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As the title says, I'm looking for a microphone around $30. I occasionally do gaming videos/streams and was recently using a headset that had great microphone quality but terrible audio quality. Since then I've been exchanging headsets in and out because the newer headsets have microphones that have a huge amount of noise when I'm talking, or I sound robotic. I would greatly appreciate finding a good microphone that captures my voice without sounding robotic, no noise, or picking up everything in the house from two stories down.

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Originally Posted by ball2hi View Post

Alright so, I took back the current headphones I had to try and buy back the Razer Carcharias that I previously had. Unfortunately, the only thing they had in stock there was the new Razer Carcharias Black (For Xbox/ect.) and I have to say, these are pretty terrible. I'm really starting to hate USB headsets/microphones because of their electrical buzzing, and this one definitely takes the cake. I unpluged every USB connection on my computer and then-some, and no matter what USB connection I connected it to I would hear buzzing/beeping noises even if I had the 3.5mm sticks unplugged. I then tried the wall-mount for the USB and without even having the 3.5mm plugged in, simply wall-mounting alone was making these headphones still buzzing but no beeping noises. The new microphone quality on these are debatable at best.

I'm probably going to be going with a pair of Superlux HD668B using the on-board soundcard. Now I'm back to finding a stand-alone microphone. I'm willing to go as far as ~50$ for a new microphone, but it has to cancel out background noise as I'm directly underneath an A/C vent that blows straight onto my desk, have a fan running in the background, and a particularly loud case fan. The Samsung Go Mic was picking up all of these (and then-some with the case static that I can't seem to ground?) and it sounded like I'm in the middle of a typhoon.

If you can recommend a headset with a microphone that isn't USB and has a decent/mic and can at least help me differ from right-left in games then I'll take that too. Anywhere around ~150$.
Edited by ball2hi - 9/21/13 at 3:11pm
post #2 of 18
Was gonna suggest the Modmic but looks like its out of stock.
next closest would probably the Samson Go Mic
reviews:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ormYfxljmUI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JXip85jPfs
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Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post

Was gonna suggest the Modmic but looks like its out of stock.
next closest would probably the Samson Go Mic
reviews:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ormYfxljmUI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JXip85jPfs
The reviews sound pretty good, I'm just a bit wary about purchasing something over Amazon since I can't return/exchange them. I'm very careful with my money. I need to buy a new headset too soon. I'll probably return these current ones I have and get my old headset back.
post #4 of 18
i'm goin to suggest this http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/pg/pg42-usb-vocal-microphone .....

well known brand for mic products quality........
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i'm goin to suggest this http://www.shure.com/americas/products/microphones/pg/pg42-usb-vocal-microphone .....

well known brand for mic products quality........
This is definitely not the price-range I am looking for. I'll probably go with the Samson Go mic but would love other people's opinions too.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Xiphos View Post

Was gonna suggest the Modmic but looks like its out of stock.
next closest would probably the Samson Go Mic
reviews:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ormYfxljmUI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3JXip85jPfs

I went ahead and bought from Best-Buy (So I can return if need be) the Samsung Go Mic. It unfortunately isn't fixing my issue, and I still have a tremendous amount of white-noise no matter what the setting is.

EDIT: I think I'm going to go back to my Razer Cacharias. The audio/directional quality is terrible but the microphone didn't have all this garbage noise in the background. Seems to be all the USB microphones and such that are giving me trouble, but the the 3.5mm mic from the Cacharias didn't have these issues, even if I turned on my room fan and A/C.
Edited by ball2hi - 9/19/13 at 3:17pm
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Alright so, I took back the current headphones I had to try and buy back the Razer Carcharias that I previously had. Unfortunately, the only thing they had in stock there was the new Razer Carcharias Black (For Xbox/ect.) and I have to say, these are pretty terrible. I'm really starting to hate USB headsets/microphones because of their electrical buzzing, and this one definitely takes the cake. I unpluged every USB connection on my computer and then-some, and no matter what USB connection I connected it to I would hear buzzing/beeping noises even if I had the 3.5mm sticks unplugged. I then tried the wall-mount for the USB and without even having the 3.5mm plugged in, simply wall-mounting alone was making these headphones still buzzing but no beeping noises. The new microphone quality on these are debatable at best.

I'm probably going to be going with a pair of Superlux HD668B using the on-board soundcard. Now I'm back to finding a stand-alone microphone. I'm willing to go as far as ~50$ for a new microphone, but it has to cancel out background noise as I'm directly underneath an A/C vent that blows straight onto my desk, have a fan running in the background, and a particularly loud case fan. The Samsung Go Mic was picking up all of these (and then-some with the case static that I can't seem to ground?) and it sounded like I'm in the middle of a typhoon.
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it has to cancel out background noise as I'm directly underneath an A/C vent that blows straight onto my desk, have a fan running in the background, and a particularly loud case fan.

Not going to happen with a desk mic
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post #9 of 18
Buy one of those Karaoke mics and get a adapter to 3.5mm. That's what I am doing and the quality is freaking amazing. Best Buy has then for like 20-30 bucks.
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Buy one of those Karaoke mics and get a adapter to 3.5mm. That's what I am doing and the quality is freaking amazing. Best Buy has then for like 20-30 bucks.
I don't want to spend money on a stand, and I tried one of those. Picks up too much sound.
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