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As of the present moment I am using the QuickCam Pro 9000 as my microphone in addition to my HD 650 for sound. However I have been pointed out through the Gaming Clan's that I associate with that the Microphone quality is poor because although the volume is great the clarity is poor. I have no idea where to start to look for a Microphone and I was wondering if the OCN community could help with my quest for a great sounding microphone that is not expensive. To start with I was looking at the following list:

http://www.canadacomputers.com/index.php?cPath=16_224

Additionally what steps/actions can be taken to see if the Microphone clarity can be improved so I can be heard clearly before I necessitate a new Microphone purchase.
post #2 of 8
The Zalman ZM-Mic 1 on your list is great for the price. If you have no qualms about clip-on mics, then look no further. I don't know about calling it "great" sound (studio mics are great sound), but it tops other cheap microphones.

You're using a Xonar STX, so the line in won't be hindering your microphone quality.
Edited by JoeWalsh - 3/31/11 at 3:53pm
post #3 of 8
Make sure there isn't a lot of background noise.

FYI, I use the Pro 9000 too, it's great for Skype but somehow it's not that great when I play games :/ (Left 4 Dead 2) My friend keeps saying my voice is not clear.

Right now I'm using the Dealextreme clip on mic. It's doing its job fairly well.
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/mini-cl...icrophone-7080
You gotta wait 2 weeks or more for shipping though.

Btw, the Zalman picks up a lot of background noise too.
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I'm bumping this topic as I will be getting a Bluemic Yeti. I have compared it thoroughly with the Bluemic Snowball (a valid alternative) and it proves that the superior input on the Yeti is worth the extra expenditure. However there is a limited selection of Bluemic Yeti retailers in Toronto. For example Futureshop has a sale currently with it retailing for approximately $140 CAD however that is a grossly inflated value. Are there any locations that are more readily accessible for the Bluemic Yeti in Toronto ?
Edited by 45nm - 4/9/11 at 10:04am
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why would you spend so much on a microphone?
as stated before..Zalman Mic-1 is just about the best, I also have one and I get no static and it is nearly perfect volume wise. It actually got louder when i moved it further away.
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Originally Posted by jtypin View Post
why would you spend so much on a microphone?
as stated before..Zalman Mic-1 is just about the best, I also have one and I get no static and it is nearly perfect volume wise. It actually got louder when i moved it further away.
I have no interest in a clip-on microphone. It must be a Desktop microphone.
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If you are seriously willing to spend an extra 100$ instead of hooking it onto your collar, you may be my guest.
Lowest I see it for is 113CAD on amazon.ca

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-Having your speakers/headphones plugged into your computer while this is plugged in = Gone.
That review is troubling. However I cannot verify it's authenticity or validity. However this is a concern that if I use the Yeti I will not be able to use my headphones simultaneously.
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