Thanks so much for reading and for the question!
$83 is a great price for the Cloud II’s. When they’re the same price I lean towards the Alpha every time…but with that discount, I’d choose the Cloud II!
I’m a budget-minded gamer too, and I always tend to go for the deal when I can’t make a decision. The Alpha does sound a little better, and the cable is removable…but I don’t think that stuff is worth 20 extra bucks. The Cloud II is a legend for a reason and still totally good.