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.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are good for neutral sound. 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.
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.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are wired-only headphones and aren't suitable for this kind of use.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are satisfactory for wired gaming. Their sound profile is 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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 are only available in one color: 'Black', and you can see their label here.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver + 7.1 are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Tournament Edition. The HyperX leak less audio, and have a significantly better-balanced sound profile, which some users may prefer. 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.
The Logitech G635 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These headphones don't have a case or pouch.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
These are the settings used to test the HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1. Our results are only valid in this configuration.
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.
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.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 have a detachable, flexible boom microphone.
The boom mic has satisfactory recording quality. Your voice should sound natural, although a little thin. Thankfully, you should be fairly easy to understand.
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.
Update 12/06/2021: These headphones have been updated to test bench 1.5. In this update, we made changes to the way we test latency. We now use a click track in our software, and we measure latency three times and average the results. This new method has resulted in different latency values than what we had reported in our previous test bench. As a result, we have updated our review to reflect these changes.
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, limiting its compatibility with different devices. However, while their latency using the USB-A connection may cause very slight syncing issues, it still falls within acceptable levels.
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.
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.