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Hyper X Cloud Headset

Hyper X I’ve been in the market for a pair of gaming cans for a little while, but things came to a head once I decided to do the Lumo Director’s Commentary. I needed a mic, and quick. After doing a bit of research, the HyperX Cloud seemed to be a clear winner in the “don’t go bonkers on the price front”. Reasonably cheap, excellent reviews, and they didn’t look too Duplo.

I’ve been using them for a couple of weeks and I’m seriously wondering what all the fuss was about, other than their price. Normally I rock a pair of Sennheiser HD 25 - they’ve been my DJing choice of head wear for the better part of 8 years and I’ve never broken a pair, which is some sort of miracle - they’re bass heavy, have excellent response and you can seriously crank them up loud when you need to. Pretty much essential in a room full of drunken dancers. The HyperX, in comparison, doesn’t fare well…

Fair enough, they’re half the price, but the mid-range distorts when driven hard and the low end feels pretty flabby no matter what. Worse, the built in mic has a low end hum at full input level, meaning software gain is normally required. In short, they’re not particularly great to listen to and I’m not especially enamoured with the quality of voice recordings.

On the plus side, they’re incredibly comfortable. I wear glasses, so full cover ear-cups can be a bit much after 30 mins (another plus for the HD25), but the HyperX fares extremely well. I’ve worn them for several hours with no issue. They’re also light, which is another big plus.

I can’t say I’m feeling great about the 60quid these cost. Sound quality is too important to me and these fall significantly short, but, they’re far from the worst headphones I’ve put against my ears. Oh well.