Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset Review
Date: July 18, 2011
Product Name: Storm Sirus 5.1
Warranty: 2 Years
At this year’s CeBIT the Cooler Master booth had many surprises in store for the competition, one of which was the latest edition to the “Storm” line: a 5.1 headset dubbed the Sirus. The Storm line is geared towards the professional gaming market and has been defined by its bold, innovative and above all else great designs. This mantra carries over into this new Sirus since it isn’t your typical “5.1” headset that creates a virtual 5.1 audio space using stereo speakers and some audio trickery. Rather, it has multiple speakers in each ear cup which are positioned to create a true directional experience. The Sirius also bucks the trend set by its competitors by including both Analog and Digital connectivity options as standard while its USB DAC has some pretty nifty advanced features built right into it.
For this pre-launch review, Cooler Master has given us a pre-release sample of the Sirus to play with. Normally, we wouldn’t mention this is because the software provided is currently in its beta form of any software-related issues could be fixed in the final release.
Upon first glance the CM Storm Sirus may look unique but placing multiple speakers per ear-cup is not exactly a new idea. To be honest, there are quite a few competitors out there who have been doing just that but while there are some that actually do a decent job at creating a surround sound stage, there are many that miss the mark. That’s why for the most part these headsets make up a dreary armpit of the marketplace filled with bland, boring and muddy “true 5.1” products.
Does the Storm Sirus have what it takes to be one of the few exceptions in the 5.1 headset market? With an MSPR of $129.99 this is certainly not an inexpensive gaming peripheral so it really needs to hit the mark in order to overcome some of the more entrenched competition.
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