|CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Dan Ferguson|
|Monday, 18 July 2011|
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Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Headset
Manufacturer: CM Storm
Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.
Prepare to be blown away,but not by the enemy. Cooler Master proves that it can be good at anything with their new 5.1 surround sound headset dubbed the CM Storm Sirus. This handy hardware is geared towards gamers and audiophiles alike. With 4 speakers per ear, an inline Tactical Mixing Console, and additional software it has the potential to be a phenomenal success. To see how the Sirus truly performs, Benchmark Reviews tested CM Storm model number SGH-6000-KK5R1 with a range of audio tests to gauge the technical performance and overall user experience.
Since this is the first time Cooler Master has attempted audio hardware beyond the front-panel connectors in their cases, it should be interesting to see how the audio quality compares to devices from other companies with more audio experience. If previous products from the CM Storm product line are any indicator then the Sirus will not only stand up to the competition but will even excel or innovate where others have not.
In order for the Sirus to be a success it must perform near perfectly on sound production and ease of use while making advanced options accessible.When it comes to sound quality there is so much debate thatthis article will leave the debate to the audiophile forums and concentrate on the technical aspects of sound production. This includes testing the quality and range of generated tones (noting any distortion), assesing the dynanic range and crossovers, and evaluating the quality of audio from music, movies and games (including surround sound). Testing the ease of use mostly evaluates how easy the Sirus is to install and use out of the box. Finally, advanced options must not only be available, but they must be also be easy to access, intuitive, and hopefully novel.