Date: May 27th, 2008
Article by: Karl Van der Walt (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited by: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Cyber Snipa
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PRODUCT SPECIFICATIONS AND FEATURES
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.
Cord Length: 3.0m
Mic Dimensions: Ø9.7mmx5.0mm
Front Center Rear Subwoofer
Drive Diameter Ø30mm Ø40mm Ø30mm Ø27mm
Impedance 32O 32O 32O 8O
Frequency Response 20~20KHz 18~20KHz 20~20KHz 10~400Hz
Output power 200mW 400mW 200mW 600mW
Signal to noise ratio >50dB >50dB >50dB >50dB
T.H.D 0.4% 0.1% 0.4% 1%
Sensitivity (S.P.L) 108dB 100dB 108dB
Package Size: 215 x 290 x 105mm
Product Size: 190 x 215 x 90mm
Here you can see that they have included Subwoofers in each ear cup, this should go a long way towards compensating for the smaller driver units lack of bass. As I expected the driver units are significantly lower specification than like priced stereo units. But, as we have seen before, a large part of the quality we hear is determined by the soundscape not so much the driver units themselves. So once again, it all comes down to the testing.
The box the Sonar 5.1 arrived in is certainly eye catching and has a good sturdy feel to it. The package survived its long trip to me in perfect shape.
Included in the box are the headset, driver CD and manual. The manual basically just goes through the driver and software settings. I would recommend you read through this if you purchase this headset as it explains a number of useful functions.
The headset design and color scheme look like they would fit well in a Ferrari pit lane. I love the red metal mesh/black plastic combination used (so I like Italian cars, sue me :P)