|Series||Cloud Orbit S|
|Item model number||HX-HSCOS-GM/WW|
|Hardware Platform||PC, Mac|
|Item Weight||12.6 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||8.9 x 8.9 x 3.9 inches|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||8.9 x 8.9 x 3.9 inches|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Manufacturer||Kingston Technology Company, Inc.|
|Date First Available||September 3, 2019|
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|Series||Cloud Orbit S|
|Headphones Form Factor||Over Ear|
|Headphones Jack||3.5 mm|
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- Audeze planar magnetic drivers
- Waves Nx fully immersive 3D . Sound pressure level - >120 dB
- Waves Nx head tracking technology
- Advanced audio customization
- Detachable noise cancellation mic with pop filter
- Connectivity Technology: Wired
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The HyperX Cloud Orbit S builds a world of audio around you with Audeze planar magnetic drivers and Waves Nx head tracking and 3D audio technology. Get true immersion as head tracking technology tracks the position of your head nearly 1000 times a second to stabilize the soundscape, placing you in the center of your own personal three-dimensional audio atmosphere. This higher level of realism is augmented by the breathtaking clarity and incredible precision delivered by the 100mm planar magnetic drivers. The headset includes three detachable cable options, so you can complete your dream setup with the ultimate 3D audio experience, whether gaming on PC, Xbox One, PS4, or Mobile.Polar pattern : Uni-directional
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History: I'm strictly a PC gamer. Been on the hunt for a new headset after my old Logitech Artemis Spectrum G933 started shorting out. After a lot of research I tried the SteelSeries Arctis 7 (2019 edition), SteelSeries Arctis Pro + GameDAC, and the new Logitech G Pro X.
The SteelSeries Arctis 7 had bad sound quality - I couldn't get any decent sound from it even with EQ. Unimpressed.
The Arctis Pro was much better, but the GameDAC is crap - anything other than Flat EQ setting caused popping noises after audio stopped, and the surround feature sounds horrible. The headset seems to go into an inactive mode after 10 seconds of no audio, causing a digital popping sound if the EQ isn't set to flat. Also, to get decent sound out of them I had to run Equalizer APO + Peace to get even remotely close to good sound. The GameDAC EQ settings are decent, but again, if you use them you get a wonderful popping sound any time audio ends after 10 seconds.
The Logitech G Pro X wasn't bad, but it was hollow and lacked the immersion I like for gaming and music. The mic on that thing is great though. The G Pro X would be my choice for a cheaper headset.
Enter the HyperX Cloud Orbit S. This headset sounds phenomenal out of the box, no EQ required. That said, it does come with plenty of EQ presents which I'm playing around with, however I find the "Default" EQ the best sounding for everything from games to music. This also happens to be the EQ it comes set on out of the box. The other EQ options are very well done, with no distortion. The "Warm" setting is a great bass boost for those who like a bit more power to the bass end.
The "S" version includes head tracking technology which will virtually simulate a real "room" in which you are listening to audio, changing the sound when you move your head. It's extremely accurate and does exactly what it says it will do. While cool, I don't find a real use for it, as I prefer my audio to be based on my character's actual location in games, not my own head. For music, if you want to pretend you're in a concert hall, it's awesome. The non-S version lacks this feature and is a little cheaper.
The 3D audio feature is unparalleled. I have never used the virtual surround feature in any past headset, since it tends to just degrade the sound quality and sound awful. This is the first headset where I actually ENJOY the 3D setting in games AND music. It opens up a wonderful soundstage that sounds like you're sitting in the audience of a live concert. I've spent several hours switching 3D audio on and off listening to music and in games. It will come down to personal preference, but I'm thoroughly impressed. Even without the gimmicky head-tracking tech, the 3D audio is nothing less than astounding.
Comfort, not a problem. Reviews say the Arctis series is more comfortable with the ski-goggle strap style, which I actually really did like. This headset is perfectly comfortable though, and I forget I have it on. The memory foam headband and ear cups don't get too hot. Some reviewers complain about the weight. I do not find this headset overly heavy at all, especially after taking a little time to adjust it to sit properly on my head. It has more than enough extension to accommodate larger heads.
The microphone is good. Some people mention that it is too quiet, however with proper positioning it is very clear and loud. You just have to make sure it's pointed the right way.
The cons I can come up with:
- Cannot control mic sidetone. Audeze states if the mic gain is set to less than 44% in the software, the sidetone is disabled, and this is true. I've never been a fan of microphone sidetone anyway, so I wish we could turn this off completely and still set microphone gain to 100%.
- There is an EVER so slight "white noise" when no audio is playing. It's less of a sound or hiss than a "feeling." I can tell if the headset is on and nothing is playing - it's not an empty void of sound. This is hardly a con though. As soon as any audio is playing this is completely masked an unnoticeable. This sound floor is to be expected with any active amp headset, as I understand.
- It's not wireless. Maybe in the future they will come out with a wireless version, however I do believe the pros of a wired connection (latency/sound quality/battery issues) outweighs wireless since I just sit at my PC desk anyway.
- The "voice" prompts when switching EQ settings. This headset comes with preset EQ options, and when switching between them it feels the need to vocally announce which EQ setting you are choosing. This makes it somewhat difficult to compare the EQ presets, since you have to wait for a voice to announce this setting between options. I much prefer an instant switch where I can really tell how the sound is changing. This could easily be fixed in a future software/firmware update.
- EQ. There is no option for a custom EQ, and the preset settings don't show what the EQ is actually doing. Again, easily fixed in a future software version I hope.
Everything considered, this blows every Logitech and SteelSeries headset I've tried out of the water. I'm extremely satisfied and recommend this headset to anyone who can afford it. It's worth the extra $$$.
Even though I was running basic fw, with windows generic drivers only, it was clear these phones are wonderful in terms of sound. Clarity, picking up details in games (one DSP setting is called "ballistics" which is best for FPS) There are several others too, plus default and flat.
All three modes worked, and the Hi Res, really was hi Res. The 7.1 surround was also well implemented.
I was so glad because I knew when I install the latest firmware (which links to Audeze, not Hper x anymore) and the new software panel it could only get better. I had three weeks of good use.
Then the trouble began. I updated the fw carefully and the software (all audeze branded). Strangly the red charging light was never to be seen again. It was permanently blue. The firmware "speaker lady" informs us of status, such as "3D on" "Hig res" all good, but I had a blue tooth comment from the speaker lady when not connected to USB, I always use USB by the way, that was when making sure they were charging. They didn't.
I followed the instructions slowly and meticulously. It's possible I made some mistake but I seriously doubt it. The phones worked (with blue light only, and no charging) for a few days, but functionality was degraded.
In the end they totally stopped working. They are dead. Plug in, nothing. Charge by proper usb adaptor. Press lots of buttons dead. Just before they finally died I checked the software and ALL three fw sections said NO firmware. It was 100% wiped. I thought firmware would remain even if the battery fully discharged. But no matter what I do nothing happens. As they are essentially a dead usb wire to my PC now cannot use any software.
They are well and truely wiped (and firmware wiping can cause permanent damage, unlike driver or software mistakes. I have spent hours trying to trouble shoot, but I cannot do anything - I've tried everything imaginable when they went dark.
There are serious problems with the update fw process. Awful guides, in that bits, little bits are missing. After successfully updating the fw, with instructions in hand the process said something update successful. To activate power cycle. That last message was not mentioned in the tutorial, and didn't work properly. You have the option to exit the update program "yes," or later. Both do the same - nothing. I think around that point serious damage happened. But they lived on with while battery lasted, but blue tooth messages, and blue light only.
It's very sloppy that this firmware is for Audeze which does have blue tooth, but the same is used for these Hyper X Cloud Orbit. It's obvious it's wrong because neither the cloud, or cloud s have blue tooth or any wireless.
I checked on the internet and several sites after search for firmware problems etc existed but EVERYONE would not connect or gave an error. They have realized their mistake judging by this and took every such site down, even ones which were neither Audeze or Kingston!
So, if you have them for gods sake don't update anything and you will have good sound, but not full potential.
If you update, I suspect it will break them.
Best to wait a few months until this is sorted out because everything is a mess. Audeze mixed with Kingston etc.
I guess Kingston are stumped too because of net sites taken down. That's incredible to me.
So, mine are dead. I cannot possibly recommend buying them until this is fully sorted out and announced.
Very upset. I live in Japan so RMA is in therory possible, but the hassle, mailing costs etc mean I won't. I just know it would take ages, or never sent new ones causing more stress waiting.
The potential is there (not yet). Wait to buy a few months. As for me, well I have expensive phones that are 100% dead. Think before purchase.
Finally I'll just say that it's all a mess. Audeze have taken over when going on line to download and update, Kingstone is gone, except older versions, instuctions are not clear and not even correct. This is terrible all round. Sure the hardware would be good when fully functional, but without proper software, and critically firmware that doensn't work, and is for Audeze phones, not these (blue tooth??). Firmware can destroy the internals as in my case. Beware, look else where.
(I gave two stars rather than one because I "heard the goodness for a few weeks without even full up to date firmware. So the second star is just for the hardware ONLY. Everything else is a big fail.
Coming from an EX CL player on rainbow six siege i can personally say this headset is worth the money, then again i paid only $220 because of a giftcard.
1.) sound is nice and there are preset settings that seem to be nice ie. ballistics, footsteps etc, and the 8 channel 7.1 sound is what i am using currently in gaming
2.) microphone quality is a huge upgrade from the revolver S. According to my friends on discord they say my mic sounds high quality and clear! (My discord is able to go up to 128kbs in the channel so obviously slightly higher audio quality)
3.) pretty damn comfortable on my head but obviously everyone is different.
This makes me want to look more into other hyperx products as well since this headset is amazing from build quality to sound profile and the software it uses as well. Great job hyperx.
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I LOVE this thing. Just wanted to say this first. It's hands-down the BEST sound I've ever heard from a "gaming" headset, this is truly on par with some audiophile headphones at 3x the price. The planar drivers deliver some really special sound.
Secondly: This is a PC-FIRST headset. You will NOT be able to take full advantage of it's feature set using current-gen consoles like the PS4 or XBOX One. The most efficient use for this headset, I would argue, is for high-end VR content on a PC.
But well... I had to get it replaced initially as there seem to be some issues with build quality among others. Don't be surprised if you need to RMA at least once. There are all sorts of confusing issues related to firmware updates (DON'T DO IT, THIS WILL POTENTIALLY LEAD YOU TO AUDEZE FIRMWARE [if you don't pay attention to the small print] WHICH WILL _BRICK_ THE USB PORT ON THE HEADSET SO YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO CHARGE IT -- this is NOT fixable except by the manufacturer once you do it!) as well as some wonky wiring where the right ear will just cut out completely. Perhaps this has been addressed by now, I certainly hope so.
It takes a little bit of tinkering with, like actually measure your skull and enter those values into the software and it'll do wonders for the positional audio (if you want to hear things coming from "above" or "below" you, this is an absolute must). The big gimmick here is the hardware-driven positional audio -- which has 3 different settings, a manual mode where you hit the 3d button to calibrate the "forward" position (good for... let's say, "adult" VR films where your head is on a swivel), an auto mode which gives you a sort of slow positional lag (a nifty enhancement for things like action movies, but generally useless), and the standard 8CH 3D mode that turns off the gyroscopes (for gaming, or you know... normal stuff).
Then there is the "High Res" mode which really does what it says and adds incredible fidelity to the sound, pushing the planar drivers to their 5-50,000Hz range limit, and the standard 2CH stereo mode which you're restricted to if you use these with anything other than a PC.
The "comfort" of this set is a bit of a negative for me, as I also have a HyperX Revolver S which is less than half the price but feels like a virgin's inner thighs strapped to your ears. This set you have to "wear in" as it's a traditional "head clamp" + memory foam design and it's quite tight at first. This creates a lot of air pressure inside the ear cups early on, which not only messes with the clarity of the sound but can also damage the film covering the planar drivers -- the SINGLE most important reason to buy these (they really are incredible for the price). These days, if I move my head too much while wearing them it sounds like a rustling plastic shopping bag. From what I've been told, the only way to fix this is to replace the drivers completely. Luckily I'm not very "kinetic" most of the time, and it's not an issue during "normal" use.
Another build quality issue is the mechanisms for switching between the headset's various "modes" -- the volume control wheels need to be clicked inwards and then turned in order to toggle all the options. This would be fine and well, if they weren't made of CHEAP plastic with LOOSE contacts. You'll see what I mean once you've owned these for a while. Often, you can't tell whether you've turned the wheel enough to register, or indeed too much and overshot your intended goal. "Did I just turn my microphone up? I thought I did, but it didn't register, or "I didn't get any feedback -- now I've adjusted the equalizer and turned off USB charging accidentally... huh?!?" It can be pretty frustrating in the heat of the moment if you need to adjust things on the fly in a game or something.
10+++/10 sound (seriously the best sound you can get with a "gaming" headset right now, hands down)
5/10 build quality
PS: The microphone is NOT good. Like... at all. If mic quality is a major factor for you, you will need to replace the standard one. It's VERY trash. People will recommend the V-Moda BoomPro to you, but DON'T get that one, it only works in the AUX port (not the dedicated microphone port), which disables the USB connection, thus shutting off all the nifty features. You need something with a fairly long 3.5mm plug as the port is quite deeply recessed, and something WITHOUT in-line volume control/etc.
In terms of music, the 100 mm Planar drivers from Audeze, do an excellent job. The bass is strong, sound is crystal clear and very balanced. I did not expect a gaming headset to reproduce music so well. Studio quality.
Comfort wise, the Cloud Orbit can be a bit heavy and if you're used to wearing lightweight headsets, you'll definitely notice the difference. However, I got used to their weight after a few days and it does not bother me too much anymore.
In terms of design, not much to say.. pretty standard, with buttons for volume, mic volume, mic mute, 3D Audio, and ON/OFF button all placed on the left cup. Material used is some type of rubberised plastic and metal, with a premium feel to it.
The mic is pretty decent too and there is no RGB lighting.
Overall, very happy with the purchase. No regrets. This headset is well worth the price.
- Seemed sturdy
- Nice fit over my ears
- Were good at shutting sounds out
- If you have a "normal" hearing, this headset is propably quite good, a little clunky to use but good
I however have an extremly sensitive hearing so this is what I disliked about the headset:
- Constant static noise that were there no matter what were done and changed, as soon as the headset were turned on the static sound were there, that also went for when the headset weren't even plugged into anything as long as it were turned on
- When the microphone were turned on there were also a low hum that started up in addition to the previously mentioned static sound, and depending on the mic volume it could be anything from a barely noticable hum to sounding like a little petrol generator were running nearby
- The two sounds mentioned above were not only irritating but made me sick to the point of throwing up
- Downloading and updating the sound program for the headset from hyperxgaming did nothing to solve my problems
So in short, if you have sensitive hearing stay away from this headset, but if you have a more "normal" damaged hearing you are most likely going to be fine using this headset, but I cant give a guarantee that it won't make you sick anyhow.
I sent mine back to Amazon as they are completly unusable for me.
Because they didn't last very long...
When I first got my hands on them, I could feel the quality of materials and top notch professional simplistic design to them, I was very impressed.
Sound quality ? Oh my god, I never heard any other headphones that sounds better than these ones, the bass is deep and pure quality, the sound tones, frequencies and everything is perfectly balanced and blasted through those huge drivers the headset packs. Astonishing overall, highly accurate in terms of gaming sound spacing, I could easily tell where my enemies are coming from or fighting at.
I was mostly impressed when I played War Thunder, and boy oh boy, my win rate ratio just went high than never before, just because of the simple fact I could hear the other tanks engines and cannons very accuately, I knew exactly where they are purely based on audio.
The music... just wtf, I was simply blown away, nothing more, nothing less. Perfect.
Now the bad news; I bought them on 20 December 2019, they broke down on 19 January 2020.
Suddenly the left phone started to have buzzing noise, static and very disturbing sounds, when I played music on medium volume the speaker would not work, then when volume was raised it started to play the music but the sound was very weak and the static and buzzing sound amplified even worse.
There was nothing I could have done, I tried to turn them off, unplug them and even when I took out the usb cable , the headset has battery for some unknown reason, the buzzing was still there.
Whenever I touched the left earpiece the noises were changing or altering, that was very likely a loose wire or something, nothing major and easily fixable, but I am no expert in this nor was I thinking of giving to some repair shop or something.
After all that I decided to return the item and get a refund... Even now I am sad and I can no longer enjoy the sound of other headphones as most of them stand no chance when considering the sound quality Orbit delivers.
To finish this in a more happily manner , I will absolutely buy them again, exactly the same, but with hope for a better life span.