Intro

The Xbox One is a very prominent gaming platform now, and as such, there are many accessories available for it, such as the Collective Minds Media Hub which allows you to add Terabytes of storage via a 2.5” drive and convenient USB 3.0 ports to the front. Click here to see that video.

As a serious gamer you probably want serious sound, even when you can’t crank the speakers up for that immersive feel to put you in the game. So what do you do when your roommate, parents, kids, uncle, cousins, and baby cousin sister Tracy are all sleep in the next room? You reach for the HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset of course!

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My Needs

You might be surprised to know, other than computers, the biggest thing in my life is music and audio hardware. Surprising because this will be the first review of any audio hardware on this channel. However, I have filled my lifestyle with what can be considered pretty high end audio equipment which took years for me to collect. From the decade old Infinity Kappa Perfect 6.1 components in my SUV to the Klipsch Synergy surround sound system in my living room, audio has been an enormous part of my life since I was around 12 years old. So it may come as a surprise to you when I say I’m not a huge fan of headsets.

It’s not that anything is inherently wrong with headsets, other than the all too commonplace subpar mic used to simulate that fighter pilot sound, it’s that when given the option I’d rather listen to full size speakers that not only provide excellent sound, but can be felt during explosions, gun shots, and other loud sounds as well.
But when I found out there was an officially licensed HyperX gaming headset geared towards the Xbox One, I had to try it.

Build

The CloudX headset has a very solid build. The ear cups are made from a thick and very solid plastic with the HyperX logo on the outsides. The frame is made from a thick aluminum which should handle just about any abuse you could expect from a headset like this. The standard ear cushions are made from a material referred to as “leatherette”, which must mean fake leather that feels like melting butter. The same can be said for the headband on top, which sports a very nice stich pattern and embroidered HyperX logo. The ear cushions and headband are both made with memory foam.

Flexibility

For some unknown reason, the Xbox One released with a proprietary system for headsets which kept most makers out of the game for the first couple of years. Fortunately, Microsoft came to their senses and the new controllers have a 1/8” or 3.5mm jack built in. If you have the old controllers, you will either need an adapter of some kind to use this headset, or you will need to purchase a new controller with the included jack.

Once you move past that limitation, the headset has a lot of possibilities. The TRRS style mini plug can be used on a cell phone if you’d like, or you can connect the included break out cable to use the headset on your laptop or desktop computer.

Feel

The feel of the headphones is snug on my rather large head, although not too tight to be worn for lengthy gaming sessions. The headband did push against the top of my head more than I would have liked, even when fully extended, but it was not too discomforting for wear. This time of year in Texas is hot, so even with my AC running, my ears are usually sweating before I place a headset on. The great thing is my ears never really felt too hot, but the “leatherette” material does nothing to lessen the sweat.

Sound

The sound of the headset was by far its best quality. The sound is produced from 53mm dynamic drivers with neodymium magnets. The tone is very well balanced, with clear crisp highs that are easy on the ears, and bass so deep you would need to go spelunking to find the bottom. In fact, if you never planned to use this headset for gaming, it would still make a great set of headphones for when you want to jam out to favorite songs.

Now unfortunately, the mic on this set would not work with my Focusrite DAC, meaning I couldn’t do a simultaneous test record for this video. It also meant I had to use two different recording devices to capture the audio, further adding discrepancies to my test.

The headset was tested using Sledgehammer’s onboard audio controller, while the Scarlett mic was recorded using the Focusrite 2i2 because of its need for phantom power. All the same, I think this test will give you a decent idea of the quality differences from one microphone to the other.

Have a listen to the HyperX Cloud X Pro Gaming microphone and the Focusrite Scalett Studio CM25 mic in the video above.

The microphone on the CloudX headset is a uni-directional noise canceling electret condenser mic, and the Focusrite Scarlett CM25 is a cardioid large diaphragm condenser mic.

Conclusion

Overall I think it’s an excellent headset, though I would prefer one that could also be used with my DAC for podcasting or Skype. The build is solid, the audio quality of the ear drivers is undeniable, the microphone is acceptable, and they definitely set out to do what they intended. However, I’m not entirely convinced this headset is worth the asking price, but then again, audio equipment pricing is usually questionable no matter who makes the product. So for the price of your favorite game in the deluxe version, you could have the HyperX CloudX Pro Gaming Headset for your gaming needs. Game on!

- Elemino

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