CM Storm Pulse R Headset Review

Introduction and Technical Specifications

CM Storm Pulse R Headset Review


The second of our CM Storm reviews is the Pulse-R, and immediately you can see from the image at the top of the review why we're combining these into a single days worth of content. The aluminium plate with holes for an Allen Key speaks of customisation potential akin to that we saw from the Mech keyboard. 

We've previously reviewed two headsets from CM Storm, the Sirus and the Sonuz. The Sirus was slightly uncomfortable but had awesome sound quality from its 5.1 drivers, and the Sonuz was very comfortable but only with average sound quality. So far then the CM Storm diversions into the audio market have met with mixed results, so we're looking forward to discovering what a return to the drawing board with the Pulse-R has brought us. 

Technical Specifications

With 42mm drivers the Pulse-R is somewhere near the middle of the pack in terms of driver size. Up to a point the smaller drivers can give excellent mid-range performance and a tighter bass than you find from the larger 50mm drivers. Otherwise, as always with headsets, the specifications don't tell the whole story. The majority of gaming headphones have 32 Ohm impedance, so it's quite surprising to see the Pulse-R have a 50 Ohm impedance. This requires a beefier sound card to drive (the higher the impedance the more power is required to drive the speaker), but thankfully we have our trust ASUS Xonar Phoebus to hand which can drive up to 600 Ohm.

Driver42mm driver
Frequency Response20Hz-20KHz
Impedance50 Ohm
Connector3.5mm headphone jack
Cable Length3m Removable Cable
Pick-up PatternOmni-Directional
Frequency Response100 Hz – 10000 Hz
Sensitivity-42 ± 3dB (0dB = 1V/pa.1KHz)
Signal to Noise Ratio60dB or more
Removable MicVolume control and Mic mute
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Most Recent Comments

04-10-2013, 06:18:02

Nice looking headset, one to consider. But SuB really recommends the ASK's which I'm keeping my eye on, bloody expensive though.Quote

04-10-2013, 06:40:18

AKG's* bro AKG's :P also they are headphones not a headset. pfft :P

I'll have to read up this one during lunchQuote

04-10-2013, 07:24:09

Originally Posted by SuB View Post
AKG's* bro AKG's :P also they are headphones not a headset. pfft :P

I'll have to read up this one during lunch
Oops I mean AKG's! Quote

04-10-2013, 07:29:27

Originally Posted by ShaunB-91 View Post
Oops I mean Beyerdynamics!
*Fixed that for you...

PS - probably best to start your own thread than do this on a review thread.Quote

14-03-2014, 09:09:59

@Shaun if you want to start in the audiophile world i recommend starting with Audio-Technica ATH-M50s (s is the straight cable version) for about $130-150Quote

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