HyperX QuadCast S RGB USB Condenser Microphone $202.77 Delivered @ Amazon UK via AU

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HyperX QuadCast S – RGB USB Condenser Microphone for PC, PS4 and Mac, Anti-Vibration Shock Mount, Four Polar Patterns, Pop Filter, Gain Control, Gaming, Streaming, Podcasts, Twitch, YouTube, Discord

The Quadcast version available for $157.17
https://www.amazon.com.au/HyperX-QuadCast-Condenser-Micropho...


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  • Is this worth an upgrade from a Razer Siren Mini? I know Hyper has their own competitor for that around the $100 mark. I don't stream but I frequently game.

    • No, wait for a Shure MV7 (note: not the MV7X) sale on Prime Day if you want a good quality USB mic at this price.

      The audio quality on this mic is not worth the price. Likewise, try not to pay more than $50-$60 for either the Razer Seiren Mini or the HyperX Solocast.

      For XLR options, I've posted some info below: https://www.ozbargain.com.au/comment/12354916/redir

  • +1

    Reviews show it up that yes it is better, but is it $100 better? that's up to you. The RGB is it's unique part, and if you don't want that like the post mentions, it's $157 otherwise.

    It's also a bit of a dead end - a usb microphone will never let you hook into a proper mixer.

    Also another option to consider is the Rode Podcaster mic, roughly the same price, probably the top end for a usb microphone. For just gaming? your mic is already pretty fine.

    Another thing you can consider is stuff like nvidia broadcast to filter noise and clean whatever you have up a bit, using your gpu (there was an audio only version they had that got reverse engineered to work on AMD afaik)

    • I'm going to assume thats a reply to me :D. Thanks for you analysis dude, I'll probably stick with what I've got then. Thanks anyway OP!

    • Is this the same Rode Podcaster that appeared around 2015? You should probably look into the Shure MV7 if you're making USB mic recommendations for spoken word.

      I'd rate the audio quality of this mic at around $80-$90, which is where the Razer Seiren X sits for regular sales. Whether you want to pay more for the multi-polar pattern element and maybe a slightly better performance in the treble range, is up to you.

  • https://www.storedj.com.au/behringer-c-1-studio-condenser-mi...

    https://www.storedj.com.au/behringer-u-phoria-um2-2x2-usb-au... -alternatively you can buy the umc22 for a bit more (similar price during sales) , same internals but different chassis/layout

    https://www.amazon.com.au/CableCreation-Female-Microphone-Ba...

    Any 20-30 dollar mic arm off amazon, extra points if it comes with a pop filter too.

    I put some non-amazon links in there since amazon's not always the cheapest place.

    The hyperx is merely a gaming branded usb microphone, not worth 1/4th the price.

    • but that RGB tho…

    • C1 is a bit garbo unless you have a specific instrumental use case in mind? The Behringer XM8500 @ $30 is great, and will work OK from a USB-to-XLR cable ($15) while you figure out whether you want to take your setup further.

      For $80 on the mic alone, I would suggest instead stepping up to something from the following lists:

      Dynamic Mics (spoken word, vocals)

      Electro Voice ND76
      Audix OM2
      Sennheiser E835
      SE Electronics V7
      Lewitt MTP250 DM
      AKG D5
      Shure SM58-LC

      Condenser Mics

      Mackie EM-91c (for spoken word)
      Takstar TAK55 (from AliExpress)

      Pretty sure most of those can fluctuate from $90-$130, with some dipping below that (Sennheiser E835 locally & Mackie EM-91c via Amazon) from time to time.

      • There's nothing bad about the C1. XM8500 is also a solid go to recommendation for me but I thought I'd just put in c1 since that's a condenser like the hyperx here.

        However, the rest are easily 2-3x more and with microphones you really don't gain anything extra by spending more. They're basically the Beats of microphones as their markups are mostly just due to branding/marketing. It's the only reason why Shure are able to continue selling their 40+ yr old sm7b for 500 bucks that's indistinguishable from the xm8500.

        If you want a specific sounding voice then there's always EQing that can be done to achieve that. If you're spending 100+ on a decent setup then you should probably put some effort into the software side as well.

        On the other hand if you're only using it for discord/zoom calls any cheap headset/mic will do.

        • It's the only reason why Shure are able to continue selling their 40+ yr old sm7b for 500 bucks that's indistinguishable from the xm8500.

          I'm sorry, but you need to get better audio gear, because I can hear the difference as soon as the first comparison is made a few seconds in. The XM8500 is adequate for spoken word, and could definitely be processed well enough for some very basic professional applications, but it is not indistinguishable. Also seems like he either has done processing, or he has the gain on the SM7B too high.

          Please do not spout this nonsense as fact, please do get a better home audio chain so you can more clearly hear the difference. Bluetooth ANC and soundbars may have seen audio quality take a turn for the worse, but that won't last forever, probably not more than 12 months really.

          EQ doesn't solve all your problems, that's also a fantasy.

          • @jasswolf: The testing parameters are in the video description.

            Please do not spout this nonsense as fact, please do get a better home audio chain so you can more clearly hear the difference. Bluetooth ANC and soundbars may have seen audio quality take a turn for the worse, but that won't last forever, probably not more than 12 months really.

            Not using any of those but nice try.

            EQ doesn't solve all your problems, that's also a fantasy.

            Never said it solves problems.

            Truth is the audio industry in general is full of snake oil, it's the easiest tech industry to get people suckered into. People don't like knowing they wasted money on placebo. Audio engineers don't give as much of a shit, if the client wants x microphone because y famous person used it they'll do it. It's purely confirmation bias.

            • @JerraJones:

              Not using any of those but nice try.

              Then your audio just sucks, or you need a hearing test.

              Truth is the audio industry in general is full of snake oil, it's the easiest tech industry to get people suckered into.

              Audio is just swamped with marketing, same as TVs, monitors… once you actually start to look at technical data and expert subjective discussion, it becomes much clearer.

              Audio engineers don't give as much of a shit

              I mean that's like saying some painters do fine detail to perfect a mural, and some just paint walls. There are use cases for high resolution audio, and equipment that utilises it too. What they could get away with 30 years ago they cannot today, and so it was 30 years before that, and before that…

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