CM Storm Pitch Pro Gaming Earphones Review

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Introduction


CM Storm Pitch Pro Featured

Gaming headsets are an important part of most people’s gaming setup, be that on a mobile device, games console or desktop computer. Sure, headphones and headsets can often bring you closer to the games audio, allowing you to get lost in the digital world of your choosing, but they’re also great for being able to turn the volume up, without bothering everyone else within range; such as a sleeping SO. They’re also a fairly importantcomponent in team chat, something that’s vital in many team-based shooters, MMOs and MOBA style games.

“Gamers love to travel. Whether you’re trudging through a war torn battlefield, farming creeps in the jungle, or going on a business trip to close that deal, the Pitch Pro in-ear headset is all you need. Great sound, high-quality microphone, and compatible with nearly all smartphones, desktops, and laptops – bundled all in a package that fits in your pocket.” – CM Storm

Of course, where the Pitch Pro differs the most from many headsets is the size, these are ear buds, rather than over-ear, meaning they’re extremely portable. For anyone that travels with a gaming laptop, plays games on their phone, tablet, or takes their PC to LAN gaming events, having something compact and portable is certainly going to be appealing; it’ll be interesting to see how they perform given the compact size.

The specifications are promising, big drivers, at least for a set of in-ear buds, an omni-directional microphone, good sensitivity, a 1.2m cable and gold-plated jackplugs. Now, let’s go and take a closer look at exactly what you get for your money from this new headset.

CM Storm Pitch Pro Spec

The headset is compact, so too is the packaging. A tidy little presentation box that gives you a good view of all the major components.DSC_3295

The box opens out, giving you a little technical information on the frequency response compared to that of the original Pitch headset.

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In the box, you’ll find a nice assortment of goodies. There’s a warranty card, 3.5mm 4-pole to dual 3.5mm 3-pole adapter for desktop use, a split adaptor, two extra sets of different size ear buds, with a third set coming pre-installed on the drivers, and finally, a protective carry pouch.

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The adaptor is of a good quality and vital for use on a desktop computer that requires separate channels for the microphone and headphones. The headset is designed to work with mobile devices as standard, meaning you can use it to make hands-free calls on your phone and similar devices.

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The headset comes with a hard-wired microphone, which also features a built-in control button, perfect for answering calls without having to reach for the handset.

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The drives are quite large, but surprisingly lightweight thanks to the main chamber being constructed for lightweight aluminium. They’re also pretty stylish, mixing matte finish and chrome finish materials, as well as that lovely red highlight on the back with the CM Storm logo.

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The cable designed to be tangle free thanks to its flat design and soft rubber coating. Overall, the cable is lightweight but feels remarkably durable; pretty much what you would want from such a unit. The connector on the headset is gold-plated, just like the connectors on the included cable adapters.

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The ear-buds are quite tricky to remove and install, but removing them does mean you can clean and maintain them easier, as well as swap them out for different size buds to help tailor the fit to your own preferences.

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Performance


I had high hopes for this headset, as I know Cooler Master have put a lot of effort into making it a great products. Fortunately, they’ve not let me down, as the performance is very impressive. Firing up a few of my favourite albums, the Pitch Pro put up a good fight, giving clear and detailed audio in a wide range of music types. Thundering death metal proved no issue for the drivers, giving punchy guitar lines and drums while retaining a good vocal track.

The same can be said for gaming performance, you get a lot of punch for the sound effects, but the chat audio still cuts through nice and clear. It does sound a little bass heavy at times, giving people a slightly deeper voice than is natural, but we’re PC gamers, we can fix this! I found that setting the EQ on my audio control panel to boost the mid tones and shave a little off some of the lower frequencies worked really well, making them much more clear. In fact, these drivers stand up well to significant EQ adjustments, so it should be easy to you to tailor the sound to your personal preference.

The microphone isn’t anything amazing, but certainly nothing to complain about either. I did a few tests in a team chat and on Skype, with no issues at all and the mic position is just right. It is fairly sensitive, but since your audio is coming through the headphones, not speakers, that shouldn’t be an issue.

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Final Thoughts


Price

The price of the CM Storm Pitch Pro is expected to be around £24.99, which is certainly reasonable given the quality of them and the features on offer. There’s no US price at the moment, nor is there any stock available at the time of writing, but you can expect them to be available very soon.

Overview

There’s nothing revolutionary on offer here, the Pitch Pro are a perfectly reasonable gaming headset at a perfectly reasonable price, which is, of course, no bad thing. Are there better performing headset out there for similar money? Certainly, but don’t come with the convenience of the Pitch Pro. The compact size of this headset is its major selling point, as when you’re done with it, you can bundle it up and put in your pocket; you can’t do that with most other gaming headsets.

The compact size is a big win, especially if you’ve got a gaming notebook, play a lot of games on a mobile device, or travel to LAN parties a lot. Having one less bulky thing to carry is always a bonus and saves room for other things in your bag that you may otherwise have to leave behind. Despite the small sound, they still offer up plenty of punch, making them great for music and gaming. I didn’t have the best of times using them for movies, but a few tweaks to the EQ soon brought them closer to my preferences and cleared up the dialogue, the same was true with in-game chat audio.

Being able to use these on my PC, with my MP3 player, smart phone, tablet and anything else with an audio jack is a big win, as it means you don’t need multiple headsets for multiple tasks. For day-to-day use, they double up as perfectly good headphones or for making hands-free calls on your phone.

Build quality is rock solid, or at least as good as it can be for such a small headset. The cable is durable, rubber-coated and tangle free. The drivers have aluminium housing and changeable ear buds, the connectors are gold-plated and there’s even a protective pouch should you want to keep them free from scratches between uses; that’s about everything you could ask for from a headset like this!

Pros

  • Punchy bass
  • Powerful sound
  • Clear microphone
  • Compatible with mobile, desktop and more
  • Compact size
  • Changeable ear-buds
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Can be a little bass heavy for chat audio (can be fixed if you have EQ)

“If you’re in need of a powerful and feature packed headset, that’s small enough to fit in your pocket, without taking away from the functionality of a bigger headset, then the Pitch Pro is a welcome addition to your setup, especially for gamers who are on the go!”

CM Storm Pitch Pro Gaming Earphones Review

CM Storm Pitch Pro Gaming Earphones Review

Thank you Cooler Master for providing us with this sample.

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