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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review

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Kingston HyperX Cloud II Gaming Headset Review

By Jason Vaught

Manufacturer: Kingston Technology Corporation
Product Name: HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset
Model Number: KHX-HSCP-RD
UPC: 740617235692
Price As Tested: $99.99 (Amazon | NewEgg)
Release Date: February 2015

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been provided by Kingston.

The Kingston HyperX Cloud II Pro Gaming Headset is much like it’s predecessor in both features and aesthetics. The HyperX Cloud II features 7.1 channel virtual surround, which is accomplished with an advanced USB audio control box with built-in DSP sound card.  The Cloud II still retains the ability to function with other devices that utilize a 3.5mm plug, including cell phones, tablets, and gaming console controllers. In this article, Benchmark Reviews will investigate how well Kingston delivers this revamp to it’s acclaimed HyperX Cloud headset.

With the HyperX Cloud II headset, I’ll be testing how well the virtual surround sound works, how functional the in-line remote is, sound quality, microphone quality, and overall durability of the headset. We won’t be evaluating any software with this USB headset, as it does not require nor have any. The updated Cloud II also features a more responsive microphone, but it loses the ability to use 3.5mm plugs with your PC, unless your PC can utilize a single, tri-band 3.5mm stereo headphone/microphone plug..

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HyperX Cloud II Features

  • Advanced USB audio control box with built-in DSP sound card
  • Hi-Fi capable with 53mm drivers for supreme audio quality
  • Hardware-driven virtual 7.1 surround sound
  • Comfortable, 100% memory foam on headband and leatherette cushions
  • Pro-Gaming optimized with closed cup design for passive noise cancellation
  • Compatible – USB connectivity for PC & Mac. Stereo compatible with PS4, Xbox One*, and mobile

*Xbox One requires adapter (sold separately)

HyperX Cloud II Specifications

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  1. Phillip

    Do you know if for sure the usb connection will work on the PS4 to allow for the 7.1 surround? If not, then I am definitely going to go for the first HyperX Cloud.

    1. Jason Vaught

      According to Sony, after patch 1.60, all USB headsets should be supported by the PS4, including 7.1ch surround headsets both wired and wireless.

  2. Vinny

    Some sources have stated the HyperX Cloud 1’s will perform better with a headphone amp and DAC, since the Cloud II’s share the same specs, does the USB DSP plug provide adequate power to move those drivers in the headphones?

    1. Jason Vaught

      Yes, the USB does provide adequate power to the drivers. The headset also performs well via 3.5mm plug on internal sounds card, external DAC, and even pocket headphone amps (altoid amp).

  3. InfidelGastro

    I like this gadget but Kingston should offer it in two variants… 1. As it is now 2. With a longer cable and only with 3.5mm jacks. I would definitely jump at the latter. The USB 7.1 DSP is a deal breaker for me, it’s trash, 7.1 simulated sound is a gimmick and I don’t want it so I wouldn’t pay for it.

  4. Jason

    If I use a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter, will the headset work on my xbox 360 controller?

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