Split (audio) personalities
HyperX Cloud Revolver S
Let’s be frank: when you come across the Kingston brand, the last thing that you’re going to think about are headphones and audio equipment designed for complete and total immersion. But that’s just what the company’s HyperX gaming sub-brand has been doing, and doing very well, if we might add. Its Cloud Revolver headphones genuinely impressed us, but this year, HyperX released its successor, the Cloud Revolver S.
So, for roughly RM250 more and an extra alphabet at the end of its name, what exactly do we get with the Cloud Revolver S? Quite a far bit,
CONCLUSION The HyperX Cloud Revolver S is clearly a refinement of the original Cloud Revolver.
actually. To start, you get the same high-quality stereo headset as the original Cloud Revolver. The same can be said about the headset’s fairly large 50mm drivers as well.
The headband has also been given a slight increment in its size, allowing it to be stretched a little wider and feels a lot more comfortable (and less taut). It also has the same solid steel frame, and that means durability and reliability.
But the biggest addition to this pair of headphones is the new plug-and-play Dolby 7.1 soundcard and USB controller that comes bundled with the headset. This USB controller literally houses the headset’s 7.1 surround sound drivers, and even come fully equipped with three preset audio modes, and a Push-to-Dolby button that automatically activates the headset’s Dolby 7.1 feature.
And that brings us to its performance. As a movie and music listening device, the Cloud Revolver S actually does a crack up job at handling songs with lots of mids and highs, as well as songs that are vocal and crash heavy. Its ability to handle bass-inclined tracks such as Nina Simone’s ‘Feeling Good’ is great, with no signs of distortion at any given time. Turn on the Dolby 7.1 feature at any time, however, and the audio is enhanced with near perfect sounds-taging of the instruments used.
Besides music, the sounds-taging of virtual Dolby Surround 7.1 audio is designed primarily to aid gamers in determining the exact location of certain targets. In games like Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided and Far Cry 4, the virtual surround sound actually helped us not just to determine the direction of the enemy, but also the space and distance between the target and us.
Like its predecessor, the Cloud Revolver S also has a detachable noise-cancellation microphone, but thanks to the new USB controller, users also now have the option to adjust the volume of the microphone, or simply mute it completely with a push of a button.
Unlike its predecessor, the Cloud Revolver S comes with a Push-toDolby button for instant surround sound, as you please.