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CM Storm Sirus-C Gaming Headset Review

CM Storm Sirus-C Gaming Headset Review

Manufacturer: CM Storm
UK Price (as reviewed): £71.06 (inc VAT)
US Price (as reviewed): TBC

A headset is usually synonymous with gaming, be it console or PC-based and there's little doubt that LAN party halls are filled with them too. Whether you're a lounge gamer or desk gamer, there are plenty of options when it comes to headsets and some include both a built-in sound card and also offer PC and console support. The CM Storm Sirus-C is Cooler Master's latest effort at a gaming headset and while it doesn't offer 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound, it's not a straight-laced 2.1 headset either.

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The Sirus-C sports a Hi-Fi amplifier and dual drivers in each earcup - a 44mm driver acting as the main unit and a 40mm driver dubbed the woofer unit. The concern here is that in such a small space, there's the chance that the woofer might be a little overpowering but as we haven't seen this exact configuration before you'll have to read on to see how things went. The frequency response of 20Hz-20,000Hz is fairly respectable for a sub £100 headset, and you'll likely need to spend much more than this to see a significant improvement, for example with Sennheiser's G4ME One.

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The circumaural/over ear design offers large fabric-covered ear cushions that are especially well-padded, as is the headband cushion. The ear cushions themselves are removable and Cooler Master has stated that replacement cushions will be available including some made from different materials. The mesh fabric here is soft although if we were being picky we'd say the cushions aren't quite soft enough but this can be quite subjective.

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The earcups rotate too, providing a little extra leeway and the headband offers ample adjustment and should cater for both the small and big-headed plus those in-between. The only noteworthy issue here is the weight, both of the headset and the cable and inline remote. It's not new for a dual console and PC headset to weigh more, mainly due to the inclusion of a large inline-remote but you're left with little option but to clip the remote to your shirt or chair to lessen the burden.

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The remote itself has volume control for the drivers plus the microphone and also offers a PC and console toggle switch plus a microphone mute switch. The latter seems like a good idea, but as the rotating microphone boom automatically mutes the microphone when in the vertical position, it could be one place to save some weight and make the remote a little smaller too.

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The microphone boom is non-removable but can be tucked right out of the way. One issue we did have with it, though, is that it illuminates when the microphone is active - ie when the boom is lowered. The white light at the end is a tad too bright for our liking and even in a sunlit room it was quite distracting. Sadly, there doesn't seem to be a way to turn it off either.