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[link] I really recommend this and getting a good pair of headphones if you really don't want a large mic in the way or a mic stand.. But I will still say that a stand alone mic is the best way to go for really good mic quality
It's a little lower speced than you want, but I have a C270 I'm looking to sell for $10 shipped. I will also include a Zalman Mic for free. Let me know if you are interested.
Probably an overreaction with the mic thing, but at least I get where they are coming from. If you are playing competitive without a mic ( or even worse a shitty mic ) you are just hurting your team. A clip on microphone is $11 and there is no excuse for not buying one if you don't have a mic, or if your microphone is shit.
if you aren't streaming go cheap.. if you can spare the free wire hanging around get those clip mics that are like $5
you can probably find this cheaper elsewhere. only problem is no mute switch.
OneNote on my laptop; drawing using the stylus doesn't work well because the mic is on the screen, but it's pretty clear while typing (even sitting at the back) so that's what I do for economics and a humanities course. I like it because you can click on what you've typed and listen to that part of the lecture to get some context.
If that's still not good enough then maybe a cheap portable mic may work.
A USB mic will not have power issues, though since it is seen as a separate audio device, things like echo cancellation and other sound card features will not work on a USB mic, this means that unless the application you are using offers echo cancellation, if you do something like talk to someone over skype while using the speakers on your PC instead of headphones, then the person you are talking to, will hear them self over your mic.
If you need features like echo cancellation, then you will be stuck using an analog mic that can plug into the mic port.
In those cases, you can try different analog , especially ones that are used in close proximity, such as the zalman ZM1 [link]
Though trying different analog mics, are a bit of trial and error, especially if the mic input is naturally noisy with the card. A higher quality analog mic can improve audio quality, but the sound card has a large influence on audio quality.
If you're not creating video/audio content but just using your mic for discord chat, etc... I recommend this.
It's a cheap solution that I personally use and my friends assure me that they can hear me loud and clear.
Ah, I use a Zalman mic i picked up for like 9 on amazon. It's not the most elegant looking but I haven't had any complaints of background noise. Here it is incase you wanna give it a go: [link]
Do you have any recommendations from Sennheiser? I've been hearing good things about them for years. And, how about Audio Technica? My cousin is really good with audio equipment and he recommends the current pair he owns from them.
The V-Moda Mic is nice. Not a bad price at all. It's too bad it only works with certain headphones, with the Sennheiser HD 598 closed-back headphones not being one of them. It seems like a better value than the $50, after taxes, MOD mic, even though that AntLion microphone will work with any headset.
I'm really only using this headset for CS:GO, so I don't need to spend too much, right? The $6.50 Zalman mic is really cheap, but if it's just going to break in a few months, or even in less than a year, I wouldn't consider it a good buy.
Thanks for your response!
Unfortunately most computers don’t have input that’s compatible with headphone mics (as far as I know), since the mic jack is separate from the headphone jack. If you want something cheap this would probably work. [link]
A simple zalman works. It doesn't have a mute switch, the cord is 10 feet long so you'll definitely need to twist-tie some of it, and while it's fantastic for its price point it's still not particularly great. But if you just need something to tide you over for the next month or two then you could do a whole lot worse.
You using headphones? Speakers may be picked up by the microphone.
Yes! That is probably the problem.
Mics on things like your earbuds usually use what's called a TRS or a TRRS plug. You can look at how many stripes are on the plug to see which it is.
Depending on how it's wired, it can be outputting the signal to a different spot.
TIP|RING|SLEEVE will usually correspond to:
Ground|Signal A|Signal B
The jack on your computer/motherboard is likely meant only for a TS jack, which will only have ground and signal wiring.
What's likely happening when you plug in you earbuds, is that the wrong signal is trying to connect. You may even be using the earphone part as the mic, which might help explain how you're getting a faint signal. A microphone works a lot like a speaker in reverse, and your headphone are just tiny speakers.
One thing you can try, is to pull your plug out slightly, and see if you get any input in something like Audacity.
Long term, though, you should probably just get something like a Zalman lavalier mic for cheap, or a nicer dedicated mic if that's something you can consider.
Oh, one other thing you might try. Check your motherboard manual, 'cause the headphone jack might be configured to use TRRS combo plugs, and you might actually be able to get signal for your mic from that jack. I've seen these on laptops and some HP & Dell 'office' pre-builts.
If you just want something cheap that just simply works and isn't too fancy, it'd be hard to go wrong with a Zalman ZM-MIC1 at £8. You just clip it to the collar of your shirt or the wire of your headphones, whichever is more convenient to you.
If you want to use it for in-game chat, I would Google "how to use [insert your device] as a desktop mic" and look into whatever comes up. Otherwise, I would just purchase a separate mic (you can get an $8 lavelier mic on Amazon that sounds great and will work well for almost any use case).
EDIT: Here is the mic for those wondering.
If you just need a mic for team chat in games, I have used this Zalman mic for about 3 years now. It was much better than the built in mic in the laptop I was using at the time.
It's not amazing by any means but it will get the job done and leaves you more cash to spend on headphones. After getting some headphones, you could save up and upgrade the mic to something like the Antlion Modmic.
and you don't even need a full headset either, often it's cheaper AND better quality to get regular headphones and one of these:
You can find Logitech c920's for under 50$ that will be more then enough. Mic wise i used a [link] for the first 2 months and my viewers thought it was great. I just got a Blue Yeti Microphone but havent had a chance to use it yet.
This is the one I use: [link]
I only game though so if you're looking into recording music/livestreaming I'd suggest a Blue Snowball
not really. you don't need friends because your squadmates are usually friendly and cool, but you definitely need at least a mic.
it's 2017. get a fucking mic, they're cheap.
HD598+modmic 4 will blow the hyperx clouds out of the water in almost every way. This mic got the job done for me for a while, up to you to decide if the modmic is worth spending extra. You can find older modmic models for cheaper.
Any headphones you want (head over to /r/headphones for some good guides) and this mic: [link]
This mic is as good, or better, than every other mic you can get for under $40. It's absolutely great, and incredibly cheap.
I have this mic and it works fine for talking on discord and in game. You can just clip it to the wire of your headphones.
You generally don't need a DAC/Amp until you are spending a lot of money on headphones, like $400+ but some cheaper ones benefit from them.
J'ai acheté ce micro sur amazon et si ça te permet de rester sur un bon casque je te le conseille fortement. La qualité du micro est très bonne. Alors certes, t'as deux câbles au lieu d'un, et faut pouvoir le fixer quelque part, mais ça ouvre pas mal tes possibilités sur le choix d'un bon casque si tu enlèves le besoin de micro intégré.
Might not be the exact answer you're looking for, but I would suggest separating your Microphone from your Headphones. It ends up more flexible in the long run and if one goes bad it doesn't mean you're out of both. There's quite a bit of information out there on the matter but one I've commonly seen is a $5-$10 clip mic on Amazon along with pretty much any headphones you so choose.
You can probably find a USB one of a similar fashion if you'd prefer but I remember that and a pair of headphones ran like $40 or so and I used those for a long time before the first issue I had which was the clip breaking because the cord was too thick for the clip to begin with.
It's better to just start with the microphone that you have, but if you insist on a microphone this one is good to start with because it as cheap as can get and sounds nice.
This is a pretty decent mic, clip on, no bells or whistles, but cheap and reliable. You can spend more, and get something much better, but this satisfies the cheap requirement.
I'd like to suggest this. Amazing quality for the price and you can attach it to any pair of headphones. Don't buy headsets, people.
It's worse than this mic, which is cheaper.
> If you don't like the mic, remember the price...
This isn't a good mantra, it's better to buy something more expensive that's better value than something that barely works.
Look at getting a normal pair of headphones and then the clip on zalman mic off of Amazon for under $10. I have it and it works good enough for communication. Gaming headsets often aren't worth it and you can also use a normal pair of headphones outside of just gaming so they are much more useful.
Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone [link]
I use one of these because it's dirt cheap you'll probably get static that's noticeable when you don't speak but you will under $20, plus you could just use push to talk to eliminate that.
30 bucks is cheap? If you're going to go cheap, get the Zalman as the starter. It's not the best, but it works pretty damn good for $5. Especially if all you use it for is voice chat with your buddies.
I'm looking for a headset with a microphone or just a microphone for the PC, do you have any recommendations?
I currently have Sennhesier HD 558's, which are great. But I have this microphone which I was recommended but people complain they can't hear me.
Yep this was after the patch. Before, it was completely black. And yep, I'm using the Vive mic.
Where you talking about this mic? Is it possible to use with the psvr too?
To be honest, I liked the scariness of the demo more. The full release was more subtle and the optimized textures where more noticeable. There's a game on the PSVR called Here They Lie, and I'd say that's really scary. Also A Chair In a Room is def the best horror game for the Vive right now.
I use the zalman mic and attach it to the cord of my audio technica ath m50x's and have had no problems. If you are just talking in cs go or skype or whatever I would recommend it. It's only like $8 too. No complaints from anyone either about quality. Definitely not for recording purposes though.
If you're just wanting to use voip to talk to people, get the Zalman mic on amazon for under $10. I wouldn't recommend any recording with it, but there's not a headset I would recommend recording with either, and your friends will hear you just fine.
Pick a good pair of headphones, and clip this thing on the wire: [link]. Even though it's nowhere near your mouth, it picks up everything, my friends can hear me just fine. I personally use them with Sennheiser HD558 and Audio Technica M50x headphones.
And if you're on a budget, look at the Zalman. Picked one up earlier today. Or the VMODA BoomMic Pro.
The V-Moda's you listed and ModMics are both great solutions but are pretty expensive at $30-50. If you want a cheap, affordable clipon, there are these cheap ~$10 zalman mics. Not great, but they do the job
This is the mic I have. I have it on 100 volume with +0 db mic boost. On everything that records my sound, it has massive static and I can barely hear myself over the static, even when the mic is in front of my mouth, the static is much louder than my voice
Modmics are pretty expensive for what they are, I have the Zalman zm-mic1 and even though it's $7, it is surprisingly good quality (for a headset mic) and it just runs along the headphone cable. Definitely recommend it to anyone who needs a mic for their headphones
I have been using it for over a year and can happily recommend it Amazon Link . Do not be fooled by the low price. It isn't a bad and cheap mic. Also there are a lot of youtube videos about this mic go check them out.
If you want a high quality mic for streaming or recording or something, look into a BLUE mic (snowball etc) or a modmic. If you're just going to be talking on skype/discord/teamspeak etc, you could go as cheap as a decent quality zalman clip on mic.
By standalone do you mean one "standing" on the desk, or one to attach to your headphones? I can't help with the desk standing option but for the attachment you have basically 2 options. There's the modmic which is usually $50 USD, and then there are a variety of generic clip on style mics. I have the zalman which is perfectly functional but getting it positioned correctly is a PITA.
I heard many great things about it, but if you just want a mic for VOIP and dont need high end sound quality, you can get something like this:
No need to spend that much on a mic of all you do is talk to friends.
I just clip this to the headphone line, after securing the extra line from the mic I use Velcro cable ties to secure the two together
I agree with this. I got the Audio Technia ATH-M50X (Pretty sure I got for around $100 might have been on sale though) and then i bought a mic that you can clip to the wire and its been working great. I found the mic on a post on reddit and it was like $10 on amazon. These headphones don't have the right mic jack so that why I had to do that...but other headphones might be better for you.
Pretty sure this is exactly what I have. No one has complained yet
I have one of these and it works fine. The clip is designed to attach to the cable of your headphones. The cable is 10 feet long, which is kinda ridiculous. I ended up wrapping the cable around the cable of my headphones and keeping most of it bundled with a twist tie at the end next to the port.
I got a cheap Zalman when I switch from PC gaming headsets to an actual audiophile's headset. Bought a splitter for mic/audio jacks for like 4 bucks. The only problem I have with the mic is the cable is rather long for PC purposes, unless you're sitting across your room for some reason. I have to tightly roll and tie the cable, and even then it's cumbersome to keep out of the way.
Yup yup. Open mic is the way to go without a doubt. I have a $8 Zalman mic. After playing with the thresholds it only triggers when I talk, flick a lighter, or drop something on my desk.
> in a few months
An optimist! I like that!
To answer your question, this is what I use, it's decent.
For a recommendation that is less than $10
Seriously though this is an underpriced mic... 4 years in use.
<strong>This</strong> is all you need. It's what I have. Before I bought it I was looking into a modmic and even looking to spend $100+ on a mic+boom. After a lot of google research and consideration, I decided that spending a lot of money on a mic set-up was hard to justify, so I went with the Zalman. It was a solid decision. Everyone I game with can hear me perfectly. And when I do video editing with voiceover the audio is crisp and clear.
I use the Zalman zm-mic1. It is super sensitive, so you'll need a quiet place to do recordings. Costs about $8 and clips to your headphone cable.
Edit: I should clarify, I use mine for gaming, not doing recording hits. I haven't done those.
A clip-on mic can be really good quality and quite cheap. This is the one I use; it doesn't pick up my fan(which is important since I'm in Cali) and the audio quality is really good for $8.
What will it be used for?
I was in the market for ~$100 microphone to (wanted it on a boom), and went with the Zalman Zm-Mic1 to hold me over till I found what I was looking for. It ended up being exactly what I needed and it ended up saving me ~$100
Worth a shot.
NEVER BUY A HEADSET JUST GET A GOOD PAIR OF HEADPHONES AND A MIC. THIS MIC SOUNDS BETTER THAN ANY TURTLE BEACH BULLSHIT AND ITS ONLY 8 DOLLARS.
It all depends on how you consume Arma as to how necessary a mic is. Most of the public game modes will be quite playable without your chatter although voice comms do make it a lot easier to gain friends. You can still join TeamSpeak channels without a mic, you just can't talk back (obviously).
If you join almost any group, milsim or otherwise, you will need a mic to get anything done.
Any microphone your PC will recognize will be suitable. Here is just one example.
Zalman ZMMIC1 just clips onto the headphone wire. Seems to be decently recommended around here. For that price, I'd say give it a try.
Do you mean this one? I usually let the cable run down the inside of my arm to the floor, is it sensitive enough to pick up my voice and not the clack of my keyboard?
I think the Sennheiser 598 would be good for you. Great for vocals, good soundstage, and a little more kick in the low-end than their younger brother the 558. And right in your budget as well.
For budget stuff this zalman mic is actually quite good for the price, especially if you get it close to your mouth (make a makeshift boom or something) and stick it to your headphones :)
As far as headphones I'm not too caught up on what's around right now, but /r/headphones has a lot of good info, there are buying guides and whatnot on the sidebar over there.
For myself while gaming (and for music/movies/tv) I use the DT770 Pro headphones with one of the first gen ModMics on it, that's around ~$220 total though and most people don't really want to spend that much.
The mic I've been using for the past few months on PC is a Zalman Mic1. Just clip it onto the cord of my headphones and it works just fine.
Do you have a modmic? How is it? I considered getting one but I ended up just getting one of the super cheap clip on Zalman mics.
I'm afraid that the price tag on the modmic is paying for the magnetic mounting gimmick and not for a quality mic.
Great cheap mic. Sounds perfectly clear and doesnt pick up anything more than a few feet from it. Only downside... No mute. But you can program a hotkey in TS or whatever program you use.
> He would not have multiple sources set up (in my opinion) if he did not want to hear multiple sources at the same time. Hey may want to listen to music, watch a live stream on his pc, or talk on his phone while playing.
Ordered this: [link] I'll report back how it works.
Absolutely. Even if you don't have a mic you can still have fun. As long as you don't play competitive, there won't even be the slightest issue. Competitive play is where a mic is highly recommended, although you can sort of get away without one, it really, really helps. I'd recommend grabbing something cheap. To start, a basic mic will be fine, just as long as you can be heard clearly. Something like the Zalman Mic One is cheap and very high quality. I bought one for $1 or so on ebay. If you really get into it, I'd recommend a pair of good headphones (I personally like the ATH-AD700s) and a good mic (A modmic 4.0 is pretty common, high quality, basically makes headphones a headset) Do make sure you use text chat when possible, but don't stop to type unless you are sure. Learn to use radial commands, they are essential if you don't have a mic and very underused.
If you plan to play Competitive mode then I would strongly recommend you get a mic. You don't need anything special, just get a cheap one (here's the one I use). But if you only plan to play the other modes (Casual, Deathmatch, Arms Race, etc) then you don't need one.
If you like your MDR-7506's, then just use them for gaming and buy yourself a decent mic, like this Zalman Zm-Mic1 off Amazon for $8.
It's been a long time since I've heard a set of V6's/7506's so I don't recall if their soundstage and positioning were good for FPS gaming or not. They're certainly detailed enough tho. EDIT: And they're easy to drive so whatever sound card/onboard sound you're using should be sufficient.
if you already have an ok pair of headphone, just pick up one of these [link]
i use one paired with my Sennheiser HD 558 and it works perfectly - nice and clear
When I got my headphones amazon recommended a lapel mic for $10 that worked really well for a while. Had to replace it after a while for a desktop mic, but I didn't have any issues with the quality. Not studio grade by any means, but for CS:GO quality voice chat it's more than fine. I'll try find the link...
Here's the link
For what it's worth, I have these headphones and attach a cheap $7 mic with no problems so far. The headphones are fantastic and the mic is good enough (omni-directional though, so it may pick up background noise).
Indeed, mic doesn't need to be expensive, something like Zalman ZM-MIC 1 works fine.
You don't need to spend more money than this. Its cheap in price but has amazing quality. You clip it on to your headset wire where you want it to be and it will work wonders.
Find yourself a really comfortable pair of headphones/headset that doesn't have a mic and buy one of these
You could probably get something cheaper than $50 dollars with the set up.
I got this: [link]
Its only $8 and from reviews so far it looks like it'll be good enough for xbox live. If not, I'll get the vmoda boom pro. I have the preview dashboard and for some reason, every time I tried to change the volume of the controller, it just goes straight back to the dashboard.....its acting really weird. Anyway, thank you for your response.
As an audiophile, I want a wire on my headphones. And I also want a separate mic.
I really love my Sennheiser HD-598 headphones. If the price is a bit high, the HD-558 is almost as good.
Both headsets have the same exact comfort level. You can wear either set for hours on end without any discomfort.
As for a mic, since I don't care about the quality of my voice, I chose a cheapo Zalman mic for $10 on amazon.
Wasteland is fine without a mic. On Independent it is you vs the world so there is no coordination needed. You can use text chat for the most part, half the people in Wasteland don't even use mics anyway, there's rarely any coordination. BTW you can probably find a cheap mic that will get the job done for a low price.
Nah I just grabbed a super cheap clip on because I don't really use the mic that much anyway. It sounds as good as the G35 one anyway.
Come and lurk /r/headphones, man
This right here is the reason why I don't think I will ever drop a huge sum of money on "gaming headsets"
Just get a comfortable pair of headphones that won't break your bank and buy one of these bad boys.
If you are using your headset just to game, you shouldn't need to spend over 80 dollars and a headset. As for those who actually get headsets for recording, studio purposes that is another story, but there is separate mics for that and better headsets for that kind of thing.
I would still stick with the 6700k, its the best for gaming right now. Drop the 3rd 980 ti, after 2 GPUs the results diminish pretty hard. Drop the PSU power in accordance with the 980 tis, 1200 should work fine. Also, if youre gonna spend that much on speakers buy surround or something haha, 235 is ridiculous for stereo audio. Add this to your build so your 558s have a mic, its what I have. Also, if you drop to the 6700k, remove the PCI SSD and add a Sata one as you wont have enough pci lanes for it. IDK much about wifi cards but I highly recommend just buying a long ethernet cord. I lived on wifi in my room(separated from my house) and it was utter ass. After buying a 100ft ethernet cord things are a million times better. Also Id stick with the Corsair RGB over the razer one, razer products are known to be pretty defective. I have a non RGB k70 with cherry MX blues and it kicks ass, just kind of loud. Just saw the blue yeti mic, your choice on whether you want the clip on. Lastly, just because you have lots of money doesnt mean you have to blow it all. Live in moderation man, 3 980tis isnt worth it over 2 haha.
I use Panasonic RP-HTF600's with the antlion mic mentioned. Been using them for around 2 years and dont regret the purchase.
Edit: Ive also heard very good thing about this mic
I don't have these headphones so I can't comment on them but...
If you're interested in getting improved sound quality but still want a microphone for all your hard core gaming needs I highly recommend getting a nice pair of headphones and pairing them with something like this Zalman mic. I have the mic clipped to the wire and I've never had any complaints from my friends not being able to hear me.
As everyone will mostly tell you, it all depends on your budget. But the ideal solution is to go with headphones and getting a seperate mic.
The cheapest mic I would ever recommend is the Zalman Zm-Mic1. This thing sounds REALLY good! Better than all the built-in mics that gaming headsets come with.
If you want something a bit more expensive and flexible, the Blue Snowball and Yeti mics are really good.
I've heard great things about the Antlion modmic. If you're willing to drop the money on them, then they're great. Otherwise the $9 mic is here. I haven't used it but people say it's more than good enough for gaming online. I don't really know much about standing mics. I know the Blue Snowball is great but it also picks up basically everything so everyone will hear every click and key you press.
Like others are saying I would say get a standalone headphone and Mic. That would probably be even more budget friendly than getting a "good" headset.
I have the zalman mic and for 10$ it was way worth the price. Honestly now that I think of it, it has probably been the most impressive purchase I have ever made. I use it almost every day and it is going 5 years strong
Thing is I use the setup I described, with this mic, and I just always leave it clipped to the cable. Convenience is the exact same as a headset, but better quality.
This. I got an AD700 for $80 new on eBay, and used my webcam mic as a mic until I got the beamform mic with my Sound blaster Z.
Even if you want a clip on mic, the zalman mic ([link]) is only $10.
I have a mechanical keyboard as well and figured the same. I've deicded to go with a Zalman after a good bit of considering. The top review swung me towards it, especially after listening to the demo.
Well the zalman mic is really cheap and easy to setup and use. If you don't care about leaking sound then the hd598 really is better than the m50x, but doesn't fit the color scheme at all. If that's a problem than just stick with the m50x they are very good.
If you are looking for an all in one headset than the one you initially chose is fine, but you get a much better experience for the price when you purchase good headphones (most of the headphones they use in gaming headsets sound pretty bad) and a clip on mic or mod mic.
This the mic I use,
It's really cheap, pretty good quality, extremely portable, and very durable. I've had this thing for a few years and she's still going strong. Feel free to check out my stream or playbacks, there is some background noise but that can easily be fixed with some sort of filter (and if my computer didn't sit right next to me).
Basically I just attach it to my shirt and I'm good to go.
Before you join any multiplayer focused game that uses teamwork, get yourself a mic.
Fits under your budget. (For a single month) I have it, decent quality, and it's a mic. Just the first off the top of my head, you can probably find cheaper mics or choose to buy a more expensive mic. If you want a headset (most people will recommend against and tell you to get a standalone mic and headphones) I have a Turtle Beach Eaforce X12, which has a very good quality mic for it's price. It's about ~$20, can be found for less.
It's not absolutely necessary, but you should probably get a mic before you start playing competitive. Callouts and communication are very important, even if people don't use them much in lower ranks.
I just use the built-in mic on my laptop so the only recommendation I have is this one if you want something cheap. I've also heard that getting a separate mic rather than going for a gaming headset is the better option if you want to keep your sound quality.
I haven't used it a lot, but I've had no complaints when I have used it. I'll try to record something today and let you know what it sounds like, but no promises as to when that could happen during the day. Your best bet might be something like this, though. It's cheaper, affords you more control as to placement, and doesn't contain anything you don't need. You could also grab some sort of mic that sits on your desk, which can be more expensive, depending on how good you want to go. That might be best from a quality and ease of use perspective.
Don't buy a gaming headset.
Buy a decent pair of headphones and a cheap clip on mic, it will do the job just fine.
My two cents
What about PSU - yes, it will affect airflow. And you may want to go with additional fan. But if I were you I would just place the PSU the way it can have it's own airflow (so the psu won't get hotter from temperature in the case) and then have 2 intakes 1 exhaust. Whatever you chose will be good :D
Fans - as I said I doubt you will hear any differences. BUT if you are planning some streaming then the tower has to be as quiet as possible. BUT I have old case with bad airflow under my desk and it doesn't affect any recorder voice in gameplays (I mean it is loud).
Conclusion? - tower under desk & good mic (i have this one) and you can go with what whatever CPU cooler, case fans etc.
That being the case, you don't need to consider going used/refurb, as a new HD558 is within your price range. I'd suggest a Zalman ZM-Mic1 as a cheap clip-on mic to make it into a gaming headset.
You should get one
this is what I use. works great.
Unless you just don't like voice chatting, which is fine.
I use this and skullcandy ear buds I stole from an ex-girlfriend. I have found that headsets with attached mics are a far worse value than higher quality headphones and a decent mic.
VOIP is so good now there is little-to-no reason to have a low quality microphone. Y'all should pitch in and get her one: [link]
Works great for all the friends I had who got into PC gaming.
There is one here, too: [link]
get a zalman zm mic1
and a usb mic in soundcard (to get rid of motherboardnoise)
cheap and GREAT audioquality products, trust me!
I would check Amazon for simple pair of headphones, or just use any you have.
As for a mic, try something like...
I use this one for travel, you might have to turn up your gain and boost and use Push To Talk but for 7$ you'll get a fully functional mic. You just have to clip it to your headphone wire.
I would also use audio mixing software to tune how your voice sounds and put noise suppression filters on it, but it should work out of the box regardless.
I use this mic:
This is the usual recommendation I see for these headphones: [link]
To answer your question: The Astro headsets come with a MixAmp, which is short for mixer/amplifier. It's an external soundcard. I'm guessing that's the box you're referring to?
As for what the MixAmp does, it is an external volume knob, which has all the required input/outputs that the consoles have. Which allows you to use any headphones with any console.
But in practice?
Most TVs, modern consoles, and computers have a 3.5mm output which replaces the need for the MixAmp.
The headphones themselves? Not worth the price. You're going to be much better off getting any of the recommended headphones in the purchasing assistant.
Now you can always build your own headset. It might sound cray, but it's a matter of combining headphones with a microphone. There's desktop mics, lavalier mics, and boom-mics. Desktops sit on your desk, lavaliers clip on to your clothing, and boom mics have the handle that brings the mic to your face.
A few budget examples:
Desktop: Samson Meteorite, Samson GO Mic
Lavalier: Zalman Clip-On
Boom's: V-Moda Boompro, Antlion Modmic 4, Antlion Modmic 5
Even moreso, buy second-hand. Well-built, well-kept cans will last years.
In short: The MixAmp is a marketing tool, the headphones are jank. Make a smarter purchase, get actual headphones with a good mic.
P.S. If you're so very intrigued by the MixAmp, and live in the EU, I'll send you mine if you pay the postage.
I'm looking for a new microphone to talk to my buddies when we play Dota 2. I'm currently using A Zalman headset mic, but I no longer use a headset so it isn't the best.
I've considered these Neewer condenser kits, but is $40 overspending just for Discord?
I just managed to order a Zalman ZM-1 mic, if that's any use?
Zalman ZMMIC1 Lapel Microphone [link]
r/headphones have a excellent buyers guide. I would say buy this mic and this headset
Zalman ZMMIC1 Lapel Microphone cheap and cheerful but if you record audio you may want a better mic
if you don't mind going a little over your budget this microphone
with this headphone
I currently use the SteelSeries Arctis 3, and it's good. As is the Siberia 200 from them. Many people will probably recommend the HyperX Cloud headsets as well.
I would honestly recommend, if you can get the money together for it, to invest in a good pair of headphones and a cheap-ish USB studio microphone. You'd only need about $150, which isn't too bad compared to some of the overkill audio setups I've seen around. You can also just get a cheap little lavalier microphone with the headphones as well.
this is a common recommendation that i've seen for cheap clip on mics
I don't know anything about it,
but this has good reviews. just found it on amazon when i searched clip on microphone
This isn't for headphones, but for a clip on/attachable mic used for gaming. I know technically this isn't the exact subreddit but I didn't know where else to post, and I feel most of you guys would still have some good recommendations.
I (think) I'm looking for a clip on mic. If anyone has any other suggestion which might fit my needs, feel free to suggest something else.
I'm going to be using this mic for gaming. Studio quality is not necessary. I'm looking for a mic to not take up any desk space, so the mic could be clipped on to my headphone wire, or clipped on to my monitor or tower. I've used Zalman clip on mic before, but the clip was too skinny for my headphone wire, and the clip eventually broke from the stress. I use Audio Technica AD700x Headphones.
If this hangs on to my wire, which drops straight down from my headphone cans, will a unidirectional mic catch my voice adequately? I don't want it to catch my TV, which is right next to my set up, nor do I want it to catch my loud PC and clacking keyboard.
With this being said, I'm in the $20 budget range. Cheaper is ok if the quality is there and I don't feel like I will need to replace it in the near future. Willing to go in the $30-$40 range if the quality/build is exceptional and I will not need to replace it in the next ~5-7 years.
Been using a zalman for 3 years and havent had any complaints.
I've never used it so I am not sure, but this is the mic. There is a video of it I bleieve you can hear a demo. Keep in mind that this is an Omni-directional mic so it will pick up everything in your room including your voice. So if you constantly have barking docs and what not, this may not be ideal. But this should be loud enough for your friends to hear you over Skype.
Your next best option would bit This mic. THis should be a uni-directional mic, so it should mostly only pick up your voice. It still sounds tinny but it should sound better than the Clip on mic, and almost every webcam mic. It is basically a "Budget-Mod Mic".
But the best "attachable boom mic" on the market right now is the Mod Mic, which is what I was using for quite awhile until I just switched with an AT2020 XLR mic.
if your gaming, im using [link] and had no complaints its cheaper too haha
A headset will never sound nearly as good as a good pair of headphones and an attachable mic for the same or less money. Get a Zalman Zm-Mic1 or a Antlion Audio ModMic and attach it to a decent pair of headphones from Sennheiser, Audio Technica, etc. The HD 598 Cs fits your price range if you go with the Zalman.
Edit: If the mic is your only concern, just take it off and buy the Zalman or the ModMic and attach it to your Revolver S.
Budget - My budget is a meager but flexible 30 USD
Source - The headphones will be used for competitive PC gaming (CS:GO or Overwatch) and chatting on Discord and Teamspeak 3
Requirements for Isolation - There doesn't have to be a ton of isolation, but I would appreciate some. The only place the headphones will be used is in my room.
Will you be using these Headphones in Public? - Never.
Preferred Type of Headphone - I'm fine with either over or on the ear.
Preferred tonal balance - I'm assuming balanced is preferred for gaming, so I'll go with neutral.
Past headphones - I've been rocking Apple earbuds, so I figured its time for an upgrade.
Preferred Music - I don't want my Spotify playlist to determine the headphones I get because music isn't the reason I'm purchasing them, its for gaming.
What would you like to improve on from your set-up - I just want an overall improvement in quality. I'm sure you can imagine using Apple earbuds in my situation.
Along with this, if anybody could suggest a particularly loud microphone to go along with the headphones that would be great. My previous microphone just broke today, it worked great besides for the fact that it had to be touching my mouth to be loud enough. It was a Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity: [link] That being said, my next microphone would have to be even louder than the Zalman in order for me to be able to place it somewhere other than on my mouth. I've tried turning up the microphone boost, but I keep it at +10 dB instead of the max 30 because of the increased background noise when I do so. If none come to mind, I'll just buy the same one again. Microphone budget would sadly be a hard limited 20 USD.
I think the reason that its so quiet is because I'm using onboard audio from my Asus - Maximus VI Hero ATX LGA1150 Motherboard instead of a separate sound card. If anybody is interested: [link]
That's not true
I use this and its much better than the built in mic that came with either of my $150+ gaming headsets. People have no trouble hearing me
Like I said, you can buy them for $50 on sales.
And again, like I said, you have multiple options for the mic, going from about $8.
About as cheap as they come.
If you can live with minijack - [link]
JVC Harx700 + Zalman mic. Runs about $45, and much better quality than any "gaming headset".
There is a more expensive ($60) JVC Harx900 headset if you want to get something a little more pricey.
If you want to get fancy you can get some snakeskin cabling, some heatshrink, and a lighter and semi-permanently combine the mic cable to the headphone cable.
While you are at it a decent soundcard will do wonders if you are using an onboard card. You can get a decent entry level card for about $40. Just like a standalone mic is better than a headset mic. A standalone sound card is miles ahead of an onboard card in the vast majority of cases.
try backing up for a UGC team [link]
this clip on mic is $6 and is very, very good [link]
disclaimer not a video [link]
OK, so all you need is a microphone.
TheEternalNightmare's suggestion of the Zalman Zm-Mic1 will get the job done but this is a case of "You get what you pay for" at less than $10 it's not much. But it is a mic; you talk, they hear you (mostly).
If you're willing to spend more (around $50) the Blue Snowball iCE is a pretty good choice. Connects with USB.
If you need something like a standard headset boom mic the Antlion ModMic is probably your best bet. It sorta just sticks to the side of the headphone cups and connects to the
3.5mm microphone port. It's around $55
It just depends on what you want and what you're willing to pay for.
If it's a cheap mic then the Zalman ZM-Mic1 should do just fine. Here's a review from Podcastage (love this guy's work).
There's also the more expensive Sony ECMSC3 (just picked this out at random). Podcastage Review.
EDIT: I'm assuming you wanted it for gaming and not for production. There's also some other options like the V-Moda BoomPro or Antlion ModMic if you have headphones that are compatible.
I bought a Zalman ZM Mic1 based on recommendations from people online for a microphone. It arrived today and I'm severely underwhelmed. It's even worse than my cheap standing microphone I got 10 years ago. I have the settings cranked to 100% 30dB and still it barely picks up my voice unless its almost in my mouth. I saw in a video that one guy uses his with a USB audio adapter to increase the voltage and get better sounds. Is this the only solution or should I just return it?
Heres the usual crap mic. Ok, its 6 dollars, but thats a miniscule difference for something thats actually quite useable. These kinds of clip mics come dirt cheap. If you wanna torture your teammates theres also this one for $2.63. So yeah. Not quality, but its something.
Well, you could get the ModMic or something like a Zalman ZM-Mic1, or you could try a clamped boom stand.
Basically just attaches to a small section of your desk with a c-clamp. Takes up virtually no desk space.
Also, for a more budget-friendly option, these Monoprice headphones don't seem half bad. They're not great, but for the price it's probably the best option you're gonna find.
One last addendum, try to go for something closed backed and circum-aural. Closed back basically means the outside of the headphones is completely closed off, which helps with isolation and not hearing the outside world.
If, however, you're only using them for gaming and there's not much noise pollution in your house, open back lets the audio "flow" and go free, resulting in a different sound.
Circum aural basically just means the headphones cover your ears entirely instead of resting atop them.
very good microphone for that price.
If we're staying around the $50 price range, I would consider the Philips SHP9500 + Zalman Clip on Mic.
If you can, maybe spring for the VMODA BoomPro, which makes the whole setup a lot cleaner and more like a headset:
You've already got standard headphones you like? The easy, cheap option is to get the Zalman Zm-Mic1. It clips to your headphone cable and plugs into your PC's headphone input.
If you really want to keep those headphones and you are also willing to spend more money on better voice quality, get the Antlion ModMic.
There are a ton of great reviews for both of these products on Youtube. The general consensus seems to be that gaming headsets don't give you good sound quality for their price, and you're better off buying your mic and headphones separately.
$45 used for a good wireless headset
$43 for another decent used headset
buildapcsales also has you covered if you want to look yourself
Supposedly you can hook some headsets up to the Xbox one controller, don't think you can do that with the 360 but either way it's going to be a pretty big hassle. I'd just connect directly to the PC.
A true povo solution would be to pair this mic with the budget headphones of your choice. You can get some surprisingly good basic headphones for $20-30
This is probably the best option sub $20 - [link]
Here's another option, only $6! It's not what i'm using (i have an at2020) but it's hard to beat for $6!
Questo è molto buono. 7€ con prime
If you want a mic upgrade go with this.
It is the cats meow. Promise.
Temporarily replaced with a cheap Zalman Mic until I find a better perm replacement.
The dac has a bass booster. And I use a cruddy little 5 dollar clip on mic, but it works like a charm, let me see if I can find the amazon link really quick.
If you're just using a mic for voice chat, this is good enough.
Here's a video of the V-Moda Boom Pro ($30) from Podcastage. Pretty much all you need for voice chat.
There's also the budget ZM-Mic1 which sacrifices convenience for price.
No need for isolation? HD 681 Evo and this cheap clip-on mic.
Counter-suggestion: Buy one of these and just buy actual headphones that prioritize sound quality and comfort over 'headset for gaming' branding.
This mic is good. I have it.
There's not really anything worth mentioning at that price point, look for an over ear pair (my personal preference) that you wouldn't mind wearing. You could also pair a ZM-Mic1 with some cheap headphones and upgrade just the headphones when you save some more money.
As an aside, headphones (not headsets) from actual manufacturers like Sennheiser, Audio Technica, Beyerdynamic, etc will always be way better than "gaming" gear... provided you can pay up.
So you just need separate mic and headphones right? Take your pick: ZM-Mic1, V-MODA Boompro, Modmic 4.0.
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For the headset, I'd recommend the Superlux HD 681B with a cheap clip micro like the Zalman ZM-MIC1. Very very good sound for 25€.
The 500€ is sadly a bit lower than I'd like to present you with a good upgrade. If you can still go higher than this, you could also get a GTX 1060 instead:
But with the headset the upgrade was already at 550€.
An ideal upgrade would also replace the 6400 with the 6500 and the H110 board with a B150 board, but that is again 50€ more.
Any headsets in that price range are going to be pretty junky, they most likely won't last more than a year or so of regular use. All the cheap headsets me and my friends have bought all died out around that time period, some sooner some later. I would instead get a decent pair of budget headphones and pair it with a cheap clip on mic, like the Zalman ZM-mic1.
[link] (highly recommended by /r/headphones)
This logic applies to higher priced headsets also. There's only a few decent gaming headsets that aren't overpriced garbage, the Kingston HyperX Cloud being the most prominent. Once you're looking at spending more for a quality gaming headset check out /r/headphones for more suggestions.
Nice! I was looking at getting a pair of headphones around your price range as well and almost bought those, but I wanted it to be usb so I could plug it into my ps4.
Here's the universal attachable mic. they're some of the best out there but the uni-directional with mute button is 49.99 at time of post :(
you could always get a really cheap zalman too. In the end it'll do the same job, the zalman will just pick up more background noise.
Gaming headsets are pretty much all horrible buys. Please read through this. Also, if you don't like microphone setups, you can consider a clip-on mic or a modmic
The Zalman ZM-mic1 is a decent slip on mic that's very affordable
What mouse/KB did you get? You shouldn't need SATA cables as the mobo will come with at least 2 (you don't need the optical drive) and you don't need an antistatic band, you can ground yourself for free by touching something metal.
As for the build:
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
i5 6400 is only .3ghz slower at boost speed than the 6500, better price/performance though
cheaper mobo, only 2 ram slots and no M.2
cheaper RAM, single stick to allow room for upgrades on mobo
cheaper case after MIR
lower wattage PSU, enough for this build
cheaper 23" IPS monitor
cheaper/nicer headphone+clip on mic combo, gaming headsets are pretty bad quality/reliability wise
I use m50x on my xbox with this [link] and this [link]
I think that one's worth the price (though I got it on sale), but I've seen this way cheaper one around a lot as well.
Depends on how your Sennheisers are connected. If it's just a 3.5mm, then you will need to get an adapter. You can use an adapter like this one.
This is what I'd get for that budget, for the mic I would suggest the Zalman Clip-on Mic.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant
add this to it
You have several options:
Use an inexpensive clipon mic like those from Zalman or Sony. certainly the cheapest solution, but also the lowest (but still ok) sound quality.
Use the AntLion ModMic...it is expensive, but you can easily attach it to any headphone you purchase in the future, so this is indeed a smart and long lasting investment.
Get a desktop USB mic. They have by far the best sound quality, but tend to pick up more ambient noise like keystrokes etc.
Alternatively try to get in contact with /u/hyperx-felinni, maybe Kignston's support can hook you up with an OG mic.
edit: You cannot connect any other boom mic because the cheeky fucks designed a proprietary square port for the mic.
I own this monitor for 3 years now, love it. With this icc profile the colours get way better:
Take a look at this video:
It shows a current development in modern engines. The use of the extra threads with modern engine and the tendency to use more cores in the future (Frostbite does that already, snowdrop from the division, Red engine from witcher 3).
Here is my new build for you with slight changes:
high end air cooler, 4.6ghz is the sweet spot for most 6700k cpus.
slightly cheaper ssd, wont notice a difference
the asus monitor
headphones i own. These are one of the best headphones in terms of price to performance. If you look up reviews, you will see what i mean. very comfortable, awesome sound.
if you add a cheap mic like this, you have a gaming headset but with a much better audio quality.
Then upgrade the headphones as money allows. Better audio quality than 'gaming' focused headsets. Pretty comfy. And cheap. I've heard you should change the earpads with the others available on the monoprice site.
Check out the reviews
It looks fun. If you can take a tenor vocalist with kind of a crappy mic, I'm on.
If my daughter want to make minecraft videos and I dont have a mic can I just something like this to my head phones or get this headset for here to talk while she plays? Or should i get a better mic?
Is there good mic I could use for gaming and streaming games? Should i get a good mic or would some like this mic do with head phones? Or can I get this something like this on sale? Also would my r280 handle streaming or should i upgrade?
Here is the desktop version of OP's link
If OP is still looking: I've had these for a while, they're alright. If you're going for a camera mic I'm guessing you don't want the highest quality audio.
I would pair a Zalman Mic with these Superlux HD 688B headphones. Both the mic and the headphones will sound much better than any headset you could buy at that price point. Even better than the HyperX Cloud II (which is still quite good for a headset.)
If you want something cheap, you can use this mic.
Its what I use on my 598s, though its not the most aesthetically pleasing.
Zalman clip on mic from amazon is only $8. It has pretty decent quality. Source: I own one.
This is my suggestion:
Possibly a DAC/AMP for the headphones: [link]
A bit over budget, but a strong build.
Edit: changed some parts around
Mic's are cheap!
I use this thing constantly. Shockingly high sensitivity and sound quality for $7.
What are you going to be using the microphone for? If you are just going to use it for gaming you could just get a clip-on mic that will attach to the headphone cable or for some better quality you can look at the Modmic which attached to the side of your headphones.
really cheap: Zalman has one for around $10 (USD) that will clip onto the wire. People on voice comms will hear you and understand you fine.
Wanna stream or actually care about your voice quality? Get the offering from Blue that fits in your budget.
I've heard good things about the Zaiman Mic1[link]
A more high end mix would go along better with your Audio Technica, though.
Zalman Clip On Mic is a solid budget option, the cheapest USB Soundcard I'm willed to suggest is the Creative Soundblaster E1...Anything cheaper than that and you'd be better off using onboard sound.
I use the zalman mic 1 ( [link]) and a set of creative aurvana live head sets. Mic works perfectly for gaming.
What I use: [link]
Sounds good, I'd say half as good as the modmic but less than $8.
is it this one?
[link] Is a cheap solution to a microphone if you decide to go for the dt 770.
I put where I got the things from on the right. ~$800 is more accurate of what I paid.
I cheaped out no where.
Here are my peripherals
<strong>Here</strong> is a picture of my rig
I've since added a <strong>hanger</strong> for my headset and added a Zalaman mic for $8
<strong>here</strong> is inside of my PC
<strong>here</strong> is the K65 RGB
Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone [link] try this
7 Dollhairs USD. Buy a mic, if you play CS.
Maybe in your country, but your country is not the rest of the world.
If I compare the prices of "local" retailers here, the Superlux HD681 EVO is €29 and the Logitech G430 costs around €62 so slightly less than 1/2 of the price would've been more accurate then 1/3rd (as I wrote it in a previous post).
And for the 7.1 soundcard, well IMO Stereo > synthetic/fake surround all day.
But this is just my opinion and I will let you use and believe in whatever you want.
If you're happy with an overpriced headset then fine, if you ever want to try out better sound for the same or less amount of money, feel free to give headphones a try.
Microphones are optional and a good mic doesn't cost that much:
Have a nice day.
/r/headphones for a recommendation on cans.
Zalman ZM-MIC1 for a cheap mic.
Modmic for less cheap, but mountable.
Personally I use Grado SR80s + the Zalman mic. Working great.
mechanical keyboards are actually more spill resistant than membranes afaik. Paul's hardware made a video once about how he spilled his coffee on his keyboard. he cleaned it on video using some cotton swabs and rubbing alcohol. worked good as new after that. I personally use a k70 and they are very easy to clean and maintain, whereas my old membrane keyboard could very well be housing new species of fungi under those keys for all i know (i'm hyperboling, but still it gets dirty under there, and membranes are hard to clean)
anyways here's my build suggestion
performance wise this will plow through any title maxed out at 60+fps on 1440p.
i included a 1440p 60hz monitor for exactly that purpose.
for the keyboard i put in a mechanical keyboard with cherry mx silent switches, since you said noise is a factor for you. they are basically cherry reds, but with rubber sound dampeners that also reduce key travel time. They come with IMO the best RGB lighting out there, but still maintain a very clean look. it also comes with a keycap puller and some optional textured keys for wasd and qwerdf which can be nice for finding those keys without having to look at the keyboard.
since you requested a cd tray i went ahead and made it a blu-ray reader, it's only 15$ more, and that way if you ever want to watch that blu-ray on your pc, you can without having to download the movie again. but if you feel you don't need this feel free to replace it with this alternative that still does all the cd/dvd read and writing, but isn't blu-ray compatible, for about 20$ less.
i went with a mid tower case, since it works, looks nice and is cheap. the fractal mini is a great case, good sound isolation while keeping a good airflow to keep those components cool. you will have to remove one of the drive cages to fit the graphics card, but this is pretty easy, and you still have a second drive cage to put the SSD and mechanical drive i included in.
i put in a surround sound set. nothing amazing, but it's nice surround for gaming and watching movies. i also included some headphones for when your wife is asleep. though if she sleeps in the same room as where you game, i have to warn you they leak a lot of sound. however they have an amazing sound stage and are amazing for gaming. light-years ahead of any "gaming" advertised headset. they don't come with a mic, but you can buy an antlion modimic for 40-50$ and just stick that on there, sound quality again way ahead of any gaming headset out there and if that is too expensive a clip-on mic for 8$. If you do need a closed (more sound isolating) set however, i would recommend these.
You could check out the Zalman Zm-Mic1. Its pretty good for the price and IMHO better than the Blue Snowball.
Whats a good clip on mic? I've been looking through this subs history, and there seems to be a consensus that its better to get a regular headphones, plus a clip on mic. I've seen things recommended from a $10 Zalman to a $60 ModMic, but not any discussion about how they compare. Is there any real difference, or is there one you'd strongly reccomend? I wont be doing anything proffesional, just chatting with people on skype.
It's best to get your microphone seperate.
Cheap option but still sounds as good as most headsets: [link]
There are a ton of microphone options though. Modmic is pretty popular too because it clips on the side of the headphones and is high quality.
Then there are desktop mics options. I've gone that route before too with good results but I just had a cheap basic one that I can't remember the model of. Most people will recommend the Blue Yeti or Snowball on that front.
Cheaper and Better
So just to get an idea to clarify, you would recommend a small cheap speaker which I can find for sure.
A mic like this: [link]
and this type of cable: [link]
This seems like a decent, cheap mic you could get if you wanted to try it.
If you're coming from CS/COD/BF the biggest thing to learn is to not treat Squad like those games. In COD and BF you can lone wolf it, run and gun and come out on top. Or, if you get shot, you can just take cover for a few seconds and be back to full health. With Squad, teamwork and playing tactically is paramount to success and having a good time. This is probably the hardest thing for new players to learn. The controls and base game mechanics won't take more than a couple days to understand. Aspects like bullet drop, recoil, and damage might take a week or two to get down.
For your first couple of weeks, just take the base rifleman slot and listen to your SL (Squad Leader) and learn the base mechanics of the game. If you don't have a microphone, go out and get one ASAP. A good cheap one is this Zalman clip on, but I recommend spending a bit more and going for an Antlion Modmic.
I've used this before which clips onto your headphone cable, works great and sounds clear.
I got a Zalman Zm mic 1, it clips to the headphone cable. It sounds good and it's cheap.
*I've also heard Modmic works well.
a decent mic doesnt cost that much - [link]
I use this for chatting in CSGO and stuff. I recommend it.
That wasn't easy at all.
I added a keyboard with some shitty ALPS mechanical switches.
Mouse is great though, and I love my Steelseries Qck. I use both the G303 and the QCK, and it's a pretty good combination.
Used one for almost a year before I got a condenser mic. Not that it matters for Skype, but the audio quality is actually pretty good.
Just attach it to the headphone cord. [link]
Here you go!
Yeah, and the mic itself is only $7.59, at least with prime..
I'm looking for a mic for gaming that has good quality but also doesn't pick up background noise very well. My first mic was a $10 Zalman mic from Amazon and the quality's actually pretty good. The thing is though if it's quiet where I am then you can hear some background fuzz, or pink noise, or krrrrsssssshhhhhh, whatever it's called, whenever I talk, although not that loud.
Then I found a rather expensive mic that my brother has lying around which is a $100 Yeti mic, and this one would be a straight upgrade to the Zalman except it captures background noise too well. For example if the tv is playing or someone is talking behind me, like from 15-20 ft away, then it can be heard pretty well on the mic, but I don't want that noise to be heard while I'm talking. Especially if, say, someone is vacuuming in the same room, the Yeti mic would add a lot of noise in the background but the Zalman wouldn't pick it up as much.
So is there a mic that has both good voice quality and can also filter out background noises so it doesn't bleed into whenever I talk on the mic?
>Someone looking at a Cloud II for $75 is not someone in the market to spend $600 on an audiophile setup that they wouldn't even do anything with to appreciate, or even in the market for $150.
As I stated, you don't need to spend anywhere close to $600. What I'm saying is if you get a pair of $100-$150 HD598s the next logical "step up" would be an almost $600 setup. As for appreciating it? Same argument can be made for someone with a 1080p monitor jumping to 4K. You enter a completely new realm of audio clarity. As for not appreciating it? I'm a complete non-audiophile who purchased an insanely expensive setup on a whim. I bought them on a Black Friday knowing the resale value or return policy would bail me out if they sucked. No way in hell anyones prying these off of my dead body :)
Hence I didn't suggest something like the HD600/HD650/ATH K7XX/HiFiMan He 400 etc., I suggested two pairs of headphones (HD 598 & ATH M50X) that came on sale for virtually the same price as this ($100) with much better audio quality. This is a $93 deal. I think it's very fair to note that for $20-50 more you can get a vastly better sounding headphone/microphone that is endgame until you hit $500+.
Don't get me wrong. The Cloud II will certainly sound great. In fact, it's one of the better headsets you can buy.
>The mic on the Cloud II is going to do better than any $7 mic I know about, and it has the not insignificant benefit of being integrated into the headset (but still detachable).
If you're skeptical on a Zalman you can always upgrade to an Antlion. That runs about $40, but will blow away any gaming headset. Zalmans should be completely fine, though. That'd put my recommendation at $140 vs. $92. Hence I didn't want to suggest a better-quality clip-on.
>If you want to spend $150+ and what you do is gaming, honestly I think you should get a Sennheiser Game One which gets you an open air headset and a fantastic integrated mic.
Poor advice. I'll cite this post in addition to specs. Note that: The GAME ONES use what are essentially HD558 drivers which are priced $80-100. The HD598s are a step about HD558. Here's a direct comparison between the GAME ONE and HD598.
Now we're talking a $190 headset. So compare that to my $100 HD598 suggestion and a $40 Antlion is a better microphone than the Game One's. Hell, throw that copy of Siege in and it's still cheaper ;)
>Gaming headsets are definitely not "all garbage" and they're definitely not "marked up", let alone "marked up to $100".
You effectively just supplied a perfect example of a marked up headphone. The Game Ones have the same drivers as 558s and certainly don't have a $100 microphone.
Once again, I'll quote:
>Please do your own research and don't take my word for it.
Now you can game with any pair of headphones.
In all seriousness, if you need a cheap mic for gaming or whatever, consider [link]. It's $8, clips onto my headphone cable, and is surprisingly good.
I ordered this
Dont waste so much money on a mic if you are not planning on doing podcasts or geet a major youtuber its a waste.
Id go for a good plair of beyer dynamic dt990PRO's and get a clip on mic by zahlman.
I use this setup a lot and its in my Opinion the best Sound you can get out of CS:GO (i own 7 different studio headphones).
And the cliponmic is very convenient if you want to take the headphones away without mic, plus it has very good soundquality only drawback is the cable of the mic is pretty thin thus kinda fragile yet it held over 2 years for me allready.
No worries, keep the headphones you like. Just get somthing like this. If price is an issue, there are cheaper options out there, like this. You can have the best of both worlds, audiophile headphones for music, and a mic for competitive gaming.
these plus this
would this be a good mic attachment?
I'm looking for a way to plug my HD 598s into my PS4 and also use a microphone like this one.
I'm not looking for amazing quality or anything but I also don't want it to make the headphones sound like shit. I've looked all over for something and I was thinking about trying an external soundcard like this or this.
I simply need a way to plug my headphones into my PS4 along with a cheap microphone that will clip onto the headphone cable.
I just don't want to spend more than $50 because I don't play my PS4 a whole lot and I usually plug my headphones into my PC.
Sorry if this is the wrong place for this. I've been Googling for 2 hours trying to figure this out but I'm pretty new to audio stuff and I didn't know where else to look.
Plus mic here - though there are plenty of other options I only suggest the modmic because they have made the process as easy as possible. You could get a full-sized condenser (~$40) mic which sounds much more rich in stereo than a headset mono channel mic.
If you feel satisfied with your G930s then you are absolutely in your right to buy them again. Don't let what other people think change your mind if you think they're good.
I don't have any suggestions for headsets unfortunately. They generally don't differentiate much unless you spend a lot of money. I'm sure you can find one that will serve your needs just fine.
The marketing in them is the trap.
How about this one? Widely recommended and used.
>if you can't buy one
Hello everyone! So I'm looking to get into doing let's plays on youtube and I was wondering what mics would be best for voice recording? I'll be doing recordings in my study where the only real noise other than me will be my computer's fan. Would it be possible to get a good microphone under the $100 price point?
I've noticed that condenser mics seem to be regarded as the best around but most seem to be at least $100. I've also found two different microphones that are highly praised and best sellers on Amazon, but I feel reluctant because of how cheap their price points are. The two I'm considering are this clip-on and this detachable. Are these actually any good or are they passable? How would they compare to condensers?
Thanks in advance!
People can get this you don't need a gaming headset to talk in game. A $7 mic is more than enough for CSGO.
$10 pretty good mic right here. [link]
Not all cheap mics are bad
I use this mic and just clip it on to my headset cable. [link]
Most computers have microphone ports but if you don't have one they probobly make adapters
If you want something more budget oriented you could do
this headset if you want a closed headset.
this headset if you want an open pair.
and then this clip on mic
Both come out to ~$40 in total which is a pretty good deal.
Ok 8 bucks not 5, I wasn't far off.
Do you mean does it have one port for both the headphone and the mic?
edit: totally forgot to put in the microphone.. It's this one
Yeah I had seen these already but the price is kinda steep for me. Would you know anything about [link] this?
I'd rather buy something like [link] and then find a mic. like [link]
All "gaming" headsets seem to be overpriced and pretty crappy when it comes to the audio.
You could spend the 100 Euros on Sennheiser HD 558 and a Zalman Clip on Microphone
I don't know if they're priced higher in Europe though, if it is too pricey, aim lower at the Sennheiser 518.
Definitely headphones. As you are using GBP as your currency, I make a quick suggestion for cheap but really good headphones:
Really comfortable, really clean good sound.
Superlux HD-681 22.23 GBP incl. Shipping to UK.
If you prefer in-ears, get some
Xiaomi Piston v3 10.06 GBP free Shipping (Shipping time up to 30 days), v2 will also be a good alternative, but they cost the same.
If your mic sucks, get a
Zalman ZM-MIC1 6.80 GBP free Shipping if Amazon Prime
Sennheiser is (IMO, audio is subjective) the king of the audio game. Pick up some headphones for whatever your price point is, then pick up something like this
yeah i too find it overpriced, ill probably use This mic and buy the clamps that the modmic use at 5$ because i really like them :D
Ugh, lol... it's a mic.
Superlux HD668B are nice, I use them along side a Zalman ZMMIC1 Lapel Mic and it works great! Mic quality is fine if you clip the mic to the top of the headphone cable.
Depending on what your priorities regarding sound and mic quality are, I'd consider either Kingston's HyperX Clouds (a.k.a. the Takstar Pro80 with a mic), or Brainwavz' HM5 plus a cheap clip-on or lapel mic. The HM5s sound better and are more comfortable, but you'll probably get better mic quality with the Clouds (the ZM-Mic1, in particular, is very mediocre in that regard), and they're cheaper.
No worries, happens on a daily basis. Just some forewarning, literally the only headset that will get a recommendation here - and which you likely still will not be recommended - is Kingston's HyperX Clouds, because it's based on the actually quite good Takstar Pro80, while many other headsets are, erm...lacking by almost all objective and subjective standards, actually. The go-to suggestion will typically be a clip-on mic, like Zalman's Mic1 or Antlion's Modmic - though lapel mics offer a pretty good alternative with surprisingly good sound quality for the price - paired with a pair of actual headphones, with the exact pair varying by what you answer to the questionnaire (and there are quite a lot of options, so I'd recommend being as thorough on that one as you can).
This was in the wiki and it has good reviews.
I'm currently using this little bastard and it sounds awesome! Check out the review!
You could go two ways from that build - either cheaper while maintaining performance:
or improving within that budget:
As far as other questions go:
I use a Turtle Beach DSS2 mixer and their headset adapter. I got the max amp for $30 and the adapter for $25 on ebay.
Those two things cover just about everything you mentioned except wireless and blue tooth. The mod mic if fully removable btw. The Zalman mic is also a good option that would save money and it still has better quality than the Astro or Turtle Beach mics. If some one is dead set on going wireless then by all means feel free to pay that premium. I wish there was a way for them to test out the other headphones before making that choice though because it really is something you need to hear in person to fully understand why people like myself so adamantly suggest staying away from gaming headsets.
$9, cheap but not crappy
> needs to have a mic on it like a regular gaming headset would
Would a clip-on mic like a ZM-Mic1 or something like a Modmic be an acceptable alternative? Because otherwise, you're going to have a very small pool of options to choose from...
It really depends in your budget, but this is a pretty good guide for headphones link. From personal experience, if you can afford them, sennheiser momentums are excellent, as are AKG K550s or Audio technica M50x or Sennheiser HD558s
As for a mic, there are a few options at different price points. At the low end, people recommend this then a step up is the antlion modmic 4.0, available here which offers good sound, and clips to your headphones, for a headset like experience. Above that you have standalone condenser mics, and at the budget end of the spectrum are the Blue Snowball link and the Samson Meteor link. Above that is stuff like the blue yeti link or AT2020 link. Those are about as good as anyone not doing serious professional work would likely need, and don't require loads of mixing and interface devices. If you buy a cardioid mic, then it's important to buy a pop filter.
Sorry about the mobile links, buy I'm on mobile right now
ETA: this is probably over the top, but external Amps and DACs also improve sound quality
Pentium G3258 is certainly good enough for CS GO. Just cause 3 hasnt been released so I cant tell you whether or not it can run it. G3258 cost $64, you would save $49:
This is a decent mic:
Aslong as both the mic and headset are plugged into the splitter before it's connected to the adapter everything should work.
I've never personally used it but I heard it works good for the price.
With $150, you can get a very good set of headphones and a detachable microphone. Here is my recommendation: Microphone & Headphones
However that being said, I have the Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone and would recommend it for it's ease of use and price, however as /u/Makegooduseof recommended the AntLion Audio ModMic 4.0 Attachable Boom Microphone - Omni-Directional with Mute Switch is very highly rated and I have used it before, I would recommend it but it is $45 as opposed to $10. Both of these don't need a detachable cable, and because yours has one you could use the V-MODA BoomPro which I also have, it directly replaces your cord and includes a volume adjuster and shirt clip.
If you prefer a universal mic get the Zalman, if you want to replace your cord with an easy to use and great working mic get the BoomPro. The AntLion is a good buy if you want the best sound quality out of all three options but you are willing to pay more and have an extra cable.
edit: keep in mind if you are paying $40 for a mic you might be interested in selling the Hesh's and getting headphones designed for gaming/voice communication for not too much more.
Why not just a mic then? [link]
Cheap good quality and you can basicly use it without worrying about changing your headset later and such.
Yea man it's definitely worth looking into. I have those AKGs and I can promise they're life changing. Plus then you'll have a pair of incredible headphones/mic that you can easily use for PC or take out with you if you so choose. If you wanted to cut cost down a bit you could go with a Zalman Mic too. Buddy of mine uses one of those and sounds great over XBL.
If you decide to go with those headphones some other things you would need to have is the Xbox One Stereo Headset Adapter, a splitter like this(the splitter goes into the adapter on the controller and makes it so you can plug both the headphones and mic in), and any auxiliary cable.
imo best option would be to just get a mic and use your current headphones. theres a variety of ways to go most popular are probably the zalman clip on or similar, modmic, and the blue yeti,nessie or snowball depends on the quality/cost you want the clip on mic is $10 tho which is right what you wanted. any headsets that cheap will likely be unconfortable not to mention the sound quality.
Link for the Zalman (£6.25).
Get a pair of decent headphones as soon as you can afford them and use this mic in the meantime. It's decent and probaly 3 times better than the mic of a Steelseries. Modmics are for the fancy looks
well, since I accidentally linked you to a 290x in my first post, here's the zalman mic-1 I meant to link you to. It should serve it's purpose fairly well for basic voice chat stuff, but if you want a more high-end option for youtube/twitch/other voice recording stuff then a desk mic like a blue snowball might be something for you
I have the modmic, but I would get this. It is a lot cheaper and probably just as good sound quality.
At this price level. This + headphones is best.
if you can't afford a modmic, get a zalman
Is this not a modmic? [link]
In one of them you would plug in your Beats, and in the other you could plug in an external mic. I personally use a Zalman mic and it works perfectly.
EDIT: Here's link to the Zalman mic, currently $9.85 on Amazon. [link]
This is what I use strapped to my HD-280s:
It works ... ok.
I second these. I just received mine and they're amazing. I'm giving my superlux's to my brother and ended up buying a second takstar for my wife. Pretty good review: [link]
It took 2 and a half weeks for them to arrive. Throw this mic on and you're good to go: [link]
I own an MSI GT70, will I need an amp or will the built in "Audio Boost" work? Also as far as clip on mics go this has been recommended/posted to so many other sites I figure it's good. Would you agree? Thanks!
> I have always thought about switching to an i5, just not sure if it's worth it for me.
This ultimately depends on what games you play.
> what headset/mic combo would you reccomend?
Well, the $10 Zalman Microphone for the microphone if you're on a tight budget. Rr I would recommend the Modmic if you wanted higher quality in the microphone regard. (There are also plenty of desktop microphones if you prefer those, but I lack knowledge here.)
As per the headphones... This is personal preference. I'd do your research on the matter, then go to /r/headphones daily advice thread. (This is, after you find out what you want in a pair of headphones.)
Get some decent headphones like sennheiser or beyerdynamic (PAGING /r/headphones !!!)
Get a clip on mic or a modmic.
Razer is hit or miss.. you could get a shitty one, and even if you get a good one, it will not sound as good compared to a decent set of cans
I second Hyperx Clouds. Probably the only good headset/mic combo you can get for a sub 100$ price point.
However, i recommend getting dedicated headphones(Sennheiser hd 558's, ATH-M50x, Superlux hd668b's) with a clip on mic(Zalman zm-mic1) or Antlion modmic.
Not an audiophile at all, and I really only listen to some music and play League/some other games.
I have these Panasonic headphones, with this Zalman clip on mic and an ASUS Xonar DG sound card, only because the sound on my motherboard stopped working.
Everything is perfectly sufficient and pretty cheap, I spent around $50 on the headphones+mic solution.
Instead of a 5.1 gaming headset, I'd get a pair of 2.0 headphones (think Sennheiser, Audio-Technica) and attach a clip-on mic. This video explains why 2.0 headphones would suit your need better.
I have a $15 pair of Siberia mobile-type headphones with a retractable mic that I have never used (the mic). Normally they are supposed to be like $30-45 but it was a "1-a-day" flash sale. They are a bit...muffled almost, but they work OK for BF4 and other stuff and music. Some part of the range is a bit recessed or something, but the quality is actually relatively good. It has a 3-segment plug, unfortunately, so I had to get an unreliable adapter online.
Otherwise, you can get the ModMic for $9.97 here (or $10.99 with a splitter idk what for):
First you should really get a mic, The communication part of comp is what makes the matches fun and challenging. Here is a relatively cheap one that I use.
Secondly you really shouldn't be nervous, just take that first step and you are in for a world of fun. Low level leagues are perfect to start off in. I was nervous when I wanted to start out too. It will pass after your first match or two.
The Soldier is a very adaptable class to play. In HL his role is mostly of flanking the other Medic or power classes. However he can make a decent pocket if the medic is still up and the combo goes down.
If you get a mic and are serious about competitive TF2, join an Iron UGC league. You will meet new friends, have a blast, learn new skills, and get the experience you need to move up in comp.
Along with HL and 6s UGC now has a 4s league. Its a very fun more fast paced comp game that is a little less competitive than 6s.
I hope you are able to have a great time playing in competitive TF2 and remember to above anything else have fun!
Depending on your setup, your best best would be a USB mic like the Blue Snowball, but if you're looking for one that plugs into the controller, you could go with either the Zalman ZM mic or the Sony Clip mic. The reviews on both are pretty decent for being approx. $10.
I used this for several months, the sound qualities great when it's positioned correctly.
i got that like 3-4 years ago and been using it ever since.
$10 clip on mic. You attach it to your headphone cord, nearest to your mouth. It has small rubber clips to clip to the rest of the headset. I have found the microphone to be very high quality for the price. You just need to mess with it a bit to get it in the right position.
Headphone guide from /r/headphones
This mic is similar to the Siberia one you're looking at.
If you don't mind a tabletop one the Blue Yeti is excellent.
It's kind of expensive, but if you wait long enough I've seen it drop to around 69.99.
yeah i got recomended this and this but are these truely going to be better than just getting a headset?
That link is I think from /g/, so it has that kind of tact to it.
However 5.1 and 7.1 headsets are pure gimmicks, stereo is great. Here, Here and Here are examples of what can be done through stereo in regards to positional sound.
For a mic you could use this and for the headphones these, these, these, these or these. Headsets that don't completely suck are these or these.
I bought one of these Zalman ZM-Mic1
I'm not really happy with it because it seems to pick up audio in the whole room but at the same time I always have to crank up my voice settings in game and in the windows sound settings because it doesn't pick up my voice unless the mic is right by my mouth. And it isn't by my mouth because it clips to the headphone cord. It's workable, but I regret buying it.
When this one breaks I'll probably go for something like this boom style mic. Maybe not that one in particular, but that style.
For now one 27" monitor. For headphones I went through my stash... All sounded good, Grado, Senn's, AKG's, best was my Audio Technica ath a700's with a Zalman clip on mic ([link]). Voice Attack, and Either hotas X, or x52 depending on day and which my son is not using. Probably will pick up a pro, or grab an x55. Waiting to see what Hotas setup SC makes a deal on. When wife is away I have kilpsch system hooked up as well. pretty much Playing Elite for now though till they get the hotas controls more ironed out in SC. Also for Headtracking built my own with a teensy board and IMU breakout. Cost roughly $40.00 to make. No drift, no camera needed. Just a small tic tac box attached via Velcro to top of headphones.
Get a zalman mic. Good quality and ultra-cheap.
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If you're just looking for a mic, just get a mic
These are good, cheap, cord is ridiculously long.
Screw any other brands. Get yourself a $75-80 pair of AKG's or Sennheiser. Then buy a little clip on microphone, like this Zalman. This will be better than any Razer, HyperX, SS, or Logitech headset.
I've not used this one but its recommended over at audiophile a ton. I use a blue yeti. I suggest just incAse checking out a video by tek syndicate on gaming headphones under 125ish can't remember but it has a under 50 list that had some decent information as well.
Zalman Zm-Mic1 High Sensitivity Headphone Microphone [link]
+1 for this guy. It's everything you need, no more, no less.
Although if you need a splitter and mic I'd recommend this combo, it's better quality and costs a little less.
I use this, works great
Well.. I just buy the zalman mic and a startech splitter to connect my ATH headphones to the DS4. I couldn't do it like you say so... I spent 15€ and my headphones have a really good mic now :D
Could you confirm that I bought the correct items?
Thanks again :D
Ah, alright. Thank you for clarifying.
Alright, so, just to get final clarification before I start designing a system, the monitor was not included in the $1,250, but is included in the $1,600, correct?
It is with certain switches - buckling spring, MX Greens, MX Blues - but a lot of them are quiet. Within said group, would you prefer a tactile switch, with a "bump" on actuation, or a linear switch, which just goes straight down with no difference in actuation force?
No worries. How high does the quality need to be? IEMs, obviously, don't work with things like Modmics or the like, but a cheap Zalman clip-on would work if you're not overly concerned with quality.
No preference at all? Alright, that being the case, I'll target a fairly neutral sound. One last question, re: IEMs: do you prefer to wear your cable straight down from your ear, or over the back of your ears?
Alright, been running some numbers - prognosis not ideal. Basically, the corner I'm backed into here is trying to fit a decent pair of headphones while also fitting a non-terrible mic. I could quite easily fit a good pair of headphones - AD500xs, for example - and a really cheap, quite shitty mic, or a very cheap pair of headphones and a very good clip-on mic, but unfortunately I'm having quite a lot of trouble finding room for both. Do you have a preference between the two?
You are probably wasting a lot of money by going for high-end gaming headsets.
A HyperX Cloud 2 costs $100 from Amazon.
You're better off getting an $80-$90 deal on a piece of gear off of this list, and then attaching one of these to it.
I've been using the Zalman clip-on microphone for years. Never had a complaint about sound quality or anything. link
Only mic? [link]
Many people use that one AFAIK.
Great mic for the price.
Headset - Siberia V2
$7 mic - Zalman mic
Any cheaper and you are looking at clip on mics such as zalman
i think you need the mic cable thats for all phones, not just iPhones:
and THEN it will work with the radioshack adapter.
or, honestly, i would just use a microphone like this:
I'd recommend picking a pair of headphones from here and getting a cheap mic.
When the problem occurs its when I'm streaming with Open Broadcaster Software, forced to use it for both gameplay audio and commentary audio. ( I have the sound situation all figured out for recordings) Mic.
its a cheeap mic but ive been able to make it work pretty well mic
issue occuring while streaming
how it sounds when I fix it in post
how it sounds when i forgoe streaming and do a solo recording
I appreciate the feedback - I wasn't previously aware of a couple of these things, like monitor response time and the TK keyboards not being made by Costar. Updated build:
The keyboard will be in stock on the 9th on Amazon but you can order now.
This one for $10 is pretty good, but we don't exacly know what are you looking for
What I'd recommend:
I use the Zalman ZM-MIC1 which is a clip on mic and performs really great!
Also can't believe it's just €5.50, bought mine for €13 incl shipping... :P
Well thats a great response to nothing I said. He said that this mic [link]
Is better than "any headset mic made". I've owned this mic, it is the worst of any mic I've heard. If you think this thing sounds better than the audio technica ath-adg1's or sennheiser game zero's you are bat shit crazy. The razor kraken, as shit as it is, has an exponentially better built in mic than this piece of shit. I never said razor makes "audiophile" products. I have heard turtle beach, which I think we can all avree are the worst headsets made, with better mics than that zalman mic. I responded to a specific statement then you twisted words to say something completely different. Please people who play online, if you want a cheap clip on mic, get a mod mic or something different. That "$8 zalman mic" so many people use, and yes we can tell, sound terrible.
Those are all gaming headsets which are rarely ever worth the price, especially from those brands.
You'll get far superior audio quality (especially at high volume), comfort and value out of a decent normal pair of headphones + clip-on mic.
For headphones, check the Head-Fi list of recommended cans by price range over here, pick the best you can afford or just ask over at /r/headphones.
As a cheap and pretty good clip-on mic, pretty much everyone recommends this one.
If you want to use it on a PS4, which has - I think - only the 4 pole mic+audio combined port, just use something like this.
Also, take care that your audio output has enough power. I think the Dualshock 4 can drive headphones up to 32Ω? You might to read up on that.
This doesn't only apply to gaming and consoles, ofc. Never buy gaming headsets or soundbars or prebuilt PCs etc. There's always a better DIY solution unless you're really lazy.
Could be this one which I have, looks very similar.
If it is, it's actually a pretty good mic for the money. No one ever complains about the quality of my voice while using it.
Alot of people also use these [link]
Solid enough for ya.
Do you already have a pair of headphones? If so I'd recommend this I already spent a bunch of money on a good pair of headphones but wanted to have the ability to chat online still, I almost settled for worse sound quality to have the ability to talk but instead I came across this mic. It's currently less than 10 bucks, the build and sound quality is amazing.
Super simple, it just plugs into the mic input with a super longer cable and has a little clip to attach to the cord on my headphones.
My friend has the same set up as me and the Skype quality is superb.
I've got the Zalman Clip on Mic and just clip it to the cord on my 558s and it works great. Everyone can hear me in game and I haven't had any complaints about it. It's also cheap.
If you already have headphones, this would be a decent choice:
This kind of mic may be for you: [link]
I haven't used it myself but it seems to be rated pretty well, and is quite cheap. I used to have mic you put on your desk but it sucked.
I've played with people who don't have mics, it's really pretty bad and you'll never get anywhere if you can't communicate.
Just pick up one of these or something and you'll be good.
I'm using that mic. My setup on PC is my M50s and that mic just plugged into their respective ports. Rather than buying a headset for my PS4 I'm hoping the splitter recommendation by /u/SYNYST3R1 works and I can just use the same setup.
Seriously get a mic. I don't understand people who say they can't afford it. 10$ dollars is all it costs.
Seriously, its the price of a cheap takeaway.
I tried going with a separate mic and headset, and I ended up hating it. The headset was okay, but I couldn't really tell much of a difference between it and my old gaming headset that broke, and it got uncomfortable after wearing it for a while. I don't have room for an on desk mic, so I went with this. My friends were constantly complaining that I sounded like shit, because I sounded like shit, and it was difficult to get the mic to pic up what I was saying. I couldn't fix any of this no matter how I configured it.
Switched to a Steelseries Siberia v2 and never looked back. It's comfortable, inexpensive, and I can't really observer any quality difference. The mic is also much, much more convenient. That being said, I use the headset for gaming with music in the background; f you were producing music on your computer, a more audio centered headset would probably be better.
If you're playing on PC, this one will do fine.
I know you said you're looking for something low cost but most these turtle beaches and what not are kinda meh. If you can afford to id suggest this that mix amp will allow you to use any pair of headphones you currently own. Paired with this microphone you should be okay. I feel like this is a better way to go a lot of times because with normal headsets the mics always seem to go before the speakers so and you're kinda screwed with this you can replace any part at any time. And it will probably save you money in the long run.
BUT if you're absolutely set on getting an all in one deal check this its a little pricey but its probably built better.
Theres also some new stuff coming out for ps4 that might not be terrible.
2) Yes (I think this answers your question?):
Senheisser is one of the best brands of headphones out there, and HD555's are probably the best bang for buck model they make. The HD595's are better obviously, but the only actual difference is that the 555's have foam inside the cups which muffles the sound a little bit, pull that out and you now have 595's :D The only downside to them is that they don't have an integrated mic. Thats where this little fellow comes in. I've heard it's really good for gaming, not sure if it still holds up well enough for recording though sorry. You should probably read up some reviews to be sure.
Also, don't fall for all that 5.1 and 7.1 headset BS, it's just a gimmick and if anything makes the headset heavier and less comfortable. You hear perfect 3D with only 2 ear holes after all don't you? ;)
Another suggestion is that, unless you are live streaming, it may be better to do any commentary after the fact with a good quality pro mic. Record a rough version as you play and then re-do it afterwards when you have an opportunity to do re-takes and edit stuff.
For a separate mic, recommending the Zalman mic all the way. You can attach them to your headphones. Cheap price and quality is nice and clear. I've had several of my friends get them as well and they all agree about how well it works.
I highly recommend you check out /r/headphones for better and more in-depth discussions.
Here's what I've personally recommended before, so it's just a copy paste from last time:
All gaming headsets are overpriced and most often have below average sound and mic quality. Stay away from Turtle Beach, SteelSeries or Razer's, they tend to break really easy.
Either purchase a pair of ATH-M50S or the ATH-AD700. You can get the M50S's for about 130 to 150 bucks and the AD700 sells for about $99.
The M50S's are closed and isolate the sound really well. The AD700 are however open. Get the M50S's if you're going to use them in a room with other people and outside (works great with mp3-players, phones and portable gaming systems). The AD700 are better suited for gaming though because of the open build.
In the mic category I can recommend the Antlion Modmic. If you want something cheap (but still works) you can check out the Zalman Zm-Mic1. Those mics are without a doubt far superior to the mics you get with the gaming headsets. I've got the Zalman and even though some people say that they can vary in quality, it was still a huge step up from the mic on my old Sennheiser 333D gaming headset.
Here's a great website for headphone reviews, listings and discussion which you can check out: [link]
Another good in-depth review about different headphones for gaming can be found here: [link]
ATH, AKG, Sennheiser and Beyerdynamic headphones are usually very good choices.
I personally use a pair of Beyerdynamic DT 770 PRO - 32 Ohm Limited Edition and a FiiO E17 DAC to amplify them (even though I really don't need them with the 32 Ohm headphones).
As a mic I got the Zalman Zm-Mic1.
You're new best friend for gaming with M50s :)
Full input volume, I use this mic. It's in an audio jack, I'll test with other games and get back to you at some point.
From what I've heard, to get the best bang for your buck, don't buy a headset. Instead, buy a good pair of headphones and a standalone mic. /r/Headphones has a few guides on their sidebar. Here's their general buying guide (for any price point), and here's a good, in-depth review guide.
Here is my cheap microphone.
You're almost better off just buying a good pair of cans (sennheiser, audio technica, grado, shure, akg, etc.) and attaching a clip-on mic to the cord. far superiour audio quality, and the mic is good still. You can get a stunning pair of 75-80$ headphones and spend the rest on a mic
as for turtle beach... the problem with all headsets are that the combo costs more than the parts at a given quality. for an example, neweggs cheapest turtle beach is earforce zl11 at 39.99(35 on amazon), for a couple dollars more you can buy that highly rated zalman mic($9) and a pair of jvc ha-rx700's which are highly regarded even in audiophile circles(for the price). couple strips of velcro tape make cord management a nonissue. also allows you to use several sets of headphones, maybe a cheap set of open during day to keep ears on the kid, and a nice set of closed at night.
It's not hard connecting a microphone to the PS3. Heck, you can use a bluetooth headset like one you'd use with your cell phone. Obviously the quality of ambient noise filtering varies between headsets, but you can turn down the mic sensitivity to compensate for it. Alternatively, you can get the popular Zalman Mic and hook it up via a mic->usb adapter (not sure if this exists, actually).
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If you have a decent sound card, just attach it to a good headphone (see pic), this mic sounds like a Pro
Cost me 8 bucks , a couple years ago, still working great.
Sounds average when plugged to a mobo, with no sound card.
Well, for a good cheap headset, the logitech g330 is great. However, going above that, headphones+mic is better combo. An ad700 and this mic should be under 100.
Headsets break easier than headphones and mic, because if one breaks, the whole thing is done. Also, often times headsets have worse wiring, and are lower quality soundwise for the price. Also, beware headphones that shove 6 phones into one earpiece for surround sound, as that means they only had 1/6 to spend on the driver. Aside from lower quality speakers, you can't even tell the surround effect because of the closeness of the speakers. Good simulation, which most games now have, and can be done with a cheap soundcard like the xonar dg, will give a better effect.
buy this, never look back, thank me later
An awesome microphone for anyone with dedicated headphones.
Have you tried using the audio mixer and a clip mic?
I have a pair of Denon D2000s and I've been tempted to do this (I've seen other people online do this.) But I'm not ready to drop another $120 on an amp that will only be used for gaming
This is the one I think?
Just use a decent pair of headphones (which will sound better than nearly all headsets, especially for the price) and attach this to it:
I have a zalman clip-on, used with my sennheiser HD555 headphones.
I used to use one of those logitechs that sit on the desk but sometimes I would be too far away from it and people complained. The Zalman clips onto your headphone cable so it's always on you, and if you need to leave the desk, just take off your headphones nothing is clipped to your clothes.
My setup is like iamlouie's, except that I use the Sennheiser HD201 instead of the HD555. (It's significantly cheaper and still offers reasonably good quality, far better than I've gotten from any of the $50 Logitech headsets I've used.)
I'd recommend getting a nice set of Sennheiser headphones and buying a clip-on mic separately. This thing is supposed to be la creme de la creme when it comes to standalone mics, and Sennheiser offers amazing bang for buck in terms of quality. Cheapest is the HD201 which can sometimes be found for as low as $20; it beats most $50 headsets I've seen in terms of quality and comfort. If you're willing to spend a bit more, there's the HD555's, which are ~$90.
I really cannot recommend Sennheiser enough; the quality on their headphones is amazing and when paired with a good standalone mic you will be hard-pressed to find a headset that matches them for quality and economy.
Mine is similar to this: [link]
the cheapest one out there that is the most recommended is Zalman Zm-Mic 1, sold literally for $6 on amazon.
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I'd get a decent mic and headphones, I use this Zalman mic which does the job just fine, but is a little fiddly. You could also spend a little more on a ModMic which I've heard good things about.
For headphones, I'd recommend the Audio-Technica ATH-M50X - they're good, and should be even better with your sound card.
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Best mic for cheap, sound as clear as anyone elses. Has a clip i currently use it with my HD 598, and the clip clips great.
Ignore these jerks. I use a pair of Sennheiser HD 555, and I couple them with this microphone.
Great for all the gaming I do, but it's all on PC, I don't know if this would also work for consoles. Good luck out there.
Just pick your favorite set of cans (I use Grado SR80s, but even something like this would work) plus one of these and you're set.
I doubt that's possible without having direct hardware access to the mic and converting it into an auxiliary cable to connect into your PC. Another option is if somehow there were drivers for the phone mic to connect to the PC using USB. These scenarios are VERY HIGHLY unlikely.
I would say just pick up this mic and be done with it. Its a very popular mic as you can see by the amazon reviews. It works really well and you just have to clip it to your shirt or headphone cable. Look at the top review for an audio sample of the mic.
Much more cost-effective:
Spending this much on a rig and not getting an intel processor is really stupid
If this is for gaming then an i7 and 16GB RAM is a waste of money
Much better SSD, more cost-effective GPU, better case
You do not need a sound card or extra case fans
Much better mouse with a flawless sensor and no gimmicky macro buttons
Much better headphones, buy a cheap mic to go with them:
Assuming this is a gaming rig:
i7s are wasted money in games, i5 with an OCable motherboard and more capable cooler
Again, 16gb RAM is wasted in games, 8gb of low profile RAM to ensure a fit with the cooler
Fast SSD with twice the capacity, cheaper HDD with the same performance
970 > 290, cheaper case with tons of features, much cheaper PSU that is just as reliable
Cheaper monitor, still has a 2ms response time and is one inch shorter for $50 less
Very high quality mechanical keyboard with backlighting and MX brown switches
Please don't buy a gaming headset, they are the biggest waste of money in the world. Get a real pair of headphones and a mic like this: [link]
The Deathadder is a pretty good mouse but (speaking from personal experience) has horrible quality control issues and terrible drivers. Get something driver-free like this instead: [link]
Just pick one up at a store for around $10, or online.
You can play competitive without a microphone, but as you get more serious I wouldn't recommend it. It hinders your team (though if you play right it's not that big a deal.)
these are they best that I've found. I tried the Zalman and they pick up my keyboard sound [link]
Sorry man, some of those things just aren't possible with your budget. This is as close as you'll get, but it's still a solid build.
PCPartPicker part list / Price breakdown by merchant / Benchmarks
Core i3. Great mid range CPU. Will be fine for LOL and RS. Has hyperthreading so it will act like a "quad core" CPU as needed. Great price at your microcenter.
Decent budget MOBO, all the features you need and no fluff.
8GB standard RAM.
1TB standard HDD.
For LOL and RS this GPU will do quite well. It's an excellent card and can push more demanding titles at high with 60FPS, at 1080p, and some at Ultra even, with 30-60FPS.
Good budget case with a healthy amount of features for the price. Get this, the HDD, and KB+M all at NCIX to take advantage of shipping costs.
Good, affordable 500W PSU that will provide more than enough power for your parts.
Great IPS monitor on the cheap. Very much worth the $10 more than the cheaper model. Good color reproduction and viewing angles.
Hate to break it you, but with this budget you can't get a mech KB without making some big sacrifices in areas that matter more at this point, quite frankly. Read up on them at /r/mechanicalkeyboards, then when you have $$$ you can make an educated purchase without sacrificing PC performance. This basic KB+M combo will get you going in the meantime.
This headphone+Mic combo will blow away all "gaming headsets" in this price bracket, and likely much higher. The HD681 are killer for the price, and the mic isn't the best, but about as good as what you find on "gaming headsets" at this price, but without the "gaming" tax. Headphones sound great, and are praised (along with most of Superlux's offerings) among budget "head-philes" across the web. I always recommend going with good headphones+Good mic because 99% of the time it will be better than a "gaming headset.".
Hope this helps, any Q's please ask!
EDIT: I have no idea why I thought you had a MC, but here's a tweaked list with correct prices. The only thing that change is the PSU. It's still a good unit and will still provide enough power, so my previous blurb still stands.
I really do not have room for a desktop mic >.< I was thinking this mic.
several sets of supposed gaming headsets(5.1+7.1) have let me down, both with terrible positioning audio and just general quality. So considering replacing them and i stumbled into virtual barbershop and then a few more audiophilish videos. Bit of research and generally looking around have left me with this as a short list.
Zalman ZMMIC1 Lapel Microphone,
Sennheiser HD 518 Open Circumaural Headphones with E.A.R. Technology
FiiO Olympus E10 USB Decoder Headphone Amplifier (3.5 mm Stereo Jack, Black)
as far as I am aware (blissfully unaware) these 3 are compatible? and pretty decent quality for the cash (£200max)? and just plugging them straight in the back of my pc via USB will work beautifully?
and on a gamming related, do most games now have positional stereo enabled ala virtual barber shop or am i going to end up without any positional from this setup?
Yeah, no problem.
Here is a link to the zalman clip-on.
This mic attaches to almost anything. Your shirt collar, your headphone cable, etc....
ATH M50. Start there. Start moving up if your budget increases. Audio technicas are great for isolating sound. Quality.
Simple buy the headphones you want and buy one of these, then enjoy the superior sound quality of music orientated headphones and good mic quality at the same time.
Audio Technica ATH-M50's all the way. Amazing pair of headphones.
Then like oshox said, add a Zalman mic and you're set.
The Zalman clip on mic is a fraction of the price and has worked very well for me. [link]
Don't. Just get a good pair of headphones and a cheap clip on mic or desktop mic. You'll get way better sound quality, and you could listen to the headphone in public without looking dumb.
I can recommend This mic and maybe These Sennheisers
Edit: somehow I missed half of your post, I see that you already mentioned getting headphones and using a seperate mic.
Spend $12 and have an iRacing mic.
Yes it is bad practice. Mic's cost $5 bucks. Go buy one.
Thats what i use; works great.