Installing and Configuring
First off, there is no software to install, no drivers at all so you will not need to download anything, HyperX did a great job on that. If you go to their website for these drivers and click support, here is what you will find under the “Downloads & Drivers” section.
OK, where do the cables go connected?
If you turn your PC around, you will notice there are a few 3.5mm ports or plugs. This particular PC, a friends that I am working on only has 5.1 audio, but some of you might have 7.1 or more audio and might have more ports. Regardless of this you will typically have a green one and a pink one too, if you are color blind… it might be a little rough but if you look closely you will also see an audio out and a microphone.
After you find the green and the pink ports, you will grab your 2 cables that come from the headphones, well they split from a single cable with the Y adapter, and look at the colors on the end. If you look at the pic above, the rings on the connectors are pink and green as well to tell you were to plug it in, and once again if you are color blind, HyperX was thoughtful enough to label the ends as well.
Here are have the 2 barely plugged in so that you can see the colored rings.
and in this picture you can see the cables fully plugged in… but now what, do they start working immediately? Well, sometimes they will work right away but if you have other audio devices plugged in you will need to do a little configuring, but its real easy and I will also show you here.
Over on the taskbar, on the bottom right hand corner, you will see a little speaker looking icon, right click on it and chose “Playback devices”
On the playback tab, select your sound card, it can be a SoundMax, AC97, HD, Sound Blaster or a ton of other ones, but make sure they are the correct ones the right click on them.
When you right click on them, a bunch of things will appear on the drop down, you will need to select “Set as Default Device” and “Set as Default Communications Device”.
After you do that, this will be the only device with a green check next to it. Now let’s enable the microphone, so click on the “Recording” tab, right next to the Playback tab we just did some configuring in.
Here will be just like we saw before, select your sound card.
Now right click on it again, and be sure to select “Set as Default Device” and “Set as Default Communications Device”.
Like before, after setting the default device, it will be the only device with a green check next to it. OK, we are almost done, now lets configure them real quick. So now, go back to the “Playback” tab.
Here, highlight the newly enabled audio device and click “Configure”
The “Speaker Setup” window will appear and here, you will want to make sure you select “Stereo” and click “Test”.
The test will play a sound on the left and right channels of your headphones, you should hear it. If you don’t, you might have the slider for the audio lowered all the way, or might have some other issues, but we will assume it is working for now then click “Next”.
On the “Select full-range speakers” section, make sure the “Front left and right” check box has a check in it then click “Next”.
You are now finished configuring the headphone, so click “Finish”. Now we will need to configure the microphone, so now click on the “Recording” tab, select the newly green checked Microphone and click “Configure”.
This will open up the “Speech Recognition” section.
Here click on “Set up microphone”
On the “Microphone Setup Wizard” section, make sure you have the “Headset Microphone” selected and click “Next”.
After clicking “Next”, you will start the wizard, make sure your microphone is where you would normally have it and click “Next”.
And here you will need to read the sentence “Peter dictates to his computer. He prefers it to typing, and particularly prefers it to pen and paper.”. It might take a few tries but afterwards the “Next” button will activate, so click “Next” when it does.
You are finally done here, so click “Finish” and OK on the other audio windows that are open.
Now that we have setup the headphones and the microphone, whats next? In the next chapter I do some recording in Battlefield One then I show you how the HyperX CLOUD Stinger sounds like on the Playstation 4, Motorola Droid Maxx, and on my wife’s Apple iPhone 5c.