When I received Kingston Hyper X Cloud Headset, I was an occasional headset user and rarely used my Sennheiser HD201 Headset to listen to music or to watch movies. I did somewhat regularly used them for gaming, but that too only when I didn’t wanted to disturb my family members.
However during the course of this review, I have found myself reaching out for Hyper X Cloud more often than I did in case of HD201, mainly due to the immersive experience it provides, not only in games and movies, but also while listening to music! And that is something I did not expect from it initially.
Over the past month or so, I have used Hyper X Cloud Headsets for listening to just about every Hindi song, rock and pop numbers I listen to regularly. I also used these headsets to watch movies like Master and Commander, which are a delight to not only watch, but also a great way to test out your audio equipment (especially during the battle scenes). And I am happy to report; at least to my novice ears, these headsets sounded pretty good.
Battlefield Bad Company 2 and Crysis 2, too sounded nice. Though a proper surround sound headset will likely provide more immersive experience in gaming.
Just about the only complaint I had with the audio quality of Hyper X Cloud Headset was the fact that it sounded a little low in volume with my onboard soundcard and I usually had to crank up the volume to high. I guess this can be easily remedied by adding a DAC or by using a good quality sound card with inbuilt DAC.
As far as ergonomics are concerned, I found the headset to be a little on the heavier side and with the leather ear cushions on, I would begin to sweat after a while. Apart from this, headsets were fine and socket of detachable microphone is conveniently located.
While Kingston Hyper X Cloud comes with a short cable, which is just about right for laptops, a 200cm extension cord is provided in the package, so that the headsets can be comfortably plugged at the back of computer case.
Also included in the package are Detachable Microphone, audio control box, spare set of velour ear cushions, control box with 100cm cable, headset splitter cable, Airplane headphone adapter and a mesh bag to carry these all in.
Overall, Kingston Hyper X Cloud Headset is a good bet for those looking for a one solution fits all scenario and don’t want to invest in headsets which are overly biased for games or music.
Kingston Hyper X Cloud Headset Technical Specifications
Transducer type: Dynamic 53mm
Operating principle: Closed
Frequency response: 15Hz-25KHz (earphones)
Nominal impedance: 60 ohm per system
Nominal SPL: 98+/-3dB
T.H.D: < 2%
Power handling capacity: 150mW
Sound coupling to the ear: Circumaural
Ambient noise attenuation: approx.20 dBA
Headband pressure: 5 N
Weight with microphone and cable: 350g
Cable length and type: 1m + 2m extension + 10cm iPhone
Connection: Mini stereo jack plug (3.5MM)
Microphone Transducer type: Condenser (back electret)
Operating principle: Pressure gradient
Polar Pattern: Cardioid
Power supply: AB powering
Supply voltage: 2V
Current consumption: Max 0.5 mA
Nominal impedance: ?2.2 k ohm +/- 30%
Open circuit voltage at f = 1 kHz 20 mV / Pa
Frequency response: 100 – 12,000 Hz (microphone)
T.H.D: 2% at f = 1 kHz
Max. SPL: 105dB SPL (THD ? 1.0% at 1KHz)
Microphone output: -39+/-3dB
Length mic boom: 150MM(include gooseneck)
Capsule diameter: 6mm