Testing the Ceres 400
One who chooses a stereo headset is well aware that it will be impossible to enjoy the immersive experience of a 5.1 surround sound mix. On the other hand, there are those who claim that a surround sound headset is only simulating an experience better enjoyed in a full-blown home theater. The fact is that some games lose their impressive sound landscape when heard on only a 2.0 stereo mix; for example, Battlefield 3. But how did the Ceres fare?
With a 40 mm driver, the headset features a strong bass. When we played Battlefield’s newest expansion, Armored Fury, the focus on tank warfare, the advance of the armored units, and the shooting of heavy caliber projectiles made our ears ring. Other sound effects and dialogue sounded crisp. However, the user cannot forget to adjust the sound options for this and any other games to a 2.0 stereo setting (if available), so that way there is no cacophony. The same advice holds true for watching DVD or Blu-ray movies. Aside from the whole sound immersion loss, the Ceres 400 delivered – especially during music listening – since music is natively a stereo medium due to the strong bass and high sensitivity (108 dB).
In terms of comfort (a very important feature for a device that will be on the user’s head for long hours of gaming), the Ceres 400 is one of the most comfortable models we’ve ever tested. The mid-to-big size means it’s not clunky, and the Ceres is surprisingly lightweight. The ear cups go around the ears in a smooth embrace, and the size adjustment doesn’t let the user’s head be pressed.