Cooler Master Storm Sirus 5.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset
Author: Shawn Knight
Editor: Zahn Funk
Date: 07-22-2011
Provided by: Cooler Master
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Software

When using the desktop control module, you also have the option to use the Sirus Headset software. The headset will work just fine without the software but of course you get a lot more customization options with it installed.


This is the main screen you see when you open the software. Here you have volume level controls for each channel as well as a master volume. Across the top is a panel that shows the current sample rate and audio mode selected. Pressing the small button in the bottom right corner of that area switches you to a quick pre-set mode where you can choose between default, game, movie or music. The third screenshot shows the application settings where you can adjust the UI transparency, toggle the system tray icon, etc.

Since this is pre-release software, things are still a little buggy. For example, on the main screen, even if you don't click to show the presets, if you click where they would be, they are still activated.



To access the other options in the software, you need to right click the Speakers icon on the left side which will pull up a list of other available options. This isn't terribly obvious and I didn't find these menus right away.

I won't go over every slide in detail as they are all pretty self-explanatory but I will skim each category. The first is speaker settings where you can select between Stereo, Quadraphonic and 5.1 Surround. Next is Sample Rate with 44.1 KHz and 48 KHz being the two selections here. The Equalizer menu is next where you can either adjust things manually or select from one of 12 presets. Environmental Effects lets you simulate sounds like you might find in the shower or an opera house. Additionally you can adjust the virtual room size. The 7.1 Virtual Speaker Shifter lets you fine tune all of the virtual speakers and their placement. Finally we have Flex Bass II which allows you to adjust the cut-off frequency and bass level. You can also adjust the speaker size.


The last few options pertain to the microphone and are accessible by right-clicking on the microphone icon on the left side of the software suite. First up is volume control, followed by the sample rate and finally a voice morphing feature.

Overall the software suite is pretty complete and has a nice look to it, but it isn't perfect. Hopefully Cooler Master can correct some of these software quirks before the headset goes on sale to the public.

Let's move ahead and put the headset to the test.


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