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How the HyperX Cloud Alpha Solves Gaming Headsets' Muddy Bass Problem

If you play games online, you probably know this situation. You're deep behind enemy lines, in a tucked-away little corner where you'll be able to ambush the other team as soon as they show their faces. Now the only thing to do is jam out to the soundtrack until you see movement — aaand somebody just shot you. The music is good, but it drowns out the sound of bad guys sneaking up. That's why you need a HyperX Cloud Alpha headset.

Two Chambers are Better than One

It's just a fact that sound gets muddy in a gaming environment. Between the music, the background noises, and the predatory screeches of nearby aliens, it can be difficult to parse out exactly what sounds are coming from where. One of the major factors in this muddiness is the search for bass.

Everybody loves a lot of bass in the mix, but when you have to channel all the sound through a pair of headphones, that can be a problem. The bass comes from vibrations on the wide outer rim of the diaphragm in the speaker's driver, while the mids and highs radiate from the center of the diaphragm. But the more the outer edges vibrate to pump up the bass, the muddier the higher frequencies get. Enter dual chamber driver technology.

Kingston's HyperX Cloud Alpha headset solves the interference problem by breaking up the low- and high-end frequencies into two different chambers. The bass frequencies reverberate through the first chamber, and the mid and high frequencies are split into the second. The result is that when we used them to play Fallout on our office Playstation, we got to rock out all the way through "Atom Bomb Baby" — and we could still hear the super mutants from a mile off.

A Suite of Features

Besides the sound-clarifying dual chamber system, the HyperX Cloud Alpha headset completes the illusion of immersion with a suite of luxury features. Its memory foam padding and detachable noise-canceling microphone block out the world, and its detachable cable is braided to prevent fraying. It's also compatible across platforms, making it perfect for PC, PS4, Xbox One, or any other console with a 3.5 mm port.

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Written by Reuben Westmaas October 30, 2017

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