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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

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.

CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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.

CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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.

CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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.

CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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.

CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

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.



 

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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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