Kingston HyperX Cloud 2 7.1 Headset Review
It's a fairly well known thing that sequels rarely live up to the original. Certainly not regularly enough for it to override the generally held belief that for every Empire Strikes Back there are dozens of Phantom Menaces. Given our very public love for the original HyperX Cloud, a headset which had all the hallmarks of being a branding exercise and ended up pleasuring our ears in ways we haven't experienced since the back of the High School Prom, to find a sequel in our office so swiftly was a bit of a surprise. The HyperX Cloud is still stunning, and time has only meant that it's now nearly half the price it was at launch. So why exactly is there a second one?
The secret is in the connectivity. Whereas the original Cloud was very much a 3.5mm headset which had multiple adaptors, the Cloud 2 is similar but with a virtual 7.1 USB Sound Card.
Comparing the specifications of the Cloud 2 and the original Cloud it appears that this is an identical headset, with the only change being the aforementioned USB Sound Card. Testing will bear out whether that is good enough to make full use of a headset we already know to provide outstanding audio clarity. The microphone is more sensitive though, covering the range from 50 to 18000Hz, whereas the original was only 100-12000Hz.