HyperX Cloud Alpha
They’re for your head!
HyperX, formerly the peripheral arm of memory maker Kingston keeps knocking it out of the park with each successive headset. The Cloud Alpha has more in common with the excellent Revolver headsets than it does with the Cloud II, as it it strictly a stereo headset, but rather than simply being a slightly redesigned update of the Revolver, it’s a whole new, extremely comfortable, reasonably priced and excellent beast. You could think of it as the Revolver’s little brother - it doesn’t quite have the fidelity of the Revolver, but still delivers some of the best stereo you will get for the price tag.
Rather than the sprung headstrap of the Revolver, the Alpha instead features a single well-padded headband that sits comfortably on the head but still gives a good clamp to the equally well-padded earcups. Inside the earcups sit the real stars of the show, 50mm dual chambered drivers that deliver some extremely crisp and clear sound. The back of the box spiel says that the dual chambers separate the mid-high and low frequencies to cut distortion and give a cleaner sound. After using the headset for the best part of a month it’s hard to disagree. Even in the busiest gaming environments and music there was no discernible distortion or muddying of sounds.
As with most headsets, the detachable mic isn’t hugely impressive but it gets the job done. The long braided cable also features some simple inline volume and mic controls. If stereo is your bag and you’re on a budget, look no further.