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HyperX Cloud Stinger S Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Sep 25, 2020 at 09:29 am
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5.7
Mixed Usage
7.4
Neutral Sound
4.8
Commute/Travel
5.4
Sports/Fitness
5.7
Office
5.7
Wireless Gaming
7.5
Wired Gaming
7.2
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S is a wired-only gaming headset. Unlike the HyperX Cloud Stinger, these headphones come with a USB dongle and a virtual 7.1 surround sound feature available on its NGENUITY companion software. Their flippable boom microphone makes your voice sound clear and full-bodied, and your teammates can understand you even if you're gaming in a noisy environment. They have a neutral sound profile that packs extra boom and punch in the bass range, but their audio delivery isn't very consistent. They aren't very versatile or portable, and they have poor noise isolation performance. That said, if you're looking for a more affordable pair of gaming headphones to use at home and don't want a lot of customization features, they're a solid choice.

Our Verdict

5.7 Mixed Usage

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are middling for mixed usage. They aren't very versatile. They're bulky and don't isolate a lot of background noises, so they aren't ideal to use during your commute or while working in a noisy office. Their fit isn't stable enough for runs or workouts, either. That said, they have a very neutral, well-balanced sound profile for gaming headphones. They can be used wired with your PS4, PC, or Xbox One, and they have low latency.

Pros
  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Neutral, well-balanced sound profile.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Not very portable.
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
7.4 Neutral Sound

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are decent for neutral sound. Their sound profile is quite neutral and well-balanced but packs an extra punch and boom in the bass range, making them suitable for a wide range of music genres. However, their audio delivery isn't consistent, so their sound can differ depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. They also don't offer any sound customization features like a dedicated EQ.

Pros
  • Neutral, well-balanced sound profile.
  • Deep, extended bass.
Cons
  • Inconsistent audio delivery.
  • No sound customization features.
4.8 Commute/Travel

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are bad for commute and travel. While they have a comfortable fit, their bulky over-ear design isn't very portable, and they can only be used with a wired connection, which some listeners may find annoying. They have a poor noise isolation performance, so you can hear ambient noise like bus and plane engines and voices.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Not very portable.
5.4 Sports/Fitness

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are inadequate for sports and fitness. While they have a comfortable fit, they aren't intended to be used while working out. Their bulky over-ear design isn't very portable, and they don't even come with a carrying case to keep them safe while you're on the go. They also tend to fall off your head during more intense physical movements, so they aren't stable enough for exercise.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
  • Not stable enough for exercise.
5.7 Office

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are sub-par for office use. These over-ears can be worn comfortably through a long shift without a lot of fatigue. While they leak a bit of sound, it shouldn't be too noticeable unless you listen to your audio at high volumes. However, they don't isolate a lot of background noises, so you can hear background noises like your coworkers' voices or AC units.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • Not very portable.
5.7 Wireless Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are wired-only headphones, so they can't be used for wireless gaming.

7.5 Wired Gaming

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are good for wired gaming. These comfortable over-ears are compatible with your PC, PS4, or Xbox One, and there isn't a lot of latency over their wired connection. Their neutral sound profile packs an extra boom in the bass range, so you really feel explosions and other action-packed scenes. Also, their boom microphone can help you communicate clearly with your teammates, even if you're gaming in a noisy setting. That said, their companion software doesn't offer a lot of customization features, which may be disappointing for some people.

Pros
  • Great performing boom mic.
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Neutral, well-balanced sound profile.
  • Deep, extended bass.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
7.2 Phone Calls

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are decent for phone calls. Their boom microphone has an impressive recording quality and noise handling performance, so your voice sounds full-bodied and clear, even when you're calling from a noisy environment. Unfortunately, they don't isolate a lot of noise, so you may hear background noise during your calls.

Pros
  • Great performing boom mic.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • 5.7 Mixed Usage
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 4.8 Commute/Travel
  • 5.4 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.7 Office
  • 5.7 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.5 Wired Gaming
  • 7.2 Phone Calls

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a very similar style to the HyperX Cloud Stinger. They have an all-black plastic design, with gray accents instead of red accents like their predecessor. The boom microphone isn't removable, but it can be flipped up.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.62 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are very comfortable headphones. They're well-padded and lightweight. They also don't put too much pressure on the ears, so they aren't too tight.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have simple, sub-par controls. Like the HyperX Cloud Stinger, there's a slider on the right ear cup that lets you adjust the volume. Also, if you want to mute the microphone, you can flip it upwards.

5.2
Design
Portability
L 8.5 "
W 8.2 "
H 3.4 "
Volume 237 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S aren't very portable. Like most gaming headsets, they have a bulky design that may not fit easily into your bag. However, unlike the HyperX Cloud Stinger, the ear cups on these headphones swivel down into a slightly more compact format, which is convenient.

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

These headphones don't come with a carrying case or pouch.

7.0
Design
Build Quality

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a decent build quality. They're mostly made of plastic, aside from a metal plate in the headband. The ear cups are fairly plushy and covered by faux-leather. The hinges and the headband are plasticky and feel a bit weak. The cable is also quite thin.

6.5
Design
Stability

These headphones are fairly stable. They aren't intended to be worn while working out, and they could fall off your head during high-intensity movements. That said, for more casual uses like gaming at home, they should stay on your ears without too much of a problem.

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In The Box

  • HyperX Cloud Stinger S headphones
  • Wired USB dongle
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.35 db
Treble Amount
0.55 db

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a balanced, yet slightly bright sound profile. The extra boom and punch in the mix is ideal for action-packed scenes in your favorite games. They're suitable for listening to most music genres, too. That said, these headphones have an inconsistent audio delivery, so they may sound a bit different depending on their fit, seal, and positioning. There isn't an EQ or any sound customization features available.

5.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.01 dB

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a middling frequency response consistency. Their audio delivery is inconsistent in the bass and treble ranges. Depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head, they may sound different each time you use them.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.2
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.54 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
20.59 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.83 dB
Mid-Bass
3.1 dB
High-Bass
2.83 dB

These headphones have great bass accuracy. The range is fairly flat and neutral, and the overemphasis in the mid and high-bass adds a boom and punch to the mix. However, the bass delivery varies depending on their seal, so your experience may vary.

7.7
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.02 dB
Low-Mid
-3.84 dB
Mid-Mid
-1.49 dB
High-Mid
1.5 dB

These headphones have good mid accuracy. The low-mids are underemphasized, which thins out some vocals and lead instruments. The rest of the range is fairly even and well-balanced, for good clarity and presence.

8.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.7 dB
Low-Treble
-0.99 dB
Mid-Treble
2.54 dB
High-Treble
-3.84 dB

These headphones have great treble accuracy. Instruments are present and detailed, and sibilants like cymbals are bright. However, because the treble delivery is inconsistent, your experience may vary.

6.9
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.01 db
Dips
1.75 db

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have fair peaks and dips performance. The peak in the mid and high-bass adds a boom and punch to the mix. The dip in the low-mids thins out vocals and lead instruments, while the peak in the high-mids makes those same instruments a bit harsh. The peak in the mid-treble can also make sibilants piercing and painful.

8.3
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.28
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.94
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.69
Weighted Phase Mismatch
7.84

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a great imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and a transparent treble. The L/R drivers are well-matched in amplitude, frequency, and phase, so objects are localized and accurate within the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.4
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.56 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.44 dB
PRTF Distance
17.33 dB
Openness
5.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.5

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a mediocre passive soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived as large. However, due to their closed-back design, it doesn't sound very natural, open, or spacious, especially when compared to open-back headphones.

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

These headphones have a 7.1 Surround Sound feature available with the USB dongle. This feature can only be turned on with the companion software, and we don't test for it.

8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.182
WHD @ 100
0.105

These headphones have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. It falls within good limits at normal and max listening volumes, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
v4.1.0.2
Power
USB
Connection
USB
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

We tested these headphones using these test settings. Our results are only valid with these settings.

Isolation
4.5
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-11.06 dB
Bass
0.74 dB
Mid
-7.12 dB
Treble
-27.38 dB

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a poor noise isolation performance. They don't reduce any noise in the bass range, so you hear bass-heavy sounds like bus and plane engines. They do a slightly better job with higher frequency sounds like speech or AC units, but they can't fully block these noises.

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

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a decent leakage performance. They leak a bit of noise in the mid-range, but it falls below the noise floor of an average office and shouldn't be too noticeable unless you listen to your music at louder volumes.

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

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S have a flippable boom microphone.

8.2
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
102.26 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.23 dB
HFE
5915.41 Hz
Weighted THD
0.068
Gain
22.05 dB

The microphone has an impressive recording quality. Your voice sounds deep, full, and understandable to your teammates on the other end.

8.3
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
31.09 dB

The microphone has a great noise handling performance. Your voice isn't likely to be drowned out by background noises, even if you're gaming in a noisy environment.

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

These wired headphones don't have a battery.

5.5
Active Features
App Support
App Name HyperX Ngenuity
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows Yes
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

HyperX's NGENUITY software is sub-par. You can use the app to adjust the volume and the microphone level and to turn the 7.1 Surround Sound on and off. It can also be used to update the headphones. However, there isn't an EQ available, so you can't customize the sound profile.

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

These wired headphones aren't Bluetooth-compatible.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

These headphones are wired-only, so they don't support a non-Bluetooth wireless connection.

8.4
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
USB Type A
Detachable No
Length 8.6 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
41 ms

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S come with a 1/8" TRRS audio cable that's compatible with your PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

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

These headphones are compatible with PCs and the PS4 over an analog and a USB connection. You can use the 1/8" TRRS audio cable to plug them into the console controller.

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

These headphones are compatible with the Xbox One. You can receive audio and use the microphone when you use the 1/8" TRRS audio cable to plug them into the console controller. Note that the USB dongle isn't compatible with the Xbox One.

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

These headphones don't have a dock, but they come with a wired USB dongle.

Compared To Other Headphones

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are an entry-level gaming headset released in 2020. While these headphones have a similar design to the HyperX Cloud Stinger, unlike their predecessor, they come with a 7.1 virtual surround sound feature, a USB dongle, and are compatible with companion software. They don't have a lot of sound customization features, and they aren't very versatile. However, their balanced sound profile and impressive boom microphone are well-suited for wired gaming. If you're looking for other headphones, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets under $100, and the best PS4 headsets.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger S are very similar gaming headphones to the HyperX Cloud Stinger, but they come with more features. The S have a USB dongle and a 7.1 virtual surround sound feature that you can access through its companion software. They also have a more neutral sound profile than the Cloud Stinger. That said, the Cloud Stinger have slightly lower latency, though you shouldn't notice any delay with both.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II

The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II and the HyperX Cloud Stinger S are very similar headphones, and depending on your preferences, you may prefer one over the other. The Cloud 2 are more comfortable and better-built. They also leak less noise. That said, the Stinger S are compatible with companion software, unlike the Cloud 2, which lets you adjust the microphone levels.

HyperX Cloud Flight

The HyperX Cloud Flight and the HyperX Cloud Stinger S are similar gaming headphones. The Flight can be worn wirelessly, unlike the wired-only Stinger S. However, the Stinger S have a bit more neutral sound profile compared to the more bass-heavy Flight, which some listeners may prefer.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

The Corsair HS70 Wireless are more customizable gaming headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. The Corsair are better-built, and they have a more consistent audio delivery. Also, their companion software gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets, and you can adjust the microphone levels. That said, the HyperX's boom microphone has a better recording quality, and it performs better in noisier environments.

HyperX Cloud Alpha S

The HyperX Cloud Alpha S and the HyperX Cloud Stinger S are very similar gaming headphones, and depending on your listening habits, you may prefer one over the other. The Alpha S are more comfortable and better-built. They also do a better job isolating background noise, and they leak less noise. That said, the Stinger S have a more neutral, less bass-heavy sound profile that some listeners may prefer.

SteelSeries Arctis 1

The SteelSeries Arctis 1 are more versatile headphones than the HyperX Cloud Stinger S. The SteelSeries leak less noise and they come with a detachable boom microphone. On their companion software, you can access a graphic EQ and presets, and also adjust more of the microphone settings. That said, the HyperX are more comfortable and better-built. The HyperX come with a 7.1 virtual surround sound feature, and their microphone has a better recording quality.

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