CM Storm Sonuz Gaming Headset ReviewWaco - August 2, 2012
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Extracting the headset from the packaging was quick and easy. In the process of doing this the bag holding the extra plug for the microphone mount fell out of the packaging; this should come in handy if you decide to remove the microphone entirely. The headset itself has a bit of an odd shape to it and looks somewhat alien in nature. I don't think anyone will wonder what you're wearing on your head when you put these on but you might get some funny looks regardless. The inline microphone and volume control is a fairly simple contraption with a 2-position switch for the microphone and a small wheel to control the headset volume. The volume control is labeled as the center volume, which I found a bit odd on a 2-channel stereo headset. The headset cable itself is fairly light and is covered in a very soft woven sheath. Thankfully Cooler Master has kept the cable a single strand until just before the headphone and microphone plugs. This should avoid any tangles when you plug them into the front of your computer and with the fairly short length (roughly 6 feet) you won't be plugging them into the back of your computer without an extension. This will reduce clutter but at the same time it would have been nice to have the option to plug them into the outputs on the rear of my machine.
See what I mean when I say that the CM Storm Sonuz have an odd shape? The design flows smoothly from the earcups up through the bridge across the top but it does look a bit…weird. You'll notice that the earcups themselves aren't very far apart when resting. Normally I wouldn't worry too much about that but the frame's rigidity makes me think that they may feel quite tight on my somewhat large head. The pad at the top of the headset is made of soft foam and looks to be comfortable enough for long gaming sessions. The microphone has plenty of range to swing in, out, up, and down to hit your preferred position. Although the microphone does swing up out of the way quite easily it does not automatically mute, so make sure to flip the switch on the inline controller if you want to mute your voice.
Here you can see the quite large range of adjustment available on the CM Storm Sonuz. I have a fairly large head and I found that I needed only two clicks out of the 11 available to form the headset to my head. I cannot imagine anyone would ever need the full range of adjustment as they are absolutely huge when fully extended. This is a bit of an issue if you have a small head as even on the smallest settings you might find that the top padding won't make contact with your head – leaving the entire weight of the headset to rest on your ears through the earpads. Upon initial fitting I found the headset a bit tight, but as I wore them, the sensation went away and they were surprisingly comfortable even in extended wear.
The earpads themselves are absolutely huge and unless you have Dumbo-size ears they will fit comfortably over your ears without any issues. The pads are made of the same soft foam as the top bridge padding and are quite comfortable even with the higher pressure on them from the rigid frame. The backside of the earcups has a slice through it filled with metal mesh, which won't win any awards at keeping outsides sounds out (or vice versa). I didn't notice a great deal of noise leaking out of the headphones compared to some but if you crank the volume everyone will know what you're listening to.
The microphone on the CM Storm Sonuz ships without any kind of wind-blocking foam so if you happen to breathe across the microphone everyone will hear it. That said, I didn't notice too much noise through the microphone from breathing or yelling as the large adjustment range allowed me to position the microphone off to the side enough to mitigate any issues. The microphone is designed to be removable and can even clip on to the opposite side of the headset should you desire to have the default left side of the headset open for drinking, eating, etc. Removing the microphone entirely is also an option with the included plug for the microphone mounting hold. Removal of the microphone couldn't be easier as all it requires is swinging up the microphone and pulling it out of the mount.