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CM Storm Sirus 5.1 Headset Review

The CM Storm Sirus box is stylish black and red with a large plastic window at the front to highlight the product in a store environment. For some reason we immediately thought of Battlestar Galactica when seeing the phones for the first time.

The packaging is very strong and should withstand some serious abuse during transport.

The bundle includes some leather earpieces, which I prefer, due to the enhanced bass. CM Storm allow for two ways to connect the headphones, via the USB ‘Tactical Console' or by running cables directly into a sound card.

The headphones are connected via a 10 pin din connector.

All the connectors are gold plated and braided for durability. The braided cables are the highest quality we have seen.

The main Tactical Mixing console is surprisingly heavy and well made. Underneath is an anti slip surface to hold it steadily in place, regardless of the surface.

On top there are a variety of buttons and lights indicating settings. The headphone button is there as a quick way to mute the sound in case you need to interact with people closeby. The microphone button works in a similar way, except it mutes the microphone. If you need to use both, then there are two USB headers to connect. The large silver dial in the middle is used to control the volume. It is beautifully weighted and much better quality than I initially expected.

There are controls for rear, front, center and bass control and a ‘master' setting to reduce and lower overall volume, when it is balanced to your specific tastes.

The 10 pin headset connector from the console device is only a couple of inches long, which seems rather short. I would assume that they expect the console to be resting on a desk close by.

These headphones will not work with an Xbox 360 or Playstation 3, although there is a ‘gadget' planned which will convert the Sirus into a universal console headset.

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