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My HyperX Cloud is finally giving out after 5 years so I'm now in the market for some new cans. I have zero knowledge about headsets so I would appreciate any recommendations or tips. Main uses will be gaming (and discord while doing so), music listening on the go and the occasional movie or two. The plan is to have the headset wired while using discord/gaming and wireless for everything else.

What I'm looking for:
- Same or better size and comfort as the Cloud as I have big ears.
- Bluetooth connectivity is a must to use it with a phone (no wireless gaming, just phone calls/music).
- 3.5mm jack for PC audio+mic

Budget is around $200, currently looking at the Razer Opus, Sennheiser PXC 550 II, and Sony WH-XB900N. I'm also considering getting a V-Moda Boom Pro line mic as I keep hearing the mic quality on these headsets is mediocre compared to the HyperX Cloud. Is that true?

Any help is most welcome.
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Isn't the cloud II well liked? Is there a reason you havent jumped to its successor?
 
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It is, however I want to make the jump to wireless and use the headset for both PC and phone. I considered the Cloud Mix but the above three seem to be better reviewed than it.
 
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This will be my setup in anticipation of BF2042, Philips fidelio x2 + Beyerdynamic mic, i considered the x3 but didn't really want to spend the cash, should be pretty nice.
 
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Anyone got the Audeze Penrose? The reviews seem very favorable especially if the earpads are replaced with something comfy.
 
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I've been rocking a Steelseries Arctis 7 for a bit now, and am more-or-less ready to drop a verdict (now that SS is probably ready to drop the model).

Good stuff:
- It's rather comfortable (for my small head and ears). The cups are soft, if a bit warm after a while, and the auto-adjusting headband system works GREAT. It's the first headphone I've ever had of any type that doesn't press too hard on my pointy crown.
- Twin audio outputs are delightful. This is my first and only gaming headset, so don't know if that's common.
- The dial controls for volume and source balance are pretty great. I really like not having to do that through software
- Feedback from people on the other end of the microphone has been positive both about voice quality and noise cancellation. Discord still triggers voice pickup at default settings when I'm typing on my ROMER-G-based keyboard, though.
- Sound is good enough for my more-picky-than-regular-people-but-definitely-not-audiophile ears. CAVEAT: Music doesn't sound quite right out of my work laptop, but fine on any of my home PCs.
- Multiple input types, specifically the inclusion of 3.5mm, is appreciated
- Good-to-excellent battery life
- Windows recognizes mic and both outputs without apparent driver installation
- I really like how the mute button works. It's a locking button (don't know the proper name for the switch type) where mute is in the disengaged position. What that means is you can mute the device, then give the button a half-press to un-mute without re-engaging the switch. A nice little way to enable PTT.

Not-good stuff:
- The cans rub against the gimbal frames, causing occasional creaking noises to come through the cans. I plan to trim the frames back to remedy this.
- They're pretty heavy, so retention isn't great. Don't look down. Or have a heavy metal head-banging session.
- No bluetooth connectivity.
- Unless you turn it off through SS' desktop software (which sucks), the receiver blinks while connected. Annoying.
- Steelseries GG software is dumb and bad. IMO. I don't have good justification for this opinion.
- The power button shows charge level by blinking green, orange or red. Problem is, it's usually wrong unless you plug it in to charge for a bit while in use, which does make the fact that my slightly colorblind eyes have trouble distinguishing whether it's orange or green in the brief amount of time it blinks "on" sting a bit less.

Would I recommend it at its USD150 MSRP? Maybe. At the discounted USD120 I got it for? Oh yeah.
 
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My HyperX Cloud's breaking apart as well. So I'm eyeing the original headphones I had been considering before I bought it. Superlux 681B from AliExpress. Many people find the treble harsh on the whole Supelux headphones. But I've recommended it to a friend years ago and had a listen to it. I don't mind it that much. But that was years ago and I might need to re-listen and if it sucks it's not too much of a loss considering it's a bass-optimized (according to reviews) semi-open headphones at only $42 including shipping from Aliexpress.

Another consideration is Monoprice 43242. It's basically open-back Takstar Pro 80 it looks like, the OEM of HyperX Cloud I and II. Since it's open-back the bass will be little dim compared to the Clouds but the soundstage I reckon will be HUGE. Sadly not many reviews of it even reddit ones. Is $50 but the day before yesterday was listed as $25. Shipping from US is a hassle but if the discount is so steep like that again I might just buy it for the heck of it.

Truthfully I wouldn't want to jump through so much hoops to get a decent pair of cans if the local distributor of Cooler Master stocked the Cooler Master MH751 regularly. But everytime I check the sites it's always out of stock. I guess they're not bringing it in anymore.
 
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I still love my Philips SHP9500 for gaming, though my go to is mainly my HD58X cans. both with asgard amp and modi 3 dac
 
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A piece of advice, one that I'd just learned. IF the headphone you have comes with velour or velvet or cloth type pads, buy replacement earpads with more or less similar type material. While the earpads on my Beyerdynamic DT990 Premium are still in okay condition, I'd thought it'd be fun to replace them with more comfy and padded leather type earpads, so I'd gotten a pair online. Big mistake! While I was expecting more bass, I wasn't expecting it to sound muffled and hollow, with bass overwhelming mids and highs. I swapped back to the stock pads as my DT 990 Premium had become insufferable. Now shopping for velour type replacement earpads for the DT990, I've learned a lesson, fortunately, it wasn't an expensive less, cost me just over 20USD.....won't make the same mistake again!
 
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Nice thread,

I'm hoping to draw on the experience of everyone here. My son is 10 and I am looking for a headset for him for Christmas. As being 10 I would assume he needs something light for his little neck. Budget $60 range, hopefully something a bit sturdy or durable.

Suggestions?

Thanks
 
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