The audio on the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 is similar, if not better, than its wired counterpart. It sports the same 40mm drivers, with the same 20-20,000Hz frequency response so the difference in sound quality can be attributed to the Wireless variant being able to suck more power from its battery than the 4-pole 3.5mm. The Cloud Stinger Core Wireless performs admirably well in both gaming and entertainment. Its sound profile sports the HyperX formula of having a decent sound stage. Microphone quality isn’t as good as the headset’s audio quality.
At 50% volume, its battery life lasted about 12 hours of straight usage alternating between music and gaming. Aside from the mediocre software, the only way to know if the headset is on low power is the annoying beeping sound notification that plays every thirty seconds. What’s annoying about the low battery indicator is its very loud volume despite setting the headset at a different level. Enduring the annoying beeps, the headset had about one hour before it turns off once the sound first played. Frankly, enduring the frequent beeps is not worth the extra hour of battery life as you will surely be distracted during gameplay. Connecting the headset via a USB-C cable doesn’t seem to put the headset in wired mode as it still relies on the 2.4Ghz wireless connection. The wireless signal range can go as far as two rooms with thick concrete walls with only minimal signal degradation.
The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless 7.1 still embodies HyperX’s signature audio and comfort which the brand is known and loved for since the original HyperX Cloud. The wide array of HyperX Cloud Stinger products that mostly overlaps with other variants make the Cloud Stinger Core Wireless a tough sell for the brand. At Php 4,390, the HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless commands a Php 1,700 premium over the wired variant – also making it the cheapest wireless headset available. The HyperX Cloud Stinger Wireless 7.1 offers you the experience of having a tetherless audio solution which is something that’s hard to drop once you’ve been accustomed to it – which might be the trigger you need to jump to the HyperX Cloud Flight. But if you’re not after the no strings attached solution, the similarly priced HyperX Cloud Gaming headset might be the better choice for audio quality and better comfort.