The HyperX CLOUD REVOLVER is another excellent headset from Kingston that deserves your attention.

September 19, 2016

/ by Tin Salamunic

HyperX is getting serious about their gamer audience. Before I knew any better, I scoffed at the possibility of high-quality headphones coming from a company traditionally known for computer memory, but here I am, proven to have been completely wrong by two excellent models: the recently reviewed HyperX CloudX Pro and the HyperX CLOUD REVOLVER. Like the wonderful HyperX CloudX Pro, the CLOUD REVOLVER doesn’t come with any bells and whistles, instead it delivers crisp and raw audio performance for competitive gamers. It’s not going to please audiophiles or gamers who want full control over their sound performance, but if you’re looking for a hassle-free, rock-solid stereo performance, the REVOLVER is an excellent choice for gamers on a budget. 

The HyperX CLOUD REVOLVER and the CloudX Pro are very similar in what they offer feature-wise, but their audio performance delivers different advantages depending on user needs. The CloudX Pro has a definite bass advantage. There is more depth to explosions and sound effects in action-packed titles. The REVOLVER, on the other hand, excels at delivering richer treble. It makes it easier to make out minute sounds when enveloped by varying frequency shifts in multiplayer matches. Personally, I can’t pick a favorite. I switch between the two models regularly, and your purchasing decision should be based on whether you prefer more depth or more clarity in headsets.

Driver: Dynamic, 50mm with neodymium magnets  
Type: Circumaural, closed back  
Frequency response: 12Hz–28,000 Hz  
Impedance: 30 Ω  
Sound pressure level: 104.5dBSPL/mW at 1kHz  THD: < 2% 
Input power: Rated 30mW, maximum 500mW  
Weight: 360g  Weight w/ mic: 376g  
Cable length and type: Headset (1m) + audio control Box (2m)  
Connection: Headset - 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + Audio Control Box - 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs 

Element: Electret condenser microphone  
Polar pattern: Uni-directional, Noise-cancelling  
Frequency response: 50Hz-18,000 Hz  
Sensitivity: -40dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

The REVOLVER boasts an impressive design and surprisingly sturdy build quality. The red logo and pattern highlights on the ear cups are an attractive aesthetic touch. Pictures don’t really do the REVOLVER justice, because the headset has a very premium feel in person. There’s a sense of solidity in its structure that’s normally seen in much pricier models. The industrial feel is nicely contrasted by the soft earcup cushions that provide endless comfort. This is the kind of headset that you can use for hours and forget it’s even there. One of the REVOLVER’s biggest advantages over the CloudX Pro is the volume dial. This may seem like a small thing, but the counter intuitive control unit on the CloudX Pro was its biggest downfall.

I’ve spent most of my time testing the headset with games like Overwatch, the Battlefield 1 Beta, PES 2017 and the Bioshock Collection. Each title has a distinct tone with notably different audio performances. Battlefield is all about realism, Bioshock emphasizes mood and atmosphere, PES 2017 is more akin to Live TV and Overwatch, well Overwatch is just a treasure trove of audio goodies. With each game, the REVOLVER delivers flawless performance. I love its crisp and clean sound delivery. You really get to appreciate the fine details the sound designers have put into their work. The REVOLVER’s bass is equally impressive. It’s punchy when the action gets heavy, but it never becomes overbearing. The overall sound delivery is perfectly balanced. 

Conclusion: The HyperX CLOUD REVOLVER is another excellent headset from HyperX that deserves your attention. For gamers who want simple, but powerful tech at a very competitive price, you can’t go wrong with HyperX’s excellent REVOLVER!


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