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EDIT: Bought the Zalman detachable microphone. It'll be here in 3-5 and I'll try to write back then. Thanks for all of the help!

I've gotten back into PC gaming a bit recently and I've noticed that I really need a mic. Right now, however, I have a 2.1 speaker system that does me fine. I am not an audiophile by any means, but I still like audio quality.

That being said, the question is the title: If I am getting a new mic, do I need to have a full headset, or can I just use a mic like the

?

I'm on a budget of $50 or less and if I could score a good mic like that for $10, that'd be great, but I'm not sure if I should get a headset or not. I'm mainly looking for speech clarity as I'll be in Vent most of the time and I cannot stand the people who sound like they're in a fish bowl.

Anyone have any suggestions on what I should do? I've been looking at obviously the Zalman mic, along with this and the .

Keep in mind, I will not be using these for listening to music or anything as I have a regular setup for that. If I do get a headset, that will mean that I will need some quality in order to hear, though.

Any help with this would be greatly appreciated!
Edited by Detroitsoldier - 4/26/11 at 1:36pm
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post #2 of 6

You don't have to have a headset for a microphone. I use

one and it works perfectly. No issues with it at all.

If you prefer to game with speakers then just get a mic. If you want to invest in a headset then go for it!
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Thanks for the recommendation. How is the sound quality with it? Anyone ever mention your voice clarity at all?
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i use the zalman one with a separate headset
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Well, went ahead and jumped the gun and bought the Zalman mic. I think later down the road, I'll save up for a set of headphones and attach this to it, but I think this'll be fine for now.

Thanks for the help!
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For voice comms, a headset or headphones is definitely the way to go. Even the echo removal software you can run isn't perfect, the only way to prevent nasty noises on comms is to physically separate your sound output from your voice input, and the best way is to isolate your sound output to the area around your ears.

For games requiring such comms, you can just buy a cheap headset and good mic for now, and buy a good set of headphones to pair with it when money allows. You'll still have your quality speakers to relax with when you're not gaming in the games with voice comms.
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