BANG BANG! Say hello to my HyperX Cloud Revolver S. Coming in at $150, the Cloud Revolver S is HyperX’s premier high-end gaming headset, and is ready for anything you can game on — PCs, consoles, and mobile devices.
This headset still features HyperX’s signature memory foam cushions with leatherette and looks almost identical to its predecessor, the Cloud Revolver, but with a few notable additions and changes. In terms of visual changes, the color scheme has changed from the traditional HyperX black with red accents to black with white accents.The new color scheme makes the headset look very sleek and stylish, and its weight makes the headset feel durable without feeling like a brick. The addition of a small bumper on both sides of the headband addresses a vibration issue that was a primary complaint about the Cloud Revolver.
The major upgrade to the Cloud Revolver S is the addition of software-free Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound (only for use with a PC or Mac). Most other high-end gaming headsets also have this feature (usually enabled by an in-line dongle), but they generally require special software to be downloaded — not necessary here.
When unboxing the headset, you get the usual HyperX set: a plastic outer sleeve with a picture of the headset plus fun facts, and a black box with the white HyperX logo. An interesting addition is a short blurb from HyperX General Manager Anders Willumsen. The unboxing can be a bit confusing with all the wires that you will see. There is the headset, the mic attachment, an extension cable with headphone and mic output, and a USB cable that gives the headset Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound. This is a big change from the usual wires that one sees with other HyperX headsets. As the headset’s user manual was brief, I had to find the manual on HyperX’s website to understand everything I was looking at. The extension cable with headphone and mic output will primarily be used with PCs or Macs. The most exciting part is the USB extension that has the 7.1 Surround Sound and still allows for use of the mic. The headset can also plug into the PS4 and the Xbox One without needing any extra adapters using the USB extension.
When using the USB extension, you have some controls to play with on the in-line dongle. This dongle has buttons for muting the mic, adjusting the volume, and turning surround sound on and off. The placement of the USB control box on the extension cord may seem awkward because it will be farther down the cord; however, there is a clip right behind it to allow you to clip the control box onto your shirt for easy access (for those who play shirtless, this may pose an issue). The dongle also has buttons for three EQ presets — bass boost, flat, and vocals.
The microphone on this headset is probably one of the best I’ve used thus far. It did an excellent job of filtering out background noise that would typically bother my friends while we were playing a game. A prime example was my dog’s loud barking in the background — with this headset, my friends only picked it up as a faint bark. The microphone boom can be bent in different directions, but not enough to completely move it out of the way should you not want it. It would have been nice if the microphone had a swivel similar to the Cloud Stinger model; instead, it is detachable but a bit tough to detach and reattach.
The Cloud Revolver S was also very comfortable to wear for extended amounts of time without getting sweaty ears. Complaints from the Cloud Revolver model of vibrations from the headband bumping something have also been greatly reduced with the addition of a rubber bumper on each side of the headphone. I will note that unlike the HyperX’s lower end model, the Cloud Stinger, this headset does not have rotating ear cups. This made it quite uncomfortable to wear around my neck for an extended period of time; it felt as though one was being slightly choked. This is unfortunate as I really like how they headset looks and was hoping to wear it out and about.
But, the Cloud Revolver S is set apart from the rest of the line (and other companies’ headsets) by the software-free Dolby 7.1 virtual surround sound. As noted previously, this feature can only be used with a PC or gaming console when connected via USB and can be turned on by a push of a button. While it does provide a noticeable bass and surround sound effect when turned on, it is only really useful in games or for movies with no dialogue. The surround sound causes vocal sounds to be hollowed and tunnel-sounding. The three EQ settings don’t work with virtual surround sound, so there’s no way to improve the sounds of dialogue when virtual surround sound is activated.
Ultimately, the software-free surround sound is still a bit gimmicky as it essentially just creates more “boom” effects for sound. This is not to take away from the sound that the headset is able to produce because the headset produces very clear and crisp sounds. There is an amazing blend of highs and lows with crisp and smooth sounds for each. The stereo sound also has great depth even without the surround sound effect turned on.