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CM Storm Ceres-400 Test Results
CM Storm Ceres-400 Comfort
There are a number of factors that gamers take into consideration when purchasing a new headset. One of these factors is the comfort of the headset. Now, there are many headsets out there that are comfortable when they are first put on and are great for short durations, but that comfort may deteriorate the longer you wear them.
The CM Storm Ceres-400 headset will provide the comfort you are looking for when wearing it for long periods of time. For 5 gaming sessions that ranged from 2 ½ hours to 5 hours, I never had one urge to adjust the headset due to discomfort. The padding on the headband in conjunction with the 90mm ear pads certainly delivered the level of comfort that Cooler Master promised. The only negative that I can report regarding comfort is, as mentioned earlier in the review, that the material used on the ear pads is a bit coarse.
CM Storm Ceres-400 Audio Performance
Measuring audio performance is generally a very subjective undertaking. I will attempt to describe to you what I thought of the audio performance and explain the strengths and challenges of the headset while performing a number of different functions using the CM Storm Ceres-400.
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-990FXA-UD3
System Memory: 16GB (2 x 8GB) DDR3 1333 G.Skill Ripjaws X Series
Processor: AMD FX-6100 Zambezi 3.3 GHz Six-Core Processor
Audio: Realtek ALC899 On-Board Audio
Video: EVGA GeForce GTX 550 TI
Optical Drive: Pioneer Black Internal BD/DVD/CD Writer BDR-207DBKS
PSU: Corsair HX Series HX750 750W GOLD Certified Modular Active PFC Power Supply
Monitor: HP w2338h (24") & Samsung SyncMaster PX2370 (24")
Operating System: Windows 7 Ultimate
While gaming, the CM Storm Ceres-400 provided audio that I would describe as deep. In games tested, which include Battlefield 3, Left for Dead 2, and Company of Heroes: Tales of Valor, my initial impression of gunshot and explosion reports was that these events resulted in a bit too much bass. The higher-toned events, such as sniper fire or air-launched rocket fire, delivered the right amount of mid-bass and treble to make these events sound authentic. In-game voices and ambient sounds came in clear and sounded rich. In addition, I found the Ceres-400 to be extremely beneficial in terms of the "directional" support that it provided. In other words, it helped me find my enemy on the battlefield.
Communicating via Skype, Ventrilo, and Teamspeak was flawless. Individuals on the other end came in perfectly clear and, according to the individuals with whom I was communicating, I came in loud and clear as well. I added background noise to the equation, and, even though it was audible on the other end, it was reported as being significantly muted. In addition to the level of quality communication that I experienced, I would like to add that I like the size and options for positioning that the microphone provides. Some headsets that I have used in the past had microphones that tended to be intrusive. The CM Storm Ceres-400 allows you to place the microphone in an out of the way position without impeding your ability to communicate clearly.
The deep bass I experienced while gaming certainly showed up during movie-watching and listening to music. While watching various scenes from movies, which included Star Trek (2009), the Matrix, and Gone in 60 Seconds, the bass seemed to overwhelm the treble slightly, but not enough to be a disappointment. Overall, the sound quality for movie-watching was very good.
While listening to tracks from a variety of music genres, I was pleased with the sound quality, but not overly impressed. As you may have already guessed by now, the bass was a bit heavy. Even though the treble was good, voices seemed to be a slightly muted due to the bass and heavy mid tones.