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CM Storm Sirus S - Gaming Headset with True 5.1 Surround Sound and In-line Remote by Review Summary ,  Nov 2, 2015

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CM Storm Sirus S - Gaming Headset with True 5.1 Surround Sound and In-line Remote
Report Date: 12/09/2015
Based on 143 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 3.9
Returned or considering to return: 8.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Video5.0   above average
Comfortable4.8   above average
Gaming4.7   above average
Quality4.4   average
Music4.3   average
Surround4.2   average
Sound4.0   below average
Cable3.8   above average
Control3.7   average
Speaker3.7   average
Audio3.6   below average
Microphone3.5   below average
Price3.5   below average
Volume3.2   below average
USB3.1   below average


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Audio

Audio:
"Mediocre positional audio at best compared to a real 5.1 setup."
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"Actually one of the worst purchases I've ever made, terrible Mic and Audio quality."
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"The audio on these babies wasn't great."
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"I used onboard sound card and The audio is weak."
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"Have to agree with other reviews I feel missing direct connection to audio plugs (in case of mobility)but headset was design for long time gaming which lead to permanent power source (laptop use),so yes a little unusual have many cables,operation knob near by with you."
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"I never knew how good audio could be on my PC till I bought this headset."
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"Mediocre positional audio at best compared to a real 5.1 setup."
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"If you want clear audio with REALLY good channel separation for 3D gaming, these headphones work very well & are a great deal! "
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"The 4 speaker true surround sound blows any digital surround sound out of the water, 3d positional audio in games is lifelike and accurate."
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"Is there anyone out there that can point me to a nice quality 5.1 or 7.1 surround headset with nice audio mic quality?"
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"After weekly usage sold it and bought Audio Tecknica ATH M50s, which I;m really pleased with in everything, music, games (BF3, BF4), movies."
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Cable

Cable:
"I DO like them; they're comfortable after 12 hours and the microphone works almost TOO well, though I would buy a cordless version if I were to buy again; the volume control on the cord is just plain in the wrong place; it's always banging around my desk chair."
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"It has this weird volume knob deal, which isn't all that bad but the way the cord runs into this wire is a problem."
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"The way the wire comes off the goofy little base thing makes placement of the knob deal awkward and I was never able to the cord to sit right when doing anything."
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"Other reviewers mentioned problems with cable length, so I measured them."
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"It's a comfortable headset, but it isn't very loud, the cord sucks, and the thing crapped out on me after a month."
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"The cord is a pretty big issue with this thing."
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"They have decent sound quality, decent mic, very light weight, pretty comfortable, long cord."
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"Pros: - Sound control dial is easy to use and helpful during gaming - Mic is clear, high quality sound - Headset and cord are sturdy, I don't worry about wear and tear - The design and red lights are cool, if you're into thatCons: - Sound is extremely quiet, not insular; When I'm gaming I have to turn everything on full volume to hear only decently - Headset is a bit clunky and cumbersome, earmuffs are never snugOverall I would definitely recommend if you have a tight gaming budget and sensitive ears."
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"The short version:pros: High quality, low price, surround sound, great audio, comfortable, durable, long durable style audio cable."
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Comfortable

Comfortable:
"* Don't recommend if big head and comfort is key, but sound is there and good."
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"I DO like them; they're comfortable after 12 hours and the microphone works almost TOO well, though I would buy a cordless version if I were to buy again; the volume control on the cord is just plain in the wrong place; it's always banging around my desk chair."
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"These are pretty well put together, sturdy build and pretty comfortable."
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"As far as the headset itself its really comfortable and it adjusts fairly easily seems solidly made and is a quality product."
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"They are crystal clear, very lightweight like the Creative Fatalitys, most comfortable headset I've worn so far, and mic quality is great."
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"They have decent sound quality, decent mic, very light weight, pretty comfortable, long cord."
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Control

Control:
"I DO like them; they're comfortable after 12 hours and the microphone works almost TOO well, though I would buy a cordless version if I were to buy again; the volume control on the cord is just plain in the wrong place; it's always banging around my desk chair."
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"I bought it straight off the shelf like anybody else would.#UPDATE# 6 10 2012I've found an issue with the headset that's apparently a known issue on Cooler Master's CM Storm website: the microphone (when in USB mode, i. e. using the control dial) is very weak and won't pick up any bass--almost giving you a chipmunk sound!"
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"The control dial however, feels a little flimsy and cheap which was disappointing."
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"To make an overview, the bass is a little on the weak side, the control dial is pretty flimsy, and the noise cancellation is a little lacking."
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"The sound quality is amazing and the individual control for the sound and bass is great."
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"Sound quality is good and controls are easy to use and responsive."
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"Pros: - Sound control dial is easy to use and helpful during gaming - Mic is clear, high quality sound - Headset and cord are sturdy, I don't worry about wear and tear - The design and red lights are cool, if you're into thatCons: - Sound is extremely quiet, not insular; When I'm gaming I have to turn everything on full volume to hear only decently - Headset is a bit clunky and cumbersome, earmuffs are never snugOverall I would definitely recommend if you have a tight gaming budget and sensitive ears."
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"somthing about the way they designed the default pads That prevent that from happening after an hour or two my ears will get warm but never burn and even my beloved mudusa 5.1 couldn't say that .The mike is excellent and intelligently shuts off when you lift it upIt has a rubber coating and looks and feels like a quality product if it had more volume and a better in line control I would've given it 5 stars easy , considering the comfort and the price I would recommend to any one .PS."
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"The control module does a great job at making it simple - but with the ability to do things on the fly."
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Design

Design:
"It is a terrible design."
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"Ive had Bose, Turtle Beach, Alienware and Logitech gaming headphones and all of them eventually broke, they plain fell apart from use or i had to fix cheap small gauge wiring and sloppy solder jobs, After taking these headphones apart i am thoroughly impressed by the quality of manufacture and the rugged design, if a small screw or wire would do these headphones have massive screws perfect soldering and heavy gauge wire."
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"They are no longer made....and Turtle Beach has also went downhill with their designs and quality....I'd say they make decent stuff for console gaming but wouldn't go any further than that."
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"2)Refer to Cons for this to make sense: if you have a 5.1 hd sound card with adequate amount of inputs and outputs specifically designed for 5.1 surround sound, this is your goto headset."
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"The design is very nice and they feel somewhat durable, not going to throw them around tho."
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"Design is nice but Headset is very heavy."
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Fit

Fit:
"Its a great fit, not too heavy and has fantastic sound quality."
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"When putting on a headset, I usually know very quickly if the fit is going to be a problem."
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"The Good:- Incredibly comfortable fit with a wide head pad."
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"The fit is very comfortable, but restricts me from looking up (at the wife standing over me wanting me to get off my game) or down (at the needy cat that can't live on without my attention).- The software left me confused for a while."
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"What it does well:+ Surround sound quality is so amazing it makes me cross-eyed listening to music and in-game surroundings+ Very comfortable fit and adjustment."
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"Was gladly surprised by comfortably fitting on ears."
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"For me this is one of the big highlights of the Sirus headset--it's a really comfortable fit."
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Gaming

Gaming:
"Ive had Bose, Turtle Beach, Alienware and Logitech gaming headphones and all of them eventually broke, they plain fell apart from use or i had to fix cheap small gauge wiring and sloppy solder jobs, After taking these headphones apart i am thoroughly impressed by the quality of manufacture and the rugged design, if a small screw or wire would do these headphones have massive screws perfect soldering and heavy gauge wire."
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"I'm not an audiophile, but these are the best sounding gaming headset I've gotten so far - though I wish I could test them all out myself first!"
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"If you want clear audio with REALLY good channel separation for 3D gaming, these headphones work very well & are a great deal! "
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"Overall, good enough for gaming, but I wouldn't buy them again."
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"They are very comfortable though and can be worn for long gaming sessions or computer use."
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"It is a good microphoneYou need to turn on the 5.1 in the software it comes with if not it will be in stereo by defaultI would recommend this headset if you want a 5.1 headset or just a good gaming headset."
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"This is a very good gaming headset."
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Light

Light:
"A few drawbacks are that the software seems a little light on options also I have had to disconnect the headset a few times because it was not list in the devices but when I reconnected it everything worked as before."
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"They light up on the sides red which is pretty cool but i just wish they had a color choice i wouldve rather it been blue or purple."
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"They have decent sound quality, decent mic, very light weight, pretty comfortable, long cord."
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"On a side note, when I first purchased these I really liked them except for the fact that the LED light on the sides was constantly running even when my computer was off."
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"These are greatProsSound is really goodMusic and Games sound great at 5.1Love the ControlMic is good too, you can move it out of your wayThe Lights are a plusYou can connect them using USB or 3.5mm AdapterCancel outside noise on speakers + micConsIf you have a big head dont buy this, they are so tight your ears will hurt, i have a normal size head i would even say small but i cant used them for long periods of time."
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"The Storm emblem on the sides light up, and both the headset and the USB module look great."
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Microphone

Microphone:
"and so far their customer support has answered quickly and with good answersCONS-the headset is not as sturdy as it looks, I already broke the left side of mine after 3 months, but I am about to get it fixed for free under the 2 year warranty-lots of people have issues with the microphone it is extremely quiet-not really a complaint but I have to get a bunch of songs on my computer in higher quality now because I can clearly hear how bad it is with these headphones, so be prepared to have the same happen if you haven't bought a high quality headset before"
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"Actually one of the worst purchases I've ever made, terrible Mic and Audio quality."
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"-Microphone is horrible."
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"I'm curious about the Razer Tiamat 7.1s, but I hear they have horrible mic quality and seem like they're about the same in sound quality."
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"These were great for the wireless feature, long 8 hr battery life, decently comfortable (were a bit tight putting pressure on my head around my ears, but i got used to them after I broke them in), and a great mic."
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"Now the mic will not work unless a ridiculous amount of pressure is applied to the Mic On button It is ridiculous for this headset, costing what it does, to suck so bad."
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"The only good thing, as far as I can tell, is the microphone quality."
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"I DO like them; they're comfortable after 12 hours and the microphone works almost TOO well, though I would buy a cordless version if I were to buy again; the volume control on the cord is just plain in the wrong place; it's always banging around my desk chair."
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"The mic quality is very good but i cant fully comment on the speaker quality cause only the front speakers actually work."
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"Pros: Real 5.1 surround sound when it works; decent microphone when it worked; not too expensive; somewhat comfortable earpads."
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"i love these and use them for long periods of time on my pc, the mic isn't the loudest on usb, but if adjusted it is fine."
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Music

Music:
"I would not recommend them very highly for music, as the bass is not especially loud; Plenty loud for explosions & gunfire, they also work great for dialog when I want to watch TV or movies quietly."
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"Mines came with a little tremble while listening for music in the left speaker that is a really annoying, it's a turn off."
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"It still has awesome sound for listening to music and other things it sounds really amazing compared to a stereo headset which are the only kind ive used up until now."
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"Like i say the sound quality is awesome, it sounds really great listening to music and i can hear footsteps in battlefield really clear now and so i have a lot less people sneaking up on me."
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"This Headset is worth every penny and HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to anyone who appreciates great sound for games, movies and music."
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"If you go to CMstorm's website and look on the support page you'll find that they tell you to make sure you plug in both usb cables, (yea, it uses two usb cables to plug in by the way) and make sure you plug them directly into the back of your computer not the front, and use the worthless drivers they provide, then cross your fingers, and stand on one foot while hopping in a circle and hope that makes the headset loud enough to enjoy your favorite music."
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"After weekly usage sold it and bought Audio Tecknica ATH M50s, which I;m really pleased with in everything, music, games (BF3, BF4), movies."
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Price

Price:
"The mic actually works great & people comment that my voice sounds very good, which is usually an issue for me since I have a low voice that does not capture well on cheap mics."
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"The sound quality is good overall but doesn't quite give the 3D surround sound of my more expensive phones, that said, they are still an excellent value given their modest price and I wouldn't hesistate to recommend them."
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"Its probably not the best headset in the world, but for the price range, I'd say its amazing."
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"Also, it's really hard to find any other one that can match this price including 5.1 real surround"
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"Conclusion: I simply can't recommend these based on the price unless you DON'T have a dedicated soundcard in your pc."
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"The control dial however, feels a little flimsy and cheap which was disappointing."
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"This was well worth the money in my opinion."
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"The packaging gives you an indication of the quality, its not a cheap paper box its a durable plasticized cardboard and even the extra earcups come in a fleece bag thats large enough to store the headphones in."
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"I went out on a limb and spent a bit more money on these things hoping to get something nice."
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"The short version:pros: High quality, low price, surround sound, great audio, comfortable, durable, long durable style audio cable."
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"somthing about the way they designed the default pads That prevent that from happening after an hour or two my ears will get warm but never burn and even my beloved mudusa 5.1 couldn't say that .The mike is excellent and intelligently shuts off when you lift it upIt has a rubber coating and looks and feels like a quality product if it had more volume and a better in line control I would've given it 5 stars easy , considering the comfort and the price I would recommend to any one .PS."
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Quality

Quality:
"Actually one of the worst purchases I've ever made, terrible Mic and Audio quality."
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"I'm curious about the Razer Tiamat 7.1s, but I hear they have horrible mic quality and seem like they're about the same in sound quality."
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"Its a great fit, not too heavy and has fantastic sound quality."
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"Pros:+ no additional power required (the USB cord is used only for the logo light)+ pretty good build quality (can't speak for the durability because I returned them after 2 days of use)+ cloth ear-cupsCons:- Pretty much everything else, no front-rear channel separation (can't tell if the sound source is in front of you or in the back)- Not suitable for music (mids are bad)Other thoughts:Didn't have a chance to test the mic quality - it is nondetachable btw (this might be a pro for people who constantly loose accessories)."
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"The mic is pretty good quality, I listened to myself, (which is something I hate to do).Overall, I think it is a fantastic headset for anyone that appreciates gaming, movies, and or music and that is on a budget of under $100."
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"Plus, the sound quality is junk."
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"The sound is extremely high quality and it is very comfortable."
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"The sound quality is amazing and the individual control for the sound and bass is great."
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"The only good thing, as far as I can tell, is the microphone quality."
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"The base response is great; the overall sound quality is fantastic; they're sensitive and clear at low volume AND they can get nice and loud with no noise."
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"Sound quality is good and controls are easy to use and responsive."
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Sound

Sound:
"These headphones took a lot of tweaking to get the front left & right rear drivers even with the others, but once configured they sound great & are TRUE surround sound, not that simulated 7.1 channel junk that sells for hundreds of dollars."
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"Still works and sounds great, and nothing has broken! "
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"So... after using them for over a year now, I can say they aren't the BEST sounding surround-sound headset on the market, BUT... they ARE the most efficient."
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"complete garbage, right off the bat the adjustable board or whatever they advertise it as, doesn't work, on hook up makes an annoying cutting in and out side in the surround sound headset and after a year the left side went dead, do yourself a favor and buy another brand."
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"So its kind of weird to have the sound do that."
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"I'm curious about the Razer Tiamat 7.1s, but I hear they have horrible mic quality and seem like they're about the same in sound quality."
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"The sound is extremely high quality and it is very comfortable."
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"The sound quality is amazing and the individual control for the sound and bass is great."
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"I tried for a good 3 hours to try and tweak the sound using windows and the program that I downloaded off Cooler Master's website, and it increased the quality to a minimal extent while giving me a bigger headache."
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"Its good but the software to actually manage the 5.1 sound depends solely on yo, which sucks."
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Speaker

Speaker:
"I had them for about 4 years until the headband broke and one of the speakers started rattling."
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"The first one I ordered actually was missing a speaker and the second one played no audio in windows (Trust me I tried to fix it)."
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"Mines came with a little tremble while listening for music in the left speaker that is a really annoying, it's a turn off."
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"That means you won't be able to tune each speaker independently unless you have something like thx console for your soundcard."
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"Also it has so many audio jacks that you have to plug in just for the speakers that you probably wont be able to have speakers with the headset if you wanted to."
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"The mic quality is very good but i cant fully comment on the speaker quality cause only the front speakers actually work."
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"The range is also very good there is no distortion of bass in loud movie sequences or games, unlike other stereo (2 speaker) headphones, the high mid and low all have their own speakers which allows full clear and undistorted sound no matter whats going on in game or in a movie."
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"I'd say it's about 80% as good as having actual 5.1 speakers around your room."
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Surround

Surround:
"These headphones took a lot of tweaking to get the front left & right rear drivers even with the others, but once configured they sound great & are TRUE surround sound, not that simulated 7.1 channel junk that sells for hundreds of dollars."
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"complete garbage, right off the bat the adjustable board or whatever they advertise it as, doesn't work, on hook up makes an annoying cutting in and out side in the surround sound headset and after a year the left side went dead, do yourself a favor and buy another brand."
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"Note that a lot of the reviews below complain that the surround sound doesn't work for them because they lacked a solid sound card."
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"These headphones took a lot of tweaking to get the front left & right rear drivers even with the others, but once configured they sound great & are TRUE surround sound, not that simulated 7.1 channel junk that sells for hundreds of dollars."
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"Pros: Real 5.1 surround sound when it works; decent microphone when it worked; not too expensive; somewhat comfortable earpads."
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"All of the cables are braided which makes it feel super heavy duty, the surround sound sounds absolutely amazing."
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"The surround sound works, and you get a clear sense of a noise's direction when playing FPS games."
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"With that being said, the TB HPA2s were the best headset I've ever worn for a great surround sound experience."
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USB

USB:
"I felt the USB was an easy nice feature but was annoying sometimes."
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"I did not get OR TEST THE USB version I think usb is lame for sound and would not recommend anyone go that route."
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"Also it makes no sense why it needs 2 usb ports that can be a problem particularly if are limited on those."
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"The mic sounds clear, I'm not sure why other people say there s a problem with the mic on USB, because mine works just fine, the sound is great and comfort, this headset is one of the most comfortable I've ever put on, the fabric is also very easy to clean, some other headset with the velvet ear cups makes it so hard to clean after alittle while these stay clean."
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"Cooler Master's website gives the following in their FAQ:There is a known problem with the mic sensitivity of Sirus in USB mode being notably weaker than in 3.5mm mode."
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"I bought it straight off the shelf like anybody else would.#UPDATE# 6 10 2012I've found an issue with the headset that's apparently a known issue on Cooler Master's CM Storm website: the microphone (when in USB mode, i. e. using the control dial) is very weak and won't pick up any bass--almost giving you a chipmunk sound!"
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"I felt the USB was an easy nice feature but was annoying sometimes."
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"I was hoping to be able to rely solely on the USB jack and was bummed to find that that wasn't possible."
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"The bass on these things when used with the USB puck is amazing if you want to push it with the software and raise the bass volume individually - in fact I found it way too overwhelming if I wanted it to be."
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"To be honest, this is definitely a USB set - the analog option, while nice, will not fully take advantage of this headset as far as I can tell."
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"The Storm emblem on the sides light up, and both the headset and the USB module look great."
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Video

Video:
"The range is also very good there is no distortion of bass in loud movie sequences or games, unlike other stereo (2 speaker) headphones, the high mid and low all have their own speakers which allows full clear and undistorted sound no matter whats going on in game or in a movie."
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"This Headset is worth every penny and HIGHLY RECOMMEND them to anyone who appreciates great sound for games, movies and music."
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"After weekly usage sold it and bought Audio Tecknica ATH M50s, which I;m really pleased with in everything, music, games (BF3, BF4), movies."
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"These things, once configured to your liking, have an amazing sound that is good for both gaming, listening to music and watching movies."
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"The mic is pretty good quality, I listened to myself, (which is something I hate to do).Overall, I think it is a fantastic headset for anyone that appreciates gaming, movies, and or music and that is on a budget of under $100."
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Volume

Volume:
"I DO like them; they're comfortable after 12 hours and the microphone works almost TOO well, though I would buy a cordless version if I were to buy again; the volume control on the cord is just plain in the wrong place; it's always banging around my desk chair."
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"The dial on the headset only adjusts volume in the headset, which is disappointing."
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"It has this weird volume knob deal, which isn't all that bad but the way the cord runs into this wire is a problem."
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"Only thing I hate is having no actual master volume wheel for the whole thing."
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"Also, the lights indicating volume level seem to fill in the wrong direction - meaning when I rotate the knob clockwise to turn the volume up the lights fill counter clockwise."
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"So I put that on, and was disappointed with the max volume."
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"The base response is great; the overall sound quality is fantastic; they're sensitive and clear at low volume AND they can get nice and loud with no noise."
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"The volume wheel is a nice feature to quickly adjust headphones settings."
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"These are the best gaming headphones ive ever used, and they rival the best Studio headphones Ive used In volume and clarity at loud volume, Obviously $600 Senhiesser studio headphones have better definition, but for a set of dedicated gaming headphones they are fantastic."
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"The volume knob that you put on your desk is a great feature, also."
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"Initially, I thought the headset was a tad too quiet, so I ended up going into the mixer and maxing out all of the volume on everything, Realtek also does a Room Correction thing for timing the speakers as well as increasing the volume by the dB."
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