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Written by Dan Ferguson   
Monday, 18 July 2011
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset
Closer Look: CM Storm Sirus
Sirus Gaming Headset Detailed Features
Features and Specifications
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Headset

Manufacturer: CM Storm
Product Name: Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Model Number: SGH-6000-KK5R1
Price As Tested: $114.99 (Newegg)

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.

CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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.



 

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# RE: CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming HeadsetGanjaSMK 2011-07-22 12:41
How does this compare to using (as audiophiles would recommend) basic in-game support for 3D positioning by using normal stereo headsets?
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# RE: RE: CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming HeadsetAustin Downing 2011-07-23 22:31
I don't know about these but I have used three sets of true 5.1 headphones and while they are awesome for gaming I find them to be underwhelming in every other area.

I went from a true 5.1 setup to a 2.0 setup and using my X-fi sound card use the 3D positioning in game all the time. The benefit of this is I can also watching TV or listen to music without loosing any quality.
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# RE: RE: RE: CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headsetsam 2011-11-08 16:37
but loose quality on directional/positional audio?
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# VSsam 2011-11-08 16:34
What is the better of theese: CM Storm Sirus, Roccat Kave, Turtle Beach HPA2 ?
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# RE: CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming HeadsetJOhn 2011-11-29 10:30
Why won't the headphone logo on the controler light up? The headset does not make any sound either. I can't make it work.
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# RE: CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming HeadsetBora 2011-12-26 06:07
I don't entirely get your conclusion "But as a gamer I like not having to spend hours fiddling with settings. Just give me something that works quickly and works well without much fuss."

So do you recommend these over a virtual ones e.g. Corsair H1. for gaming or the other way around?
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