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Written by Greg Schepers   
Thursday, 08 November 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
CM Storm Ceres 400 Wired Gaming Headset
Closer Look: CM Storm Ceres-400
CM Storm Ceres-400 Detailed Features
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Closer Look: CM Storm Ceres-400

Cooler Master's vision when designing the CM Storm Ceres-400 was to provide consumers with an affordable, yet feature-rich headset that exceeds the typical performance of a headset under $50. With a retail price of $49.99 (Newegg / Amazon), Cooler Master has succeeded in making the Ceres-400 look the part of a higher-tier headset.

CM Storm Ceres 400

Retail packaging is certainly not one of a consumer's primary concerns. However, it can indicate an organization's attention to detail, hinting that the product inside is likely well-crafted. In my experience, the CM Storm subsidiary has always had excellent retail packaging, and they did not cut any corners when designing the retail box for and packaging the CM Storm Ceres-400.

CM Storm Ceres 400

The headband is constructed of flexible, yet extremely durable plastic and will maintain its original shape. It has a number of different settings and should adjust to fit just about anyone's head. The soft padding on the headband has a generous span, ensuring that it will provide the necessary coverage and comfort for the top of your head.

CM Storm Ceres 400

On the business-end of the significantly large 90mm ear cups, you will find some ear pads that are quite comfortable. Having worn this headset for hours at a time, I can report that I have been extremely impressed by the overall comfort level provided. If I was to log a minor complaint, it would be that the external material of the pad is a bit coarse. This wasn't a concern when wearing the headset for a long period of time; it was more of an initial reaction. I have no doubt that other users would state that I am picking nits here.

CM Storm Ceres 400

Weighing in at 40mm, the drivers in the ear cups were designed to provide the range of acoustics desired not only when gaming, but also for multimedia experiences, such as listening to music and watching movies. Considering the overall girth of the ear cups, Cooler Master wanted to ensure that the Ceres-400 was able to deliver the full range of treble and bass, enhancing the user's experience.

CM Storm Ceres 400

When seeing the Ceres 400 for the first time in person, my first reaction was that it looked sturdy and well-constructed. The large size of the ear cups and the overall size of the headset may lead you to believe that it is on the heavy side. That is certainly not the case; the CM Storm Ceres-400 is lightweight and quite comfortable. In addition, the headset is aesthetically pleasing. It has been given a simple, traditional design and employs both glossy black and matte black surfaces with red trim and the CM Storm logo to round out its attractive look.



 

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# fpsRick 2012-12-10 07:06
Greg, I play mostly fps counterstrike. these are on sale at newegg for $39.- Can I assume you'd recommend then at that price and can bass be adjusted through graphic equalizer to smooth out? Rick
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# RE: fpsGreg Schepers 2012-12-22 12:54
Sorry for the slow reply Rick. For $39, this headset is a steal. I only have on-board audio, but I would imagine that, if you have a separate soundcard, you would be able to manipulate the levels and set them to your preference.
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# microphoneJoćo 2013-06-12 16:42
Sorry, but I cant make my microphone work can you please help with these.
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# RE: microphoneGreg Schepers 2013-06-12 18:59
Hello Joćo, sometimes it's the most obvious of solutions... been there. Go to Control Panel/Sound, click on the "Recording" tab, highlight the Ceres 400, and click on "Set Default." If that doesn't work, let me know.
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# RE: RE: microphoneJoćo 2013-06-13 04:29
Thank you, problem solved, but another problem just appeared. Yesterday I was at TeamSpeak with some friends and they sad that the sound wasnt clear, like is I were talking in the deepness of something, I've tried approach the microphone, hange some configs, none of them worked.
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# RE: RE: RE: microphoneGreg Schepers 2013-06-13 08:55
This is where you may have to make some soundcard adjustments. For me, I have onboard audio and can go to Realtek HD Audio Manager and play around with it until I get it dialed in. Go to your control panel and see if you can find that application or the application that manages your soundcard. If it is the Realtek application, try checking or unchecking "Noise Suppression" and "Acoustic Echo Cancellation." Also, there are other adjustable features, such as the "Microphone Boost" button, that you can manipulate. Let me know how this turns out for you.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: microphoneJoćo 2013-06-13 14:59
I've tried check and uncheck those functions with realtek adio manager and according to my friends all remain equal, I just hadn't tried that "microphone boost" button because I don't realy know where it is.

Please, if you have an xfire add me, nickname: coisadas, or if you dont have an xfire add me on skype, skype name: joao.miguel.nogueira.farinha
I believe it was faster if both of us went to a team speak channel, this way you would probably identify the problem easier.
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# RE: RE: RE: RE: RE: microphoneGreg Schepers 2013-06-13 21:32
Hi Jo?o, I'm not sure what additional guidance I can provide to you, so I recommend contacting Cooler Master for assistance. They will certainly have better advice for you regarding the troubleshooting of your Ceres 400.
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# MicrophoneFabian Dominguez 2013-10-28 15:44
Sorry, but I cant make my microphone work, i tried with Panel/Sound, click on the "Recording" and it didnt solve the problem
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