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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 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

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.

Test System

  • 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

Results

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.



 

Comments 

 
# 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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