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Cooler Master Unveils New CM Storm Sirus S Headphones

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
    When was the last time Tom's Hardware did a review on speakers or headphones?...

    I demand one...
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  • hero1
    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
    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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  • 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
    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
    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
    Wait, haven't the Sirus S been in the market since September of last year??
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  • Phenis
    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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  • just waiting someone who say real 5.1 Headset is Real Gimmick.
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  • alidan
    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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