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Closer Look: CM Storm Sirus
CM Storm has generated a strong brand by their postive predictability in performance and presentation. From a visual perspective the Sirus maintains the quality of the CM Storm line. Like the other products the color scheme is gray and shiny black accented by red and silver. My CM Storm products always garner attention from visitors both at home and on the road.
Cooler Master has done a good job with their packaging to inform buyers of the features and specifications on their products. It prevents the miserable experience of buying a product with mystery features hoping it does the one thing that you need. This box also lets you see the product so you can get an estimate on the quality of materials.
The Sirus is composed of a hard plastic body inlaid and partially surrounded by a hard rubber. The ear muffs are labeled right and left with the boom mic attached to the left ear. Both ears pivot vertically to match the contour from your scalp to your jaw, but they rotate only slightly to match the curve from the back of your head to your nose. The logos on both ears light up when the headset is plugged-in.
The Sirus' headband is quite stiff and has hardly any flex for larger heads. Inside the head band a nylon mesh encloses a low-density foam meant to cushion your head from this beast. The foam helps distribute some of the weight and is soft to wear at first, but I suspect it will break down earlier than I want, but it snaps out easily, and I know how to sew in better foam.
The microphone boom is rigid at both ends and can only be adjusted along a 2.5 inch section in the middle. That doesn't provide much customization, but with noise-canceling technology it's not necessary to have the mic right in front of your mouth. Having a mic is nice for multi-purpose use like VOIP, speech-to-text, and gaming. The whole package definitely looks like it's aimed at gamers, but if you can wear jeans to the office you can probably wear a bulky headset without a problem.
The CM Storm Sirus also includes and in-line "Tactical Mixing Control". This convenient control allows you to adjust volume with the knob, mute speakers and microphone at the push of a button, and mix the four basic sound channels on-the-fly. From my testing it appears that the channels are not completely independent, but they contain enough unique sound for the mixing to be valuable, especially for gaming.
The mixing console is superb quality. The adjustment knob is very sturdy and smooth with very slight clicks while turning. The buttons have a hard tactile response and the LED indicators make it clear what I'm adjusting.