I liked the Cloud Mix in my review that followed this article, and I’m glad that it’s been on sale for $150 a lot during this holiday shopping season. That’s a killer price for one of HyperX’s best products.
The Arctis 3 and the 7 use the exact same drivers and sound signature, the only difference is their headband design. Also, the 7 doesn’t have Bluetooth at all, and often retails for $50–80 less than the Mix. So if you don’t mind the lack of Bluetooth…it’s still a better deal, as you’ve alluded to.
I’d argue that with the new padding/comfort improvements of the 2019 model, the only big “quality” difference between the Arctis 3 Bluetooth and the Cloud Mix is the headband build strength. The sound signature differences will be down to personal tastes, but the Arctis lineup still sounds great and has a good microphone.
I don’t ever listen to anything much past about 85 decibels, save for very very brief testing periods. I’m not a high volume guy. I recognize that’s not everyone, but I’m personally paranoid about noise-induced hearing loss. Thanks for mentioning the distortion issues at high volumes on the Arctis 3 Bluetooth, that might help someone else out!