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So.. now that I've been told its doable (I thought you needed an actual DAC for this, hence had not tried) I've started using my hand-me-down Behringer UM-2 interface as my main audio output for my computer, with the Shure SRH-440s I got used (25 bucks for $100 cans, in the box with all accessories) awhile ago. It sounds far better than my onboard audio.. but.. would something like this still be an improvement? I really don't want to spend more than that on audio equipment, and this looks like a good option, especially since I can connect my speakers to it at a later date when I have space for them, and its got alot of favorable input over on head-fi.

Now that I don't have the (fairly decent) mic of my gaming headset I'm temporarily using the mic on my webcam, and in the market for a decent XLR microphone, preferably something that comes with a shockmount, Preferably under $100. I am not planning on doing any major recording or anything, I just need a desktop (actually, shockmount on an articulated clamp-on arm might be better) microphone for teamspeak and streaming. My interface DOES have phantom power for the XLR input, so condenser mics are an option.



Side note.. The Brainwavez earpads I got for this thing are fantastic, I found a headband pad made for Sennheiser headphones that has 3M adhesive on the back and seems the right size to remedy the bad headband on these headphones without looking like trash, that should be getting here tomorrow. How a company can make headphones that sound this good, yet feel so bad without modification is beyond me.
Edited by DiaSin - 1/20/16 at 5:36am
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post #2 of 3

Condenser mics need to be powered. If they don't have their own power source, then they can't work. So, Phantom power is needed - or the mic needs to have its own internal power source (battery-powered, of course).

 

Fail. I apologize for that. I guess I forgot how to comprehend what I'm reading.


Edited by TwoCables - 1/17/16 at 5:05pm
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post #3 of 3
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Currently looking at this mounting arm and this microphone kit..

I still need someone to chime in on my first question though.

Edit: I found this kit, seems a good fit for my basic needs. I just need to get a regular XLR cable to use instead of their little XLR>3.5mm cable, but thats gonna be less than 10 bucks.
Edited by DiaSin - 1/17/16 at 7:36pm
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