Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Headset

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Product: Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Surround Sound Headset
Provided by: Cyber Snipa
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Introduction:

Today we have a very nice looking headset on the bench to look at, the Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Surround Sound Headset. It features a full set of speakers in each ear for all of 5.1 surround sound experience.

 Sonar Package Front
Sonar Package Front
Sonar Package Back
Sonar Package Back

 

Description:

“The Cyber Snipa SONAR Gaming Headphones are the latest development in the field of tactical communications. With true 5.1 surround sound you can stalk your enemies from across the map by the sound of their footsteps!

The SONAR headphones feature 8 individual speakers (4 in each ear cup including a subwoofer) for highly accurate positional audio. The Cyber Snipa 3D positional audio software enables individual adjustment of all channels, virtual speaker placement and a wide range of effects. In concert with the dual subwoofer units and bass enhancement, you can really feel the action!

The SONAR headphones possess a plethora of high tech features - noise cancelling boom microphone with flexible mounting, inline multimedia controls and folding construction allowing for transportation in a compact form.

 

Specifications:

To get the full list of technical specifications, please make sure to check out the full information over at Cyber Snipa's product page here.  In the meantime, take a look at a brief overview of the relevant information below.

Technical Specs
Technical Specs

 

Thoughts\Impressions:

I thought this headset was pretty cool looking - red and black - my two favorite colors combine really well to make gaming equipment and designs. Several times people came to me and commented on the "cool" headset. Definitely catches the eye this one does.

Sonar Profile
Sonar Profile

 

The headphones are expandable to an extent that allows for a variety of differently sized heads. I like headphones that have a USB connector as its input, this way no drivers for sound need to be installed as it has a sound chip already inside itself. I like this because some old computer's motherboards don't have much support now and is very hard to find a sound driver short of buying a sound card.

As impossible as it may sound there is actually one thing that is not good about USB sound. This is that it is not compatible with most mobile music players – iPods, mp3 players, etc. – only have the 1/8” TRS connectors. This definitely takes out one of the most common uses of headsets.

Sonar Profile - Top
Sonar Profile - Top

 

 

Testing:

While I am not an audiophile, I have heard good sound and bad sound and I can tell the difference between both. With surround sound as well as a subwoofer, this pair of headphones should prove to have good quality.

Games:

Throughout my games I didn’t notice any loss of quality, the bass and surround sound provided an excellent balance, not too much bass or treble. The sweet sound of lead piercing flesh and bone is music to my ears. As I played my RTS/FPS games, I could hear directional sound clearly so the surround sound actually does work.

Music:

A lot of people love the bass, they have it turned up as far as it can go, the bigger the bass the better the sound. However, I recognize that not everyone is a bass hog, and some people like to enjoy good quality music without rattling eardrums. From what I listened to, which was quite a variety from Taylor Swift to Underoath, everything was crystal clear. A good combination of bass and treble afforded good quality of music as sweetness to my ears.

Movies:

I’m not going to lie; I watch a lot of movies/anime TV shows. So for the time I have had these headphones I switched from my speaker system to this pair. Some nice sound quality and excellent viewing enjoyment made this headset a pleasure to listen with.

 Volume/Mic Control
Volume/Mic Control
 Microphone
Microphone

 

One small problem though, most of the time when watching movies the room is dark, and there is a very bright blinking blue led light on the sound controller. Most headsets have this problem, maybe it is to help find the controller in case it is ever lost in the dark, but a soft glow would have done that just as well. In any case this bright blinking light gets very annoying.

Microphone:

Since I don’t have any opportunities to talk online with teamspeak, ventrillo or something similar, I opened up a simple sound recording and said/sang a few words into it. Taking into consideration my awful singing voice, the overall the quality was very good. The recording was clear and much better than some other microphones I’ve used in the past.



Software:

The software is basically an updated version of the software that ships with the Zalman USB surround headset I looked at in the past.  It has a different name but the interface and functions are pretty much the same.

The “Main Setting” tab was the place to configure the speaker setup. Since there are a 5.1 surround sound system inside the headphones I set it to that option, but it works with the headphone setting as well.  The “Mixer” allowed me to control volume of specific aspects of the headset, and how sensitive the microphone would be.  The “Effect” tab is the more advanced sound control place. It included the frequency of the sound waves, a set of preset equalization's were available. The environment size and place were all able to be set to provide the best sound for the situation.  The “Information” tab is simply the place that shows what version of software is being used; basically all the sound related drivers are being used in the computer system.

 Main Tab
Main Tab
 Mixer Tab
Mixer Tab
   
 Effects Tab
Effects Tab
 Info Tab
Info Tab

 

Conclusion:

All in all, very good headset, excellent sound quality as well as good looks makes this a perfect accessory for LAN parties. The software is simple and easy to use, and the microphone makes it easy to communicate with teammates over the internet. Hours upon hours of gameplay will be comfortable with soft earpieces. Only one small annoyance, the bright LED that blinks whenever sound is playing. At ~$65 it is getting up there, but still way more affordable than some of those super duper Able Planet headphones we’ve reviewed earlier this year.

Pros:

  • Good Looks
  • Quality Microphone
  • Comfortable
  • 5.1 Surround
  • Very good sound quality
  • Price


Cons:

  • Blinking LED

 

BCCRating

 

Top Pick

The Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 headset just squeaked in to earn our "Top Pick" award and rightly so.  There may be better sounding stereo headsets around, but they don't offer the positional audio features of the Sonar.  They are also a lot more expensive.

I'd like to thank Cyber Snipa for sending this headset out for a review.  Please feel free to post your feedback in our forum at the "Comments" link below.