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I've spent a very good amount of time reading reviews and viewing youtube videos of these headphones. And I know it's a mostly subjective matter. But still wanna know which one should be "better" and why. I'll use them for gaming, movies and music. Let me summarize my thoughts so far.
The main pro of the Arctis 5 are:
1.Its non-gamer, non-aggressive yet stylish look
2. Overall very positive reviews throughout the net despite being a new product
3. Steelseries using the same high-end drivers in all their headphones in the Arctis series. And the high-end drivers which are used in the Siberia 840 and similar products are really good in that price range as far as I've read.
3. dts 7.1 surround sound (I know virtual surround sound is considered inferior to real surround but still it's something I wanna experience, mainly because I never used any surround sound headphone and I wanna experience on my own. So please don't tell me it doesn't matter)
4. Most importantly the conception I got after reading the reviews is it boasts a more "natural" sound without any boost to the bass, mid or treble (unlike most of the gaming headphones which are bass heavy and using distortion to sell as "bassy gaming sound")
source: https://medium.com/@Xander51/steelseries-arctis-5-review-the-best-most-affordable-headphone-and-headset-on-the-market-e4b311d9b452
5. I've no inclination for bass-heavy sound. Also Steelseries Arctis 5 can be customized with their own software which as far as I've read has a broad range of options. So if I need a bit of extra bass I can always enhance it.

The main pro of the Cloud II are:
1. I can't go wrong with it. I know The original Cloud were very good. And so is it. It's an old proven headset.
2. Again very good reviews on the net.
3. Cloud II are a rebranded Qpad QH-90 with a few tweaks which again were very good.

My problems with choosing the Cloud II:
1. It's relatively bulkier and gamer look
2. It's being relatively bass heavy and Arctis reportedly having a more neutral sound.
source: https://medium.com/@Xander51/the-headphone-showdown-steelseries-arctis-vs-everything-eef7f6cfb286
3. Cloud II scoring rather poorly in audio quality in this test: http://www.pcgamer.com/we-tested-23-mainstream-gaming-headsets-to-find-the-best/2/
Steelseries Siberia 350 did better in the same test in terms of audio quality (on page 5 of the same article). And Arctis 5 should have a superior driver than Siberia 350 if its true that they are using the same high-end drivers in the Arctis series which were previously used only in their high-end models.

The real problem is that I've not found so far any review/video that compares the two headphones directly apart from the medium.com link I gave. All other comparison are reader-made and done in response to posts similar to mine.


Also I've read about the Razer Kraken Pro V2 and other headsets. But I don't like their bulky gamer looks. And I know Sennheiser Game Zero/One are supposedly the best headsets for pc gaming in 150/160$ price range, but I won't go over around 100$ . You can tell me if you have other suggestions.
Also please don't tell me to buy a separate headphone and microphone. I know that is a very good option, but not a viable solution right now for me.

So share your thoughts on these two headphones and any suggestion you have as to what should I buy or if you have suggestions on any other headphones in this price range. Thank you.
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HyperX Cloud (I or II) and an Asus Xonar DGX sound card.
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Never go steelseries or razer for anything other than their mousepads, didnt you see the reviews for their QC in your research.
Those who would recommend such brands are probably sponsored or just kids lured by the marketing and flashy lights.

I would choose the cloud, owned a cloud 1 and its great for a gamer's baisc needs ie comfort, decent mic and good build quality. I already upgraded to senn hd598 and zalman mic as I am more of a music lover and yes, its definitely better than the clouds. Save the money and make this a viable option.
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Originally Posted by Tacoboy View Post

HyperX Cloud (I or II) and an Asus Xonar DGX sound card.

Why Cloud?
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Originally Posted by queerquirks View Post

Never go steelseries or razer for anything other than their mousepads, didnt you see the reviews for their QC in your research.
Those who would recommend such brands are probably sponsored or just kids lured by the marketing and flashy lights.

I would choose the cloud, owned a cloud 1 and its great for a gamer's baisc needs ie comfort, decent mic and good build quality. I already upgraded to senn hd598 and zalman mic as I am more of a music lover and yes, its definitely better than the clouds. Save the money and make this a viable option.

Well, I've seen lots of people complaining about Razer products having poor quality(apart from their mice); but to be honest haven't heard about QC issues in Steelseries products.

The Cloud/Cloud II didn't actually get a good review in terms of sound quality when analyzed objectively by PC Gamer using high-end audio equipment(I gave the link in original post). The Arctis wasn't checked in that test that being not manufactured at the time of testing, but the Siberia 350 was and was tested to have a better sound quality. And Arctis is supposed to have a higher-end driver than Siberia 350 as Steelseries is using the same drivers in Arctis 3,5,7 as ones they used in their high-end Siberia 840 (which got great reviews all around for a ~300$ gaming headset).
https://www.reddit.com/r/steelseries/comments/58bz04/arctis_7_vs_siberia_840_affordable_vs_flagship/
That's one of the reasons I'm inclined towards the Arctis.

And I'm bringing the headset through my friend who is visiting USA this month. So saving money and getting the headset when possible isn't a viable option as you see. Ideally I'd like to buy a Sennheiser Game One(though I find the design a bit too gaudy)

Thanks for the info btw smile.gif
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Originally Posted by Driimit View Post

Why Cloud?
Well, I've seen lots of people complaining about Razer products having poor quality(apart from their mice); but to be honest haven't heard about QC issues in Steelseries products.

The Cloud/Cloud II didn't actually get a good review in terms of sound quality when analyzed objectively by PC Gamer using high-end audio equipment(I gave the link in original post). The Arctis wasn't checked in that test that being not manufactured at the time of testing, but the Siberia 350 was and was tested to have a better sound quality. And Arctis is supposed to have a higher-end driver than Siberia 350 as Steelseries is using the same drivers in Arctis 3,5,7 as ones they used in their high-end Siberia 840 (which got great reviews all around for a ~300$ gaming headset).
https://www.reddit.com/r/steelseries/comments/58bz04/arctis_7_vs_siberia_840_affordable_vs_flagship/
That's one of the reasons I'm inclined towards the Arctis.

And I'm bringing the headset through my friend who is visiting USA this month. So saving money and getting the headset when possible isn't a viable option as you see. Ideally I'd like to buy a Sennheiser Game One(though I find the design a bit too gaudy)

Thanks for the info btw smile.gif

SS headsets are mainly treble tilted from what I remember from testing their headset (siberia v2 and 1 more model i cant rmb). It be great for fps since the bass wont cover up the sounds but you will get fatigued quite fast for music and movies. Anyway thats what EQ exists for.

Clouds is almost an exact copy of a chinese headphone brand Taksta Pro 80 which has good reviews for the sound. To me, there's a slight spike in 4k hz and rolled off treble, overall its pretty good for what you get as a package.

I don't think anybody would trust SS to have better sound or build than Cloud. However your mind seems to be made up on the SS, then you should go for it rather than second guessing and getting buyer's remorse think what could have been.

PS: Try hltv, reddit or headfi, see which model would get a vote I'm confident of the answer because one brand has never boosted consumer confidence with their products thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by queerquirks View Post

Never go steelseries or razer for anything other than their mousepads, didnt you see the reviews for their QC in your research.
Those who would recommend such brands are probably sponsored or just kids lured by the marketing and flashy lights.

I would choose the cloud, owned a cloud 1 and its great for a gamer's baisc needs ie comfort, decent mic and good build quality. I already upgraded to senn hd598 and zalman mic as I am more of a music lover and yes, its definitely better than the clouds. Save the money and make this a viable option.

I love my Steelseries mouse, it's already outlived my old Deathadder Elite, which is good.
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I personally use the Hyper X Cloud II and it's just amazing... You should go for it!
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Neither... headphones + mic tongue.gif
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SS headsets are mainly treble tilted from what I remember from testing their headset (siberia v2 and 1 more model i cant rmb). It be great for fps since the bass wont cover up the sounds but you will get fatigued quite fast for music and movies. Anyway thats what EQ exists for.

Clouds is almost an exact copy of a chinese headphone brand Taksta Pro 80 which has good reviews for the sound. To me, there's a slight spike in 4k hz and rolled off treble, overall its pretty good for what you get as a package.

I don't think anybody would trust SS to have better sound or build than Cloud. However your mind seems to be made up on the SS, then you should go for it rather than second guessing and getting buyer's remorse think what could have been.

PS: Try hltv, reddit or headfi, see which model would get a vote I'm confident of the answer because one brand has never boosted consumer confidence with their products thumb.gif

Yeah got u. I know hyperx is definitely the more popular one and might be a safer choice of the two. And I've read any the 4 KHz spike on several places. So good observation.. smile.gif
And regarding the headsets I think I should go with the Arctis, not least because of my slight disposition towards it as you said. And reading and watching YouTube I got the feeling, either one should be reasonably good for the price.
Thanks for chiming in. smile.gif
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Guys, what about Hyperx Revolver? It's sound quality is better than the Cloud/Cloud II right? As I see here :http://www.pcgamer.com/we-tested-23-mainstream-gaming-headsets-to-find-the-best/2/ and some other sites...
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