Cooler Master CM Storm Ceres 500 Gaming Headset Review

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Sometimes I sit and wonder where companies come up with the names for their products. Is there a thought process to it or is there a big hat with all the words of all the languages put in it? My Honda, for example, is an Accord, and accord means giving someone power, status, or recognition. Well, that makes sense, while I do not believe my car actually gives me power or status, I can see that a car manufacturer would want me to think it would. Shakespeare wrote, “That which we call a rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Of course, that has been bastardized into, “A rose by any other name would smell as sweet.” Either way, that is a twist from Romeo claiming that Montague (Romeo’s family name) meant nothing.

Cooler Master Ceres 500


Ceres is the Roman goddess of agriculture and fertility. It makes me wonder, what does that have to do with awesome gaming headphones? Perhaps it is nothing, just a cool sounding easy to remember name, or maybe there is an underlying meaning. For example, the Ceres 500 is a set of gaming headphones made for consoles and PC and, being named after Ceres, the protector of plebeian law is not lost on me. I will let you read into that what you will. Really, there is something important about a name. Many new products fail completely because of naming issues; conversely I have seen terrible products do very well, presumably because of a good name and some decent marketing. I figure a name like Ceres is a lot better than some technical name like a string of nonsense numbers that refer to R&D or a Patent office file number. Those are always so hard to remember and get right, even if you remember it, placement of hashes and dashes and dots make it confusing.

Cooler Master Ceres 500


The Ceres 500 is a stereo gaming headset made by Cooler Master for the CMStorm line of gaming peripherals. Ceres 500 is a black and white headset that will look good with your system no matter what it is, last gen console, “next gen” console, or the mother of all gaming platforms, the PC. They include a built in amplifier and use 40mm drivers to provide deep and full sound. The cable is 3.0 meters giving gamers room to sit back and enjoy their systems on the big screen. The connectors are a 3.5mm jack and a USB plug. The headphone portion has a frequency response 20-20K Hz and an impedance of 32 OHMS. The sensitivity, basically how loud they get, is 116dB @ 1KHZ (+/- 4dB). The Omni-directional microphone has a frequency response of 100-10,000Hz and a sensitivity of -54dB @ 1KHZ (+/-3dB), and is removable. The Ceres 500 comes with the RCA connections to use these headphones with any of the popular consoles, and, of course, there is an inline controller for chat volume, microphone volume and on/off switch for the microphone.