HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 far exceeds its price [Video]

After a slew of premium, feature-rich gaming headsets this year, the all-new HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 might be the best budget option I’ve tried in a long time. At just $50, a simple wired design with massive drivers and frequency response makes it a great choice. Be sure to click on the video below to see all the details.

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Updated design

One of the only areas where I connected another recent HyperX headset, the HyperX Cloud Alpha Wireless, was in design. It just looks old fashioned with the design of the ear cups and the big red inserts. On the new Cloud Stinger 2, however, HyperX updated the design and I’m a big fan of it.

It has a little more shape with a nice texture on the outside of the earcups. As budget headphones, the majority are plastic. It may seem cheap, but it also cuts costs and makes them lightweight at just 275g.

As a wired headset, there’s not much to the Stinger 2. On the left ear cup is a flip-up microphone that has an adjustable boom for excellent mic placement. It also comes with a pop filter.

On the right side is a single volume dial.

The headset comes with a four-pole connector as well as a splitter that works for separate microphone and headset connections.

Comfort

This lightweight design also plays well in comfort. The ear cups aren’t the softest I’ve tried, but they’re wrapped in leatherette. Unfortunately, they’re a little shallow, which means my ears press against the driver covers when in use. Due to its lightweight design, however, it doesn’t have excessive clamping force, so the pressure in the earcups wasn’t a big issue for me like some other gaming headsets.

The headband has a nice soft cushion on top and again thanks to its lightness it is comfortable for prolonged use.

I would like to see a bit more padding in the ear cups or maybe look for a spare pair of ear pads like the ones in wicked pillows. The earbuds can also get a little warm during sweatier gaming sessions, but again, they’re only $50.

HyperX Cloud Stinger 2: video

How does it sound?

The Stinger 2’s massive frequency response of 10-28kHz looks great on paper and translates to huge sound for music and gaming, too. The bass notes on songs like “Solar Sailer” from the Tron Legacy soundtrack are low without being overbearing or confusing.

Through the mids and highs, the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 keeps things bright and clear, but is on the darker side compared to a more neutral-sounding pair of headphones like the Philips Fidelio X3. The Stinger 2 lacks a bit of the high-end glare of the cymbals when listening to Protest the Hero’s “Mist,” but it retains plenty of clarity and mid-range detail in the guitars.

When it comes to positioning and imaging, the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 far exceeds its price. Again listening to complicated metal tracks like Protest the Hero’s Mist, it’s easy to tell the different guitar riffs apart. This also translates well to the positioning of sounds when gaming.

Overall, when it comes to sound, the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 shines for the $50 price tag.

DTS HeadphoneX Spatial Audio

The Cloud Stinger 2 also comes with a two-year activation of DTS HeadphoneX Spatial Audio. Spatial audio can be a mixed bag for gaming and I usually find myself preferring the standard modes. This was also true with the Stinger 2.

HyperX Cloud Stinger 2: microphone test

Another area that really impressed us and the viewers during our weekly live stream is the quality of the microphone. As a rule, budget headsets have a very thin microphone. On the Stinger 2, however, there was better clarity and body. Sure, it still doesn’t sound as good as a dedicated condenser or dynamic broadcast microphone, but I was once again impressed with how it sounded for the $50 price tag.

Like always, see our guide on how to improve the sound of your gaming headset microphone for free if you want to improve the sound even more.

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With its impressive sound quality, commendable microphone, and lightweight build, the HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 will be my new recommendation for budget gaming headsets. I’d like to see deeper ear cushions and time will tell on the durability of the plastic design, but the Stinger 2 is well over its $50 price tag.


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