After collecting lots of feedback from previous Cloud series gaming headsets, Kingston released HyperX Cloud Revolver headset in 2017, which is more comfortable and better sound performance. However, the disadvantage is that this headset doesn’t have Dolby sound. One year later, Kingston released an upgraded version: HyperX Cloud Revolver S with Dolby Headphone technology.
From the product picture on the package, the appearance of this new HyperX Cloud Revolver S gaming headset has not changed significantly from the previous version, and even the design of the package box has been almost completely retained. The upper package box directly states that it supports multiple platforms including PC, Xbox One, PS4, Wii U, Mac, and mobile phones.
Kingston pays much attention to the packaging of headsets, from the HyperX Cloud Revolver S to the HyperX Cloud Stinger and HyperX Cloud Flight, they are all protected by a customized sponge base.
The 3.5mm adapter cable using a conventional audio cable and microphone connector for easier adaptation of more terminal devices.
Dolby Headphone technology is implemented with this external USB sound card. The front two large buttons are the Dolby switch button and MIC mute toggle, and the function comes with a red backlight. The EQ switch button on the left side can be pressed to switch between “Human Voice”, “Normal” and “Subwoofer”. There is a corresponding white LED indicator when it is turned on. On the right side are the headphone volume and microphone volume control knobs.
|Element||electret condenser microphone|
|Polar pattern||uni-directional, noise-canceling|
|Frequency response||50 Hz–18,000 Hz|
|Sensitivity||-40 dBV (0 dB=1 V/Pa,1 kHz)|
The microphone has a detachable plug-and-play design and can be bent within a certain range to make the pickup hole closer to the mouth.
|Driver||dynamic, 50 mm with neodymium magnets|
|Type||circumaural, closed back|
|Frequency response||12 Hz–28,000 Hz|
|Sound pressure level||100.5 dBSPL/mW at 1 kHz|
|Weight w/ mic||376 g|
|Cable length||headset: 1 m audio control box: 2.2 m PC extension cable: 2 m|
|Connection Type||headset: 3.5mm plug (4 pole) audio control box: USB PC extension cable: 3.5mm stereo and mic plug|
The appearance of the headset is not much different from the previous version, except that the red logo has become white. If the logo has RGB lights, it will greatly improve its appearance, it’s really a pity.
The brand logo lied directly on the head beam, and the inner head contact part uses memory foam. And the head beam adopts a popular suspension adaptive design, the advantage is that the weight of the headset (about 376 grams) can be evenly distributed without putting too much pressure on the head.
HyperX Cloud Revolver S headset ear cups are oval in shape and larger in size (with an 11 cm outer diameter and 6.5 cm inner diameter in the longitudinal direction, 9 cm outer diameter and 4.7 cm inner diameter in the transverse direction). The ear cushions are made of soft memory foam and leather, which is very comfortable to wear. But you may feel sultry, especially in summer,.
HyperX Cloud Revolver S uses a 50mm neodymium magnet unit, which is designed to broaden the audio range of PFS games in terms of depth and breadth, and optimize the resolution and sound field. The low-frequency effect is also relatively excellent.
The ear cups filled with memory foam and large in size, which can completely cover ears. The head beam is adaptive to the size of the head through the elastic design on both sides. A thick sponge pad minimizes the head beam’s pressure to the head. HyperX Cloud Revolver S gaming headset has a quite good wearing experience.
HyperX Cloud Revolver S gaming headset support Dolby 7.1. The headset itself is 2.0 stereo headphones. The Dolby 7.1 effect is achieved through the USB sound card. Like the ordinary gaming headsets, the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is biased towards the low and mid frequencies. The high-frequency performance may not that good. But if you listen to rhythmic pop music, HyperX Cloud Revolver S still helps you enjoy it. As for the Dolby sound effect, it will give you the feeling of a theater or a concert. You can try to open it, maybe the music you’ve heard a hundred times, and it will also make you refreshed.
I also tested several 5.1-channel movies to test the virtual 7.1 of HyperX Cloud Revolver S headset. (The fact you should know, the film itself is 5.1 channel, but the headset’s cable is 3.5mm, so at most, it is a 2.0-channel analog multi-channel, not Physical 7.1-channel.)
From the sense of hearing, when the virtual surround 7.1 mode is turned on, the spatial sense of the sound comes out, and you’ll feel like being on the scene. Because it is a gaming headset, it will amplify the bass of some small details, The overall sound of the scene sounds a bit confusing.
FPS games are the best choice to test the sound localization of the headset. Overwatch support 7.1 channels, so don’t forget to set on the sound card. In the beginning, I did not turn on the Dolby, but the position of the teammates around me was already very clear. When I turned on the Dolby, I can only lament that the performance of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S is too excellent. The sound field will not only be several times larger, but you can also hear the faraway sounds. The sound of gunshots and footsteps in the distance will be very clear and accurate, which will increase your detection measuring the range of the enemy, it will be very helpful in FPS games. During the game, I also used the microphone to communicate with teammates. There was no noise in the communication.
No doubt, the best FPS gaming headset must be the Cloud Revolver S.
I chose the air combat level – the last level of supreme authority as a test, HyperX Cloud Revolver S did not let me down. After turning on the Dolby effect, it seems that I was on the air battlefield. Not only can hear the sound of the engines and cannons of the enemy aircraft around you. This proves that the sound localization of the HyperX Cloud Revolver S gaming headset is not limited to a plane, but a three-dimensional space.
Pros & Cons
- Support Audio, Video and Games
- Full Platform Compatibility
- Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound
- Comfortable to Wear
- Ear Pads Feel Stuffy
- Over-amplified Bass
- 3.5mm Interface Has Current Sound when Connected PC
- NO RGB Lighting
HyperX Cloud Revolver S is a comprehensive gaming headset with outstanding strength. With the perfect combination of Dolby’s 7.1-channel, independent USB sound card, and 50mm driver unit, it not only has excellent sound resolution capabilities in games, but also has a full sense of presence in audio and video. Unmatched by other headphones in the same price range, such an outstanding gaming headset is bound to become the first choice for gamers!