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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

CM Storm Ceres-400 Detailed Features

Cooler Master accomplished its goal when designing the CM Storm Ceres-400; to provided budget-conscious gamers with high-performing, great sounding headset. Having said that, it is absent of some of the features that come with high-end headphones. However, you will not be disappointed with Cooler Master's attention to detail when designing and constructing the Ceres-400.

CM Storm Ceres 400

There are really no surprises when looking at the 3.5mm audio jacks. The jacks are adorned with CM Storm lettering and logos. Also, on each jack, you will find bands of color that indicate which is for the headphone (green) and which is for the microphone (red). I would suggest stamping a headphone and microphone logo on each jack for our colorblind friends out there.

CM Storm Ceres 400

The control "capsule," as termed by Cooler Master, is on the large side making it easy to find and manipulate, which removes the necessity of taking your eyes off of the screen when an audio adjustment is needed. It is very simple to trigger the on/off button due to its size and position on the control capsule. The volume dial, however, could be a bit larger.

CM Storm Ceres 400

From a standpoint of functionality, the boom-style microphone is nothing out of the ordinary. Its range of movement and positioning is anywhere from parallel to the headband (straight up) to about 75 degrees beyond perpendicular to the headband (straight out). In other words, its overall range is approximately 165 degrees. Also, it doesn't glide when moving it. The movement is slightly restricted every 10 degrees or so giving it more of a mechanical feel, which, to me at least, proves to be more solid. Finally, the boom microphone is a bit shorter than most, yet it is very flexible, so you may position it closer to your mouth if you desire.

CM Storm Ceres 400

We discussed the headband earlier, but the above image provides a better perspective to see the positions of adjustability that the headset provides its users. Whether you have a large or small head, the CM Storm Ceres-400 should accommodate you and wear very comfortably.



# 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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