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Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1 Headset Print
Written by Scott Harness   
Sunday, 24 May 2009
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USB, 5.1, Microphone, and enough bass to vibrate down your ear canal and into your throat. They don't cost a fortune either so we just had to check out these Gamers Cans.


Gaming is very important to me. I'm not what you would call a hardcore gamer, I certainly don't play every game that comes out, but I do enjoy gaming and I play every day (given the chance). My wife is not as enamoured by my gaming as I am, especially the usual guns, explosions, roaring engines and shouting voices that seem to feature in pretty much all the games I play. No doubt, if it wasn't for headphones I would either be less of a gamer or divorced.

But games have been stretching forward with more cinematic presentations for some time now, and I don't mean just the visuals. Surround sound plays a big part in many games these days. My current favourite game is Left 4 Dead, and in this game, directional sound is very important indeed.

Enter the Headphones. Sporting eight speakers, a red and black theme and a quite low price tag, I've high hopes of a positive experience. On paper at least, I can have my surround sound in private and keep the wife happy too.


Connection USB
Cord Length 3.0m
Mic Dimensions Ø9.7mmx5.0mm
Sensitivity -39dB±dB
Directivity Unidirectional
Impedance 2.2KO
  Front Center Rear Subwoofer
Drive Diameter Ø30mm Ø40mm Ø30mm Ø27mm
Impedance 32O 32O 32O 8O
Frequency Response 20~20KHz 18~20KHz 20~20KHz 10~400KHz
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  

box box box box

The Cyber Snipa Sonar 5.1's come in a box that clearly shows you what you are getting. The headphones can be easily seen as can the in line remote control. The rear of the box explains in great detail the features of the headphones. Inside, the headphones are held in place with a clear moulded plastic tray. I have to admit I was expecting to see a manual and/or driver CD, but at first inspection I couldn't see either. Turns out they were behind the reflective backing used inside the box.

Whilst a driver CD is included, you can still download the latest version of the drivers from the Cyber Snipa website, and if you get caught short, the headphones will function without drivers in a standard stereo capacity.

cup cup

Let's begin our tour of the headphones at the ear cups. The back of them are metal mesh covered in bright red, with a ribbed black plastic to offset. The cups themselves easily rotate as well as the expected rotation. Additionally the cups can be moved up and down so the Sonar 5.1's should sit on your head almost perfectly.

cup cup cup

On the front side of the cups we find more red in the form of a velvet like fur padding. A little kinky but it makes them pretty comfortable to wear. Inside each cup there is no less than 4 speakers.

mic mic

The microphone extends from the left hand side and can be rotated at it's base as well as manipulated along it's entire length.

band band

The head band is heavily padded, which is just as well as these are quite heavy headphones. The top of the head band sports the Cyber Snipa logo.

control control

The wire for the Sonar 5.1's is 3 meters in length giving you plenty of cable to plug into a USB port. Part way along we find the in-line controller. This controller also supports it's own sound card and can be clipped to your clothing by a crocodile clip on it's rear. The front of the controller is inset with chrome coloured plastic. There are three buttons and two LED's. The top two buttons control volume while the lowest button is the Mute button for the Mic. The two LEDs are for power and Mic respectively; both are bright blue.


On the side of the controller is a sliding switch to enable the microphone which in some ways does make the mute button a little redundant.

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