HyperX Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset
Looks like the HyperX team is at it again and has come out with a new improved version of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset. This is their flagship highest end headset and is made purely for the gamer in all of us. As most of you probably already know HyperX is the gaming division of Kingston and they are known world wide for the quality gaming products they bring to the table.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset (product page
) comes to market with a $149.99 price tag
, which also includes a 2 year limited warranty. They are a bit higher priced than some of their competition out there so I guess we will see if the price tag is actually worth the dent the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset will put in your wallet.
A few months ago I had the pleasure of reviewing the HyperX Alloy Mechanical Keyboard
and loved it. I am still using it to this day. I also own and primarily use the original HyperX Gaming Headset from a few years ago. I love the no nonsense build and comfort of the original and the sound with both gaming and music is superb. I think we need to find out if the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset will even come close. The HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is compatible with the PC, Xbox One, PS4, WII U, Mac, and your mobile devices.
What is the difference between the 'old' HyperX Cloud Revolver ($113.95 shipped
) and the new HyperX Cloud Revolver S ($149.99 MSRP)? For starters, visually Kingston upgraded the finish from glossy to matte black and then added some rubber materials to quiet the metal band. The key difference between the two is without a doubt the new USB audio control box aka the audio dongle. This is a Plug-n-Play Dolby Surround 7.1 adapter, so all you need to do is plug it into an available USB port and you'll have Dolby Surround 7.1 audio in your headset in one click. The included software allows you to runDolby Headphones surround sound along with default settings and three additional sound profiles - bass boost, flat response and chat EQs. Depending on how the original sound is produced, when Dolby is turned on it widens the sound stage and puts the listener into an immersive world of sound.
HyperX Cloud Revolver S Features:
HyperX Cloud Revolver S Specs:
- Dolby Surround Sound – New USB audio dongle for plug-and-play surround sound and built-in high quality sound card
- Developed by Gamers – Three Pre-set Equalizer Settings, independent volume and microphone mute buttons, and backlit LED to quickly check active modes
- New Design – Wider headband, matte black finish and HyperX Signature Memory Foam
- Premium Performance – No software or separate audio box required, unlike competing headsets
- Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets
- Type: Circumaural, Closed back
- Frequency response: 12Hz–28,000 Hz
- Impedance: 30 Ω
- Sound pressure level: 100.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz
- T.H.D.: < 2%
- Input power: Rated 30mW, Maximum 500mW
- Weight: 360g
- Weight with mic: 376g
- Cable length:Headset: 1mAudio Control Box: 2.2mPC extension cable: 2m
- Connection Type:Headset: 3.5mm plug (4 pole)Audio Control Box: USBPC extension cable: 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs
- Element: Electret condenser microphone
- Polar pattern: Bi-directional, Noise-canceling
- Microphone Frequency response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz
- Part Number: HX-HSCRS-GM/NA
Let't take a look at the retail packaging and jump into how they sound!
HyperX Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset Packaging
Now it's time to take a look at the retail packaging for the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset. Below we get a good look at the front of the slip cover that is actually over the box that houses the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset. It shows the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset as well as some of the features of the headset.
Here we see the backside of the slip cover which basically lets us all know the same features as the front of the slip cover.
Below is the actual box that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is housed in as you can see it is a simple black box with just the HyperX logo on the front.
When we open the top of the box the first thing we see is the Quick Start Guide and a thin foam square that cover the actual HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset.
With the foam removed we get our firt look at the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset snuggly secured in a block of cutout foam to protect the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset.
Fairly simple packaging that does not go into over the top territory.
A Closer Look At The HyperX Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset
I do have to say that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is a pretty cool looking headset. I also like the fact that it is not adorned with a bunch of RGB lighting and effects. Just a simple straight forward gaming headset. Below you get a good look at what comes inside the box. The headset, the USB sound card module, the microphone, as well as a normal 3.5 cable so you can plug this guy into your own sound card if you prefer.
I have to admit that having the ability to choose to use the USB HyperX Sound Module or my own sound card is a feature that other headset makers should take notice of. And in the case of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset bot cables came in handy for different reasons I will go into a little later.
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is one of the comfortable headsets I have ever used. They are a bit on the heavy side but the self adjusting head strap has plenty of cushioning and it allows the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset to virtually just float on your head so you don't really feel the brunt of the weight. The ear cups are my favorite to date, I have a giant head and giant ears so most ear cups just barely fit over my ears, The HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset has earcups that are like the size of a luxury penthouse apartment. There was plenty of room for my ears.
The alloy frame is sturdy and durable enough that you can feel the quality in the build of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset and you know that they will last you for years. I am pretty harsh on my gaming peripherals and the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset could surely withstand my abuse. As for comfort, these are a very comfortable headset. I used them in a 3 hour gaming session with my son and after about 10 minutes I couldn't even tell I had them on.
The memory foam on the headband and in the ear cups definitely make for a comfortable headset. Although during that session my head did get a bit warm from time to time, but I have come to expect that from a closed back headphone. One feature that I wish would have been included was a set of cloth ear cups, because I can see the faux leather ear cups are going to cause a bit of sweating during the hotter months of the year.
A Closer Look At The HyperX Cloud Revolver S Gaming Headset Cont.
Ok lets get to the sound quality. Below we get a close look at the USB sound card that comes with the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset. I was a bit surprised to see that the USB connector is not gold plated as has been the standard in higher end gaming headsets for a while now.
Here we get a much better look at the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset sound card. it has a button that allows you to switch between 3 different EQ pre sets... bass boost, flat and vocals. To be honest I found just leaving it on flat is your best bet. The Bass Boost just makes the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset sound muddy and the vocal setting seems like it's more for using Skype than actual vocals.
I love the fact that it comes with 2 separate volume controls, one for headset volume and one for microphone volume. No more going out of the game you are playing to turn your mic up or down, you can now do it on the fly in game. You can also see the mic mute button as well as the Dolby 7.1 surround sound button. The Dolby 7.1 Surround is absolutely fantastic in game. i played Payday 2 and Left for Dead 2 and I can tell you I felt immersed in the games. It didn't even sound like I was playing through a headset, it actually sounded like I was in a large room with speakers, The directional audio was fantastic for virtual surround.
Here's where my earlier comment about like the fact that you can connect the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headsetw ith the supplied sound card or use the alternate cable to hook it up to you own. When it came to the music portion of my testing I found that I liked being plugged into my ASUS Xonar far more. Not to say the sound quality was bad, as it most certainly was not. I just felt going into my Xonar did the music far more justice. I listened to everything from Metal to jazz and I have to say that the sound stage with the USB sound card was kind of distant and seemed a bit far away, but plugged into the Xonar the sound stage was up front and tight. With that being said, I did prefer the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset sound card for gaming over the Xonar though by far.
The microphone on the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is removable as you can see and is flexible so you can adjust it to your liking, I used it in game and on Skype and the folks on the other end said I sounded loud and clear.
One other thing I would like to bring up is that the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset can get loud. I tested this by plugging them into my Iphone and cranked up some songs to play along with on my acoustic drum set... and we know how loud a drum set is. The isolation was impressive, I could hear the music perfectly while at the same time could heart he drums just enough so that they weren't over powering the sound in the headset.
Let's wrap this review up!
Final Thoughts And Conclusion
I have to say that I liked the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset a lot. It has some features I didn't care for, but the good far outweighed the bad. I think the $149.99 price tag
is pushing the limit a bit high, but the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset could be very tempting to pick up when on sale or during a promotional period.
The comfort and sound quality of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is excellent. As I mentioned I like the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset sound card for gaming a lot especially in Dolby 7.1 mode and I like using my own sound card for music, but like most things things this is a subjective view and your experience may be very different from mine.
I am happy to see that the HyperX team is continually improving their products as I certainly like the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset over my original HyperX headset at this point. The sound quality and overall build of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is light years beyond the first HyperX headset that I actually own and the biggest differences I can see between the HyperX Cloud Revolver Headset and the newer HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is the addition of a wider alloy frame and of course the addition of Dolby 7.1 Surround Sound.
The Legit Bottom Line:
The HyperX Cloud Revolver S Headset is an excellent headset. The sound quality, ease of use, and the ability to use the provided sound card or your own were huge pluses for me. I think the price is a little high, but hey I'm just a guy who writes reviews.