by Ryan Perry on October 17, 2011 in Speakers/Headphones
Finding a 5.1 gaming headset isn’t hard, but finding one that’s not riddled with problems is. Many companies have been entering the audio market in this way lately, and Cooler Master proves that it’s not about to be left out. With its Sirus, we’re given one of the best-looking options to date, so let’s see if it lives up to the hype.
After testing three different surround sound gaming headsets since starting here at Techgage, I think it’s safe to say that these types of products will never be truly geared towards music and movies – though the Sirus certainly improves upon things.
There are other more costly options for those who want true sound from their music and movies, but for folks like me who aren’t overly concerned unless the sound starts to wash out, this is a great headset.
Excelling at gaming doesn’t hurt either and this is where the Sirus really shines. Sounds were so clear that the direction they came from could be picked out quickly and precisely. The cups also do a great job at passively filtering out noise while keeping the sound in.
The lack of clear bass in some situations is really the only area I found that the Sirus didn’t excel. Luckily, it’s the EQ to the rescue, but if this was cleaned up somehow it would be a flawless first attempt for Cooler Master. For now however, try to keep the levels down.
The mic also did a great job at cancelling out noise and capturing my voice, even when speaking softly to keep from waking everybody up. Automatically turning the mic inactive when raised is brilliant. Who wants to hear someone snacking on popcorn during a 24-man raid?
Comfort was a big plus as well. I thought that the Sirus would end up hurting the top of my head due to the weight of the unit, but it ended up being more comfortable and breathed better than the headset that I use for my everyday gaming. Although, while using the pleather ear pieces I noticed my ears became even warmer than with the foam ones.
One thing that I would like to see dropped is the environmental effects and voice changing options. Personally, I feel that they have no use alongside of a gaming headset.
From style to comfort to sound, Cooler Master has broken into the audio market in a big way. But, this also carries a big price tag. At $130, the Sirus is the most expensive headset I have tested so far, but when used for games the price premium becomes a moot point due to the performance. I’m sure that’s what will win over the vast majority of potential buyers.
With just a bit of tweaking the Sirus could be an absolute stand out all across the board, but as it is, it certainly isn’t anything to pass up if you see one on the store shelf.
CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Gaming Headset
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