion in the upper portion of the frame. If you have a lot of hair then no problem but if you are bald like me you can feel the plastic across the top of my head.

For $69, you can’t go wrong with the Sonuz.

Note: We have come to find out this is a pre-production model if the Sonuz and it does in fact comes with a cushion in the headset for added comfort.

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