Sound, shattering sound: Hyper X headphones are back
KINGSTON surprised pretty much everyone when it launched the original Hyper X Cloud headphones in 2014.
The manufacturer had previously been associated with boring but solid storage devices, so the sudden move into gaming gear didn’t make a lot of sense.
The move worked. The original Cloud I headphones impressed the majority of reviewers, with many – myself included – putting them at the top of our list of “best headphones you can actually afford”.
The Hyper X Cloud IIs were a step up in our estimation, with slightly better build quality, a much better on-cable control and sound quality far better than the circa-$100 price tag would indicate.
This year, Kingston has released the new Cloud Revolver headphones and they’re a departure from the previous units.
These are Kingston’s first completely in-house headphones, with the first two being built externally by QPad with only tweaks by Kingston.
The first difference you notice on wearing them is the larger cups, allowing more room for your ears. The steel suspension bracket above the headband is a complete change to the feel and results in a ‘floaty’ feel to the cups that you don’t get on single-band units.
The aesthetics are a change, with the subdued designs from previous generations making way for a ‘gamer’ look.
The audio quality is still great for the price range but I’m not as impressed with the new 50mm drivers as I was with the previous 53mm ones at high volume. However, the larger cups and whatever changes they’ve made to the internals have resulted in a more open sound, so if that’s what you’re looking for, you’re in luck here.
There’s quite a bit more sound bleed with these cups as well, so using them in a quiet office may not work, though they’re far from the worst offenders among the competition.
The microphone is as good as in the previous models, meaning it’s better than what you should expect for the price. Streamers would have no trouble using it.
The build quality is, again, better than you’d get from, say, Logitech, with the unit surviving a week of me falling asleep with them on while listening to music.
If you can’t get the previous generation, definitely get these ones. For gaming, music and recording, you’re going to struggle finding better for the price.
Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
Type: Circumaural, closed back
Connection: 3.5mm plug (4 pole)