FINAL WORDS AND CONCLUSION
Cooler Master released the Storm Sirus 5.1 headset a while ago, but since then they have come a long way in developing their CM Storm Series gaming products. At CES 2013, we got a first-hand glimpse of their offerings, so their recent eSport acquisitions come as no surprise. New headsets, new keyboards, new peripherals – we saw many prototype builds of what Cooler Master was thinking for the ultimate pro-gamer experience:
Much of this relates to how well the CM Storm series has done thus far, especially so in the case of the Sirus 5.1 headset. We still believe this package to be the best available in every sense – cost, aesthetics, functionality, and performance.
Of course that does not mean it is completely flawless, as there were a few things Cooler Master could have done better. The microphone for example is a bit lackluster compared to headset, which typically is the case with most gaming headsets/headsets in general. The recording quality could certainly be better, but it is still more than adequate when matching the Sirus with other headsets. The conversion cables as well being an awesome add-on would have looked cleaner with braided cabling, but that is more of a personal preference.
The length of the cabling spanning the entire array however is a bit puzzling, and definitely a downside if you require more than 7 or 8 feet between the Tactical Mixing Console/PC input and the Sirus headset, as the mixer cable length is for some reason a lot longer than that of the headset. A combined span of over 20+ feet is still pretty long, but prioritized more on the mixer rather than the headset itself The last little nitpick is the software, as there is no indication of advanced features plainly visible at the menu, and instead requires right-clicking on each respective option button.
As you can see, there is virtually nothing wrong with the headset aside from a few personal qualms, which is not only surprising but also a testament to how well Cooler Master understands market needs. Audio, as stated prior, is a heavily subjective area of debate as people hear things differently than others. To deliver a debut product of this value is brilliant, but keep in mind that for $100 you cannot expect pure audiophile headphones from a headset. Again sound quality is preference-based, but the Sirus does do a valiant job of producing solid sound quality, especially so with the software and mixer; just remember to limit expectations for a device that is meant to be used as a headset rather than a pair of headphones.
Now comparing the Sirus to the new Sirus S…let us just say we think Cooler Master undervalued the Tactical Mixing Console big time. The Sirus S comes with an all-black exterior, but with an in-line remote rather than the Tactical Mixing Console, and is valued at $80. The Sirus on the other hand is $100. To us the mixer is worth way more than $20, and because of it the Sirus 5.1 gaming headset gets the ‘Technology X ‘Top Value’ award for an amazingly affordable and high-performing complete package. Furthermore, the CM Storm Sirus 5.1 gaming headset also gets our ‘Gold Seal’ and ‘Editors Choice’ awards:
The heavy recommendations and accolades come due to a solid software suite for the CM Storm Sirus, which coupled with the Tactical Mixing Console makes it a killer deal with the plethora of options, customization, adaptability and flexibility the entire package offers. Add the headset itself into the mix and we are left with an amazing trifecta. If you are scheming for a new gaming headset with all the features one could desire, it is difficult to recommend anything other than the Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 headset.