Yeah, it’s a little thinner than the Cloud! Not by an extreme amount…I think it largely has to do with the padding material, and I imagine that the upcoming leatherette ear pads would put it in the same sound ballpark as the Cloud. It’s not harshly bright, it’s still listenable…it’s just the brightest sound I’ve ever heard in the gaming category, and surprisingly less “safe” than the typical warm headphone. I don’t have any measurement rigs and my listening skills are always improving/being impacted by brain burn-in, so maybe I’ll revisit these comparisons in six months. Most of my collection is on the warm side, so it’s nice to have some brighter stuff too.
I don’t have any Grado’s lying around, but I have a friend who swears by them. Maybe I could talk him into letting me audition one.
The comfort is for sure the standout thing about the Arctis, especially compared to studio style headphones and other gaming sets. They made some smart tweaks. I’d love to see others adopt the dry fit ear pad material and the ski goggle headband. Comfort is a constant battle for me because I have a giant head and wear glasses.
You’re not the first person to tell me I should try the HM 9. My headphone collection is pretty absurd right now, so I probably need to sell a few/wait a while before I dive back in, haha.
Thanks for talking audio, always good to hear from another person stuck in this rabbit hole.