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Cooler Master Unveils New CM Storm Sirus S Headphones

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A brother for the Sirus.

When you hear the name Cooler Master, you probably think cases or coolers. However, not too long ago Cooler Master launched its own brand of gaming peripherals dubbed CM Storm. Today, CM Storm added a new gaming headset, the CM Storm Sirus S, to its portfolio.

The Sirus S is a more affordable version of CM Storm's Sirus headset, which we reviewed last year and was released in June of 2011. It boasts the same 5.1-channel support, four discrete speaker channel pairs (front, rear, center, and sub), 3.5mm jacks (three line-out, one mic-in), an in-line remote with volume control for each individual surround sound channel, a mic mute switch, and interchangeable ear-cups.

Our own Don Woligroski reasoned that if the Sirus were cheaper, it might have scored a more favorable review. At the time of that review, the Sirus was selling for $115, which was too much compared the cheaper competition in our round up. That price now sits at either $100 (on sale) or a regular price of $129.99. Some stores (such as Newegg) have the Sirus marked as discontinued. Pricing for the Sirus S, which is supposed to be a more affordable Sirus, is apparently going to be $120-160 when it goes on sale next month. Call us crazy, but we're not seeing the savings. Perhaps launch pricing might be a bit lower?

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    A Bad Day , January 26, 2013 7:17 PM
    When was the last time Tom's Hardware did a review on speakers or headphones?...

    I demand one...
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    hero1 , January 26, 2013 7:54 PM
    I was one of the early adopters for this headset and I can tell you it isn't that great. The sound is good and controls are ok. The control pod is located very high which makes it feel heavy. Comfortable but planning on getting something better!
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    deftonian , January 26, 2013 9:10 PM
    I have the original Sirus 5.1 and think it's the best headset I've tried and owned. More than worth the $100 I paid from my local Fry's store
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    jupiter optimus maximus , January 26, 2013 10:28 PM
    A Bad DayWhen was the last time Tom's Hardware did a review on speakers or headphones?...I demand one...

    Its been more than a year on headphones and it is the article Jane is mentioning

    This is the latest review on Speakers on toms:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/two-channel-pc-speaker-gigaworks,2836.html

    I prefer a review on audio cards.
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    A Bad Day , January 26, 2013 11:51 PM
    I agree. I've always wondered how integrated audio chips stack up against the discrete ones, using a standard budget speaker/headphone and a high quality speaker/headphone to determine the difference.
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    eklipz330 , January 27, 2013 12:14 AM
    A Bad DayI agree. I've always wondered how integrated audio chips stack up against the discrete ones, using a standard budget speaker/headphone and a high quality speaker/headphone to determine the difference.

    jupiter optimus maximusIts been more than a year on headphones and it is the article Jane is mentioningThis is the latest review on Speakers on toms:http://www.tomshardware.com/review [...] ,2836.htmlI prefer a review on audio cards.

    there's many out there, the more recent ones pretty much saying onboard sound has gotten so good, human ears cannot differentiate over the marginal .01% that discrete cards offer over them... if you get an audio card, just make sure it has all the dolby and thx certifications and at the very least its own built in amp... otherwise, you wont tell a difference. trust me, a guy whose been disappointed by several audio car purchases, a better pair of headphones would be a better investment.
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    GabZDK , January 27, 2013 1:05 AM
    Wait, haven't the Sirus S been in the market since September of last year??
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    Phenis , January 27, 2013 1:40 AM
    eklipz330there's many out there, the more recent ones pretty much saying onboard sound has gotten so good, human ears cannot differentiate over the marginal .01% that discrete cards offer over them... if you get an audio card, just make sure it has all the dolby and thx certifications and at the very least its own built in amp... otherwise, you wont tell a difference. trust me, a guy whose been disappointed by several audio car purchases, a better pair of headphones would be a better investment.

    You're not using good enough headphones if you can't tell the difference.

    I can easily tell between my Realtek ALC 892 onboard audio and my Creative X-fi Titanium HD with my Sennheiser HD 598s. The Titanium has a lot more clarity.
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2013 2:14 AM
    just waiting someone who say real 5.1 Headset is Real Gimmick.
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    alidan , January 27, 2013 3:26 AM
    A Bad DayWhen was the last time Tom's Hardware did a review on speakers or headphones?...I demand one...


    how much changed, there are about 3 people you deal with for low end headphones, i forget 2 of them but i remember sennheiser, and every now and than they swap what the best in that range is.

    Sennheiser HD 558 are the great mid range headphones, with anything higher quality not giving you the same bang for your buck or really needing special equipment to properly drive them.

    dfirdayjust waiting someone who say real 5.1 Headset is Real Gimmick.


    5.1 in headphones are, play a game like black light retrobution with just normal 2.0 headphones. its really the only game i have played where i can tell where something is coming from just by sound alone. the audio direction with that game is immaculate, so tell me why other games cant be just as good?
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    alidan , January 27, 2013 3:35 AM
    eklipz330there's many out there, the more recent ones pretty much saying onboard sound has gotten so good, human ears cannot differentiate over the marginal .01% that discrete cards offer over them... if you get an audio card, just make sure it has all the dolby and thx certifications and at the very least its own built in amp... otherwise, you wont tell a difference. trust me, a guy whose been disappointed by several audio car purchases, a better pair of headphones would be a better investment.


    it depends.

    onboard is good enough, but once you get passed a certain point, it does make a difference, granted it may be small, but lets say you do get a Sennheiser HD 700 or 800 (2 of the best you can get) you would hear the difference, granted if you just get the cheapest sound cards you can yea, they wont be better than onboard.
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2013 6:11 AM
    well, am I the only one who noticed the in game 2-3 fps boost when I switched my sound card from on-board to discrete?
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    A Bad Day , January 27, 2013 1:05 PM
    random stalkerwell, am I the only one who noticed the in game 2-3 fps boost when I switched my sound card from on-board to discrete?


    That's because the onboard sound chip uses the CPU for most of the processing.

    Months ago, my laptop's speakers stopped working whenever I ran Team Fortress 2. It turned out that if I disabled the "SRS Prenium Sound", the audio works again, and TF2 runs a few FPS faster.

    Now I leave the SRS PS on because TF2 no longer causes it to shut down.
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    tinmann , January 27, 2013 10:50 PM
    I'm using the original CM Storm Sirus and I am quite pleased with them. The cable between the headset and the control device could be a little longer though.
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    Cons29 , January 27, 2013 11:40 PM
    i thought this was released already, last year. i have the cyrus and it's on RMA now. but i believe i saw this on the store last year, 4th quarter i think
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    shadowfamicom , January 29, 2013 2:14 PM
    Never got into headsets. They are a pain in the ass. I got a pair of Sennheiser HD555, and a Zalman clip on mic. Not only that I can unplug them from my ASUS Xonar Essence and plug them into my Onkyo Receiver and Technics Turntable. Or zone out with them in a coffee shop and not have a stupid mic attached. Best of all I was able to get them onsale at for $70 on an amazon deal, but after hearing the sound I would have gladly paid full price. So many friends I know have headsets sitting around with a broken mic or broken drivers (speakers). Seems like a waste. I like keeping things modular.