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Is there a difference in quality. I am thinking that the USB Mic wouldn't use the sound card but just fill me in.
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post #2 of 6
the USB mic won't plug into your sound card. Both should have about the same voice quality all things being equal. In real life it mostly depends on the mic itself, not the connection.
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post #3 of 6
Gernerally 3.5mm is a Analouge connection so should be better quality.
However it all really depends on the Quality of the MIC
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post #4 of 6
Use the 3.5MM so you don't waste a USB port.
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post #5 of 6
I actually prefer USB mics over mini-jack. There is no quality difference, and using USB for the mic leaves the sound card open for other things (5.1 out, etc).

A specific issue I've got with my sound card is that when using the digital out, I cannot use any other jack on the card, which rules out microphone. I doubt it s an issue with newer cards, but something to keep in mind.
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that's odd. for newer creative cards the mic in also doubles as the digital out so it's one or the other.
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