Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review – Now Comes with 7.1 Surround Sound Effect
Kingston HyperX has released their new and improved HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset, now comes with a dedicated USB sound card audio control box and a 7.1 surround sound effect. The HyperX Cloud II comes with several improvements or enhancements that the first HyperX Cloud came short of. The Cloud II is still basically the same rebranded Qpad QH-90 like the first one. I was impressed with the first Cloud. Its sound quality was great, not only for gaming, but also for watching movies as well. So what’s the difference? Let’s get to know more about the new HyperX Cloud II in my review below.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Features
Like I said earlier, the new HyperX Cloud II gaming headset is still based on the rebranded Qpad QH-90 (without the mic), originally the Takstar Pro80 headphone. It has the same 53mm driver that still delivers rich and warm lows, clear and detailed mids and highs. But it now comes with improvements or upgrades that should make the Cloud II a better gaming companion. First of all, it now comes with a USB sound card audio control box that amplifies audio and voice for an “optimal HiFi gaming experience”. The sound card also has a built-in virtual 7.1 surround sound effect that can be activated with a push of a button.
According to the company, the HyperX Cloud II has a digitally enhanced, noise-cancelling microphone with automatic gain control functionality and echo cancellation enabled through the USB sound card. It provides clearer voice quality and reduced background noise; with voice volume automatically increasing as in-game sound gets louder, to optimize team communication and in-game chat in intense battles. HyperX Cloud II is certified by TeamSpeak and optimized for Skype and other leading chat programs.
The HyperX Cloud II now comes in three different colors, Gun Metal, Red and Pink. It is compatible with PC and Mac, and stereo compatible with PS4, Xbox One and mobile devices via its 3.5mm audio jack. The company is also offering a two year warranty with free technical support for this product. I’ll discuss more of its features as we take a close look on the HyperX Cloud II on the next page.
HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Specifications
|Transducer type||dynamic Ø 53mm with neodymium magnets|
|Frequency response||15Hz-25,000 Hz|
|Nominal impedance||60 Ω per system|
|Power handling capacity||150mW|
|Sound coupling to the ear||circumaural|
|Ambient noise attenuation||approx. 20 dBa|
|Weight with microphone and cable||320g|
|Cable length and type||1m + 2m extension|
|Connection||single mini stereo jack plug (3.5 mm)|
|Transducer type||condenser (back electret)|
|Operating principle||pressure gradient|
|Power supply||AB powering|
|Current consumption||max 0.5 mA|
|Nominal impedance||≤2.2 kΩ|
|Open circuit voltage||at f = 1 kHz: 20 mV / Pa|
|Frequency response||50-18,000 Hz|
|THD||2% at f = 1 kHz|
|Max. SPL||105dB SPL (THD≤1.0% at 1 KHz)|
|Length mic boom||150mm (include gooseneck)|
|Capsule diameter||Ø6*5 mm|
|Connection||single mini stereo jack plug (3.5mm)|