CMStorm Sirus Gaming Headset review

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

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CMStorm sirus gaming headset

We'd say it's subject to taste, but mapping out a soundscape digitally offers the opportunity to draw the sound away from the listener's ear; the Sirus with all it's drivers is limited to fixed points very near the ear.

If that's left you none the wiser as to the sound quality of this headset - it's good.

Pretty good. A bit bass heavy actually, which sounds great when you're gaming and emphasises all the sounds you'd want it to, but for listening to music (remember that audiophile quote earlier) the Sirus doesn't offer enough clarity to produce such an amazing listening experience.

Not that we'd say it to the Sirus's face; this headset could clearly have us.

It's an absolute meathead. Sturdy doesn't even cover it; we wouldn't be surprised if this headset's still trucking long after the nuclear bombs wipe out all living beings.

Somehow, it manages to be comfortable at the same time, too. It doesn't feel great at first, but after hours of play it never digs in, and that's hella rare.

The cords are braided and thick, and the USB connectors are gold plated. There two options for connecting the headset; either plug it straight into your soundcard's mini jack inputs (one for each channel) or hook it up to an equally well-built volume dial and connect via two USB connectors.

By messing about with the front and rear volume settings, you can amplify certain areas around you in-game - boosting the rear volume obviously pinpoints people sneaking up behind you or bullets aimed at your jacksy.

This is an area many manufacturers are messing around with. Creative Recon3D's Scout Mode, anyone?

You can also muck around with mic volume - and according to this reviewer's online compatriots, the mic sounds as 'good as any other mic'.

Now there's a seal of approval.

So we're back to the price - it's just a bit flipping expensive.

We want to recommend the Sirus; its incredible build quality and surprising comfort earned it a place in our hearts. But we must put our foot down - it's overpriced.

We liked:

The sound quality and build quality of this CMStorm Sirus is rather impressive. Two things that are absolutely vital in a gaming headset.

Second to that is comfort and the big surprise with these chunky cans is that they don't end up crushing your head during extending gaming sessions.

We dislike:

At over £100 it's tough not to be put off by the price-tag. They are impressive bits of audio tech, but it's quite an outlay for a gaming headset.

Final word:

The CMStorm Sirus is like a tank with comfy, velour seats. And like said imaginary vehicleit's a bit expensive.

Tech Specs

Product TypeHeadset
Earpiece DesignOver-the-head
Earpiece TypeBinaural
Driver Size30 mm
Minimum Frequency Response10 Hz
Maximum Frequency Response20 kHz
Microphone DesignBoom
Product FamilySirus
Connector PlatingGold Plated
Connectivity TechnologyWired
Brand NameCM Storm
FeaturesNoise Cancelling, Retractable Microphone
Form FactorCircumaural
Sound ModeSurround
Host InterfaceMini-phone, USB
Cable Length3.05 m
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 Address
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.

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

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.

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.

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.