I’ve wanted to get a pair of Takstar Pro 82's for almost a year now, but availability in the US has been…a challenge.
The HyperX Cloud II/Takstar Pro 80 is a favorite of mine, and the world. I’ve owned like…4 different pairs of Cloud II’s over the years? HyperX has also since released the technically-better-sounding Cloud Alpha, but even they couldn’t bring themselves to discontinue the iconic favorite.
At least, not yet.
So how do you follow a showstopper if you’re Takstar? By copying features and design from the MDR-1A and the Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro? It looks that way. This week, I’ll find out for sure.
Here’s what I’ve got coming up this week for content:
Monday — Hyper X Cloud II USB Dongle Review
So Many PEOPLE ask me about the Cloud II USB dongle. I first got one a few years ago. I listened to it for an afternoon. And then it went to live in my closet. And then I eventually sold it to a friend.
I didn’t like it at all.
But sooooo many people always ask me about it! And some of them really seem to like it! So I thought okay fine, I’ll go buy another one and give it several days of tests.
I’m a couple of days into that process now and I definitely have thoughts. Some good. Some bad.
Tuesday — Takstar Pro 82 Review
If the Pro 82 is half as good as Zeos makes it sound in his review, it’s going to earn a permanent place in my collection. Ten times out of ten, I have more fun with budget products that perform well than I do with expensive stuff, and not just because I saved some money.
Though that always helps.
Wednesday — Headphone Showdown: Takstar Pro 82 vs Takstar Pro 80/ HyperX Cloud II
Because I know everyone is going to comment on my Takstar Pro 82 review and ask me how they compare to the originals, I’m going to write a full comparison on Wednesday.
Also, because I don’t look at my Medium notifications until Friday now, I won’t actually see those comments until two days after the showdown article is live! I’m truly living the online dream.
Thursday — HyperX Cloud II in 2018: Why does it still exist?
As if I haven’t reviewed the Cloud II enough times, I’ll be trying to figure out why it still exists in 2018 even though HyperX has effectively replaced it with the Alphas, and Takstar has effectively replaced it with the Pro 82’s. Did these companies make a mistake? Have they created choice for the sake of choice? Will HyperX ever make a wireless headset based on this classic design instead of the plastic nightmare that is the Cloud Flight?
The answer to that last question is sadly, probably no.