Cooler Master has been synonymous with top PC related products for many years ranging from CPU coolers, fans, and of course cases. In 2008, Cooler Master seemed to have “declared war” on inferior gaming peripherals by introducing a new division, called CM Storm. Co-developed by what Cooler Master stated were the world’s most prolific enthusiasts and e-Sport prodigies, CM Storm promises to deliver truly ground-breaking, military grade hardware for the gaming revolution. Their motto…”Arming the gaming revolution”.
One of CM Storm’s latest product recruits is the Sirus True 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset (which is a hell of a mouthful; we’ll just call it the Sirius to save wear and tear on our keyboards). Does this headset have what it takes to lead you into battle, or should it be pulling latrine duty?
The package we received included the Sirus headset itself, an on the fly volume control unit which CM Storm calls the Tactical Mixing Console, optional 3.5mm audio cable, and optional microfiber ear cushions.
The headset itself is pretty to look at, and is well designed to take some punishment. One concern we had when we first laid our eyes on the headset was that it might be on the heavy side, and would be like strapping a 30 pound weight to your head [Editor's Note: We have suggested that the author get his butt to the gym. We type with fifty pounds on our heads, uphill, both ways.]. Happily, this was not the case. The headset is very comfortable, and is actually fairly light compared to other heavy-duty headsets we have tried in the past. The comfort is aided by the cushioning in the arch of the headset, and the adjustability of either side of the headset. Unless you have an extremely small, or extremely large head, you should be comfortable wearing it.
The top of the headset has the CM Storm name shown in big lettering, while the CM Storm logo is shown on the outside of both ear cups.
The ear cups are pretty large, which helps greatly with cancelling out environmental noise. During our tests, we couldn’t hear anything except whatever we were listening to, but more on that later. If the stock surrounds are not to your liking, you have the option of replacing them with the included microfiber cushions.
Here, you can see the multiple speakers found within the headset to provide the 5.1 surround sound.