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This review is from: CM Storm Sirus S - True 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset with In-line Remote
Pros: The first thing that really struck me when taking the Sirus S headset out of the box was the build quality. Cooler Master did a great job with the external fabrication. The sleek design matched my CM Storm Case nicely and everyone that I talked to via Skype Video Chat were amazed by its looks. I got to give Cooler Master mad props for the design and build quality, really top notch.
I also love the steps they took to make this headset comfortable. Even with its very large size the Sirus S is very comfortable for several hours of use. Long gaming sessions or countless hours listening to video footage don't tend to bother me as much as my previous 5.1 headset the Arctic Cooling P531. Even when the headset begins to cause discomfort, a short break is enough.
Cons: A huge complaint that I have with the Sirus S headset is the sound quality. The 30mm drivers that were selected for the Front/Center/Rear channels are not the best. I have had 30mm headphones that have delivered much better frequency ranges than those. The subwoofer channel is by far the most disappointing. The fact that they designed these to have two 40mm drivers in each ear with the soul responsibility of delivering all low frequency sounds to the listener, and I cannot detect anything below the 65 Hertz range is very, very sad. My $40 pair of Sennheiser HD 202 headphones can deliver a much wider variety of frequencies than this headset, and they begin to vibrate if I am listening to anything with deep bass on a high volume level. With the Sirus S I am required to max out my computers volume level to get these up to a normal listening level and still nothing special from the quality department. I feel that Cooler master should have either implanted a vibration kit inside of these to cover the low lows like my P531s did, or rerouted the power from the USB connection to actually give the subwoofers some juice to operate. I worked with the Realtek drivers to try and get the Sirus S to sound better however Realtek makes these headphones sound way worse than the standard Windows Drivers.
With a controlled test I took the Sirus S and connected each individual 3.5mm jack and connected it to my MP3 player to check the quality of the drivers. Without a doubt each driver set had a problem with High Highs, and Low Lows. As if to add insult to injury my Sennheisers (that cost half as much) provided more bass and more clarity than any of the individual driver sets. I was particularly disappointed to hear the Woofer/Center channels in this test mainly because the woofers in the Sirus S are the same size as the two drivers in my stereo headphones.
The number one major flaw with the Sirus S headset is the microphone. The boom that is attached to the leaft hear cup is very cool and well desined, however the microphone that they chose to install inside of it is very poor in quality. Although everyone I chat with online loves the look of the Sirus S they all said one thing, "Hey man could you speak up or check your mic?" I have been able to correct the quite mic problem by boosting the pick up levels inside of windows but it adds a lot of feedback that nobody likes to hear. This is the final nail in the coffin for me. I cannot recommend the Sirus S headset because of this one major issue. There are lots of headphones that do not have the best in sound quality or purity, however you do not pay $80 for a pair that only half works. I understand that this is new grounds for Cooler Master, but they should have checked their products more carefully before release.
I feel very confident in my testing abilities and if I check my headphones on 3 devices with a total 4 different sound and mic ports, and have the same issues the only call is that they are poor qual
Other Thoughts: One other field to talk about is User Control. The volume adjustment puck that is built into the Sirus S headset is very simplistic and light. I feel that ic could have been made with better quality potentiometers. The ones included inside of the puck are very easily adjusted when contacted, this is a negative. I find too often that the volume for each channel will be changed when unwanted every single time I use these.
The cable for this headset is very nice. It is bound with a nylon weaved sleeve that matched my Razor Blackwidow's cord very nicely. However it is far too short for my needs and the cost to extend the cables is not one that I would like to cover when all Cooler Master needed to do was give it and additional 3-4 ft.
Please note that even with the massive amount of problems I have experienced with this headset in the short time I have owned them I will still say that I love the external build of the Sirus S. I feel that Cooler Master has spent too much time making these look cool and then dropped the ball when it came to internal quality. Therefore I have no other choice than to decree that the CM Storm Sirus S is a PASS/No buy. I highly recommend that you either stay with stereo headphones or buy from a different brand name.
This review is from: THRUSTMASTER T.Flight Hotas X Joystick
Pros: Simple Button placement makes this joystick easy to learn and play with.
Saved presets for games actually work nicely and drivers install with no hassles for the PC. (Windows 7)
The optional rudder control on the throttle is a nice design feature.
Works great with games that aren't preset for this controller. Battlefield 3, Star Wars Battlefront 2, Dirt 3, ECT. That's right, I even got it to let me drive tanks, and cars in some games.
Great value for the cost, and an excellent way for someone to try out flight simulator games without dropping mad money.
Cons: Can be a bit flimsy when being used in dog fights during combat games.
It will work with Microsoft FSX but the simple design can be clunky with larger commercial aircraft such as 737's.
When the stick and throttle are separated from one another they can be a bit unbalanced on your desk. They do shift around a bit on you which can be troublesome in dog fights.
The connection cable should be removable and longer.
Other Thoughts: I feel that for the money this stick is great. I couldn't utilize the PS3 function of this stick because I do not own a PS3. For the PC I found it to be a lot of fun, however I am moving on to a better joystick as I am taking this kind of gaming more seriously.
This is a great gateway joystick for anyone who wants to get into this kind of gaming. However experienced flight sim users should look on and find something with more control options and functionality.
Parents, it would be a great buy for the kids.
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