CONTENTS AND ACCESSORIES
The contents include a software/driver package, two silky leather earpads that can be swapped to replace the pre-installed microfiber cloth pads, conversion cables to invert between analog or USB, and the unique ‘Tactical Mixing Console’ that makes the CM Storm Sirus a solid performer:
The key element to all of this is the 10 pin mini-DIN connector that is the native header found on both the Sirus headset and the Tactical Mixing Console. Instead of being forced to go analog or USB, the brilliant design allows you to use both. Heck, even the mini-DIN if an audio input uses it. What’s more, the four 1/8″ jacks are universal, meaning that you can hook-up the black audio jack to an audio device for music, and even use it has a headset for making calls on a cell phone!
Not only does this make the Sirus adaptable to any situation, it also prevents the user from having to buy extra accessories. In case one part malfunctions, you will have multiple ways to keep using the Sirus via the plethora of input options from the conversion cables. Unfortunately unlike the rest of the headset cabling, the conversion cables are not braided, which is a bit of a let down considering the mixer is also braided. The plastic covering is quite thick regardless, but a nice braided cable would have been preferred in case of accidents or tearing.
Another odd note about the cabling is that the headset cable length is smaller than that of the mixing console. The length of the headset cable is roughly 7 feet alone, but when connected to the mixer or conversion cables, they add another 14 feet easy. This makes the entire apparatus almost 21 feet long, however this extension happens on the opposite end, the one that connects into your USB ports/soundcard, not between the 10 pin mini-DIN ends that connect the headset and mixer together.
Hence in order to give the headset some extra reach, you have to move the mixer as well which has heft to it and is meant to sit in place. It would have made much more sense to reverse the cable length so the USB end on the Tactical Mixing Console that connects to the PC is smaller, and the mini-DIN male that connects to the Sirus headset mini-DIN female is longer, giving that extra extension capability.
Installation is quite simple and can be done in a variety of ways. You can remove the mixer if you wish to solely use the headset. If you want to use the headset separate from the mixer, simply connect the 10-pin end to the conversion cable, and from there you can utilize the analog from your soundcard or motherboard audio. Alternatively, you can use USB as well by connecting the 10-pin male end from the Sirus to the 10-pin female end of the Tactical Mixing Console, which will then lead out to USB. Keep in mind that the extra USB inputs on either method of connection are utilized not only as backup, but also provide extra juice to power the mixer and the Sirus headset LEDs: