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HyperX Cloud 2
The HyperX Cloud II are an above-average gaming headset with a decently balanced sound and a casual design you can use outdoors. They easily pass for regular headphones, once you remove the mic, although they do not have a control scheme that's ideal for mobile devices. They're well-built, sturdy and comfortable with a wired design that suitable for gaming and watching movies thanks to its low latency. However, they won't be ideal for commuting or sports.
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- Negligible latency.
- Good audio reproduction and microphone.
- Well-built and comfortable design.
- Poor noise isolation.
- Slightly bulky.
- Can sound sharp on some tracks.
The HyperX Cloud II are stylish-looking gaming headphones with a detachable mic for outdoor use. They're comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions, although your ears will get a little warm after a while. They have a decent control scheme for gaming, but they're not versatile enough for everyday use with your phone. Unfortunately, they're still a bit cumbersome to carry around on your person and they're not stable enough to use while doing any physical activities, but casual listening and gaming won't be a problem.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a simple and polished design. The arching hinges are reminiscent of the Beyerdynamic headphones like the DT990 Pro. The mic is also detachable, making them more appealing for casual use. However, they're still a bit bulky, and the bright logos on the ear cups may not be for everyone. On the upside, the simple two-tone black and red color scheme looks good and stands out without being too flashy.
The HyperX Cloud 2 are comfortable headphones with big, well-padded ear cups and an equally well-padded headband. However, they're a bit tight on the head. Fortunately, the pressure is spread evenly around your ears so they do not clamp your head like some of the other gaming headphones we've reviewed. Unfortunately, this still makes them somewhat fatiguing after long gaming sessions.
The headphones have a decent control scheme, especially for gaming. They have a dedicated inline remote cable with a USB connection that gives you control over the volume and mic level, as well as a surround sound button to activate Dolby 7.1. They also have a mute switch on the side of the inline remote to completely disable the mic. The buttons are decently responsive although a little flat. They also take a bit of time to get familiar with, but they're relatively easy-to-use. Unfortunately, the control scheme is not as versatile since it doesn't cater to mobile devices, which is a little disappointing since the headphones can also pass for casual everyday headphones.
- 100% Avg.Temp.Difference
These headphones will make your ears fairly warm during long listening sessions and would not be suitable for more intense workouts. They have a closed back over-ear design that fully encapsulates the ears and obstructs airflow. Unfortunately, they do not come with more breathable pads like the Logitech G433 or the Astro A50. They won't be ideal if you often have long uninterrupted gaming sessions, but they should be okay if you take a couple of breaks from time to time.
The HyperX Cloud 2 are not very portable headphones. They're a bit more compact than other gaming headphones but they're still on the larger side for most over-ears. That and the lack of foldable hinges makes them less portable and a bit of hassle to carry around on your person without a bag.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a good build quality, similar to the Cloud Alpha. It feels durable yet flexible enough to not snap from overextension. The ear cups also feel dense, well made and capable of handling a couple of drops without any major damage. However, the shiny back plates with the Hyper X logo could get scratched up over time and the exposed audio cable linking the ear cups is a potential weak point.
The HyperX Cloud II are just tight enough to be decently stable and comfortable headphones but they won't be ideal for sports. They sway a lot under physical activity and will slip off your ears if you use them while running or working out.The main cable is also not detachable, so if it gets hooked on something it will yank the headphones off your head.
The HyperX Cloud 2 are a decent-sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have a deep and punchy bass, an excellent and well-balanced mid-range, but a sub-par treble performance which lacks a bit of detail and could be too sharp on S and T sounds. Also, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies and may be affected by wearing glasses. Although they have great imaging, they don't have a large and speaker-like soundstage.
The bass is very good. LFE is extended down to 14Hz, which is great. Low-bass and mid-bass are quite flat and within 1.5dB of our target. This results in a bass that is capable of producing the thump and punch common to EDM, Hip-hop and film scores. High-bass, however, is slightly more emphasized than mid-bass, making the sound of these headphones very slightly boomy.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a great mid-range performance. Low-mid and mid-mid are virtually flat and within 1dB of our target, ensuring a clear mix with well-balanced vocals and lead instruments. The small dip around 1KHz, however, will push the vocals/leads slightly to the back of the mix.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a below-average treble response. The big dip around 4KHz will have a negative effect on detail and articulation of vocals/leads. The 10dB peak around 9KHz could make these headphones noticeably sibilant (sharp and piercing on overly bright tracks).
These headphones have a sub-par frequency response consistency. The treble response is decently consistent, with some minor peaks/dips around 4KHz which shouldn't be terribly noticeably. The bass delivery is also quite consistent, as long as the user is getting a proper fit/seal with them. In our tests on five human subjects, the person who wore glasses experienced a noticeable drop in bass compared to others because the arm of their glasses broke the air-tight seal between the headphones and the head.
The imaging is great. Their weighted group delay is 0.24, which is within very good limit. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below our audibility threshold, suggesting a tight bass and a transparent treble reproduction. Additionally, the L/R drivers of our test bench were very well-matched, which is important for the accurate placement and localization of objects and instruments (voices, footsteps) in the stereo image.
The soundstage is sub-par. Their PRTF response shows that they don't interact with the pinna (outer ear) much, and don't activate its resonances like a loudspeaker. Therefore, their soundstage will be perceived to be small and located inside the listener's head as opposed to in-front.
The harmonic distortion performance of the HyperX Cloud 2 is mediocre. The amount of harmonic distortion in the bass and mid-range are within good limits, even at 100dB SPL. However, the large peak in THD at 4KHz could make the treble of these headsets harsh and brittle, which could be fatiguing over a long listening session.
The HyperX Cloud 2 create a pretty good seal around your ears that stops a lot leakage and prevents high-frequency noise from seeping into your audio. Unfortunately, since they only isolate passively, they won't be able to block some of the lower-frequency noise, like the rumbling sounds of a subway. They're decent headphones to use in quieter settings, like at an office, due to their low leakage but they won't be ideal for commuting or traveling.
The isolation performance is sub-par. Since they are over-ear and don't have ANC (active noise cancelling), the don't isolate in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, which is important for blocking out speech, the achieved 13dB of isolation, which is above-average. In the treble range, occupied by sharp S and T sounds, they achieve more than 36dB of isolation, which is very good.
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a good leakage performance. The significant portion of their leakage is between 800Hz and 3KHz, which is a narrow range. The overall level of the leakage is not very high too, making the sound leaking out of these headphones quiet and thin sounding.
The boom microphone is very good. In quiet environments, speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound full, detailed and natural, but lacking slightly in airiness and brilliance. In noisy situations, the HyperX Cloud 2 perform great and are capable of separating speech from noise in the most demanding environments, such as a subway station and gaming competitions.
The boom mic has an excellent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) is at 86dB, which is very good. The HFE of 7.1KHz is also very good, resulting in a speech that above-average presence and detail, making it very clear and easy to understand. However, it does lack some openness and airiness because of the dip above 7KHz.
- 100% SpNR
The boom microphone has impressive noise handling. In our SpNR test, it achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 49dB, which is outstanding. It indicates that this mic will be to isolate speech from noise even in the noisiest and demanding environments.
These headphones are passive and have no battery life.
These headphones do not have any compatible software for added customization.
- 10% Bluetooth
- 32% Wired
- 10% Base/Dock
- 22% Wireless Range
- 25% Latency
The HyperX Cloud 2 only have a wired connection. On the upside, they are compatible with most consoles and they have negligible latency which is good for gaming and watching movies.
- 79% Multi-Device Pairing
- 20% NFC
- 0% PS4 Compatible
- 0% Xbox One Compatible
These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.
- 13% Analog
- 9% USB
- 26% PS4 Compatible
- 26% Xbox One Compatible
- 26% PC Compatible
The HyperX Cloud 2 have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox One or PS4 controllers. They also come with a USB adapter for PCs that give them a bit more control over the microphone and audio.
- 4% Optical Input
- 22% Line In
- 4% Line Out
- 22% USB Input
- 4% RCA Input
- 9% PS4 Compatible
- 9% Xbox One Compatible
- 9% PC Compatible
- 2% Power Supply
- 13% Dock Charging
This gaming headset does not have a dock. If you need a headset with a dock that also has a wired connection for gaming or watching movies, then consider the SteelSeries Arctis 7.
These headphones do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the Astro A20.
The USB wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.
In the box
- Hyper X Cloud II Headphones
- USB headset adapter
- Airline adapter
- Extra Over-Ear pads
- Carrying pouch
Compared to other Headphones
The HyperX Cloud 2 is a wired gaming headset with a durable build quality and an above-average sound. They're also more outdoor-friendly since you can remove the mic and use them as casual everyday headphones, unlike some of the competing gaming headsets at around the same price. They're very comfortable with spacious earcups. However, their wired design won't be as convenient as some of the other wireless gaming headsets that we've tested so far.
The Astro A50 are one of the better gaming headsets that we've tested. They have a comfortable and premium design, a great sound quality, and a lot of active features and customization options that make them stand out from the pack. They also come with a great base station that offers a lot of connection options and dock charging. However, the dock is limited by the console variant you choose, which is a little disappointing. They also have no wired option and you can't detach the mic so they won't be ideal for outdoor use. If you want a gaming headset that you can also use as casual headphones, get the HyperX Cloud 2. However, for gaming only, the A50s are a lot better and a bit more convenient thanks to their wireless design.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger, like the Cloud II, is a wired gaming headset with a great mic, a comfortable design, and a good sound quality. They're compatible with most consoles and they're relatively affordable. However, their plastic design, though decently durable, isn't as sturdy as the HyperX Cloud 2. They're also not the most outdoor friendly headphones since you can't remove the mic. The Cloud II are better built and have a slightly better performance overall compared to the Stinger but they're also more expensive.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver are also wired gaming headsets with a casual design that you can use outdoors. They're not as well built as the Cloud 2 and they're a bit less comfortable but they sound better. They're also a bit more lightweight. The better sound quality of the Revolver makes them a bit more suitable for critical listening and gaming but the Cloud II are more durable and come with a USB adapter that gives them a bit more control on PC.
The Corsair Void RGB is a decently customizable wireless headset for gaming. They have a comfortable design and they're a good option for PC but aren't compatible with consoles and have no wired option. This makes them suitable for PC users but not ideal for console gamers and they also have a slightly worse mic and sound quality than the HyperX. If you mostly game on PC, then the Corsair are a good, decently affordable option, but for consoles, go for the HyperX instead.
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