HyperX Cloud 2 Headset

Testing Methodology

Of course we will be testing games for 7.1 Virtual surround sound on games that we have played hundreds of times so familiar with the sound tracks the mere snapping of a twig alerts us to an approaching enemy.  Among the games are, Crysis, Starcraft 2 and Metro 2033.

We will also be listening to enormous amounts of Music that we know by heart having heard it a hundred times.

Then we will be using an audio testing suite including:

  • Frequency Response – bass and treble extension from 20hz. to 20Khz
  • Spectral Flatness – Nominal frequency reproduction from the low to the high end without  dip or peak in frequency ranges
  • Dynamic Range – Loudest and quietest signal you can hear to benchmark noise isolation
  • Quality – Bass those cans until your eyeballs shake and check for rattles, chirps, squeaks and ear splitting feedback
  • Driver Matching – simply are both sound drivers reproducing the sound at the same levels
  • Wiring – check right and left channels to ensure correct wiring (Yes sometimes audio equipment is cross wired)
  • Binaural Test – How real a reproduced sound is, in this case the knocking on a door

Audio testing the microphone that’s a little harder, so we will be recording my voice (Voip) to an online site, download that file and check it for noise cancellation. We will also record music then check the recorded files for ambient noise, clarity of recording and any distortion that may have crept in.  Mandatory in this test is the online MMORPG while yelling such phrases as “Pwned you, come get some, owned” and any other caffeine driven commentary common to MMORPG’s. If you game online with Teamspeak or similar software you will understand what I mean. At the peak of battle understanding your teammates  is paramount.

We will also be testing VOIP Skype and if time allows some Dragon naturally speaking.

 

Test Rig

Test Rig
Case Corsair Obsidian Series 800D
CPUs Intel Core i7-5930k 22nm Haswell E 3.5GHz
Motherboards GIGABYTE GA-X99-UD4
Ram ADATA XPG Z1 8GB (2 x 4GB) 288-Pin DDR4 @ 2133
CPU Cooler Noctua NH-D15
Hard Drives NA
SSD 2x Corsair P128 in Raid 0
Optical ASUS DVD-Burner
GPU NVIDIA GeForce GTX 550Ti
PSU 1700W Silverstone
Mouse Logitec M750 Trackball and Razer Naga
Keyboard Razer Anansi

Synthetic Benchmarks & Games

Benchmarks
Frequency Response
Spectral Flatness
Dynamic Range
Quality
Driver Matching
Wiring
Binaural Test
Skype
Video Gaming
Voip Recording and playback
Music

Review Overview

Value - 9.5
Performance - 8.5
Quality - 9
Features - 8.5
Innovation - 9

8.9

The HyperX Cloud 2 performed extremely well in Dolby 2.0, the solid construction and comfortable over the ear design combined with a sub $100 MSRP makes it an affordable tool for your gaming arsenal.

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