The HyperX Cloud Stinger are easy-to-use and straightforward gaming headphones. They have a good mic that filters out a lot of noise, an above-average audio reproduction, and a comfortable over-ear fit. That and their low latency wired connection makes them suitable for gaming but their bulky design and non-detchable mic makes them less ideal for other use cases.
- Comfortable and sturdy design.
- Great microphone.
- Above-average audio reproduction.
- Mediocre isolation.
- Bulky and plasticky build quality.
- Poor control scheme.
The Cloud Stinger have a simple and comfortable design that will work for most but lack some features and control options available on other gaming headphones. You can't detach or adjust the volume level of the microphone. They're also somewhat bulky so they won't be ideal to casually use outdoors or easily carry around on your person without a bag. On the upside, they have a decently durable design, they're surprisingly lightweight for their size, and the ear cups are spacious and comfortable for most listeners, even if they tend to make your ears a bit warm after a while.
The Cloud Stinger have a utilitarian design that's not particularly flashy for a gaming headphone but the understated look will work for some. They have large oval ear cups and a decently wide headband that makes them look and feel durable. However, the quality of the plastic used in their build is a little cheap and since you can't remove or hide the mic they won't pass for casual headphones that you can use outdoors unlike the Cloud II.
The Cloud Stinger are comfortable and relatively lightweight headphones for their size. The ear cups are large and spacious enough for most ears, and the padding on both the headband and the ear cups is decent, although not as soft or as plush as some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed. They're also not too tight on the head which makes for an overall comfortable headphone that you can wear for hours.
These headphones have a limited button layout that only gives you control over the volume. You can't turn off or reduce the microphone level, there's no multipurpose button or additional features, and the volume slider doesn't have any discrete points for those who prefer a consistent volume setting. On the upside, the volume slider, being the only control option you have, is pretty easy-to-use.
These headphones are moderately stable on the head. However, since they're not too tight and have a non-detachable cable that could get easily hooked or tangled by something, they're not the ideal headphones to use while doing physical activities. They will quickly slide off your ears if you use them while running or working out since they're not designed for that use case.
The Build quality of the Cloud Stinger is above-average. They have a decently wide and flexible headband that's reinforced with a thin metal frame. The ear cups are also fairly well-made and won't get damaged by a few accidental drops although the plastic used in their build feels a little cheap. Unfortunately, the cable is not replaceable and the hinges are a little weak, which could get damaged by regular wear and tear over time.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a decent sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headsets. They have an excellent and extended bass, a great mid range, and a decent treble. They also image well and have very low distortion. However, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies especially on individuals who wear glasses, their treble lacks a bit of presence, and like most other closed-back headphones, don't have an open and spacious soundstage.
Excellent bass range performance. Sub-bass which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble is extended down to 10Hz, which is excellent. The rest of the response is nearly flat but above our target by about 2dB, placing the bass of these headphones slightly north of neutral.
Remarkable mid range performance. Low-mid and mid are virtually flat, but high-mid shows a bump around 2KHz, which brings more intensity and projection to vocals/leads.
Decent treble range performance. The overall response is relatively inconsistent, and the 5dB dip between 4KHz and 8KHz will have a small negative effect on detail and presence of vocals/leads.
Poor consistency performance. In the bass range, these headsets perform quite consistently on most of our humans subjects, except for the one who wears glasses. His measurements showed a 6dB drop in bass at 20Hz, which is noticeable. In the treble range, these headphones also show about 6dB of deviation in response, depending on the positioning of the headphones.
Poor soundstage performance. Due to the closed-back design and relatively shallow earcups, the Cloud Stinger won't have an open or out-of-head soundstage, like loudspeakers are able to create.
Great imaging. Phase error is minimal, and mostly in audible. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test unit were exceptionally well matched in amplitude, frequency response, and phase.
Very good harmonic distortion performance. These headphones show low amounts of harmonic distortion throughout the range, regardless of the level. There is a small rise in distortion in the upper bass and mid ranges at 100dB SPL, but significantly less than most other headphones.
The Cloud Stinger block a lot of high-frequency noise but won't be the ideal headphones to use in loud environments. Rumbling sounds and noise with a lot of bass, like a subwoofer at a competition, will easily seep into your audio. However, the decent seal of the ear cups should block a fair amount of chatter especially if you have audio playing in the background. The leakage level may also be a bit distracting to the people in your vicinity in quieter settings but at moderate volume levels, it won't be much of an issue.
Mediocre noise isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation and therefore do not isolate in the bass range. In the mid range they achieve an isolation of 10dB, which is decent. In the treble range, they achieve an isolation of 34 dB, which is good.
Below average leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage is spread between 400Hz and 2KHz, which is a relatively broad range and concentrated in the mid range. The overall level of the leakage, however, is not very loud.
Very good microphone performance. Speech recorded with the Cloud Stinger will sound full and neutral, but a little bit lacking in airiness and brilliance. In terms of noise handling, these headsets are capable of separating speech from noise in the most demanding environments, such as subway stations and competitions.
Very good recording quality. Low-frequency response is well extended, and the overall response is quite flat up to 5KHz. However, the response cuts off above that frequency, making voice sound airless, which is disappointing since these headphones are wired and not limited by wireless bandwidth.
- 100% SpNR
Impressive noise handling. The Cloud Stinger achieve an SpNR of 39dB, which is a great value. This makes them suitable for almost all environments.
No active features.
Wired connection, negligible latency.
No compatible apps.
In the box
- HyperX Cloud Stinger Headphones
- Audio cable Extension cord