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Reviewed on Dec 05, 2017

HyperX Cloud Revolver HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.6
Mixed Usage
7.8
Critical Listening
5.9
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
6.0
TV
7.6
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Revolver have a versatile design that's good for gaming and casual use. They're comfortable and have a wired connection with low latency for gaming and watching movies. They also have a satisfying and well-balanced sound that's good for casual and more critical listeners. However, they're not the most portable or stable headphones, and although they're closed-back and block a bit of noise, they won't be the best suited for commuting or traveling.

Test Results
Design 6.6
Sound 7.9
Isolation 5.6
Microphone 8.8
Active Features 0
Connectivity 5.5
Pros
  • Negligible latency.
  • Good audio reproduction and microphone.
  • Well-built and comfortable design.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Slightly bulky.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
  1. Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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Cloud Revolver
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6.6

Design

The HyperX Cloud Revolver are comfortable and well-built headsets for gaming. They have a detachable mic which makes them look like regular headphones. This makes them more appealing to those who want to use their Cloud Revolver outdoors. However, they're still relatively bulky headphones that do not fold and are somewhat of a hassle to carry around on your person. They're not stable enough to use while doing physical activities like jogging or working out and their control scheme is also a bit limited.

Style

The HyperX Could Revolver have a fairly versatile design for a gaming headphone. Granted, they're still a bit on the bulky side, and the stylized back of the ear cups might be too much for more casual listeners. However, unlike most gaming headphones, you can completely remove the mic, which combined with the self-adjusting headband, makes them look like a typical critical listening headphone, similar to the AKG K Series.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.85 lbs
Clamping Force
:
0.8 lbs

The Cloud Revolver are slightly heavy but comfortable headphones. They have decently large ear cups that fit well around most listener's ears and the padding is soft, pliable and feels premium. The headband is also amply padded and accommodates multiple head sizes thanks to the elastic and self-adjusting strap. They're not too tight on the head but their slight heft is noticeable at first.

6.8 Controls
Ease of use : Good
Feedback : Good
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
Adjustable
Noise Canceling Control : N/A
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The HyperX Cloud Revolver headset has a basic inline remote on the extension cord that lets you control the volume level and disable the mic. This is pretty standard for gaming headphones but lacks enough features to make their control scheme versatile for all users and with mobile devices.

6.3 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.1 C
5.2 Portability
L : 8.1 "
W : 7.8 "
H : 4 "
Volume : 252 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

The HyperX Cloud Revolver like most gaming headphones are a little bulky and cumbersome to carry around on your person. They're a bit heavy and do not fold into a more compact format which makes them barely portable unless you have a bag or a backpack.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A
7.5 Build Quality

The build quality of the Cloud Revolver headset is good but has a lot of moving parts. They're well-built headphones, although not as good as the Cloud Alpha, with a durable metal outer frame, and dense, plastic ear cups. They should be able to handle a couple of accidental falls without much damage but they have a lot of moving parts especially in the headband that will wear over time so they may not fit as snuggly as they do now. Also, although, the main audio cable is braided and looks durable, it's not detachable or replaceable which makes the Revolver slightly less durable overall.

6.0 Stability

These headphones are not particularly stable on the head. The relatively loose fit of the self-adjusting headband means they sway a lot under physical conditions. They will quickly fall off your head if you run with them but should be stable enough for most casual uses. They also have a detachable extension cord but the main audio cable is not removable so it will yank the headphones off your head if it gets hooked on something.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 4.1 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRS

Comes with a 1/8" TRS headset to PC adapter extension cord with an in-line remote.

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7.9

Sound

The HyperX Cloud Revolver are a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear headphones. They have an extended and balanced bass, a very good mid-range, a decent treble and good imaging. However, their bass delivery is sensitive to placement and positioning, their mid-range is a bit forward, their trebles lack a little in detail, and like most closed-back headphones, they don't have an open or spacious soundstage.

8.6 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.05 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
1.22 dB
Mid-Bass
:
2.66 dB
High-Bass
:
2.37 dB

Very good bass range performance. Low-frequency extension is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Bass and high-bass are over our target by about 2.5dB, making the overall sound of these headphones slightly bass-heavy and boomy. Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

8.6 Mid
Std. Err.
:
1.86 dB
Low-Mid
:
0.03 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-1.19 dB
High-Mid
:
2.19 dB

Very good mid-range performance. Low-mid and mid are quite flat and within 1dB of our target which is excellent. The bump around 2KHz in high-mid, however, adds to the intensity and projection of vocals/leads.

7.3 Treble
Std. Err.
:
4.11 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.31 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-2.79 dB
High-Treble
:
-3.59 dB

Decent treble range performance for the HyperX Cloud Revolver. The broad dip centered around 5KHz negatively affects the presence and detail of vocals/leads. Also, their treble delivery varies noticeably across users. The response here represents the average response and your experience may vary.

5.7 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
1.07 dB

Sub-par consistency performance. In our HyeprX Cloud Revolver review, the bass response was pretty consistent with 4 of our five human subjects. However, the one who wore glasses experienced a 6dB drop in bass at 20Hz. In the treble range, the maximum deviation under 10KHz was about 6dB which is not good.

8.3 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.18
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.71
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.65
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
2.54
7.2 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
1.45 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.53 dB
PRTF Distance
:
17.54 dB
Openness
:
5.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
3.5
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB
8.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.596
Weighted THD @ 100
:
0.154

Very good harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is low and within very good limits. However, there is a significant drop in THD above 200Hz at 100dB SPL, which could be due to the properties of the driver used in the Cloud Revolver.

5.6

Isolation

The HyperX Cloud Revolver headset creates a decent seal around the ears that doesn't leak much and passively blocks a lot of high-frequency noise. Unfortunately, like many passively isolating over and on-ear headphones, they do not perform as well in loud environments. You will still hear the ambient noise of a busy street or a lively competition but on the upside, since they do not leak as much as other gaming headsets, you can mask some of the ambient noise by playing your music at higher volumes.

5.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-11.18 dB
Bass
:
-0.45 dB
Mid
:
-4.53 dB
Treble
:
-28.63 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

Sub-par isolation. These headsets don't have active noise cancellation and don't achieve any isolation in the bass range. In the mid-range, they achieve about 5dB of reduction, which is sub-par. In the treble range, they achieve about 29dB of isolation, which is decent.

6.9 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
40.08 dB

Average leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage sits between 500Hz and 3KHz which is a relatively broad range. But the overall level of leakage is not loud.

8.8

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
Yes

Very good microphone performance. Speech recorded with the HyperX Cloud Revolver will sound full, and neutral. However it could sound a bit veiled and airless, and the plosives could pop unnaturally. In noisy environments, they have one of the best performances we have measured so far, with the ability to separate speech from noise even in the most demanding environments, such as a subway station.

8.6 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
1.98 dB
HFE
:
6544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.268
Gain
:
35.31 dB

Very good recording quality. LFE is extended down to 20Hz which is great, but the HFE is at 6.5KHz which could make voice to sound airless. The area between LFE and HFE is nearly flat, except for the bump around 20Hz which could make the plosives to pop and sound natural.

9.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
46.11 dB

Excellent noise handling. The Cloud Revolver achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 46dB, which is one of the highest valued we have recorded so far. This makes these headsets and an excellent choice for all environments.

0

Active Features

No active features.

N/A Battery
Battery Type
:
N/A
Battery Life
:
N/A
Charge Time
:
N/A
Power Saving Feature
:
N/A
Audio while charging
:
N/A
Passive Playback
:
N/A
0 App Support
App Name : N/A
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : N/A
Windows : N/A
Equalizer
:
N/A
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : N/A
Room effects
:
N/A
Playback control
:
N/A
Button Mapping : N/A
Surround Sound : N/A

No compatible apps.

5.5

Connectivity

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A
9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
0 Base/Dock
Type
:
N/A
Optical Input
:
N/A
Line In
:
N/A
Line Out
:
N/A
USB Input
:
N/A
RCA Input
:
N/A
PS4 Compatible
:
N/A
Xbox One Compatible
:
N/A
PC Compatible
:
N/A
Power Supply
:
N/A
Dock Charging
:
N/A
0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A
10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

Negligible latency.

In the box

  • Hyper X Cloud Revolver Headphones
  • USB headset adapter
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

See our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, and the best PS4 headsets.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II
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The HyperX Cloud II and HyperX Cloud Revolver have an almost identical performance for gaming, but the Cloud II are a bit more versatile overall. The Cloud II are slightly more comfortable with better-padded ear cups than the Cloud Revolver. The Cloud II also have a sturdier and more durable build quality that does not have as many moving parts, and they come with a USB dongle that gives them audio over USB on PC as well as a bit more controls. On the other hand, the Revolver have a better-balanced sound and unique design that some may prefer.

HyperX Cloud Alpha
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The HyperX Cloud Revolver and HyperX Cloud Alpha are very similar-performing gaming headsets, but the Revolver has a few features that could make it a better choice for some. The biggest difference for gamers might be the fact that the Revolver has channel mixing, and their microphone is noticeably better than the Alpha’s. However, if you’re not looking for a headset to play online competitive games where channel mixing and a great microphone could be useful, the Alphas feel better made and slightly more comfortable.

Conclusion

6.6 Mixed Usage

The HyperX Cloud Revolver, like the Cloud II, are good gaming headsets, with a versatile design for more casual use. They're comfortable, and decently well built but not as sturdy as the Cloud II. They have a closed-back design that doesn't leak as much as some of the other gaming headsets we've tested. They also block a fair bit of noise, but won't be ideal for commuting or loud environments. On the upside, they have a well-balanced sound, for critical listening, negligible latency for gaming and watching videos since they're wired.

7.8 Critical Listening

Good for critical listening. They have a good bass and a balanced mid-range but may sound a little too forward with some tracks. The treble range is also a bit inconsistent so while instruments and vocals are quite audible they do not sound as detailed as with other critical listening headphones. They also don't have the most spacious soundstage since they're closed-back headphones.

5.9 Commute/Travel

Mediocre-at-best for commuting. The HyperX Cloud Revolver headset has a closed-back design and a detachable mic that makes them a more outdoor-friendly headphone than most gaming headsets. They're also well-built and comfortable but unfortunately do not block enough noise to be ideal for public transit and commuting.

5.8 Sports/Fitness

Below-average for sports. They're a bit too bulky and unstable for running or working out. They don't have a mobile-friendly control scheme and they also make your ears a little warm after a couple of minutes exercising.

6.4 Office

Average for office use. The HyperX Cloud Revolver don't as leak much as other gaming headsets, but also do not block a lot of noise. You will still be able to hear the ambient chatter of a lively office if you're not playing any music.

6.0 TV

Decent for home theater. They have low latency, a balanced sound, and a comfortable fit. You can wear them throughout a long movie and not feel any fatigue. They also have a decently long cable, especially if you're using the headset adapter, however, their regular aux audio cable won't be long enough for most home theater setups unless you watch your movies on your PC or tablet.

7.6 Gaming

Above-average for gaming. The HyperX Cloud Revolver have a well-balanced sound, a great noise filtering mic and a low latency, wired connection. They're comfortable to wear for long gaming sessions, but like the Cloud II headphones, they have no software support for added customization options. This makes them a bit less personalizable than other popular gaming headsets. Their design is also not the most breathable so your ears may get a little warm after gaming for a while.

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