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CMStorm Sirus Gaming Headset review

This is one Sirusly sturdy headset...sorry...

Our Verdict

For

  • Everything-proof build quality
  • 5.1 surround with adjustable channel volume
  • Somehow, really comfy

Against

  • As ever, the price

It's a pricey gaming headset, but with 'true' 5.1 surround the CMStorm Sirus Gaming Headset is a serious set of cans.

Gaming headsets are a burgeoning market at the moment, it seems. Ask for one in a shop a few years ago, and the assistant might have two or three.

Today, Google spits hundreds of the bloody things back at you. Let's ignore the long tail theory and shop stock practicality for the sake of our point here.

For you, the discerning, bare-eared punter, the choice is pretty wide. Why opt for this CMStorm Sirus, faced with so much choice?

After all it's £110 - a big ask.

We still think the difference between the cheapest and most expensive headsets is too slim to justify paying more than £100, but as Creative's popular WoW Headset proved, most people don't seem to have the same fiscal hang-ups.

Designed for 'gamers and audiophiles' according to CMStorm's site (which is an extremely bold claim) the Sirus pack true 5.1 sound into its cans.

The 'true' bit of that statement means there are four drivers producing sound at different positions around your ears.

Other manufacturers take a different route: the Creative Soundblaster Omega cans achieve surround sound digitally rather than using multiple drivers, by interpolating the distance between two theoretical sound points.

So which is better, true 5.1 or the digital cheat?

Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadset
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size30 mm
Minimum Frequency Response10 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Product FamilySirus
Connector PlatingGold Plated
ColourBlack
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameCM Storm
Form FactorCircumaural
Sound ModeSurround
Host InterfaceMini-phone, USB
Cable Length3.05 m
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Microphone DesignBoom
FeaturesNoise Cancelling, Retractable Microphone
ManufacturerCooler Master Co., Ltd
Product ModelSGH-6000-KK5R1
Product NameSirus True 5.1 USB Gaming Headset and Mixing Console
Product LineSirus
Impedance32 Ohm
Manufacturer Part NumberSGH-6000-KK5R1
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.coolermaster.com
Marketing Information

Sirus provides precise and crisp sound through its 8 discrete speaker channel pairs; consisting of dual fronts, dual rear, center, and subwoofer. This 5.1 setup delivers accurate and fully adjustable real-time 360 degree audio - full controllably by the included Tactical Mixing Console. In addition, Sirus is coupled with a uni-directional microphone with noise cancellation that ensures you are always crystal clear to your teammates in the heat of battle.

5.1 CHANNEL SURROUND SOUND
Hear your enemies before they strike! Eight embedded speakers (4 on each side) create powerful and immersive 5.1 surround sound.

TACTICAL MIXING CONSOLE
The Tactical Mixing Console ensures you get the best audio experience available. In conjunction with the Sirus software, you can control each independent channel and create profiles to immerse yourself when watching a movie or playing the latest games.

UNI-DIRECTIONAL MICROPHONE
The high quality microphone eliminates useless background noise and ensures that you stay crystal clear to your teammates in the heat of battle. The LED mute indicator at the tip lets you know when you're ready to command with clarity.

CUSTOMIZABLE EAR CUPS FOR YOUR COMFORT
The interchangeable ear cups are lined with breathable micro-weave to eliminate fatigue during long use or leatherette for improved noise insulation. Whatever you need, the Sirus has got you covered.

Microphone Sensitivity-46 dB
Microphone TechnologyNoise Cancelling
MaterialMicroFiber, Leatherette