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HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Feb 10, 2021 at 09:25 am
HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 Picture
5.5
Mixed Usage
7.0
Neutral Sound
4.6
Commute/Travel
5.3
Sports/Fitness
5.4
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
7.3
Wired Gaming
6.7
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 are wired gaming headphones with a virtual soundstage feature. They're essentially a slightly upgraded version of the HyperX Cloud Revolver and have a very similar overall design. They're well-built, decently comfortable, and have a reasonably versatile sound profile. Their boom mic also delivers decent recording quality and does a great job of isolating your voice from background noise. That said, they're a poor fit for casual use due to their bulky design, bad noise isolation capability, and lack of onboard call management or media controls.

Our Verdict

5.5 Mixed Usage

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are middling for mixed usage. They're bulky, lack any media or call management controls, and have a somewhat unstable fit, so they're a poor fit for your commute or workouts. Although they don't have any real sound customization features aside from a virtual surround sound function, their warm, boomy sound profile should manage to suit a variety of audio content including in-game audio. Their detachable boom mic also ensures that online teammates or coworkers understand you clearly, even in noisy environments.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor noise isolation capability.
7.0 Neutral Sound

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1. Their bass-heavy sound profile should emphasize the punch and boom of sound effects without overwhelming in-game dialogue or music thanks to their very well-balanced mids and decently accurate treble range. While they do have a virtual surround sound feature, they lack any other sound customization features like an EQ or audio presets. Their audio delivery can also vary drastically depending on their positioning and fit on your head.

Pros
  • Decently well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • Lack of sound customization features, like an EQ or presets.
4.6 Commute/Travel

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are bad for commuting and traveling, though this isn't their intended usage. They let in quite a bit of ambient noise, especially sounds like the low-rumble of bus engines and the chatter of other commuters. They also aren't very portable and lack any sort of carrying case to make transporting them easier. They also lack any sort of onboard controls without the use of their USB-A adapter, so you can't make on-the-fly adjustments while they're plugged into the AUX port on your phone. That said, they feel well-made.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor noise isolation capability.
  • No onboard controls on default audio cable.
5.3 Sports/Fitness

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are poor for sports and fitness, though they aren't designed for this kind of use. They do a mediocre job of staying on your head, are quite bulky, and don't let your ears breathe very much. You also don't have access to any of their volume controls when plugging their 1/8" TRRS cable into your phone, which can snag on something when you're on the move and yank the headphones from your ears. Thankfully, they feel sturdy enough to deal with a couple of drops and bumps.

Pros
  • Sturdy build quality.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
  • Unstable fit.
  • No onboard controls on default audio cable.
5.4 Office

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are inadequate for office use. They do a terrible job of filtering out ambient chatter, and since they're wired-only, they don't support any wireless features like multi-device pairing. Thankfully, they don't leak too much audio and should be comfortable enough to wear for fairly extended periods. Since they're passive headphones, you also don't have to worry about running out of battery.

Pros
  • Decently low levels of audio leakage.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation capability.
  • No wireless capabilities like NFC or multi-device pairing.
5.2 Wireless Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are wired-only headphones and aren't suitable for this kind of use.

7.3 Wired Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are satisfactory for wired gaming. Using their in-line USB-A adapter doesn't incur noticeable audio latency, so you shouldn't miss a crucial audio cue. Their sound profile is also well-suited to emphasizing the punch and boom of sound effects but doesn't completely overwhelm in-game dialogue. While they don't have any sound customization features like an EQ or audio presets, they do have a virtual surround sound feature that could generate a more immersive listening experience, but we don't test for that.

Pros
  • Mic delivers decent recording quality and great noise handling capability.
  • Low latency when using USB adapter.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • Lack of sound customization features, like an EQ or presets.
6.7 Phone Calls

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are a reasonable choice for phone calls. Their boom mic makes your voice sound natural and quite clear, though a little thin, and does an impressive job of isolating it from background noise. Unfortunately, due to their poor noise isolation capability, you may find it difficult to hear what's being said on a call if you're in a noisy environment.

Pros
  • Mic delivers decent recording quality and great noise handling capability.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation capability.
  • 5.5 Mixed Usage
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 4.6 Commute/Travel
  • 5.3 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.4 Office
  • 5.2 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.7 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Feb 10, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 04, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 look almost identical to the regular HyperX Cloud Revolver, though their accents are white instead of red. Thanks to their monochrome color scheme and removable mic, they may not be immediately perceived as gaming headphones.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.87 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are decently comfortable headphones. Their ear cups are well-padded and lined with a comfortable-feeling material. They also don't clamp your head too tightly. However, their adjustable headband is a little loose and can cause the headset to sag down and rest on your ears.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
PC/PS4
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Adjustable Level
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls Surround Sound

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have a basic inline remote that can only be used when their USB adapter is connected. While the remote doesn't offer any controls for media playback or call management, it has dedicated buttons for volume and mic level adjustment, not to mention the 7.1 surround sound activation input in the middle of the controller. The buttons are clicky and offer good physical feedback. The mic button glows red when muting the mic, as does the surround button when the feature has been enabled. Unfortunately, there are no audio cues.

6.2
Design
Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference 6.6 ยฐC

These headphones are passably breathable. They create a fairly tight seal against your head and don't allow for much in the way of airflow, so your ears are likely to sweat if you wear them for extended listening sessions or during any sort of physical activity.

5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.4"
W 7.7"
H 3.7"
Volume 239 inยณ
Transmitter Required No

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 aren't very portable, which is normal for over-ear gaming headphones. Their removable mic slightly reduces the risk of having them snag on something in your bag, but their ear cups don't swivel flat and their headband doesn't fold inwards to reduce their overall footprint.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones don't have a case or pouch.

7.5
Design
Build Quality

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are well-built. The hinges and yokes are made of sturdy-feeling plastic, and their headband is made of metal. While the primary audio cable can't be detached, it's braided and shouldn't tear easily. On the downside, their ski-band headband is very loose, and the faux leather lining on the ear cups could rip over time.

6.0
Design
Stability

These over-ears aren't very stable. They're likely to fall off even with minor head movements, but they should stay in place if you only plan on wearing them while sitting at a desk. Their non-detachable audio cable could also snag on something and yank the headphones off your head.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 headphones
  • USB audio control mixer
  • Detachable boom mic
  • Manual

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.3 dB
Treble Amount
-2.7 dB

These headphones have a somewhat warm, boomy sound profile. They should emphasize the punch and boom of sound effects in action-heavy games but without completely overwhelming dialogue or vocals thanks to their well-balanced mid-range. Unfortunately, they don't offer any sort of sound customization features like an EQ or audio presets to customize their sound profile.

5.6
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.15 dB

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have middling frequency response consistency. Bass and treble delivery can vary significantly on separate listening sessions depending on their fit, seal, and positioning. This could be a particular annoyance if you have long hair or wear glasses, which can impact their seal against your ears.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.1
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.93 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
31.29 Hz
Low-Bass
-1.36 dB
Mid-Bass
4.15 dB
High-Bass
5.72 dB

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have decent bass accuracy. Some users may prefer a little more low-end thump and rumble, but the extended bump across the mid and high-bass ranges add a little more punch and boominess to in-game sound effects. However, it does give a slightly muddy quality to some mixes. Due to their inconsistent audio delivery, your listening experience may vary.

8.6
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.82 dB
Low-Mid
2.14 dB
Mid-Mid
0.3 dB
High-Mid
1.29 dB

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have excellent mid accuracy. A slight bump in the low mids from the bass range clutters the lower harmonics of dialogue, vocals, and lead instruments. Since the rest of the range is quite flat and well-balanced, these notes should sound full-bodied, clear, and present in the mix.

7.2
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.78 dB
Low-Treble
-1.49 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.73 dB
High-Treble
-5.38 dB

These headphones have decent treble accuracy. A slight underemphasis in the low and mid-treble ranges can veil vocals and lead instruments and give a lispy, dull quality to sibilants, like S and T sounds or cymbals. However, since their treble delivery is highly dependent on their fit, seal, and positioning, your experience may vary.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.72 dB
Dips
1.43 dB

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have satisfactory peaks and dips performance. A bump across the mid and high-bass ranges give a boomy, muddy quality to some mixes while a dip in the mid-mids can nudge dialogue, vocals, and lead instruments toward the back of the mix. Bumps in the high-mids and early low-treble can make vocals and lead instruments sound slightly harsh. An alternating dip and rise in the mid-treble can make higher notes, which included sibilant noises like cymbals, sound alternatively dull and piercing.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.23
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.41
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.65
Weighted Phase Mismatch
7.88

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have great stereo imaging performance. Their weighted group delay falls entirely beneath the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in regards to amplitude and phase response, with only minor frequency mismatch being present. This results in the fairly accurate placement of objects like voices and footsteps within the stereo image. However, it's worth noting that these results are only valid for our test unit, and your experience may vary.

6.1
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.17 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
5.4 dB
PRTF Distance
11.05 dB
Openness
6.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.4

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have a mediocre passive soundstage. Due to their closed-back enclosure, their soundstage isn't as spacious as that of open-back alternatives like the Astro A40 TR Headset + MixAmp Pro 2019, and sound is likely to be perceived as coming from inside your head rather than all around you. Still, it should be perceived as somewhat natural.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have a 7.1 virtual surround sound feature, though we don't currently test its performance. It can be enabled using their USB-A dongle.

7.1
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.478
WHD @ 100
0.225

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1's weighted harmonic distortion performance is decent. Some listeners may notice a bit of distortion in the treble range at both moderate and high listening volumes. However, the rest of the frequency range falls within good limits, so audio reproduction should be fairly clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
USB
Connection
USB
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test the HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1. Our results are only valid in this configuration.

Isolation
3.9
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-10.45 dB
Bass
0.14 dB
Mid
-4.27 dB
Treble
-27.34 dB

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have poor noise isolation capability. They block out almost no ambient noise across the bass or mid-range, so you hear the low rumble of buses and trucks as well as ambient chatter from people nearby. That said, they do a good job of filtering out higher-pitched ambient noise, like the hum of an AC unit.

7.0
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
39.4 dB

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 offer satisfactory audio leakage performance. People nearby may be slightly annoyed by escaping audio if you listen to content at a high volume in a quiet environment, but you shouldn't disturb anyone if you're somewhere crowded or noisy.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have a detachable, flexible boom microphone.

7.1
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
538.17 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.96 dB
HFE
7,240.77 Hz
Weighted THD
0.072
Gain
25.3 dB

The boom mic has satisfactory recording quality. Your voice should sound natural, although a little thin. Thankfully, you should be fairly easy to understand.

8.1
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
29.21 dB

The boom mic has great noise handling capability. People on the other end of the line should be able to understand you clearly, even if you're calling from a noisy environment like a subway station or a very crowded office.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None
0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No
Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
USB Type A
Detachable No
Length 3.3 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1's non-detachable 1/8" TRRS audio cable offers full mic and audio compatibility with any device that has an AUX port. You can also plug the audio cable into their in-line control mixer. However, the mixer itself only has a USB-A connection, which limits its compatibility with different devices.

Note: The 'Analog/USB Audio Latency' value isn't an input error and could be a result of YouTube overcompensating for latency incurred by using the adapter.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

These headphones offer full mic and audio compatibility with PS4/PS5 consoles and PCs when using their default 1/8" TRRS cable or with their USB-A control mixer.

Connectivity
Xbox One Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 offer full mic and audio compatibility with Xbox One and Xbox Series X consoles when you plug the 1/8" TRRS cable into the AUX port on their controllers.

3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wired USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1's USB-A dongle allows for USB audio and microphone usage with PS4 and PS5 consoles as well as PCs. It has an in-line remote that allows you to enable their virtual surround sound feature and adjust volume and mic levels.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are only available in one color: 'Black', and you can see their label here.

If you come across a different variant, let us know in the discussions so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are wired gaming headphones. They're essentially an upgraded version of the HyperX Cloud Revolver, with a virtual surround sound feature as well as a 1/8" TRRS cable that allows for full mic and audio compatibility with all devices that have an AUX port. Unfortunately, they inherit the older model's bulky design and poor noise isolation capability. If you're looking for alternatives, take a look at our list of the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, and the best PS4 headsets.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II are better wired gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1. The Cloud 2 are comfier, better-built, block out more ambient noise, and offer superior overall mic performance. Conversely, the Revolver have lower latency when using their USB-A adapter.

HyperX Cloud Alpha S

The HyperX Cloud Alpha S and HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 are fairly evenly-matched wired gaming headphones. The Alpha are comfier, better-built, block out more ambient noise, offer superior mic performance, and have a companion app, though with a limited range of customization options. Meanwhile, the Revolver deliver audio more consistently, have a more spacious passive soundstage, and exhibit lower latency when using their analog to USB-A adapter.

HyperX Cloud Revolver

The HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 improve on the older HyperX Cloud Revolver in many ways, though they have very similar designs and audio reproduction capability. The 7.1 have a virtual soundstage feature to create a more immersive listening experience while the older Revolver deliver better microphone performance. However, the 7.1's audio cable features a 1/8" TRRS connection, allowing for full mic and audio compatibility even on a standard analog connection, while the older variant lacks a wired-USB connection and is only fully compatible when using an analog connection.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 2019 Edition Wireless are better for gaming than the HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1. The SteelSeries can be used wirelessly or on a wired connection using their included 1/8" TRRS cable. They're also better-built, comfier, more stable on the head, feature on-board channel mixing, block out more ambient noise, and offer superior overall mic performance along with a companion app with many customization options.

Logitech G635 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G635 Gaming Headset and HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 are evenly matched gaming headphones, though you may prefer one over the other depending on your needs. The Logitech are comfier, have a better-balanced out-of-the-box sound profile, and are compatible with companion software that allows for a very high degree of customization. Conversely, the HyperX have superior overall mic performance, lower USB audio latency, deliver sound a little more consistently, and leak less audio.

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition

The HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition. The HyperX leak less audio, offer much lower latency with their USB adapter, and have a significantly better-balanced sound profile. However, the Razer have a companion app that allows you to customize a variety of features and offer on-the-fly channel mixing. Their boom mic also delivers superior recording quality and noise handling capability.

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