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Sounds Card & Mic with Noise Canceling

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I truly dislike wearing headsets when I game, I much prefer the sound of my audio resonating in the entirety of the room. That being said, people who I play with hate that because they always tend to hear my speakers when I talk to them over my webcam Mic.

I just got new speakers ( $150 Klipsch 2.1) and its really picking up some interference from the onboard audio. These two factors lead me to want to buy a new sound card.

The main feature that I am looking for is the ability for the card to filter out the ambient sounds in the room including the sound coming from the speakers.

Im looking at EITHER the Sound Blaster Z of the Xonar Phoebus. If there are any other options out there that are able to give me the desired result please let me know!

The thing I like about the Sound Blaster is it comes with a Mic. But I have read the Mic is rather shotty.

The Xonar Phoebus doesnt seem to come with a Mic.

IF I WAS to get a new sound card AND a Mic, I want a Mic that can be docked either on my desk ot monitor (i.e. not a headset) and will only pick up my voice.

Does anyone have any suggestions for me here?
post #2 of 5
Get the Z, and there's nothing that will let you use speakers and a mic with clarity.
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Originally Posted by DrGroove View Post

Get the Z, and there's nothing that will let you use speakers and a mic with clarity.

I disagree. I've done it ever since I put together my first gaming machine. It partially depends on your equipment but also on your application you are using. A decent sound card, one with ASIO should be enough (not sure on this though as I'm not a sound buff). As for applications, mumble is amazing when it comes to echo cancellation. I can play games with very loud audio and still not have it activate my mic.
    
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post #4 of 5
ASIO just allows you to bypass windows audio, mostly affects audio latency.

All I know is that I've never encountered someone who used speakers with a mic and it wasn't extremely annoying.
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post #5 of 5
We should talk on mumble sometime! But really, unless your using a dedicated voip client you won't get good performance. Skype echo cancellation has also never worked well for me. frown.gif
    
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