CM Storm Ceres-400 Headset ReviewWaco -
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How do I sum up the CM Storm Ceres-400? I can't praise Cooler Master enough for the light weight, massive adjustable range, and comfortable ear pads. Even after wearing the headset for over five hours I experienced absolutely zero discomfort even with my large ears and large head. The microphone stays safely out of the way of any breathing noises (or drinking; yes beer and games do mix). The long wire allows the headset to reach even if you're forced to use the connections on the rear of your case. The inline volume control is close enough to the headset to be useful and lightweight enough that you can't even tell it's there – the cord is similarly lightweight and un-annoying.
The most important part of any headset is really how it sounds as well and in that case this headset is a bit of a mixed bag. If you're looking for top-notch musical production you're probably better off spending a bit more and buying something designed for that. However, for most of us, pretty good sound quality combined with excellent comfort and design is a winning combination. That, my friends, this headset has in spades. The overall sound is a little on the heavier and darker side, which is something that actually tends to help with long-term listening comfort. The heavy bass response will keep bassheads happy without annoying audiophiles and the strong midbass keeps the sound very warm. For gaming and movies this headset will not disappoint unless you try to blow your ears off; in which case the slight distortion when maxing them out won't matter for long as you'll damage your hearing with the massive output you can generate with them even with onboard sound.
When it comes down to brass tacks there are a lot of choices in the $50 range for headsets and this one should definitely be at the top of your list for consideration. With the combination of extreme comfort, smart design, and overall good quality I can't think of many other headsets that offer this level of quality at this price point.
- Extreme adjustability for all head sizes
- Microphone adjustability
- Inline sound and microphone control
- Good warm sound
- A bit dark in the treble ranges
- Can be pushed to distortion on complicated music at high volume levels