HyperX Cloud Alpha Pro Gaming Headset Review

Console and PC Gaming Headset – HyperX Cloud AlphaBuy now: http://www.hyperxgaming.com/us/headsets/cloud-alpha-pro-gaming-headset HyperX™ Cloud Alpha’s groundbreaking Dual Chamber Drivers design will give your audio more distinction and clarity by reducing the distortion. The dual chambers separate the bass from the mids and highs, allowing optimal tuning for cleaner, smoother sound. The Cloud Alpha headset builds upon HyperX’s foundation of signature award-winning comfort with premium red memory foam, expanded headband and softer, more pliable leatherette. The durable aluminum frame can take the rigors of daily play, and per player request, Cloud Alpha also features a tough, detachable braided cable. The detachable noise-cancellation microphone is certified by Discord and TeamSpeak™, ensuring you’ll have great team communication. It’s also multi-platform compatible with in-line audio controls, so serious gamers on PC, PS4TM, Xbox OneTM and other platforms with a 3.5mm port will benefit from the bold sound of the Cloud Alpha evolution. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you’ll never miss a new video! ► http://hyperx.gg/subnow2017-08-22T17:41:00.000Z

Specs

Headphone

Driver: Custom dynamic, 50-mm with neodymium magnets
Type: Circumaural, closed back
Frequency Response: 13Hz–27,000-Hz
Impedance: 65 Ω
Sound Pressure Level: 98dBSPL/mW at 1-kHz
T.H.D.: < 1-percent
Weight: 298- g
Weight With Mic & Cable: 336-g
Cable Length and Type: Detachable headset cable (1.3-m) + PC extension cable (2-m)
Connection: Detachable headset cable – 3.5mm plug (4 pole) + PC extension cable – 3.5mm stereo and mic plugs

Microphone

Element: Electret condenser microphone
Polar Pattern: Noise-canceling
Frequency Response: 50Hz-18,000Hz
Sensitivity: -43dBV (0dB=1V/Pa,1kHz)

Cloud Alpha Dual Chamber Design Explained – HyperX Gaming HeadsetLearn more: http://hyperx.gg/CloudAlpha The HyperX Cloud Alpha, a gaming headset with a dual chamber driver system, is the next evolution in HyperX headsets. A speaker driver is what converts an audio signal into sound waves. A key component of a driver is a thin membrane called the diaphragm. The diaphragm is usually cone shaped with a dome in the middle. The center of the dome produces high-end frequencies. The top of the peak generates the mid-range frequencies, and the edge of the diaphragm is for the bass. Most, if not all, gaming headsets use a traditional driver system where the highs, mids, and lows get jumbled together in a single chamber in the earcup, and that mixture is reflected back into your ears. If you have a gaming headset with booming bass, the stronger bass frequencies will overpower the mids and highs. The resulting sound is muddy, distorted, and lacking in clarity. Distortion is when sound waves have been altered from the original audio signal, usually in the form of a clipped waveform. HyperX Cloud Alpha is the first gaming headset to incorporate a dual chamber system that separates the bass frequencies from the mids and highs. Our dual chamber driver has unique side vents, unlike a traditional driver. These vents direct the bass into one chamber, and the mids and highs go into their own separate second chamber. If you want rich bass while still maintaining crisp, clear highs, two chambers is definitely better than one. Isolating and tuning the bass separately from the other frequencies results in less overall distortion. We sent Cloud Alpha to a third party to test it against our highly-reviewed Cloud, and the results were crystal clear. Cloud Alpha had achieved better overall sound clarity and averaged 34% less distortion than the Cloud. HyperX Cloud Alpha’s dual chamber system represents an evolutionary leap forward for gaming headsets. Cloud Alpha’s enhanced clarity will allow you to hear opponents’ positions and comms better even while you’re in the midst of bass heavy explosions. The dual chamber system will not only benefit your gaming experience, but your music listening, as well. The separated mids and highs in your favorite jams will still be distinguishable from all those sweet bass drop wubs. Cloud Alpha lets us bring you the best of both worlds; the thumping bass you were asking for, combined with the Cloud clarity you loved. Be sure to subscribe to our YouTube Channel so you’ll never miss a new video! ► http://hyperx.gg/subnow2017-09-25T15:38:10.000Z

HyperX knows how to craft comfortable gaming headsets. Their Cloud and Cloud II models are proof that its line of wired offerings look just as good as they sound. But with every gaming product they produce, there’s always room for improvement. The Cloud Alpha is the ultimate culmination of those needed improvements. Those upgrades have arrived in the form of a sleeker look and an even more comfortable pair of earmuffs that stay cool throughout hours of use.

The HyperX Cloud Alpha feels a lot sturdier than its predecessor thanks to the added element of metal hooks. The steel portions, red coloring, and hard-to-tangle wiring all add up to give this headset its amazing visual decor. While I mainly used it indoors with my various gaming devices, I also enjoyed taking it outside with me for mobile device testing. It looked far from awkward and fit in quite well with the high-end headsets on the market devoted solely to listening to music.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

HyperX

On the audio front, the Cloud Alpha maximizes its output thanks to the addition of dual-chamber drivers. What’s easily noticeable about the sound design is how satisfying the bass effects are. The explosion-heavy multiplayer battles that erupted in Battlefield 1 and the double-digit combos I unleashed in Killer Instinct sounded more impactful thanks to the booming bass effects. Everything else sound wise measures up quite nicely and evens out the sounds that’ll erupt within your earmuffs.

The Cloud Alpha’s primary audio option is stereo sound, which is perfectly acceptable for wired headsets within its cheaper price range. The only issue that may prevent some from adopting this model is its lack of 7.1 surround sound. Don’t let that missing feature be the main reason you decide to pass on this headset, however. HyperX’s Cloud Alpha sounds great, looks alluring and fits/looks well on just about anyone who adopts it.


HyperX Cloud Alpha

HyperX

Pros:

  • It offers improvements to the Cloud Stinger and comes at an affordable price
  • The level of comfort offered by the cushioned ear cups is high
  • The sound quality is accentuated by booming bass and the mic audio comes through clear

Cons:

  • No 7.1 surround sound is a disappointing omission

Rating: 4.0 out of 5.0


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