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Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset Review



Testing the Kingston HyperX Cloud Stinger headset required some serious music listening sessions, a movie or two, and some intense gaming sessions. Granted, there's no easy way to measure sound quality, but I will do my best to describe any flaws or drawbacks in the sound reproduction that these sound-quality oriented headphones can deliver.

Testing Setup:



The HyperX Cloud Stinger is pretty great for gaming. While wearing them there is a bit of a "quiet" environment you feel apart of. You have to kinda cock an ear cup up to hear well outside this void. It's not silenced, but feels quite "away" – which is actually quite nice. The mic adds a benefit to things as well, as its focus is on you talking and not all the nonsense around you. While I had music playing (and quite loudly) in the room – my friend on the other end could hear it, but wasn't bother by it as would be otherwise.



I always do my Matrix test with new speakers, new headphones, new anything that produces sound. So naturally, the HyperX Stinger got the same treatment. I was rather disappointed and that might be due to the upgrade to the HTPC in the last few months, as well as the need to remember that subsonics are not heard, but rather felt. So the HTPC produces the hit, but naturally a set of headphones isn't going to be hitting me in the chest. I will note, however, that the headphones are incredibly easy to push. I can continue to crank the volume well past comfortable without much distortion. So there is nice flexibility for the older, quieter, transcoded vidoes. The incline (on headset) volume is quite nice for this as well, since I can sit back and control volume without messing with Windows or my speaker amp.



The sound in general seems quite flat. If you were to look at an EQ while listening to music, you'd swear the output was level across the board. I will again point out, much like the HyperX Cloud, these fail to produce much bass with increased volume. At lower volume there seems to at least be some bass, but as the volume is turned up, the bass seems to decrease and leave quite linearly. I'll admit I'm a spoiled brat when it comes to bass – and not just because I love it, but because I have a great home theater setup and rockin' car setup. So anything less seems, well, less and disappointing. I'll admit these sound quite good for even music with minimal bass. It's there – just not as low or dominant as I might like.


  1. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset: Introduction & Closer Look
  2. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset: Closer Look
  3. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset: Specifications & Features
  4. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset: Testing & Results
  5. HyperX Cloud Stinger Gaming Headset: Conclusion
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