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Reviewed on Mar 09, 2018

HyperX Cloud Stinger
HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.5
Mixed Usage
7.5
Critical Listening
6.0
Commute/Travel
5.9
Sports/Fitness
6.4
Office
5.9
TV
7.2
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : No
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are above-average and easy-to-use gaming headphones. They have a good mic that filters out a lot of noise, a decent 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-detachable mic makes them less ideal for other use cases.

Test Results
Design 6.4
Sound 7.6
Isolation 6.1
Microphone 8.6
Active Features 0
Connectivity 5.5
Pros
  • Comfortable and sturdy design.
  • Great microphone.
  • Above-average audio reproduction.
Cons
  • Mediocre isolation.
  • Bulky and plasticky build quality.
  • Poor control scheme.
  • Bass and treble delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses.
Update 4/4/2018: Fixed errors in the frequency response measurements.
Update 2/16/2018: Converted to Test Bench 1.2.

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6.4

Design

The HyperX Cloud Stinger have a straightforward 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.

Style

The HyperX 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 or the Arctis 1.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1 lbs

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are comfortable and relatively lightweight headphones for their size. The ear cups are large and spacious enough for most ears. 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.

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

The HyperX Stinger headphones have a limited button layout. You can disable the microphone by swiveling it to the upright position, and you also get a volume slider. However, 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. You also can't control the volume level of the microphone but on the upside, the control scheme is pretty easy-to-use.

6.2 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 6.3 C

Like the Cloud Revolver and the Cloud II, the HyperX Cloud Stinger create a good seal around your ears that, unfortunately, prevents a lot of air flow, making them less breathable. Like most closed back over-ear headphones, that do not have breathable pads. They will also warm up your ears rather quickly during intense exercise but should be relatively okay for more casual uses.

5.2 Portability
L : 8.8 "
W : 7.9 "
H : 3.6 "
Volume : 250 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : N/A

These headphones are not very portable. They don't fold into a more compact format and have a fairly bulky design that's not the easiest to carry around on your person without a bag.

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

The build quality of the HyperX 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. If you're scared of the plastic build and want something that feels sturdier, take a look at the HyperX Cloud Core or the Corsair HS50 gaming headset.

6.5 Stability

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.

Cable
Detachable : No
Length : 6.5 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

Update: 07/06/2019: We incorrectly listed the connection as 1/8" TRS but it is a 1/8" TRRS cable. These headphones come with an audio cable extension cord that adds an additional 4ft to the 2.5ft non-detachable 1/8" TRRS cable.

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7.6

Sound

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a good sounding pair of closed-back over-ear gaming headphones. They have an excellent and extended bass, capable of producing the thump and punch common to bass-heavy genres. However, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies, especially on individuals who wear glasses. The mid-range is great and well-balanced, but some may find vocals a tad forward on them. They also have a decent treble, but it lacks a bit of detail on vocals and lead instruments. In terms of imaging, important for critical listening and gaming, our test unit performed exceptionally well, but like most other closed-back headphones, they don't have a speaker-like soundstage.

8.3 Bass
Std. Err.
:
2.59 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
3.1 dB
Mid-Bass
:
3.08 dB
High-Bass
:
2.06 dB

Excellent bass range performance. Sub-bass (low-frequency extension), which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble common to EDM, Hip-hop and film scores, is extended down to 10Hz, which is excellent. The rest of the response is nearly flat but above our target by about 2dB, making the bass of these headphones a bit hyped and slightly north of neutral. 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.

7.1 Mid
Std. Err.
:
3.93 dB
Low-Mid
:
-5.36 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-2.37 dB
High-Mid
:
0.26 dB

Decent mid-range performance. Low-mid and mid-mid are virtually flat are slightly recessed. However, high-mid shows a bump around 2KHz, which brings more intensity and projection to vocals/leads and could make mixes sound tad forward to some.

7.8 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.68 dB
Low-Treble
:
0.03 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-1.15 dB
High-Treble
:
-1.61 dB

The treble range performance is good. 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. 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
:
1.1 dB

The HyperX Clound Stinger has a sub-par frequency response consistency. In the bass range, this headset perform quite consistently on most of our human 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 show about 9dB of deviation in response (below 10KHz), depending on the positioning of the headphones on the user's head.

8.8 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.29
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
0.57
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
1.26
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
3.25

The imaging is excellent. Their weighted group delay is 0.29, which is within good limit. Also, the GD graph shows that the group delay never crosses the audibility threshold, indicating a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. In terms of driver matching, our test unit was exceptionally matched, ensuring accurate placement and localization of objects (voice, instruments, footsteps) in the stereo field.

6.8 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
1.82 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
6.12 dB
PRTF Distance
:
15.37 dB
Openness
:
3.9
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.2
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The soundstage is about average. The PRTF response follows our loudspeaker's pretty closely, as is indicated by the accuracy value. However, the PRTF size value is slightly off compared to our reference, suggesting a soundstage that have a good size by not be quite speaker-like. They also have a closed-back enclosure, which makes their soundstage slightly less open than that of closed-back headphones.

8.2 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
0.379
Weighted THD @ 100
:
1.124

The harmonic distortion performance is very good. These headphones show low amounts of harmonic distortion throughout the range. However, there is a rise in distortion in the upper bass and mid ranges at 100dB SPL, which although is still within good values, suggests that this headset may not be able to take a lot of bass boost without negatively affect their sound quality.

6.1

Isolation

The HyperX 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.

6.0 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-14.14 dB
Bass
:
0.48 dB
Mid
:
-9.83 dB
Treble
:
-33.87 dB
Self-Noise
:
0 dB

The HyperX Cloud Stinger has mediocre isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancellation and therefore do not isolate in the bass range. Meaning they will let in the rumble of bus and airplane engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve an isolation of 10dB, which is decent. In the treble range, occupied by sharp sounds such as S and Ts, they achieve an isolation of 34 dB, which is good.

6.4 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
43.13 dB

The leakage performance is below-average. The significant portion of their leakage is spread between 400Hz and 2KHz, which is a relatively broad range and concentrated in the mid-range. Therefore, their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as loud and full as open-back headphones'. The overall level of the leakage, however, is not very loud. This means that their leakage should not be a concerned at moderate volumes and in noisy environments. But they would be audible to people around you if you play them loud, in a quiet office.

8.6

Microphone

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

The microphone of the HyperX Cloud Stinger is excellent. In a quiet environment, speech recorded or transmitted with this boom mic will sound full and quite neutral, but a little bit lacking in airiness and brilliance. In terms of noise handling, these headsets are capable of separating speech from noise even in the most demanding environments, such as subway stations and video game competitions.

8.4 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
83.54 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.01 dB
HFE
:
5583.4 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.241
Gain
:
32.68 dB

Very good recording quality. Low-frequency response is well-extended down to 84Hz, and the overall response is quite flat up to 5KHz. However, the response cuts off above that frequency, making voice lacking a bit of brilliance and airiness, which is disappointing since these headphones are wired and not limited by wireless bandwidth. But this doesn't affect the intelligibility of the speech, since that is mostly dependent on the 500Hz-3KHz range.

8.7 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
38.82 dB

The boom mic has impressive noise handling. In our SpNR test, they achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of about 39dB, which is excellent. This means this headset will be able to handle even the loud environments, like a subway station or a gaming competition.

0

Active Features

Like the Cloud II and the Cloud Revolver, the HyperX Cloud Stinger do not have any 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

These headphones are passive and have no battery life.

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

These headphones do not have any compatible software for added customization. For an affordable gaming headset with software support, take a look at the Logitech G432.

5.5

Connectivity

The HyperX Cloud Stinger 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.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

These headphones are wired and do not have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a gaming headset that supports Bluetooth, check out the SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition or the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

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

The HyperX Cloud Stinger have a wired connection that provides volume control and microphone compatibility support for consoles as long as you plug them into the Xbox or PS4 controllers.

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

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.

0 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
N/A
Line of Sight Range
:
N/A

These headphones do not have a wireless range since they're wired. If you want a good wireless gaming headset, check out the Cloud Flight.

10 Latency
Default Latency
:
0 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The wired connection of these headphones has negligible latency which is suitable for gaming and home theater.

In the box

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger Headphones
  • Audio cable extension cord 
  • Manual

Compared to other Headphones

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a wired gaming headset with a great mic, a decently 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 some of the other gaming headsets we've tested. They're also not the most outdoor friendly headphones. See our recommendations for the best Xbox One headsets, the best PS4 headsets, and the best over-ear headphones under $50.

Astro A10

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better headset than the Astro A10. It's more comfortable and isolates noise better than the A10. It sounds better, but is prone to inconsistencies in its bass and treble delivery among wearers, where the Astro A10 doesn’t have this problem. The Astro A10 is slightly better designed, though, and feels more well-built. The microphone performance of these two headsets is very similar, but the recording quality of the Astro A10s is a bit better. They’re both decent gaming headsets, but the Astro A10 are usually more expensive than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. If you care more about build quality, get the A10; if you prefer better sound, go for the Stinger.

Corsair HS60

The Corsair HS60 are slightly better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They are noticeably better-built with high-end materials that don’t feel as plasticky as the Stinger. They also have a companion app that allows a bit of customization thanks to an EQ. On the other hand, the Cloud Stinger has a better-performing microphone than that of the HS60.

Logitech G430 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G430 and HyperX Cloud Stinger are similarly performing gaming headphones, and each have their strength. The Logitech G430 have a nice companion app that lets you EQ the sound to your liking and enable surround sound. On the other hand, the Stinger are slightly better-built, and their microphone recording quality is better and more suited for online games.

Corsair HS50

The Corsair HS50 is a slightly better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The audio reproduction is slightly more accurate on the Corsair, and they feel better-built. The Stinger feels plasticky and slightly flimsy, while the HS50 feels sturdier. On the other hand, the HyperX headset has a noticeably better microphone recording quality, which may be important for some for online games.

Turtle Beach Recon 70

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 70. These headphones are noticeably better built even if they are made of plastic. The Stinger’s sound profile is also better and packs a bit more sub-bass than the lacking Recon 70. The microphone of the Stinger is also better and offers a better recording quality. Other than being ever so slightly cheaper, which may offer better value for some, and slightly more neutral in the mid-range, the Recon 70 are in no relevant way superior to the HyperX Cloud Stinger.

Turtle Beach Recon 200

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Turtle Beach Recon 200. It has a superior microphone that will transmit a clearer and full-bodied speech to your online teammates and also has slightly better sound quality. Also, this wired headset doesn’t need a battery to function fully, like the Recon 200 does. The HyperX also feels better made and more comfortable. On the other hand, the control scheme of the Turtle Beach is more complete and more useful, and some will like the sidetone feature.

HyperX Cloud Core

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are better performing gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Core thanks to their controls and slightly better sound quality. However, the Cloud Core definitely feels more solid and more comfortable than the Stinger. If you think a mic-mute switch and volume controls are a necessity, go with the Stinger. If not, then the more straightforward Cloud Core may be a better option for your gaming needs.

Razer Kraken Pro V2

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken Pro V2. They are more comfortable for long gaming sessions and their sound quality is also noticeably better. On the other hand, the Kraken Pro V2 feel slightly more durable, but that’s about it. The Stinger is also more affordable and will offer better value for most people.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

The HyperX Cloud II is a slightly better and more complete gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. The Cloud II is better-built and is one of the most comfortable gaming headsets we’ve reviewed so far. It also has channel mixing and quick access to their surround sound setting. On the other hand, the Cloud Stinger might have a slightly better sound quality, especially in the treble range, but that’s about it.

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G433 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. On top of having noticeably better audio reproduction, they also have a slightly better microphone, but also have a good app that allows customization options like an EQ, presets, and surround sound, which the Cloud Stinger are lacking. On the other hand, if you have a bit of ambient noise in your gaming area, the Cloud Stinger’s fit will do a better job at blocking it out. However, their microphone isn’t fully detachable like the G433’s boom mic.

HyperX Cloud Flight

The HyperX Cloud Flight is a noticeably better gaming headset than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. It has a better audio reproduction, on top of being wireless with negligible latency, with adjustable channel mixing and a great battery life of about 30 hours. Both headsets are fairly similar in design and build quality, but the control scheme of the Flight is easier to use. On the other hand, if you don’t want a wireless headset and prefer a wired connection, the Cloud Stinger offers audio and mic support while you’ll only have audio when using the Cloud Flight wired.

SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis 3 2019 Edition are similar gaming headphones to the HyperX Cloud Stinger, but they are more versatile since they are also Bluetooth-compatible. Their control scheme is also more complete and is noticeably easier to use. If you’re looking for gaming-only headphones, then the cheaper Cloud Stinger might be worth it, but the value the Bluetooth compatibility offers on the Arctis 3 might be worth it for some.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G432 are better gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger. While the Stinger are slightly better-built headphones, the G432 have better sound quality and their USB dongle gives you access to the G Hub app, which allows you to EQ them easily. You also have access to a few level sliders for your volume and microphone. The G432 also has a surround sound feature, which the Cloud Stinger is lacking.

Razer Kraken X

The HyperX Cloud Stinger is a better gaming headset than the Razer Kraken X. The Stinger are more comfortable, feel better-built, and have a more balanced sound quality. Their microphones perform similarly, but the Kraken X’s can make speech sound a bit fuller and deeper, which is great. The Kraken X also have a control scheme that’s easier-to-use and provides better feedback than that of the Cloud Stinger.

SteelSeries Arctis 1

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are marginally better than the SteelSeries Arctis 1. They are ever so slightly more comfortable, and are better-built than the Arctis 1 as materials don’t feel as cheap. They perform quite similarly across our tests and most people won’t notice a big difference in sound. However, the Arctis 1 have a detachable mic, which gives them a more outdoor-friendly look if you want to use them with your phone.

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6.5 Mixed Usage
Decent for mixed usage. The HyperX Cloud Stinger have a simple and easy-to-use design and a comfortable over-ear fit. They won't be the most versatile headphones to take outdoors since you can't remove the mic. They're also a bit bulky and don't block a lot of noise. On the upside, they have a standard audio jack, an above-average, and a well-balanced sound. Furthermore, they're decently durable, especially for their price range.
7.5 Critical Listening
Good for critical listening. They're comfortable to wear for hours and have a well-balanced sound with a good amount of bass. They reproduce instruments and vocals fairly accurately but may sound a little sharp due to the slightly inconsistent treble range. They won't have the best soundstage due to their closed-back design, but their sound quality is sufficiently good for most casual and critical listeners.
6.0 Commute/Travel
Average for commuting. The HyperX Stinger do not block enough noise for very loud environments so they may not be the most suitable for commuting. They're also bulky and do not have a detachable mic but on the upside, they're comfortable and easy-to-use.
5.9 Sports/Fitness
Below-average for sports and fitness. They have a bulky design that's not stable enough to run with and they have a low breathability so your ears will get uncomfortably warm if you work out with them.
6.4 Office
Average for office use. They don't leak much at average volume levels but will be distracting to your colleagues at higher volume levels. They block enough chatter to be decent in an office like an environment but won't be ideal if you have a very noisy work environment.
5.9 TV
Average for home theater use. They're comfortable, have an above-average sound, and no latency since they're wired. The HyperX Cloud Stinger also have a fairly long cable although it might not be ideal for all home theater set-ups. You may need an aux extension cord unless you mostly watch your movies on your PC, tablet or phone.
7.2 Gaming
Decent for gaming. The headphones have a low latency wired connection, a comfortable design that you can wear for hours, and an above-average sound quality. They don't have the convenience of a wireless design like some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed but they have a good mic that filters a lot of noise and accurately reproduces your voice.

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