Saitek Cyborg 5.1 Headset

Posted on January 4, 2008
Author: Sean Potter
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Windows Installation & Usage

I was surprised to find that when I plugged the headset in, Windows Vista automatically detected the headset and set it up as a USB Sound Device. Mind you, this only gave me 2 channels of audio. I had to insert the driver CD and run setup for the 5.1 drivers to be installed. The CD installed the "C-Media CM106 Like Sound Device". I'm not entirely sure what they mean by the title, but it seemed to work.

Setup also installed a utility that sits in the taskbar for setting up multi-channel settings. From this utility, you can effects such as a hall or amphitheatre setting, or change how the channels are mixed together. Unfortunately, this is a generic program for the driver that was installed, and is not tailored for the Cyborg 5.1 Headset itself. If you screw with the settings too much, the headset may not work.

The headset requires USB2.0 in order to work properly. There may not be enough bandwidth on a USB1.1 bus for the audio. If your computer doesn't support this, don't worry! You can still hook it up with the regular 3.5mm stereo jack. You won't get the surround sound experience, but you will still hear all the sonic drivers coming at you. There's a control on the wires running to the headset that allows you to switch between audio inputs.

The controller also gives you two separate volumes: one for the 5.1 (USB) input, which adjusts the PC's audio levels, and one for the stereo jack, which is a typical analog volume dial. The last control is a Mute switch, which affects both inputs. The controls are useful, but I wish there was a single set for both inputs. I don't think it's necessary to have two volume controls when you can only listen to a single input at a time.

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