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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 Headset Review

Manufacturer: Cooler Master Co., Ltd.
Product Name: CM Storm Ceres-400
Model Number: SGH-2010-KKTA1
UPC: 884102017490 EAN: 4719512038017
Price As Tested: $49.99 (Newegg / Amazon)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Cooler Master.

Cooler Master's subsidiary, CM Storm, continues to develop quality PC gaming peripherals proving that it is a serious player in the industry. The CM Storm Ceres-400 wired gaming headset, model SGH-2010-KKTA1, is the organization's latest audio entry into the market, and it is clear what the objective was when developing this headset; to provide budget-conscious gamers with a high-quality set of headphones. Priced at around $50, the Ceres-400 is packed with features, such as the large 40mm drivers, you normally won't find at this price point. Benchmark Reviews is proud to take a close look at this headset in order to provide you with a thorough review of it.

Even at a modest price point, the Ceres-400 has the look, feel, and performance of a high-tier headset. Considering the fact that it has 40mm drivers and very large 90mm earpads, this headset delivers quality audio while remaining quite comfortable. As you would imagine, the Ceres-400 headphones are not at all small, yet they are surprisingly light, which is just another indication of Cooler Master's innovation.

CM Storm Ceres 400

In order to give you a true and thorough evaluation of the CM Storm Ceres-400, we will test its performance in the following areas: games, music, movies, and internet calls. These are the areas that Cooler Master targeted when developing these headphones. Our objective is to ensure that you are provided with clear and unbiased results, which may help you determine the overall value of the CM Storm Ceres-400 headset.

CM Storm Ceres-400 Features

  • Large high quality 40mm drivers deliver great sound quality
  • Adjustable headband for a perfect fit
  • Swivel Noise-Cancelling Microphone
  • In-line volume control and microphone on/off switch

SGH-2010-KKTA1 Specifications


  • Driver diameter: φ40mm x 7.5 mm(H)
  • Frequency range: 20 - 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 ?
  • Sensitivities(@1kHz): 108 dB ± 4 dB
  • input: 100mW
  • Connector: 3.5 mm headphone jack
  • Inner Ear Cup Diameter: 90 mm
  • Cable Length: 2.5m


  • Pick Up pattern: Noise-cancelling
  • Frequency range: 100 - 10,000 Hz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50dB
  • Sensitivities(@1kHz): -38 dB ± 3 dB

Hardware Requirements

  • Audio Usage: Devices with 3.5mm audio jack
  • Audio + Microphone Usage: Devices with 3.5mm audio + microphone jack(smartphones)




# 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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