Author: Chris Barry
Editor: Howard Ha
Publish Date: Wednesday, September 5th, 2012
Originally Published on Neoseeker (http://www.neoseeker.com)
Article Link: http://www.neoseeker.com/Articles/Hardware/Reviews/coolermaster_cmstorm_sonuz/
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An audio headset is an essential part of any serious gamer's arsenal, and for this reason they come in many different shapes and sizes. While you can always go down to your local Radioshack and purchase a cheap headset with a mic for $15, you often get what you pay for in the audiophile market and for many gamers, compromised sound quality just won't cut it. If this is the case for you, you'll probably be interested in dropping a fair chunk of change in a headset that offers superior sound quality. However, even in the higher price ranges, you'll find many great choices!
Today we will be taking a look at a fairly expensive headset from Cooler Master, the CM Storm Sonuz. At the $70 price range Sonuz potentially puts the hurt on your budget, however it's massive 53mm drivers and 10Hz-20,000Hz frequency response range could make it well worth the money. For gamers looking for a powerful wireless headset, the Sonuz definitely isn't for you, however it does come with a 2m long cable so you should still have plenty of wiggle room. Meanwhile with an inner ear cup diameter of 97mm, the Sonuz headset is almost guaranteed to be comfortable to wear.
|Cooler Master CMSTORM SONUZ Specifications|
||3.5 mm Gold-Plated Headphone Jack|
|Impedance||45 Ohms @ 1kHz|
|Pick up Pattern||Omni-Directional|
|Frequency Response||100Hz - 10,000Hz|
Signal to Noise Ratio
|Sensitivity||@1KHz, 1V/Pa): -47 +- 3dB|
The CM Storm Sonuz arrived in black and red packaging. The front of the package featured a clear window which showcases half of the headset as well as the In-Line remote/volume control. Also clearly visible from the front is the Cooler Master logo, as well as the CM Storm branding logo. Toward the bottom of the packaging, Cooler Master has highlighted how the Sonuz utilizes 53mm drivers!
The back of the package lists a few of the Sonuz's specifications in eight different languages. The rear also features an introductory paragraph about the headset, while the left panel features a more detailed list of the headset's specifications. Also located on this portion of the packaging is a diagram explaining what each part of the headset does.
The Sonuz headset itself appears to be pretty bulky, however it does have a pretty cool look to it. Hopefully all the padding will make it more comfortable then it looks! By default the microphone is located on the left side of the headset, however it is removable and can be attached to the opposite side. The in-line remote/volume control will allow the user to adjust the volume on the fly. This control also features an on/off switch.
Comfort is an important feature to take into consideration for a headset, especially when you're spending $70 on something you'll be wearing on your head for any length of time. In terms of comfort I'd give the CM Storm Sonuz an 8/10. While the padding and large ear pads were nice, the headset was still bulky and definitely noticeable when you were wearing it. I occasionally felt a little ridiculous while testing this headset after extended use, to be honest.
The Sonuz sounded absolutely amazing when it came to music and movies! While I've definitely heard better sound coming from some more expensive headsets, for $70 the Sonuz managed to exceed my expectations. The low's, mid's, and high's all came in nice and clean. I wouldn't have minded a slightly deeper bass, but software such as SRS quickly fixes that issue. As far as movies go, the Sonuz made the listening experience feel very immersive.
Just as with movies and music, the Sonuz worked great while gaming. In order to test the Sonuz for gaming, I played a few matches of Battlefield 3. The Sonuz headset made the game feel very immersive. Perhaps one of the things the Sonuz did best was reproducing the sound of gunfire from all directions. I actually had to turn the volume down after playing for a while.
The microphone on the Sonuz performed fairly well, however it did pick up some of the louder background noises. Curiously, it did not pick up any breathing noises so as long as you're not gaming in an noisy room, you should be able to communicate with other players without any serious problems!
After using the Cooler Master CM Storm Sonuz headset for a solid week, I can confidently say you wonn't be disappointed if you purchased a pair. For $70 you really can't complain about the sound quality the Sonuz produces. In fact, the Sonuz proved to be one of the better sounding headsets I've used, but don't expect them to compare to a $150+ headset.
The CM Storm Sonuz delivered an immersive experience for gaming and movies, and music sounded great! My only complaint about the headset was that it was fairly bulky, enough that you just might be too aware of it being on top of your head. However it was still very comfortable so if you're not the sort to feel awkward wearing such a large headset, you should enjoy the CM Storm Sonuz!
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