If I told you that there was a magic genie in a bottle that could help you own the masses on every game server that you played on would you fork out any amount of money to have that advantage? Of course we all would; that’s the reason we game in the first place, to win. Now what if I told you that there was a killer new headset that has all of the makings of said genie in a bottle? With speakers going the way of things like the record or the cassette tape, when it comes to gaming we are all turning to high end headsets to help give us that extra advantage. But regular 2.0 headsets aren’t enough to keep that advantage anymore; now we need to have 5.1 or 7.1 surround so that we can immerse ourselves into our gaming environment as if we were the actual combatants. We need to hear the sounds that surround us, we need to have the ability to communicate with our team mates as well as our enemies.
Today I am really excited that I get to take a look at the brand new Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset. As far as I know this is the first high end audio product to come from Cooler Master who is very well known for their top notch power supplies, PC cases, and their PC fans. Over the last year we have seen a few surprise audio entries from companies who are not really known for audio, such as Corsair and Antec. So when I found out I would be taking a look at the Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset I asked myself, “How good could this headset really be?” I have a strange feeling that all of you will be just as surprised as I was. So please read on to find out if I liked it, hated it, or loved it.
– Frequency Response: 100 Hz – 10 Hz
– Pick up pattern: Omni-directional
– Impedance: 2.2k Ohms
– Sensitivity: -46 dB ±3dB
– Connectors: Mini Audio Jack or USB
The Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset was built from the ground up to be a gaming headset for hardcore games and was also made to please the audiophile in all of us. This not one of those headsets that calls itself 5.1 surround and uses software to emulate the experience of a surround environment. Nope, this is the real deal. Each ear cup is fitted with 4 speakers for a total of 8 discrete speaker channel pairs. Each individual ear cup houses 3 30 MM drivers and a 40 MM driver that acts as the sub woofer. This gives you full blown 360 degree surround audio. On top of that all of the speaker pairs can be individually adjusted via the tactical mixing console, or via a 5.1 surround sound card if you so choose to use one.
The Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset also features a uni directional microphone that utilizes background noise cancellation so that while you are barking out orders to the n00bs on your squad, they will be able to hear you loud and clear. But you know what makes it even better? Talking smack to the enemy team. This headset screams leadership, it screams elite. When you have the Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset on your head people will listen. OK, not really, but hey it’s a kick ass looking headset that is built from the ground up from the best materials Cooler Master could find and, coming in at a retail price of $129.99 with a multi year warranty, these will fit the budget for most gamers looking for a mid range priced headset.